By Dennis Anderson and Diane Dungey
Most editors have been on the other end of a phone call with an irate reader asking why their hometown newspaper failed to commemorate an important date in our history, such as Pearl Harbor.
After it happens once, the editor pledges it won’t happen again, until it does.
The Illinois Associated Press Media Editors and the Illinois Press Association are following 2018’s Illinois Bicentennial series with the Illinois Important Dates series for 2019.
This series will include about 10 stories related dates and events - Labor Day, Memorial Day, Black History Month, D-Day, Pearl Harbor, Martin Luther King Day, Veterans Day, 1969 Moon Landing, 9/11, Fourth of July - most newspapers write about.
The idea of the series is to provide front-page-quality articles with statewide interest to share with readers in a timely fashion of the date. Publications committed to providing the stories for the series are the Chicago Sun-Times, the Pantagraph of Bloomington, the Daily Herald, the Journal Star of Peoria, the Effingham Daily News, the Southern Illinoisan, State Journal-Register of Springfield, the Rockford Register-Star, the Southern Illinoisan and the Quad City Times.
In most cases, the stories will be distributed by IPA two weeks before the date being commemorated.
If you want your publication or a specific editor added to the distribution list, please contact Jeff Rogers at IPA.