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Newseum relents on weekly front pages

newseumA longstanding policy of publishing only the front pages of daily newspapers on the web site of the Newseum and on digital displays at its Washington, D.C., headquarters was overturned in mid-April following a protest organized by weekly newspaper publishers from across the country.

Approximately 130 weekly publishers (a majority from New York) digitally flooded the Newseum with their most recent front pages on Thursday, April 17th, according to a report on the web site of the International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors, and their complaints were posted on social media.

The Newseum quickly relented. “When people get together like this and feel strongly about a specific issue, and mobilize and make specific arguments, it does have an impact,” Jonathan Thompson, the Newseum’s senior manager of media relations, told a writer for the ISWNE. The “frequently asked questions” listing that the Newseum provided as of Thursday removed the word “daily” from its description of participating papers.

Dozens of New York newspapers participated in the effort including, The Millerton News, Herald Community Newspapers (Long Island), Neighbor-to-Neighbor Newspapers (suburban Buffalo), Oswego County Weeklies, Times Community Newspapers of the Hudson Valley (Newburgh),   Bee Newspapers, Straus News (NYC & the Hudson Valley), Impacto, Spotlight Newspapers, Pelham Weekly, Alfred Sun, Catholic New York, Queens Courier, The Forum, The Columbia Paper, and Press News Group (Southampton).   More than half of the newspapers sent to the Newseum came from New York — good job!


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