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Thanks to our readers - 89 years and counting

April 12, 2010 - Linda Lobeck
Today is the 89th anniversary of The Daily News, and that's pretty impressive for any business to be around for that many years. Although many things have changed as technology has changed, I believe the goals of the newspaper remain the same. We want to be the area's first and foremost news source and we have a great staff that works very hard to provide that coverage in the area. On the Daily News masthead it says, "your neighbors...your town...your life." That pretty much sums up our coverage in Dickinson and Iron counties and surrounding Wisconsin communities. We want to cover information about your life, your neighbors and your town! So much has changed since I started working here almost 26 years ago - Friday. We used cameras that we big and bulky with film and negatives as our guide. Now we use digital photography with smaller less cumbersome equipment that makes us more mobile as reporters. Going along with the cameras are the many changes that have occurred in equipment, from typewriters and machines that would alert the staff to a breaking news story to listening to scanners for breaking news and an AP news wire easily accessed online. Sometimes when breaking news occurs on the weekend when I'm not working, it's nice to be able to access the Daily News website and put a breaking news story online. Weekly civic meetings can also go into the late hours and going home and sending my stories from my home computer is pretty amazing. I consider those some of the positive changes in technology. And yes, although some reporters choose to use tape recorders to cover meetings and interviews, I continue to go old school. I have always used a steno notebook to take notes using my own form of shorthand. It's worked for this long and I don't see myself changing that. But what hasn't changed is the direct contact we have with our readers and local officials. I'm glad we haven't changed that, because I have always enjoyed connecting with people and doing interviews. Over the past 26 years, I have had the opportunity to meet so many people and write about their lives - Thank You!


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