Yesterday I ran across some old local papers, which I had saved in a photo album for one reason or another, and all these years later, it's fun to see the treasures immortalized by journalists and photographers for these papers.
On an editorial note, it's also really nice to see names with the faces.
Nothing is more exasperating to me than to be reading the paper and see a photo with a group of local people who have won an award or contributed something special to the community AND NO NAMES.
One of the principal rules of beginning journalism is NAMES MAKE NEWS and that we as journalists are also chronicling the historical record.
For the most part "back in the day" we could always count on seeing names to match the faces in these pictures, although there's one below where I still haven't found Craig Wooden---maybe a sister or two and maybe Kim McDonnell Bond but no Craig Wooden.
So, yes, mistakes do happen when listing names, but at least the effort is there and 40-50 years later that effort becomes all the more important.
I really wonder what kind of printed historical record we're going to have several decades from now when all those photos of folks with no names frustrate the heck out of future historians.
Granted, with small-town newspapers, resources are stretched, especially on daily papers, but taking a few minutes to jot down those names and include them with the photo is more than worth the effort.
After all, as evidenced this morning, print journalism has a long shelf life, and, in a small town, those names are very important to readers as well as the people in the pictures.
Anywho, I know my blog assistant editor may get a kick out of the photo below from the Sandpoint News Bulletin. Seems like Cherry might see a relative.
Twould be fun to hear from one of these ladies a few decades later to see how the camping experience was. I do see a few of them around town; maybe I'll have to ask.
|Challenge of the day: find Craig Wooden.|
No grass growing under these new retirees: