Looking busy during the 1954 flood. Photo The Northern Star Archives
Looking busy during the 1954 flood. Photo The Northern Star Archives The Northern Star Archives

OPINION: 140 years later it’s still about story telling

BY the time I was born The Northern Star had already been producing newspapers for 87 years.

It had already covered the federation of Australia, two world wars and the Queen's visit to Lismore before my parents were even married.

It blows my mind this newspaper is that old and one of the longest continuous operating businesses on the Northern Rivers.

It makes me very proud to be its editor on the occasion of it turning 140 today.

I carry on a tradition that is as proud as it is long.

Basically the job hasn't changed much in those 140 years, we are still just simple story tellers.

These stories come from the community we serve and we wouldn't have a business without loyal readers.

At the centre of this relationship is trust.

People have trusted us with their stories for 140 years and this is an enormous privilege and more than a little scary at times.

Sure, sometimes we stuff up or get a comma wrong here or there, but we strive each day to be as accurate, informative and entertaining as we can.

It's scary because at times we have to point out bad behaviour, wrongdoings, stuff-ups, fraud and deception in our community.

As I say to many people who take umbrage at a story or a headline that is not liked but otherwise accurate, we are not here simply to be your "cheer squad".

But a lot of the time we do cheer on the good, point out the positive, and paint a bright picture of our region.

Thanks for sticking with us for so long and may The Star shine for a long time.



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