GCDN 175th group

The staff of the Galveston County Daily News and Galveston Newspapers, Inc. are celebrating their 175th anniversary.

JENNIFER REYNOLDS/The Daily News

If you’re reading this commemoration of The Daily News’ 175 years on or near July 16, 2017, you’re likely a subscriber.

For that, you have my personal thanks, along with that of the staff, which works every day to produce a newspaper worthy of your continued support.

A lot goes into producing a quality newspaper, time and money, for example. And success depends on numerous variables, some beyond any editor’s control. But none of those is more important to the journalists working here than the readers. That’s who we serve and few days pass that we don’t discuss how to do it better.

We launched this project with a lot of excitement, but also some trepidation. Newspaper journalists have a peculiar relationship with the practice of recounting history. We provide the raw material from which historical writing is constructed, but we’re not necessarily all that adept at it. We’re a forward-looking bunch, by inclination and necessity. This particular topic was doubly thorny because we’d be writing about ourselves. Can you do that with the arm’s length detachment required for credible journalism?

We attempted to solve these problems by retaining a skilled freelancer with an affinity for digging deep into the historical record and breathing readability into old facts. After editing the thousands of words contained between these covers, I believe we’ve done what newspaper people set out to achieve each day — we produced a good read.

I’ve been a Daily News fan since I first read it in the strip-mall offices of a lesser newspaper more than 20 years ago. I’ve dug some into its storied past. Even so, I learned something on just about every page of this magazine and thoroughly enjoyed a journey through the history of a newspaper that just wouldn’t quit. I hope you do, too.

Michael A. Smith: 409-683-5206; michael.smith@galvnews.com

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