Stamford Advocate is a newspaper published daily in Stamford, Connecticut. It covers local news in Stamford and the nearby southwestern Connecticut towns of Darien and New Canaan. It is part of Hearst Communications, a multinational corporate media conglomerate with $4 billion in revenues. The paper has a reputation for high-quality journalism. It is a member of the National Press Association and the Society of Professional Journalists.
The newspaper’s history dates back to 1829. At that time, the paper was called “The Stamford American”. In the first issue, a letter was printed by the head of the American Federation of Labor (AFL), Samuel Gompers. The letter urged workers to forget about creating their own labor party and instead support candidates of any political party who supported the interests of labor.
In the next decade, newspaper editor Stamford Advocate and publisher William Gillespie began to make changes to the paper. He banned advertising from the front page, introduced a specialized staff to cover railroad issues, and started a weekly section focused on business. He also proamoted reading in Stamford by promoting his own circulating library out of his office, where books were available to anyone who presented a valid library card. In May 1848 he became one of the founders of Stamford’s public library, the Ferguson.
In 1977, the Gillespie family sold the Advocate to Times Mirror Company, owner of The Los Angeles Times. In 1980, the newspaper moved to a building at Tresser and Washington Boulevards in downtown Stamford. In June 2000, Tribune Company bought Times Mirror, incorporating the Advocate into the Chicago-based company’s holdings. In 2003 the newspaper started a Norwalk edition. In 2008, the newspaper moved its headquarters from downtown Stamford, across from the city’s government center, to the Riverbend complex in Springdale.
An advocate is a person who supports and promotes the interests of another person or enterprise. This can be done on a voluntary or professional basis, and advocates can work with individuals or whole communities. An advocate can be a politician, business owner, social worker, activist, or religious leader. A good advocate is able to build relationships with important figures and encourage them to support their cause. Advocates can also help others to speak up on their behalf and support them in dealing with officials and other people who are trying to block their views.
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