Some thoughts on the WV Press Association dinner

Mineral Daily News-Tribune photo Liz Beavers
Mineral Daily News-Tribune photo
Liz Beavers

A column by Liz Beavers, managing editor of the Mineral Daily News-Tribune 

KEYSER, W.Va. — I had the pleasure this past weekend of representing your hometown daily newspaper at the West Virginia Press Association’s annual convention and Better Newspaper Contest banquet in Charleston.

This was the first time in several years that I have attended any of the WVPA activities, and I remember thinking at the last banquet I attended (in 2010 at Glade Springs near Beckley) that the hardworking and talented journalists who were being honored that night were looking younger and younger every year.

Five years later in Charleston, though, I observed a very interesting apparent reversal of that observation – this year a larger percentage of the participants and honorees seemed to be older.

What does this mean? Some might say it reflects the public perception that newspapers are a dying breed and the younger journalists are stepping into journalistic roles that didn’t even exist when people of my generation began our careers.

I have never agreed with that perception and never will.

What I have gradually come to admit, however, is that the method by which local newspapers deliver the news has greatly changed and those of us who plan to stick around for awhile have had to change with the times…

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