A KNIGHT FOR A DAME

NZ Today - - TALKBACK - STORY BY SARAH BRADLEY, PHOTOGRAPHS BY SARAH BRADLEY AND OTAGO DAILY TIMES

About a week be­fore I was due to fly to Dunedin from Wellington to in­ter­view Ju­lian Smith from the Otago Daily Times, I read he was in the New Year's Hon­ours list and would now be a “Sir”. Per­fect tim­ing I thought, not just be­cause it was recog­ni­tion of his out­stand­ing char­ac­ter, but also of his legacy of pre­serv­ing, af­ter five gen­er­a­tions, the old­est daily news­pa­per in the land. The longevity of the pa­per is what I wanted to find out about. Why had Sir Ju­lian and his fore­fa­thers stayed in the news­pa­per busi­ness gen­er­a­tion af­ter gen­er­a­tion and why had the news­pa­per en­dured, and in fact flour­ished, in the face of pres­sure from the in­stant news now avail­able on cell phones, lap­tops and com­put­ers.

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