Today is the beginning of National Newspaper Week, the week every year during which newspapers pay homage to themselves.
This year's theme, "Newspapers, the Cornerstone of your Community," recognizes the changing role newspapers are playing in society, but also emphasizes our historical responsibility of informing and educating, as well as protecting the public's right to know.
The Morning Journal today is much different from what it was when it began as The Buckeye State 160 years ago.
Back in 1852 the newspaper was published weekly and called itself "The official newspaper of Columbiana County."
Today we publish seven days each week and have become "Columbiana County's Largest Daily Newspaper." We also host a website, www.morningjournalnews.com, that is updated seven days a week with our news coverage of the county and surrounding area. Just last week we took another step forward into the digital age with the launch of a new app for iPhone users.
So it's safe to say, local newspapers, whether in print or electronic form, continue to be the best providers of local news and information.
At the Morning Journal we pride ourselves on being primarily a local newspaper, meaning we put news of the Columbiana County area first. If you're a loyal reader, you've come to know that our front page contains mainly locally written and produced stories and photographs. National, world and state news are contained inside our pages, but we prefer to focus our attention on local news - a commodity that is still provided mainly by local newspapers.
In an age when anyone can post information on the Internet and call it news, you can be sure that the news on our website and iPhone app comes directly from our newspaper so you know it is produced by journalists who have integrity and credibility.