Read what Wilmington, Del. News Journal publisher Howard Griffin sent to his staff (below the MORE link) on Dec. 23, and then read “The History of Christmas.” The person who forwarded Griffin’s message writes: “I find this copy-and-paste approach to ethics unconscionable. If a newsroom employee were to have been found plagiarizing, he or she would be disciplined and probably fired. But the publisher thinks it’s OK? That’s rotten.” I e-mailed the publisher of the Gannett paper last week but haven’t received a response.
Holiday Greetings from Your Publisher
Good Morning To All,
Just like the season of Christmas, the history of the origin of Santa Claus is influenced by the customs and cultures of many countries, beginning in Asia Minor sometime around the Fourth century A.D. It was here that Bishop Nicholas became renowned for his exceptional generosity, especially to the very young. Many years later, he became known as Saint Nicholas, the patron saint of children.
As time went on, adults began to dress in the manner of Saint Nicholas, dressed in Bishops’ vestments and carrying a staff, to re-enact the kindness of the saint. They went from house to house, asking if the children who lived there had been well-behaved. In response to these visits, the children left their shoes outside the doors of their houses so that the next morning they might find them filled with sweets and trinkets.
2010 has, no doubt, been a very challenging year. All of you have played a very important role in the success of The News Journal, delawareonline, Spark, Signature, Delaware Moms and all of the many products in our multimedia portfolio. I am very fortunate to have the opportunity to lead an organization with so many caring and talented people. Thank you for all that you have done and will continue to do as we enter the new year.
My wish for you this joyous holiday season, is that your shoes are filled with the sweetest of sweets and the most wondrous of trinkets.
Howard L. Griffin
President and Publisher