Editor's note: This article is part of a special series celebrating National Newspaper Week Oct. 6-12. The Week was designated in 1940 as a way to recognize the importance of newspapers to their communities.
Decades ago, if you wanted to know what was going on in town, you would hang out at the local coffee shop and chew the fat with your neighbors.
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Where you can find us onlineAll Daily Herald employees can be found on social media. To find a specific editor or reporter, you can check out their bios online at http://www.dailyherald.com/info/staff/. All social media, plus email and phone numbers, are listed on individual pages.
We also have official company pages that we're sharing content on. You can find us on:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DailyHeraldFans, https://www.facebook.com/DH.TimeOut, https://www.facebook.com/cookoftheweek, https://www.facebook.com/DHEditorial, https://www.facebook.com/RealEstateDH, https://www.facebook.com/TheFittestLoserDH, https://www.facebook.com/DailyHeraldPhotography, https://www.facebook.com/groups/BuffaloGroveIllinois/
Google+: +dailyherald and Daily Herald Football Focus
Twitter: @dailyherald and @dhpreps
Today, Facebook is that coffee shop. And so is Pinterest, LinkedIn, Google+ and Twitter.
Through social media, we can connect with people thousands of miles away as easily as if they're sitting next to us. We've embraced those changes at the Daily Herald. Our staff listens to you, laughs with you, cries with you and talks with you on social media.
For example, Jake Griffin (https://www.facebook.com/jakegriffin.dailyherald), our suburban tax watchdog, gets story ideas and regularly talks with readers on Facebook.
Our pro sports team of Barry Rozner (@BarryRozner), Bob LeGere (@BobLeGere), Tim Sassone (@TimSassone), Bruce Miles (@BruceMiles2112), Mike McGraw (@McGrawDHBulls) and Scot Gregor (@ScotGregor) give us the inside scoop on the teams and keep us up-to-date during the games via Twitter.
Our Food editor, Deborah Pankey, pins the latest recipes and food trends on Pinterest at http://www.pinterest.com/pankeysplate/. Anna Marie Kukec keeps up with the latest on business via LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/in/amkukec).
All Daily Herald employees can be found on social media. To find a specific editor or reporter, you can check out their bios online at http://www.dailyherald.com/info/staff/. All social media, plus email and phone numbers, are listed on individual pages.
We also have official company pages on social media.
You can find us in several spots on Facebook:
Our general page is https://www.facebook.com/DailyHeraldFans. We have another page focused on suburban entertainment: https://www.facebook.com/DH.TimeOut; one for our Cook of the Week challenge: https://www.facebook.com/cookoftheweek; one for our Fittest Loser contest: https://www.facebook.com/TheFittestLoserDH; one for Editorials and letters to the editor: https://www.facebook.com/DHEditorial; one for suburban real estate news: https://www.facebook.com/RealEstateDH; and one where our photographers showcase their best work: https://www.facebook.com/DailyHeraldPhotography.
We also recently launched a community group on Facebook where Buffalo Grove residents can come share information with their neighbors at https://www.facebook.com/groups/BuffaloGroveIllinois/.
You can also find us on:
These pages give us an opportunity to share more of who we are with you. We get to celebrate the promotions of our employees. We get to tell you some of the stories behind the stories.
I like to think of social media as a modern-day California gold rush. We get to blaze new trails and explore new technologies in our quest to better connect with you and the conversations in our communities.
• Teresa Schmedding joined the Daily Herald more than 20 years ago. She is president of the American Copy Editors Society.