Update from the Publisher First-year round-up

Amazingly, it has been a year since I took the helm of North America's oldest newspaper. Over this year, I have learned a great deal about and have become integrated into this city; it has been a profound learning experience for me.

My French is certainly better, and I feel, now more than ever, a part of Quebec City's close-knit anglophone community.

I have been introduced to countless community members and am grateful for the warm reception I have received from many of our readers, some of whom even took the time to come down to meet me personally at our offices.

We at the paper were sad to see the departures of several long-time members of the QCT team this year: assistant editor Michèle Thibeau, designer Matthew Anderson and office assistant Doris Fritschmann all left our ranks.

Our new reporter Scott French and assistant editor Jordan Himelfarb have done tremendously well to quickly learn and adapt to their new beats and the needs of our community.

They are doing a super job meeting the standards of excellence set by our recently departed staff members.

Our team continues to grow; as we have added a new team member, Linh Giang to the position recently vacated by Doris Fritschmann. She has gone on to a post with a successful anglophone business here in Quebec City. Doris, we thank you for your dedication to the Chronicle-Telegraph and we wish you the very best in your new job.

Change is never easy, but we continue to be focused on our mission: to publish the best weekly newspaper in Canada. I am personally committed to this task, and I know the whole team at the QCT has the same goal in mind.

To this end, we are expanding into some exciting new areas. This summer the QCT launched the Newsies project. We employed students, dressed in the style of 1920s newspaper boys, to distribute copies of the QCT each week around old Quebec. The newspapers were inserted with our first-ever souvenir edition of the Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph ‐ a four-page reprint of a 1926 edition, the same one that QCT readers received inside the August 20 issue.

A special thank-you goes out to our major sponsor, the Port of Quebec, for their contribution to the minority-language community in Quebec City, without which we would not have been able to bring this project to fruition.

Another priority for the paper over the past year has been the development of our website, which was awarded third-place at the Quebec Community Newspaper Association (QCNA) Awards.

We have invested a great deal of effort into making our website among the best in the country. As a sign of our success, we are proud to report that our daily web readership has increased by over 63 per cent.

Lastly, I would like to thank our subscribers and our advertising patrons, without whom we would not be able to publish our venerable newspaper. Thank you for your understanding regarding our rate increases and for your generosity. We strive to deliver a valuable news and advertising service in return.

During this year, I have met some of the most loyal readers a newspaperman could hope to encounter and I am proud that the QCT sparks such devotion. Part of our mandate here is to keep you, the members of this community, apprised of what's going on with one another ‐ but we can't do that without your help.

We need your continued commitment to our paper: call in tips on important news stories, email us any news or events you think are relevant to our community ([email protected]). You can also do this as a member of www.qctonline.com, where you can upload stories and photos live.
As summer winds down, I want to take this opportunity to thank you and invite you to join us in making the Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph the best community newspaper in Canada.  Residents of this most beautiful city, help us share your voice.