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Alberta Book > Weekly Newspapers in Alberta: Writing the First Draft of History

Alberta Weekly NewspapersWeekly Newspapers in Alberta: Writing the First Draft of History by Wayne Arthurson and published by Folklore Press (2012)  is a chronicle of the first newspaper publishers in Alberta. It opens with Frank Oliver, and the publication of the Edmonton Bulletin on December 6, 1880 and ends with a chapter on the St Albert Gazette, voted the Best Community Newspaper in Canada in 2012 by the Canadian Community Newspaper Association. The book places community newspapers at the centre of history in the development of cities, towns and communities in Alberta. Through hands on experience while working at the Olds Gazette and the Didsbury Review and through archival research and oral histories with the sons, daughters and friends of newspaper pioneers, Wayne Arthurson weaves an interesting story Alberta’s history from the first newspaper published in Alberta to the newspapers of the present day.

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Alberta Newspaper > Lethbridge Herald by Alta Publishing Group

Lethbridge HeraldAlberta had sported its status as a Canadian province for just over two months when the Lethbridge Herald first appeared. It was autumn 1905 and Lethbridge was a mining town of about 3,000 people already being served by the Lethbridge News, which had just begun daily publication after 20 years as a weekly paper.  Two Cranbrook men, Fred E.Simpson and A.S. Bennett, introduced the Lethbridge Weekly Herald, which published its first issue Nov. 8, 1905.  Its first home was in a building that used to house a Chinese laundry on what is now 5 Street South.

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Alberta Newspaper > The Brooks Bulletin, A Family Run Business with a Heart for the Community

Brooks Bulletin Alberta NewspaperThe Brooks Bulletin is an independent weekly newspaper published in Brooks, Alberta since 1910. At that time, the population of the hamlet of Brooks was growing as business interests started up grocery and hardware stores, lumber yards and rooming houses. The residents incorporated the hamlet as a village named after CPR employee Noel Edgel Brooks. Businessmen wanted to attract the business of the homesteaders so they formed a Board of Trade and elected E.O. (Bert) Coultis as editor to start up a newspaper for circulation throughout the area. Coultis solicited advertising, wrote general news items and then had the paper printed in Medicine Hat.

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Alberta Newspaper > The Jasper Fitzhugh

Jasper Fitzhugh Alberta NewspaperIn the summer of 2005, a group of friends gathered with the idea of creating an independent, locally-owned newspaper that would represent the needs, issues and ideas of their community. They believed the community of Jasper was ready to be represented by a locally-owned, politically-independent weekly paper. At that time, Sun Media was publishing the Jasper Booster, a weekly newspapers published in Jasper since 1963. The result of the efforts to publish a locally-owned weekly newspaper is the Fitzhugh. The goal of the Fitzhugh is to present news and comment that is timely and reflects readers’ values and lives. At the Fitzhugh you’ll find fresh and innovative reporting from our energetic and qualified staff.

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Alberta Newspaper > The Taber Times, The First Offset Print Newspaper in Western Canada

The Taber Times NewspaperThe Taber Times is a community newspaper published every Wednesday by the Alta Newspaper Group Limited Partnership. Besides The Taber Times, this group includes four other community newspapers in Southern Alberta, the Coaldale Sunny South News, the Vauxhall Advance, the Bow Island County Commentator and the Lethbridge Sun Times; two daily newspapers, the Lethbridge Herald and the Medicine Hat News and two specialty farm publications, the Prairie Post and the Prairie Post West. With a paid, weekly circulation of 3,322 copies per issue, The Times serves the town of Taber as well as the villages and hamlets within the Municipal District of Taber. 

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Marilyn Jones, Edmonton, Alberta ABOUT ME
I am Marilyn Jones, a news junkie with a penchant for publishing, politics, communications, gardening, hiking, reading, the arts and training nonprofit organizations in media relations and social media communications in Alberta (BA in English with Honours, U of A; Master of Publishing, SFU)

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