Katie Smith is the new editor of The Free Press.

Katie Smith is the new editor of The Free Press.

The Free Press welcomes new editor

After Katelyn Dingman left her post as editor, The Free Press hired a new one. Katie Smith is now the new editor of the local newspaper.

  • Jul. 29, 2015 12:00 p.m.

By Katie Smith

After spending nearly a full week driving in my car with my mother, I arrived in this small mountain town in one piece.

It’s a long drive from Prince Edward Island to British Columbia, roughly 5,000 kilometres, so when I told my mom I got a job in Fernie, she was immediately excited to drive across the country with me. I can’t say I shared the same level of enthusiasm about making the long trek, but I was, admittedly, more than happy to have some company on my journey.

I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and was left still wondering what I was going to be when I grew up. A couple of years later, I went back to school where I received my journalism diploma. I worked as a reporter for a couple of years, and then was out of the industry for some time.

I recently got back into it and before moving to Fernie, I was working in New Brunswick as a reporter in a contract position.

With my contract soon ending, I knew I’d soon have to find another job. So I went online and one of the first ads I saw was for a position at The Free Press.

I have a cousin who lives here, and I figured it might not be such a bad idea to apply, so I did.

A few days later, I had an interview with the paper’s publisher, Andrea Horton, and was offered the position of editor.

Without a moment of hesitation, I accepted.

Three weeks later, I was slowly but surely making my way across this vast land and when I got here, I knew I made the right move. The beautiful mountains and the friendly people were a welcomed change.

I am looking forward to accepting this challenge, getting to know the town and getting involved in the community.