2:30 p.m., Nov. 17)
Orléans Star purchased by OrleansOnline founder
By Courtney Edgar
Orléans Star was purchased by community member
and online media entrepreneur, Fred Sherwin, as a means
to return the once corporately-owned newspaper back to
its community roots. It was previously owned by Transcontinental
has plans to turn the 30-year-old weekly paper into a
bi-weekly publication, and will continue to make the online
presence of the Orléans community loud and proud.
worked with the Star between 1989 and 2001, leaving
to start his own online news portal OrleansOnline.ca which
he still runs.
the former managing editor of the Orléans Star,
Sherwin knows what it takes to keep the people within
the community engaged in print. From human interest stories
about charities and fundraisers, to teenagers' basketball
games, Sherwin's plans include zooming in to the littler
stories that go on in Orléans, making sure that
all voices in the community can see their stories in the
newspaper they read.
Blais, city councillor for Cumberland Ward, reads the
Orléans Star every week and he says community
newspapers are important because they are hands-on.
always good if they're owned locally," Blais says.
"Community members are usually aware of what events
are happening and it's important to discuss what the community
always good to showcase what we have," Blais says.
"And we have a lot to offer."
schoolchildren doing a project, to high-school students
doing a project, to little league sports, Blais believes
these are the things you can get in community papers that
are not found in larger media organizations that are corporately-owned.
Ward Coun. Bob Monette says that community papers are
main daily newspapers focus less and less on neighbourhoods,"
to Monette, there is still a need and desire for residents
in their neighbourhood to get the kind of news that is
closer to home - the local football team or the high school
speech, the smaller community competitions and achievements
that make a community that much closer.
kind of news will always be sought after," Monette
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