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Editor and reporter traded for each other

November 14, 2011

Bits and bites that have come across my computer screen.

Dorian Geiger published his first column as the Lake Cowichan Gazette’s new editor. He’ll replace outgoing editor Tyler Clarke. Funnily enough, the two have switched papers. Clarke has gone to work at the Prince Albert Daily Herald, for which Geiger had been reporting. From Geiger’s column:

Before arriving in British Columbia, I had been working at a Saskatchewan daily newspaper just north of Saskatoon in the community, Prince Albert, where I worked as reporter for their newspaper, The Daily Herald. I enjoyed my time there but when opportunity came knocking and the Gazette job presented itself, I immediately decided to head west in search of greener pastures. Tyler had been searching for greener pastures, too, as I understand. With his girlfriend, Tabitha unable to find employment in the Lake Cowichan-area, Tyler found a job in Saskatchewan. That job just so happened to be at the Prince Albert Daily Herald. Both unaware of the coincidence until we were hired at our new publications, we unknowingly been apart of a “newspaper trade.” Although I have never met Tyler in person, we are Facebook friends and have been corresponding back and forth with tips for each other with how to absorb our new roles at our respective new newspapers.



I also recently stumbled across the site of The Squamish Reporter, a relatively new online news site edited by Gagandeep Ghuman.

Earlier this year, Ghuman was nominated for a Canadian Association of Journalists award for investigative journalism for a story on a fire audit that went unheeded by the District of Squamish. The audit had been leaked to Ghuman. The story prompted a threatening letter from the District soon after publication. Ellin Bessner has much more on the Reporter on her blog, including the following tidbit:

Because money is tight, and advertisers and the district give most of their dollars to the Chief, which has been around for two decades, Ghuman says he spends two days a week driving a cab to help defray expenses of putting out his weekly, and maintaining his online site. Come to think of it, driving a cab is probably a great way to get story ideas!

Ghuman probably isn’t all that popular these days in the newsroom of the district’s rival paper. In 2009, he worked as a reporter at the Squamish Chief, before going freelance. Now his own paper is coming out and competing with the Chief every Friday in the community of 15,000 people, an hour north of Vancouver on the Sea-to-Sky highway. He emails each new edition every Friday to 1,800 people.



Running your own newspaper or news site may be a dream for many, but the economics are obviously extremely difficult, if not impossible, to overcome. The recent closure of Public Eye Online demonstrates that better than any other recent event.

If Sean Holman‘s popular and scoop-tastic news site can’t survive, it’s hard to figure how other online-only publications can survive without the personal financing of their publishers. On the other hand, and this is hard for me to write, but maybe such sites really need salespeople to sell ads. I’m not sure… but, even as one’s soul cringes, it’s worth considering.


Finally, some chain news.

Black Press has led a consortium to buy the San Francisco Examiner. It sounds like a big purchase, but the Examiner is just a shadow of its former self. The hundred-year-old-plus newspaper is now a free daily newspaper in the mold of 24 Hours or Metro.

Glacier Media, meanwhile, reported increased revenue in its third-quarter results. (The deal to buy Postmedia’s B.C. community papers is expected to be finalized around the end of November.)


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