Thirty-one and counting
Published by the Visayan Daily Star Publications, Inc.
|NINFA R. LEONARDIA|
Editor-in-Chief & President
NIDA A. BUENAFE
MAJA P. DELY
ANTONIO L. LEONARDIA|
Today, as the Visayan DAILY STAR marks its 31 st anniversary as a daily newspaper, allow us to be sentimental as we recall its early days after serving our community for all those years. Bear with us, therefore, as we reprint below as today's editorial the one that appeared in the STAR on July 11, 1982. Then titled “The Newsmen's Newspaper”, this was what we had to say:
It will be exactly three months ago today since the Visayan DAILY STAR was launched on April 12, 1982, as a newspaper to cover the Western Visayas. What has the STAR not gone through within those 91 days of agonies and ecstasies?
It has published continuously, and without fail, except for ONE day – and that was the day after its 21-day-old office was totally razed by the Malalusan fire. It has transferred its editorial office five times. It has carried its copies to three different printing presses.
It has put out these many issues, although up to this time, it does not own a single table, chair, or even a typewriter. It has managed to survive this far on an editorial staff that can only work part-time.
It is called the Newsmen's Newspaper because it is a project participated in by some 30 journalists from the region who gather the news, write it, telephone it, and who support their fledgling paper with a fierce pride in its independence, and a deep pain when others mock and downgrade their efforts to keep it going.
The Visayan DAILY STAR is a newspaper put up by typical community newsmen. It was set up by journalists of the region who are at the same time teachers, farmers, broadcasters, insurance agents, bank employees, as well as students who made it another school.
The DAILY STAR was born out of these newsmen's strong – maybe to some, quixotic – belief in a medium they can fully control, whose direction they themselves can chart, guided by their own principles and policies.
The DAILY STAR organizers realize that it will be a constant struggle for it to survive. But they are kept going by the ideal that they are not only publishing a newspaper or running a business: They are pursuing a mission that they hope will make its mark in the history of journalism in this region.*
(Today, 31 years later, we still feel the same way. And we thank with all our hearts those of you who have kept faith with us all those years, and count on you again for the next decades!)