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A lesson in the news biz

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Posted: Thursday, July 24, 2014 10:30 am | Updated: 11:26 am, Thu Jul 31, 2014.

A group of students and staffers from the Phyllis L. Susser School in Fresh Meadows recently stopped by the Queens Chronicle offices for a brief education in the community newspaper business and a tour. Taking part were Pamela Smith, left, Marisol Alcantara, Isaac Garcia, David DeJong, Madyson Harris, Alejandro Suarez and A.J. Mejia.

They learned how the Chronicle focuses like a laser on hyperlocal news in its eight regional editions, and how advertising from local businesses supports all the paper does.

They also were shown how freedom of the press is protected by the First Amendment, and learned Thomas Jefferson’s famous quote that journalists love: “Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.”

A special treat was a surprise inspirational speech they got from Chronicle contributing photographer Rick Maiman, a former teacher and compelling speaker who just happened to have stopped by the office at the same time.

The Chronicle is glad to give such tours to small groups of young people when time allows. Call Peter C. Mastrosimone, the editor-in-chief, at (718) 205-8000, ext. 127 to set one up for your organization.

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