A group of Girl Scouts from Troop 4015 in the Middle Village-Glendale area stopped by the Queens Chronicle offices on Woodhaven Boulevard in Rego Park Monday afternoon.
Joined by two of their moms, the girls got a brief education in the community newspaper business and a tour of the offices, as part of their work in a journalism program. Taking part were Olivia Lawrence, left, Niamh Norvez, Holly Marchese, Patricia Agate, Dakota Reichling, Isabella Agate, Julia D’Elia, Lorraine Marchese and Olivia Von Drathen-Ruiz.
The Scouts met several of the paper’s staffers in all areas, from reporting to advertising to artwork and management. They learned how the Chronicle focuses like a laser on hyperlocal news through 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.”
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.