Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

Opinion

January 10, 2013

Let's set the record straight on the Townsman

A news sense is really a sense of what is important, what is vital, what has color and life - what people are interested in. That’s journalism.

– Burton Rascoe

The Andover Townsman is dedicated to the color and life of Andover. It always has been and it always will be. The Andover Townsman reports what is important to the people that live in Andover and practices a brand of journalism called local or even hyper-local.

Hometown son, late night host, and comedian, Jay Leno, once said something like this during a local appearance: “If a huge earthquake happened in China, The New York Times would have a headline that read ‘Death and destruction in China.’ But the Andover Townsman would read ‘Jim and Mary Johnson had quite a shake on their China vacation.’”

Mr. Leno’s good natured ribbing is well deserved. The Townsman covers the people of Andover from an Andover perspective and we are proud of our stance.

The importance

of local newspapers

Growing up in New Jersey I learned how important a local newspaper is to a community.

My dad was a volunteer fireman, a planning board member, a township committeeman and eventually the mayor of our New York City suburban town. The characteristics of Andover and where I grew up are similar with the exception that Andover grew larger and faster.

With six kids and an active mother, it was not unusual for one of us and especially our father to end up in the newspaper. Dad didn’t always agree with what was said, but he typically felt our town issues received fair coverage. He taught me the process that makes a town work fairly and democratically including the importance of newspaper coverage. I can only remember one time he wasn’t happy at all with what he read in the newspaper.

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