Oct. 4 through 10 is National Newspaper Week, an annual observance sponsored by the Newspaper Association Managers (NAM) to recognize the service of newspapers to their communities.
Theme for the 80th annual observance is "America Needs Journalists." Images of the 2020 logo and five ads in seven sizes are available on the website, www.nationalnewspaperweek.com. The ads, designed for both print and web use, may be customized with local newspaper logos.
Also available in the NNW contest kit are new editorial cartoons and guest editorials by Dean Ridings, CEO of America’s Newspapers; Carol Hunter, executive editor of The Des Moines Register; Randy Evans, executive director of the Iowa Freedom of Information Council; Tom Silvestri, executive director of The Relevance Project; and Douglas Burns, vice president for news at the Carroll Times Herald.
More materials will be posted in the next few weeks, according to Susan Patterson Plank,
executive director of the Iowa Newspaper Association, who chairs this year's event.
Editors are invited to download and use the materials free of charge. Journalists are also encouraged to write about the role and unique value of newspapers in their hometowns.
Each generation, the value of local newspapers is affirmed. Recent studies have shown the what happens when communities lose local newspapers - more partisan politics, lower voter turn out, less trust in government and lower bond rates are just some of the effects. National Newspaper Week gives newspapers the opportunity to remind readers of the importance of local, independent news.