Extra! Extra! Edmonton newspaper marks 40 years of publishing
|globalnews.ca 15 Mar 2019 at 16:37|
The newspaper began in 1979, eventually growing into a full-fledged publication which now operates as an independent non-profit.
The focus is hyperlocal â all about the events, issues and people of the Boyle Street and McCauley communities.
âThere are perspectives in this part of the city that people never get to hear,â Kirman explains. âThrough the paper, weâre able to give those perspectives a voice.
âItâs more than just a newspaper. Itâs a community-builder.â
According to Kirman, the paper has âbetween 70 to 80 active volunteersâ covering the roles of writers, proofreaders and block carriers.
One of those carriers is 40-year-volunteer Bob McKeon.
âItâs natural if youâre involved in the neighbourhood, you want to be a part of telling the stories,â McKeon explains from the newspaperâs modest offices; a basement space in the cityâs Little Italy community.
McKeon explains how the paper is eagerly welcomed by residents.
âNever once when I have come to a door have they said, âWe donât want the Boyle McCauley News, â he said.
âWe are in a better position than we thought we would be.â
Like in other media, the paper has been challenged with financial problems at times from declining revenue to higher operational costs.
But starting its 40th year, things look well.
âThere have always been people throughout the history of the paper that have been willing to stand up and help the paper survive,â Kirman says.