National Columnists’ Day

National Columnists’ Day is a holiday dedicated to the newspaper columnists of the world who bring us the information we need to make important day-to-day decisions in our lives. This holiday is observed annually on April 18th, and it’s the perfect day for people to learn more about journalism, print publication, and the work still being done by columnists.

Although print news has been on the decline over the last few decades, there are still plenty of dedicated professionals putting in the good work of researching, compiling, and writing up the news.

Interesting Facts About The News Industry

Since we’re talking about columnists and the news industry, we thought we’d list some of the facts that we learned about this industry that many of our readers might find entertaining. So, without further ado, below are some news industry facts for everyone to enjoy.

  • Current research shows that approximately 40% of Americans get their local news from TV.
  • Research also shows that 37% of Americans get their news online nowadays.
  • Approximately 43% of daily newspaper readers get their news served to them digitally.
  • In 2019, almost 50 journalists were killed around the world.
  • American colonies during the 18th century had 37 independent newspapers.
  • Journalism is an extremely competitive industry.

Observing National Columnists’ Day

The most obvious way to observe this holiday is by thanking a columnist you might know for everything they have done. If you don’t know a columnist, then you can always spread the love on social media using the hashtag #NationalColumnistsDay. It’s also a good day to go out and support columnists by picking up a local newspaper—or at least, paying for a digital newspaper subscription.

When is it?
This year (2024)
April 18 Thursday
Next year (2025)
April 18 Friday
Last year (2023)
April 18 Tuesday
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