National Hug a Newsperson Day (formerly National Hug a Newsman Day) on April 4th encourages appreciation for the people reporting the news.
The Merriam-Webster dictionary tells us that the word “newsman” dates back to 1596. They have been working hard for many years to bring us the news from around the world.
A few well-known newspersons include:
- Tom Brokaw
- Barbara Walters
- David Brinkley
- Katie Couric
- Walter Cronkite
- Ann Curry
- Lester Holt
- Peter Jennings
- Connie Chung
Your local newsperson reports on the days’ events in your community. They keep you informed of important political news, businesses in your community, weather, traffic, crime, and education updates. When it comes to the national news, the local news reporters apply local perspectives. While events may happen thousands of miles away, a local newsperson knows it impacts their views still.
On the national and world scale, a newsperson may travel far and wide for the complete story. Some are attached to certain regions of the world, specializing in political, economic or health news. Wherever they report from, they bring the news into our homes, cars, businesses or where ever we may be. They keep us informed of the ever-changing world around us.
HOW TO OBSERVE HUG A NEWSPERSON DAY
- Hug a newsperson. (Ask for permission first.)
- If you aren’t able to hug your newsperson, you can send them a virtual one.
- You can also download our coloring page. When you’re finished coloring it, send it to your favorite newsperson to show them how much you appreciate them.
- Or solve the word search puzzle we created for the day using common news words.
- Use #HugANewspersonDay to post on social media.