Editors to talk newspapers, community at Words North writing festival

Do newspapers have a future? It depends on who you ask, but ask a pair of Peace Region inkslingers and they’ll say the business of selling stories on dead trees is alive and well.

Matt Preprost, editor of the Alaska Highway News, and Rob Brown, editor of the Dawson Creek Mirror, will host a panel discussion called Stop the Presses on Friday, Sept. 28, as part of the upcoming Words North writing festival.

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With more than 30 years of newspaper experience between them, Preprost and Brown have stories of humour and horror to share, and are looking for engaged and enthusiastic writers to join the conversations in their respective pages.

“The first three people to step off the train in any new town are the sheriff, the mayor, and the newspaper publisher,” Preprost says.

“No community is complete without its local paper and the people that drive the talk of the town.”

Stop the Presses will be interactive, taking in questions from columnist and session moderator Judy Kucharuk, as well as the audience.

Preprost is an award-winning editor and reporter from Winnipeg, where he began his career at the Winnipeg Free Press in 2008. He joined the Alaska Highway News in 2013, and became editor in 2015. He was most recently recognized by the BC & Yukon Community Newspaper Association with a bronze for newspaper excellence and silver for editorial writing.

Since beginning in 2001, Brown has more than 20 AWNA, MCNA, CCNA, BNA, and other writing, photography, and media awards. He is part of an exclusive club with more than 10,000 news stories filed, for daily/weekly print products in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and B.C.

Stop the Presses runs Friday, Sept. 28, at 3 p.m. at the Kiwanis Performing Arts Centre in Dawson Creek.

For more information on the Words North festival, visit: peaceliardarts.org/words-north/words-north-2018.

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