A former Prince George Citizen reporter may have been the man who shot and killed two people in a Philippines courtroom this week before being shot himself.
Start of the Citizen’s story:
John Pope was facing charges of illegal possession of firearms when he was shot by police in Cebu City the Southeast Asian country. He was described in local reports as being a journalist.
A spokeswoman for the Department of Foreign Affairs was unable to provide any personal details about Pope due to privacy concerns, but a man named John Pope was a Citizen staff reporter in the late 1970s and early 1980s. According to former Citizen employees, Pope was living in the Philippines for the last 10 to 15 years.
The Citizen also received a package from John Pope in the fall originating from the Philippines addressed to a former staff member.
Former colleagues at the Citizen had starkly different memories of Pope – some said he was a good friend and very loyal, while others said he was troubled and unhappy.
So the Prince George Citizen is looking for a new managing editor. See the job posting on Gaulin here.
Of note (and purely in the interest of stirring the pot), Citizen publisher Colleen Sparrow talks smack in the posting, calling her paper “Glacier Media’s premier daily in B.C.” Glacier, of course, has a few other papers with publishers who might dispute that bravado, not the least of which are the Nanaimo Daily News, Kamloops Daily News, and, most notably, the Victoria Times-Colonist.
Add to the fact that the Citizen ran a four-page wrap last election for a mayoral candidate and one wonders if Sparrow has a wing to flap. Or maybe it is the best. Leave a comment (That means you, Tim and Cale).
This is really sad:
Prince George Citizen systems manager Matt Altizer, his wife, Leah, and their two children Jonathan and Emily, were killed Wednesday in a head-on collision south of P.G. Thursday morning. Altizer was 40. His children, were in Grade 8 (Jonathan) and Grade 6 (Emily)
From the paper:
The family members were on their way to Vancouver to fulfill a lifelong dream of Altizer, a huge tennis enthusiast: attending a Davis Cup international match. Canada plays France in Vancouver this weekend.
At about 9:30 a.m. Thursday morning, a few minutes north of McLeese Lake, the family’s SUV and a semi truck collided head on. The truck driver survived.
Kinda puts all this Osoyoos Times stuff into perspective.
Interim publisher Colleen Sparrow, who worked with Altizer for more than a decade, said the entire community has suffered a great loss.
“I know that I speak for everyone here at The Citizen, and across Glacier Media, when I say that we have not only lost a colleague but a great friend today,” she said. “He is someone who was dear to all of us. Matt was a kind and gentle man who would go out of his way to help anyone, and patience was his hallmark.
“We grieve over the loss of Matt and his family in this difficult time.”
Police say five people died, but it’s unclear who the fifth victim is.
I regret I don’t have time to do a full post on this, but either way, this seems very, umm…., strange.
The Prince George Citizen’s front page for Nov. 18 apparently looked like this:
That’s a muddy image (courtesy of Andrew Kurjata’s twitter feed), but here’s what it shows: a full-page, front-page ad ad for a mayoral candidate. Furthermore, as the CBC’s Betsy Trumpener reported on Twitter, there was no slug explaining it as such. Find images of the inside pages here.
I can only imagine what the paper’s editors and reporters think of this. It’s so, so crazy, it’s barely worth commenting on. As it happens, I don’t have time to do so, so it’s over to you. Leave a comment.
If your New Year’s Resolution was to find a job in P.G. or Alberta, good news!
Two openings at the same daily paper!
Prince George Citizen – reporter
From Gaulin: “The ideal candidate possesses a passion for news and the written word, and will also have in depth knowledge of CP style and Photoshop, Quark and InDesign.” More…
You need two years experience, along with some layout skills. Closes Jan. 14.
Prince George Citizen – copy editor
From Gaulin: “The ideal candidate possesses a creative flair, a passion for the written word, and in depth knowledge of Quark, InDesign, CP style and Photoshop.”
You need two years experience and advanced Quark and InDesign skills. I’m mildly surprised that the Citizen uses both Quark and InDesign, but I can kind of see how that might be practical. Kinda. Closes Jan. 14
First one to show up on the first day of work claims seniority (right?).
A slew of job openings o’er in the flatlands.
The Drayton Valley Western Review needs a multi-media journalist. You need a degree/diploma and some photography skills, hopefully. Closes Jan. 21. The Review is a Sun Media paper and Drayton Valley is a couple hours west of Edmonton.
The St. Paul Journal needs an editor to manage its three-person newsroom for one year. Experience is an asset for this mat-leave position. The Journal is a Greatwest paper and St. Paul is northeast of Edmonton on the edge of a lake. Closes Jan. 18.
The Edson Leader needs a temporary journalist until April. You need a car and a pulse. This presumably starts ASAP and you’ll get paid $1,218 every two weeks. The Leader is a Sun Media paper and Edmonton is west of Edmonton, about midway between the city and the B.C./Alta. border.
The Innisfail Province needs an editor. You need several years of reporting experience and some time as an editor. The Province is a Greatwest paper and Innisfail is just south of Red Deer.