Wednesday, 18 March 2009

2-in-one publishing

Weekly newspaper readers in Nanton, Alberta, are losing local access to the Nanton News office.

Sun Media has announced it is closing the News office, but not the newspaper. It will be packaged and printed by staff at the High River Times.

"The News will now be produced from the offices of the High River Times," says today's online editorial. "Despite the closure of the local office the News will continue to operate as a separate publication with its own distinct identity."

The editorial says: "Our new editor will be out and about getting to know the people of the community over the coming weeks.

"We will continue to have an editor whose work is focused on covering the goings-on in Nanton and the surrounding area, bringing you the news you care about from the town you call home.

"And we will continue to have a local sales representative servicing the advertising needs of our local businesses."

The number of jobs lost with the April 6 closing of the Nanton office isn't mentioned. The paper, serving Nanton for more than a century, is a former Bowes weekly.

Nanton's population is about 2,100, High River about 11,000.

Residents of Nanton will soon learn if local news, sports and community events coverage will be affected by the change of address.

Sun Media recently merged papers in Port Hope, Cobourg and Colborne into a single Northumberland Today paper.


  1. I don't see how that's going to work. Does the person being hired as editor realize what he or she is dealing with? Does High River, which is down to two reporters and an editor have to layout Nanton's paper in addition to their bi-weekly additions? Might as well throw in the towel now.

  2. We're all becoming apologists for our corporate Father who is hacking and slashing newspapers ... and loathe to let our names be known, lest we lose our potential severance package.