Newspapers are the original social media – Perry County Republic Monitor

Last week The Republic-Monitor, along with newspapers all across the nation, celebrated National Newspaper Week. All staff members of the paper gave a brief professional bio and addressed the issues of technology in our industry as well as the current stigma of “fake news”.

While reading them I realized that newspapers are the original social media. I have personally always enjoyed the interaction of the paper with its readers. No matter the department I have worked in, all of us here at the paper have to interact with those who use the paper to reach their audience with their message. It may be a news event, a garage sale, a car for sale or a ribbon cutting. 

The Republic-Monitor has many promotions going on currently and additional ones coming up that require reader involvement.I’m sure you will find one or two that you want to participate with, and I am happy to say all are free to participate in.

1: “It Can Wait” Editorial Contest. The Republic-Monitor, along with the Missouri Press Association (MPA) and AT&T, is sponsoring an “It Can Wait” editorial contest to raise awareness about the dangers of smartphone-related distractions. This is open to students in middle and high school. The middle school winner will receive a $50 cash prize, and the high school winner will receive a $100 cash prize. The editorials will be printed in the paper and both will advance to the state competition. Deadline for submission is Wednesday, Oct. 25. Submit by email to or drop off at the office

2: Youth Deer Hunt. We are looking for youth deer hunting photos to be submitted for the fall and winter hunting sections. They may be submitted via email to or brought into the office.. This is free to submit, and the photos need to include the youth’s name, age, and hometown. The photos need to be turned in by noon on Friday, Nov. 3.

3: Veterans Day is just around the corner, and this year the Republic-Monitor is partnering with the Missouri National Veterans Memorial in seeking out women who have served or are currently serving in the military. If these women have a tie to Perry County, we want their photo and information. Currently, we have 44 women who have Perry County ties, but we feel there are more women from Perry County, especially in more recent years, who are currently serving their country. The Republic-Monitor wants to recognize their service to our country, as well as have their information on permanent record. This new and unique section for Veterans Day will run on Thursday, Nov. 9 with a deadline for photos on Tuesday, Oct. 31. Email or drop off at the office.

4: Holiday Favorites. The Republic-Monitor is seeking recipes from our readers. There are three categories in which to submit: Appetizers, Desserts, Entrees and Sides.  The recipes will be printed in the Thursday, Nov. 16 Holiday Favorites section of the paper.

Feel free to submit in one or all of the categories. You can find the form in today’s paper on Page 2A. Please fill it out and drop it off at the office, mail to PO Box 367, Perryville, Mo. 63775 or email to The deadline is Friday, Nov. 3.

5: Christmas Traditions. On Thursday, Dec. 7 the Republic-Monitor will have a section of the paper dedicated to Christmas Traditions. We are asking our readers to share their Christmas traditions. They may be deep-rooted traditions that have been going on for many years and over many generations or they may be new traditions. 

For example, in my family, I have always given our son Scott an ornament for Christmas. This year will be the 27th year of doing so. Now that he is married to our wonderful daughter-in-law Jennifer, they get an ornament together. It will also be the third year of giving Avery (our granddaughter) her ornament. I have not given Scott and Jennifer the ornaments that Scott received from us while he lived at home. They go up on one of our trees that have only sentimental ornaments on it. It has ornaments from my mother’s childhood, ones that I gave her when I was young, my childhood ornaments, homemade ornaments that my mother and Scott made one year, you get the picture. 

We want your stories, so please submit by email to or mail to PO Box 367, Perryville or drop off at the office, 10 W. Ste. Marie St.

I encourage you to participate; your local community newspaper is a reflection of our community. It is the paper of record for Perry County. You find birth announcements, obituaries, legal notices, sports scores, garage sales, and grocery store inserts. The paper is as diverse as our community and reaches over 12,500 readers each publication day. 

Remember, this is your paper, too. Please be a part of it, and send us your submissions.


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