I wrote about the final print edition of Canada’s Guelph Mercury on Friday morning and the fitting front the paper offered the community. Had I scrolled Newseum’s collection down a bit further, I would have noticed another Canadian paper ran a final edition with a -30- on Friday. Thanks to a commenter on Russ Kendall’s “What’s Your Plan B?” Facebook group for pointing it out.
Here’s the front page of the 141-year-old Nanaimo Daily News, via Newseum:
I emailed H.G. Watson, associate editor of The Canadian Journalism Project’s J-Source, for some context.
“The short answer is that I think it’s just a horrible coincidence that two Canadian papers are shutting down on the same day with similar covers,” she said.
The papers have different owners — Nanaimo Daily News is owned by Black Press and The Guelph Mercury is owned by Metroland Media, Watson said, which is owned by Torstar. Black Press closed the Alberni Valley Times in the fall.
“Torstar does have a stake in Black Press, but it’s 19 percent,” she said. “But aside from that, nothing that I know of connects the papers aside from closing down on the same day.”
J-Source published a piece by Paul Walton on the end of the paper. Walton has worked at the paper since 1993.
The ongoing task of clarifying that concept of democracy has belonged to the daily newspaper.
The work of journalists and editors has been to translate democracy from a sometimes vague concept into a reality that we can all understand, act on and use. It is job so important and so challenging that it must be renewed every day.
When I started at the Daily Free Press in 1993, that process was in full swing. We covered areas where your awareness, understanding and input were vital; at city hall, the courts, school board and health to name a few. We scrutinized areas where those in authority would be held to account in the event that authority was abused.
Like journalists at Guelph Mercury, journalists at Nanaimo Daily News tweeted their goodbyes.
Just filed my last story for @NanaimoDaily.
— Spencer Anderson (@anderson_spence) January 29, 2016
Designing the cover of the very last Nanaimo Daily News. -30- pic.twitter.com/FBPuAZCCjd
— Aaron Hinks (@aaron_hinks) January 28, 2016
I got the editorial staff to sign the press plate of the final Nanaimo Daily News. -30- pic.twitter.com/UgkCmhRzD6
— Aaron Hinks (@aaron_hinks) January 29, 2016
Here’s one more that a reader mentioned in our Facebook comments, and it’s from last year: