Editor’s note: Below is the first editorial published by The Daily Progress, on Sept. 14, 1892.
Our primary purpose then remains our primary purpose today: to tell the stories of our city, county, region and state in a fair manner, as comprehensively as possible, and to advance the progress of the community.
Astute readers will note the reference, from 125 years ago, to the newspaper’s stated political viewpoint. Such partisanship was common in newspapers of the time.
It was not until the 20th century that the principle of objective journalism became standard, with some historians citing 1950 as the moment when this “new” form of journalism was consolidated as soundly mainstream. Readers will also notice a section of the reproduced editorial that appears in brackets. The editorial was copied from a faded and folded newsprint copy, and in that section the type is illegible. We have extrapolated its meaning as best as possible.