December 22, 1937
■ LET.TER TO THE EDITOR
Dear Mr. Editor:
Several people have asked: ”How did the Greenbelt Cooperator gat
* started?” It has even been suggested that the story be published in our
paper. Therfore, in order to give the information to everyone, I should
like to ask you to print the following announcement. Signed by J. M. Nor
vell, G. W. Bradford, W. R. Poole, and myself, it was placed on the bulle
tin board at the store in order to attract interested persons. Inasmuch
as you were circulating a petition regarding a newspaper at the same time',
you were approached regarding our proposed plan. Robert D. Hayes, having
also expressed his interest in the matter, was consulted; so was Robert E.
f Jacobsen. A meeting was held November 11, 1937. It was attended by fif
teen persons interested in seeing started a Greenbelt weekly newspaper.
The G-reenbelt Journalistic Club was formed and officers were elected.
officers of the Club were authorized to act in their respective positions
and others were appointed to handle the various jobs on the paper for a
period of six issues, as reported in the first issue.
The original announcement of plans follows:
A GREEN3ELT NEWSPAPER
Greenbelt has already grown into a town of many residents and the
time has come when a medium for the dissemination of news should be set
up. Several residents of Greenbelt feel that they would like .to get a
newspaper started and have it grow with the community.
This paper would be a cooperative newspaper and would be very useful
as an authoritative source for news of meetings, specials at the stores,
current attractions at the theatre, special grease jobs at the filling
station, progress in transportation, and numerous items of real interest
to the people of Greenbelt. There would be space for suggestions from
all who are interested in seeing improvements made at Greenbelt.■
A small paper of from four to six mimeographed pages has been thought
of as adequate to start with, and as the paper progresses it could be
multigraphed, then printed at a printing establishment, or possibly we
could print it ourselves, if the high school installs a printing press
for vocational courses and we are permitted to use it.
The title 11 Greenbelt Cooperator” has been suggested as appropriate for
Exponses of the paper will be borne by advertisements and public dona
tions until Greenbelt can afford a full-fledged newspaper.
No editorial policy will be adopted immediately except to present such
in the form of an open forum.
Those who are interested in helping on the staff of this paper and those
who have suggestions to make may either submit them in writing to the
”Greenbelt Cooperator”, Box 44, Greenbelt Post Office, or make a personal
contact with any one of the following persons:
* (The above mentioned signers were listed and their addresses given.)
R. S. Sowell, Secretary
Greenbelt Journalistic Club.
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