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It has only been in recent years that the news could be accessed at people’s fingertips 24 hours a day. Prior to this modern era, it was necessary to turn on a radio, watch the television at a certain time of day, or even read a newspaper to keep up on what was going on in the world. The people who bring the news hold an important role in society and today is the day to show them some love and appreciation. It’s time to National Hug a Newsperson Day! 

History of National Hug a Newsperson Day

Newspeople, including journalists, reporters, editors, presenters and folks with other roles in the newsroom, have been around for many years. Starting with the town crier who would deliver messages, and then turning to the newspaper once the printing press was invented, spreading information has grown over the centuries. By the 20th century, radio and then television became the main space for news, leading eventually to the internet in the 21st century.

People who bring news, whether locally or from around the world, offer a service to communities by informing them of current events and educating them on global happenings that they wouldn’t know about otherwise.

National Hug a Newsperson Day was founded to show appreciation and care for the people whose job it is to make the world a more informed place. Originally called Hug a Newsman Day, the name of the day was changed a little while ago to be sure to include people of all genders in this important day.

How to Celebrate National Hug a Newsperson Day

Looking for ideas on how to celebrate National Hug a Newsperson Day? Get creative with various ways to enjoy the day, including getting started with some of these plans:

Hug a Newsperson

Those who have friends or family members who work in the news industry might want to take National Hug a Newsperson Day as an opportunity to give them an extra big bear hug in celebration of the day. Of course, any time there is a day based around hugging someone, it is important to get their permission first. So don’t think it’s a good idea to be waiting outside the news channel office to attack a random newsperson with a hug! It’s best just hug the ones you already know, and perhaps offer a handshake or a wave when coming across a newsperson you don’t know.

Watch a News Show

Perhaps it has been quite some time since turning on the television (or heading to a news website) to simply watch a classic news program. National Hug a Newsperson Day might be just the right time to show support to the news stations and the people who work for them. Catch some news that comes straight from a TV presenter, whether it is someone who is a local or it’s a nationally-known news personality.

With more than fifty free-to-air television news stations in the United States, and many more available through paid networks, there’s certainly no shortage of newspeople to watch! Try some of the nation’s most popular news presenters like Anderson Cooper, Christiane Amanpour, Lester Holt or Shereen Bhan.

Thank a Newsperson

Some folks who don’t run in the personal circles of newspeople may not have an opportunity to thank them in person. But that’s okay! Perhaps National Hug a Newsperson Day would be a good time to write into a favorite news station or make a comment on a social media page, thanking a newsperson for their contribution to the world. Or, just for fun, go a little bit old school and send them a card through the postal service! 

Watch Some Comedies About Newspeople

One way to have some fun and be entertained in honor of National Hug a Newsperson Day might be to watch (or re-watch) some classic shows and movies that feature the comedic side of newspeople. Check out a few of these in celebration of the day:

  • Anchorman (2004). This comedy film starring Will Ferrell shows the absurd side of being a newsperson.
  • SNL Weekend Update (1975-present). Part of the Saturday Night Live weekly comedy show on NBC.
  • News Radio (1995-1999). Dave Foley, Phil Hartman, Maura Tierney and Vicki Lewis lead out in this sit-com about a radio news show.
  • Broadcast News (1987). This film is a satire about American television news, starring Holly Hunter, William Hurt and Albert Brooks.

For other days centered around the idea of hugging a person of a certain profession, consider celebrating National Hug a Plumber Day in April, National Hug a G.I. Day in March, or National Hug a Musician Day in November.   

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