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Support National Newspaper Week with NAM

Join your fellow papers in promoting the industry Oct. 6-12
MDDC’s member newspapers are encouraged to join news organizations from around the country next month in celebrating National Newspaper Week. The theme of this year’s campaign is, “Your Community, Your Newspaper, Your Life.”

National Newspaper Week has been celebrated every year since 1940 to promote the value of newspapers to the nation and to each community. Materials are available to all member newspapers for use during the week of Oct. 6-12.

“I encourage every member to use this material to help tell the story of newspapers, and to remind our readers and our communities of the vital role newspapers play in our national life,” said Jack Murphy, the executive director of MDDC. “Everyone in our business is so busy doing their jobs, they don’t have time to promote the industry. This program gives newspapers the tools they need to tell our own story.”

These materials are available because MDDC Press Association supports this important initiative and is making a donation reflective of our membership. The program is created by the Newspaper Association Managers, a group which includes press associations from every state and Canada.

The materials are posted here. Publishers and editors can browse through the materials, download what’s relevant to each respective paper and plan for space during Oct. 6-12.

“When you write your local editorial that week, try to overcome your natural modesty and blow your own horn a little. Tell your community why you believe the newspaper is important,” said Murphy.

NAM has assembled a strong collection of op-ed pieces, editorial cartoons, a crossword puzzle and a couple of logo ads (banner and skyscraper) to use to promote the value of newspapers to our communities.

Of particular note is a piece authored by Lamar Alexander, Tennessee's senior US Senator and former US Secretary of Education.

“From covering local community events to telling the stories of local residents, small, hometown newspapers tell people what they need to know to feel connected to one another,” Alexander writes. “Sometimes these stories can even inspire.”

—A previous version of this brief erroneously solicited members to donate. ExPress News regrets the mistake.

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