Founded in 1961, in the centennial year of Alberta’s oldest permanent settlement, The St Albert Gazette is a newspaper published twice weekly that has chronicled the lives of residents and events for St. Albert and the Sturgeon area for 50 years. From their beginnings as an eight-page 8 1/2″ x 11″ community newsletter to today’s twice-weekly, full-color tabloid, they focus on providing readers with award-winning journalism in every issue. Their advertising, creative and news teams have collected more than 200 industry honours in the past 20 years. The Canadian Community Newspapers’ Association has named them the best newspaper in the country in 2000, 2001, 2005 and 2008.
According to their website, the City of St. Albert is one of Alberta’s fastest growing communities. It has the highest education levels and the second-highest household income in the province. Located in the beautiful Sturgeon River valley on Edmonton’s northern boundary, the city is now approaching 60,000 residents. To the north another 22,000 residents live in the towns villages, acreages and farms of Sturgeon County.
To serve this community, they publish two editions weekly, the Saturday edition has a circulation 20,316 distributed in urban St. Albert. Wednesday edition has a circulation of 25,628 and the distribution includes locations in rural communities, farms and acreages in the County of Sturgeon.
Their website is clean, fresh, elegant, easy to navigate and has an extensive online events calendar to which readers are invited to post their event. They also offer a digital edition of each issue. To commemorate their 50th anniversary they have posted their first issue on their website. It’s worth checking out what the state of the art was in weekly newspapers in Alberta in 1961. One of my favourite features is their generous and informative event listing section that includes St. Albert events as well as those in Edmonton and are.
This May, its closest competitor Saint City News ceased publication leaving the market to the Gazette with likely a sigh of relief. Brian Bachynski is the publisher of the Gazette and editors are Peter Boer and Bryan Alary.
Published by Great West Newspapers and owned by Glacier Media Group the group publishes newspapers in several Alberta communities and across Western Canada. The president of Great West Newspapers is Duff Jamison, publisher of the St. Albert Gazette. Paul Rockley, publisher of the Okotoks Western Wheel, is executive vice president.
Other Great West publications include: Airdrie City View, Athabasca Advocate, Barrhead Leader, Bonnyville Nouvelle, Carstairs Courier, Didsbury Review, Elk Point Review, FFWD Weekly (Calgary), Innisfail Province, Lac La Biche Post, Mountain View Gazette, Okotoks Western Wheel, Olds Albertan, Rocky View Weekly, St. Albert Gazette, St. Paul Journal, Sundre Round Up, Town & Country, Westlock News, Wheel & Deal (Alberta edition) and Wheel & Deal (Prairie edition).