There were many other newspapers in the city at the time. They were
called the neighborhood papers and there were upwards of 20 of them
throughout the Chicagoland area. These publications came out just
once a week and carried the news of a specific area within the city.
When I was a young man, the neighborhood paper we received was
called the Portage Park Times. It was a simple, 12-page paper that
carried the news of the neighborhood surrounding the park, and for
all the power and money and coverage that the giant papers had, the
Portage Park Times was a very popular weekly.
When I decided to take the job as managing editor at the Lincoln
Daily News, it was because I believed I was seeing that same
neighborhood newspaper of so many years ago. The LDN carried the
other major news of the day, but as an addition to the paper, not as
its primary information. The first thing the LDN was trying to do
was to tell us all about each other.
My goal, my reason for being hired in fact, was to expand that
local coverage. In effect, Jim and Jan Youngquist, owners of the
LDN, were putting the cart in front of the horse. They had enough
faith in this community to believe an expanded local product would
meet with greater interest in the community and thus ad revenues. I
imagine with fingers crossed, they believed I could help do that.
Although the jury is still out on me and this effort, the jury long
ago came back with the decision that the LDN as a local neighborhood
newspaper was a great idea.
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As we move into the fall, we are in a strong position to continue to
expand local coverage. We now have a group of local freelance
writers who all have significant strengths in varied interests in
our area, and I am extremely enthused about the stories they are
beginning to submit.
We also have many great new pages in the
process of becoming published reality, and we can't wait to begin
launching them this fall.
We are starting to receive more and more information from
organizations, churches and community groups as they realize that if
the information is important to them, it is important to us.
As I walk the streets and talk to so many of you, I can't tell
you how much your encouragement means to all of us at the LDN. Your
support, through your readership, is essential for our continued
Lately, I have often thought of an old U.S. Navy slogan that was
popular when I was a young man. It was the slogan "It's not just a
job. It's an adventure."
I hope all of you will join all of us at LDN as we continue on
this adventure. An adventure of bringing back the old-time,
old-fashioned, neighborhood newspaper, using the most modern of
technologies of course.
[By MIKE FAK]
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