The newsroom was full of bright, upbeat, positive and intense reporters and copy editors working away to get the day's news out to the public, just as I'm sure it had been ever since incorporating under the Daily Mail name in 1914 (except without the cigarette smoke, cigar-chomping editors and desk-drawer whiskey bottles that may have existed in previous years).
As I remember in the '90s, the staff was relatively young, sprinkled with a few reporters and editors much more experienced, and aggressive about reporting hard news while peppering the paper with light and fun stories too.
Little has changed from what I saw back then.
I am still impressed every time I look around and see a bevy of reporters and copy editors, many seemingly young but with a
surprising amount of journalism experience, intensely dedicated and devoted to putting out the best news publication — online and in print, that they can.
Every day the staff puts out a good product. Then the next day they come back and do it again.
For some readers, the method of receiving the news has changed. For the staff and for readers, the hours of delivery have changed. Yet the strengths of the Charleston Daily Mail
remain the same.
And that's good news.
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Merritt is Daily Mail editorial page editor. He may be reached at 304 348-4802 or by email at kelly.merr...@dailymail.com. Follow him on Twitter @ekmerritt.