“Our seven year old is ready to stand by itself” said the advertisement of our Greek-language edition, the Ethnikos Kirix – National Herald in the not so recent year 2004. It referred to the English-language edition of the company, named in English ‘The National Herald’, which after seven years as weekly insert in the ‘EK’ was ready to stand on its own as ‘TNH’.
I remember the ad vividly since I was new at the newspaper at the time, not even two years on staff, and the project had impressed me: from a historic newspaper that was then in its 89th year, a separate newspaper was about to be born, and in English. Of course, as much as it impressed me, it also scared me: would it succeed?
Ultimately, the then-Editor of the EK, and current Adviser to the Publishers of both newspapers, Antonis H. Diamataris, whose idea it was, was not wrong.
And he was right not because these things go on autopilot and success comes by itself (after all nothing in this life is given and nothing happens by itself). He was not wrong because he and his colleagues (those he had then, whom he picked to form the English edition team) were determined to work hard to give Omogenia a second comprehensive and complete newspaper in the English language. Eighteen years after the decision to stand alone as an English language newspaper and 25 years since it first started as an insert in the Greek edition, The National Herald is here serving the Homeland from a platform in a second language. It is not just a victory for the EK organization, it is a victory for all expatriates and American-born Hellenes who are informed by a second newspaper with additional perspectives and that respects the same high standards for providing information as the Greek edition. Just think – how many communities of other ethnic groups in America and elsewhere in the world enjoy such a privilege: Few, few.
So, the 25th birthday of The National Herald is not only a celebration for our company, it is a celebration for the whole Community across the United States – and not only, since with the power of the Internet in recent years the English-language edition reaches everywhere in the World, everywhere that Hellenism exists. The 25 years of The National Herald reflects and demonstrates the vigor and prosperity of the Greek-American community itself. As long as it exists, there will be a newspaper worthy of it that will serve it by informing its members vigorously, and in a timely manner, in print, and online.