Daniel Sánchez: Últimas Noticias is the true voice of the people

Of his 73 years, Daniel Sánchez has lived 55 selling the newspaper. Photo: Henry Delgado

When Daniel Sánchez was nine years old, he began to accompany his father to the sales kiosk located on Avenida Universidad, corner of San Francisco, in Caracas, where around 500 daily copies of Últimas Noticias 1957 since.

The now 73-year-old man nostalgically told how the sale of the newspaper created a sentimental bond between him and his father, who together left their house, located in San José del Ávila, every morning at 3:00 am, to wait accompanied. in the crowded corner the press truck.

I was very proud to open that tin kiosk every day where the name Daniel resonated at all times in the mouths of the people who began their day by greeting their town criers, others stopped with cigarettes and coffee in hand to comment on the gossip of the surroundings and the national events.

Everyone came to greet their father and was fascinated by the lightness with which Últimas was sold, “it was the favorite and it still is, but in those years it was exciting to see the astonishment on their faces before a front page that was understood why 'the news' —the newspaper — has always communicated in understandable language; It is the true voice of the people, ”he said.

Various historical events saw the Danieles-father and son with the same name- pass from the strategic corner such as the fall of the dictatorial government of Marcos Pérez Jiménez, on January 23, 1958. That day and the following days, with intersecting bullets and the nervousness, they were selling Últimas Noticias, the newspaper disappeared in less than half an hour.

A momentous event in the political and contemporary history of Venezuela was the social outbreak, known as the Caracazo during the government of Adeco Carlos Andrés Pérez, on February 27, 1989. For that day the news had to wait a little longer, because the street It was hot and Daniel and his dad went out to sell around eight in the morning. “Everybody would come to the corner of San Francisco and say, give me the Últimas Noticias", remember.

Another moment that marked a before and after in the national memory was the rebellion of November 27, 1992 against the government of Carlos Andrés Pérez, when they tried to rescue Venezuelan democracy, that day there were no specimens because everyone wanted to know what was happening, he said. Sanchez.

His father Daniel became so recognized for his work selling the national and international press that he was elected as a supplier to the National Assembly, to financial entities such as the Banco Industrial de Venezuela and other renowned businesses and companies.

“All the newspapers and the people in the center have had us as a point of reference for the sale of the press and we owe that in part to Últimas Noticias, people look for it for its tabloid format, easy to read and carry around, ”he said.

The year 2001 marked a before and after in the life of Daniel Jr., as his father, the man who sowed values ​​and love for proclaiming, passed away. However, the event did not close the doors of that kiosk opened for the first time by the working hands of one of the newspaper's first town criers.

Since then, Daniel Jr., graduated from the Central University of Venezuela in History, Geography and Anthropology in 1978, and with a permanent job as an educator, took the reins alone, but with the company of his children at the kiosk, where on a daily basis, 64 years later, he maintains his work as a town crier Últimas Noticias, with pride.

“Being a town crier feels good, we are an essential part so that Venezuelans are informed, so that the news reaches all homes, jobs and corners of the busiest streets in the country. We have a direct relationship with the public ”, he highlighted.

The letter will not die

For the newsstand Daniel Sánchez, the current situation represents many challenges for print journalism, since, in his opinion, the digital age is imposed in many fields, but this does not mean that the press will disappear. “The letter is not going to die because the newspaper continues to be the main medium through which people are informed. The digital versions are interactive but also fleeting. On the other hand, the newspaper is always within everyone's reach and lasts. On the other hand, not everyone has access to a telephone or computer ”, he explained. Although sales dropped a bit during the pandemic, “people don't stop looking for their newspaper and I'm still here with the legacy of my dad, a town crier. Últimas Noticias”, He affirmed seated from his kiosk waiting for his clients.



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