It’s a common creation story for many small Canadian towns: a lawman, teacher and a doctor walk off a train and a community is born. But, the fourth estate is often forgotten in this story – the publisher.
Long gone are the days of single person news shops, and a newly assembled editorial team and the new-look Dawson Creek Mirror newspaper is ready to talk to this city and the rest of the South Peace community.
From our carriers, reporters, and sales reps—all the way right up to the associate publisher—the Mirror’s door is always open, the reporters are always on, sales reps are always closing. Our ear is ready to be bent and we’d like to have a chinwag.
The coffee is on, so stop by the office for a cuppa.
“The News is the voice of the people of the Peace River” is a mantra that dates back to the first issue of the Peace River Block News in May 1930. It’s a line we take seriously here at the Mirror today, reflected daily online and in our print editions each week. Whether it was the noting of a visit to the area by then-Vancouver newspaperman George M. Murray in the second issue of the Block News, or a story about a mayoral candidate with a perhaps macabre election vehicle, the news is the lifeblood of our communities.
We’ll let you know what’s coming up event-wise – but also what is happening at those many public institutions that need an outside watchdog. We’re online every day and we’ll load the community news cannon full of shot each week for readers and advertisers alike. Get on board. Why? Everyone’s going to be on board this train.
For myself, 2016 marks a 15-year professional anniversary in the industry, a 20-year relationship with weekly reporting, and a 25-year relationship with the written word. I’ve worked as a reporter and photographer at newspapers in Manitoba and every province west, and look forward to joining this team and making the Dawson Creek community my home.
All of us here under both the flat and rounded quonset roof at the Mirror look forward to bringing a new and fresh flavor to your news reading. We’re online every day and in print each week, becoming a part of this community as we chronicle its stories.
Rob Brown is managing editor of the Dawson Creek Mirror. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.