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The Polish HearstAmeryka-Echo and the Public Role of the Immigrant Press$
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Anna D. Jaroszynska-Kirchmann

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780252039096

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252039096.001.0001

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Leter-Writing Communities in the Polish American Press

Leter-Writing Communities in the Polish American Press

(p.132) 6 Leter-Writing Communities in the Polish American Press
The Polish Hearst

Anna D. Jaroszyńska-Kirchmann

University of Illinois Press

This chapter places Ameryka-Echo within the context of other Polish American and ethnic newspapers, which adopted the letter-writing culture, and explores the different ways in which the editors used letters from readers, facilitating the creation of communities of readers-writers. Through the maintenance of the close connection between the newspaper and its readers, and the inclusion of the content provided by them, the press created a national as well as diasporic community of Polish immigrants, formed readers' networks loyal to a particular newspaper, and guided the immigrants in their adaptation to the new country through the adoption of personal service journalism and advice sections. Ameryka-Echo remained at the forefront of the Polish-language newspapers, engaging its readers in the process of direct communication and featuring long-lasting and popular sections based on correspondence from readers.

Keywords:   Polish-American newspapers, ethnic newspapers, Ameryka-Echo, letter-writing culture, Polish immigrants, diasporic community

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