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March 24, 2014

N&O began publishing Monday paper in 1914

The News and Observer’s Monday issue has been generally praised and its determination to issue every day in the year has been a move that had great public demand behind it.

A notice in the March 12, 1914 edition of The News and Observer gave readers something to look forward to – a Monday paper. Beginning March 23, the notice said, the newspaper would be issued “Every Day in The Year.”

As the date of that first issue approached, readers were informed that the newspaper offices would maintain their usual Sunday operations. The circulation office would be open until 10 a.m. on Sunday “to receive complaints as to the non-delivery of the Sunday issue of the paper. The telephone number of this department is 124 – two rings.”

The editorial and city news rooms would open later in the evening for people wishing to deliver news items, but the “Monday paper will be gotten out with a minimum of Sunday work.”

It didn’t take long for the new edition to be deemed a success, with headlines that noted “ministers find it unobjectionable.”

The News and Observer’s Monday issue has been generally praised and its determination to issue every day in the year has been a move that had great public demand behind it.

From many parts of the Sate have come letters and expressions of pleasure. The people who have always thought the paper had done a peculiar service for public morals and good government have taken the view that with a seven day paper has an enlarged field for service and can make it the best of them all.

The tributes from ministers have been kind. Five have expressed the desire to see the paper made as good as it promises to be. They are not against the issue if it goes well. A Raleigh clergyman Monday laughingly declared that his people read the Monday paper with the same relish that they pounced upon the others.

When Dr. Len G. Broughton was here the last time, he declared that he welcomes the Monday paper and he had hoped a long time that the News and Observer would issue a Monday paper. He thought its opportunity to do good immense and it could help preachers in the spread of religion in the community. He thought the News and Observer had lost by not issuing an every day paper.

The reception of the paper has been cordial. Passengers on the trains said Monday that copies sold rapidly. The eastern resident has no chance to read a Monday paper if he doesn’t take the News and Observer. He is too far from the others.

The first issue was gotten out with many difficulties. The force had not become adjusted to the newness of the thing and it was hard to make the calculations with different office conditions. The next one is to be an improvement.

Officers in the State department enjoyed the Monday paper. They have thought the necessity for it a great one. They miss it when they get up Monday morning. From now on they will have a daily opportunity to read it.

The N&O 3/25/1914

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