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September 30, 2013

Giving a glimpse inside our business

How The Daily Star and other daily newspapers operate has come up in conversation recently with several business and private individuals. It became apparent to me that a lot of people misunderstand or are unclear about just how newspapers go about serving their communities. I thought I would take the opportunity to clarify and maybe enlighten our readers, subscribers and advertisers about our daily operation, with our weekly publication — The Cooperstown Crier — the subject of a future column.

Everyone who works at The Daily Star understands how important a role we all play in our community every day. We are a major local employer with almost 100 employees. Our employees’ salaries and the supplies we purchase from local businesses financially support our local economies.

We are the only manufacturing facility that starts from scratch every day. It takes all of our employees working in concert to get your Daily Star from a blank newsprint page to a completed newspaper delivered to you and online each morning. Here is an overview of The Daily Star operations:

Editorial — This department consists of writers, photographers, a clerk and editors who cover local news in Otsego, Delaware, Schoharie and Chenango counties. These dedicated writers cover meetings and breaking stories and events. Their stories are edited with the highest journalistic standards to ensure accuracy.

Another part of the editorial process is scheduling photographs to go with the stories. Then we put all of this information together and place it onto the pages in print and also on-line.

In addition to being a job, journalism is a profession. It takes skill to write a story, keep one’s ego and opinions out of it and report only the facts — all while being on a deadline. Have you ever written a story or a letter to the editor? For many, it’s not as easy as it seems. I struggle each month with my column. It’s easy to talk and get your points across; it’s another to take the time to write it. Our editor, Sam Pollak, manages the Editorial department.

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