A group of Cub Scouts from Pack 139 in Howard Beach stopped by the Queens Chronicle offices on Woodhaven Boulevard in Rego Park last Friday afternoon.
Getting a brief education on journalism and a tour of the newspaper were Matthew Skolnick, left, Aeres Moran, Gavin Schwartz, Marc Guzzo, Brandon Cuevas, Sebastian Cuevas and Joseph Anello. One member, Christopher Bongiorno, was unable to attend.
The Scouts met the publisher and several staffers, and got a look at a few of the Chronicle’s eight editions from last week, seeing how one had a parade on the front page while another had two rallies over education policy and another the city’s plan to reduce pedestrian deaths.
They were also 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 children when it can. Call (718) 205-8000 to set one up.