Journalism 101

Borderland Reporter

On May 13 1982, I responded to an ad in the Globe & Mail for the position of News Editor at a weekly newspaper in a small Saskatchewan town called Coronach.

Much to my surprise, I got a job offer after a phone interview on May 26 and headed West on June 10, (the day after I graduated from Sheridan) . I arrived in Gravelbourg on June 13 and stayed there for two weeks (until June 27) where I learned about the job from my publisher, who ran his own newspaper there. I then headed south and put all my time and effort into making the Borderland Reporter a successful newspaper.

The weekly newspaper covered the southern Saskatchewan towns of Coronach, Willow Bunch and Rockglen. It required me to report on all areas of life, including town council meetings, agriculture, local businesses, fairs, sports, features and everything in between. As well, I came up with a new religion column, working with the town's various clergy to produce a column for the paper's readers.

I was also in charge of the weekly production of the newspaper, which took place in Gravelbourg.

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