The Free Press, Mankato, MN


May 24, 2013

50 years and not too old to remember


A lot has changed in this industry, some good and some not so much. Certainly, the news can be distributed faster, but haste can sometimes lead to mistakes. People seem more concerned with acquiring “knowledge” than knowing if it’s fact.

There’s still a place for the newspaper, a trusty friend that can join you in the recliner or a more private setting to inform and entertain. Sometimes, it’s just more fun to read 15 inches on a subject than 140 characters.

Maybe, it’s just that this milestone has created time for reflection. The job isn’t the same as it was 25 years ago, nor is the writer.

Better or worse? Hard to remember.

Chad Courrier is a Free Press staff writer. To contact him, call 507-344-6353, e-mail at, check out his local sports blog at or follow his Twitter feed @ChadCourrier.

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