Daily Archives: November 15, 2011

ODT: Significant anniversary

The ODT is the largest daily newspaper in New Zealand remaining in private ownership and remains proudly independent.

### ODT Online Tue, 15 Nov 2011
Milestone a proud achievement
By The Editor
The Otago Daily Times is 150 years old today. It is a proud achievement. The Otago Daily Times has been a leader in the newspaper industry in New Zealand throughout its history – and the same spirit of innovation and excellence continues today.
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The Otago Daily Times was established with a clear vision: to provide a comprehensive mix of news and information about the Otago region, to relay news of national events and issues, and to provide coverage of world news as well. It would also, where appropriate, advocate for regional causes, agitate on social matters, and provide intelligent, often bracing, opinions in its editorials on the full range of regional and national endeavour.

### ODT Online Tue, 15 Nov 2011
Editorial: At the forefront of history
“We write 365 days a year the first rough draft of history, and that is a very great task.” So once wrote Philip L. Graham, longtime publisher of The Washington Post, and although the phrase was not his own, he helped to popularise the notion of the role played in the public life of nations, provinces and cities by daily newspapers. Today, the Otago Daily Times, the oldest daily title in the country, marks 150 years of publication. Those 150 years cover the greater part of the organised European settlement of Otago, so it is neither self-aggrandising boast, nor frivolous claim, that the accumulated reporting of this title across a century and a-half is in fact a dense and detailed history, in the popular sense, of the region.
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• Tomorrow, the photographic exhibition “Focal Point – 150 years of the Otago Daily Times” opens at the Otago Museum. The exhibition celebrates the newspaper’s role as an integral part of the Otago community.

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