COMMENTARY · 2nd October 2012
October of 2007 marked my first year of working on the Kitimat Daily. This month, October 2012 marks my 5th year working on the Kitimat Daily. I’d like to take a look back on some of the high notes and low notes working for the Daily, from my perspective.
In 2004, I had returned from the University of Northern British Columbia with a Bachelor of Arts in English and an interest in writing novels. I spent time trying to find work in Kitimat but there was nothing here.
In the Spring of 2005, I encountered Danny Nunes, who had returned to Kitimat after having received an offer from Citywest, at that time, Monarch, to produce a locally based television show. I worked with Danny on this show for 2 and a half years.
By the Spring of 2007, I was looking at moving away. Kitimat was not fruitful for jobs and many of the promised jobs at the time were far in the distant future. An opportunity arose for the fall of 2007 which kept me here. The opportunity did not pan out and I found I was stuck here for the winter.
However, my friend Danny Nunes discovered the Kitimat Daily. The website was a community web page offering multiple services and designed for the public to contribute to. Nunes submitted an article about the Telethon and I decided to contribute a few articles myself, hoping to add to my résumé.
After my first contribution, I was contacted by the owner of the page, Merv Ritchie, and he asked me if I would be interested in contributing to the website more permanently.
There were a lot of hiccups at first as there was no real on the job training. I got driven away from the first story I tried to cover and almost gave up after asking the wrong questions in an interview. Those are certainly stories for other times (maybe the ten year history).
In the meantime, I’m going to reflect on some of my experiences working for the Kitimat Daily throughout the month of October.
Well done Walter
Comment by Chris Gorden on 3rd October 2012
Well done for sticking with it Walter. I really enjoy your writing and articles. Nice to keep in touch with what's going on at home while living abroad.