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February? That happened.

March 2, 2011

Keeee-rye-st, 28 days can drag on.

For those editors — because, let’s face it, it’s always the editors — who can’t find the “Older Entries” link at the bottom of the page, here’s all the juicy stuff from February.

With award season coming, I list the best medium and large community papers in the province, as determined by past Ma Murray and Canadian Community Newspaper Association awards.

The Vernon Morning Star sports guys went to a local western store to weigh in on the upcoming Super Bowl and get fitted for cowboy hats. Hilarity ensues.

My inner Karl Marx and Adam Smith war over the closing of the Nelson Express and the “aggressive competition” cited by its publisher.

Nelson Star reporter Andrea Klassen suggests the changing media scene in that town would be a great subject for an ambitious journalism student to write about.

I found the Canadian Association of Journalists undeserving of my $75.

Ladysmith Chronicle reporter Erin DeCoste survives murderball in one piece. Which is always good when you’re playing a game that includes the word “murder.”

I wrote about the glory that comes from penning a regular column.

Two words: Swarmjam. Ick.

I wrote that hick towns can be a great place to work as a journalist, a sentiment shared by Burnaby Now arts editor Jule MacLellan and In the Koots editor Chris Shepherd. That whole thing was sparked by a great Ottawa Citizen column by a journalism professor named Joe Banks.

This blog got a name change.

Former North Island Gazette editer Peter Paterson died in his sleep at the age of 80.

I implore community newspaper editors and publishers to give reporters regular mental health checkups and the resources to deal with any underlying issues.

I give the thumbs up to a tweak of the Black Press community websites. Now if only Postmedia would follow suit (I’m not holding my breath).

Tragedy struck the Salmon Arm Observer when office manager Louise Phillips died under “suspicious circumstances.” The newspaper staff covered their co-worker’s death with great fortitude and some immensely touching pieces (Only read the stories if you have a tissue handy).

The Kamloops Daily News closed its printing press and mail room as Glacier cut back. The paper will now be printed in Vernon, at the same press that prints its competitor, Kamloops This Week.

Black Press shuffled the deck at the North Shore Outlook, the WestEnder and the Bowen Island Outlook after WE editor Michael White moved on.

Kamloops This Week’s Marty The Reporter Hastings takes on a team of NHL Oldtimers. He doesn’t do well, but the video is hilarious.


This blog had more visitors in February than any previous months. It’s still a one man show, though, so any help would be great. It’s easy, quick and the pay is shite. E-mail bclocalreporter (at) gmail (dot) com.

Have I made an error? It wouldn’t be the first time. Leave a comment and I’ll shamefully update the post.

We’re making inroads into our census of B.C. community newspapers, but there are still a lot of blanks in the Journo-lust Spreadsheet. How many journalists work at your paper? How often do you come out? Who’s your publisher? Participation is free! The benefits unlimited! The exclamation points boundless!

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