President Barack Obama gave a shout out to the country’s oldest continuously running Spanish-language newspaper on its 100th anniversary on Thursday.
The New York paper El Diario/La Prensa has been celebrating its centennial with a series of events throughout the city over the course of the year.
“By telling stories that need to be told, newspapers like El Diario/La Prensa contribute the essence of the free press to our system of government,” Obama said in a letter, according to El Diario/Prensa. “I congratulate the staff of El Diario/La Prensa for a century of offering the Latino perspective to the mass media in the city of New York and other places.”
The letter from the White House came just one day after the paper’s publisher Rossana Rosado stepped down after 14 years. She will continue working with the paper as publisher emeritus.
While the paper has a proud history, it has faced the same challenges as the rest of the publishing industry in recent years, as readers move from print to web. Paid circulation dropped from a peak of 80,000 in the late 1980s to less than 40,000 in March of last year, according to the Audit Bureau of Circulation.