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.

 

 

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