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Historic front pages are an option

In early June — to help commemorate the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion during World War II — the Daily News published something completely different.

As was mentioned in a previous column, the Daily News resurrected the front page from its June 6, 1944, edition and included it in the June 6, 2019, edition as part of our anniversary coverage.

The reason I bring it up again today is because I wanted to make sure readers were aware that Home Instead of Norfolk — which provides home-based care to the elderly and those in need — sponsored the publication of the 1944 front page.

Here in the newsroom, we’ve discussed the possibility of publishing historic front pages on a somewhat regular basis or when space allows.

There certainly would be some logic to publishing such a page in conjunction with a historic event, like the D-Day invasion.

But there’s also the option available to Norfolk or area businesses of choosing to sponsor a historic front page in connection with a particular date that may be important or significant to the businesses or organizations in question.

If there’s interest in that, I’d encourage businesses or organizations to contact the Daily News — I’d suggest starting with the advertising department to find out the cost of such a sponsorship — and we can explore the possibility.

I find the historic front pages interesting to look over, and I’m guessing many readers do, too.

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In a different recent column, I touched on the topic of Daily News policies, the reasons behind them and the question of whether some have outlived their usefulness with the passage of time.

One such policy deals with information about in-home businesses.

For years, our policy was to do a story about a new business in Norfolk or an area community — often accompanied by a photograph — if the firm had opened with a store-front location. In other words, a home-based business didn’t qualify.

The reasoning was that opening a store-front location translated into a significant commitment of resources and usually represented full-time dedication to the business.

Whereas, an in-home business often was more of a part-time venture at best.

But times have changed, and so has the business world.

We’ve become much more aware of full-time business ventures that don’t necessarily want or need a store-front location.

That’s why we’re in the process of figuring out the best way to proceed.

We’d like to be able to publish information about a new business that may be based out of a home, but probably only if it’s a full-time venture. That may be a bit tricky to determine at times, but I believe we’ll be able to come up with a process that solves that dilemma.

It’s just another way in which the Daily News seeks to adapt and evolve with the times and provide readers and online users with the kind of information they find interesting and helpful.

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