They certainly presented the news in a different way in 1945.
The Bega District News 1945 papers are all contained in a bound book held at the Bega Pioneers' Museum. Selected stories from this book have been used in Looking Back for the past six months.
Now the pages have turned to the very biggest story of the year - the biggest story of the decade - the ending of World War II.
But on the front page of the August 16 paper, there's not a mention of the war.
In all fairness, the Prime Minister, Mr Chifley, announced that the war was ended on August 15, the day the paper went to print.
So the front page was as it was going to be had the announcement not been made. It had three stories, the P&C Association, Baby Health Centre and the Bega-Bowral Inter High School Contest.
Around these stories were the advertisements for the Neon Cafe; The King's Theatre which was featuring "It Happened One Night"; The Niagara Cafe; Bega Motor Funerals; Pioneer-Motor Service; Farm Machinery; Cashmere Bouquet Face Powder; John Clark The Fancy Emporium; Dick O'Neill The Busy Bootman and The Farmers and Graziers' Co-operative.
Turn to the second page and there's the story, WAR ENDS in capital letters.
Above that stretched right across the page, "Glory to God on the Highest and Peace on Earth to Men of Goodwill".
The story starts with a larger font than usual:
World War II, which started in Europe in September 1939, and later extended to the South Pacific, including Australia, has come to an end. The official announcement, which Australia and the rest of the world has been intensely expecting for some days, was broadcast early on Wednesday morning from Canberra by Mr Chiffley (sic), Prime Minister.
This typesetting mistake of the Prime Minister's name may be some indication of the haste taken to put this edition together.
The story in a smaller font continues:
Immediately following the Prime Minister's message Bega streets became thronged with school children and others, singing, cheering and parading the streets with tin cans, balls and whatever they could lay their hands on to make a noise with.