From its start as the 100 Mile Herald in 1960, the 100 Mile Free Press has been the voice for the South Cariboo – covering local events, reporting the news as it breaks and investigating issues that impact the community. Over those five decades, the Free Press has covered a lot of big stories such as a plane bombing, the most costly RCMP standoff in Canadian history and more recently wildfires and mill closures. At one time, the Free Press itself even became the news as a disastrous fire that left a pile of ashes in 1980.
On a daily basis, the team behind the 100 Mile Free Press works hard to ensure the South Cariboo is informed with factual, well-researched and engaging news. The Free Press doesn’t settle, it strives to deliver news with an emphasis on challenging themselves to make the next story better than the previous one.
This search for excellence is evident as the Free Press won a Canadian Community Newspaper and Jack Webster Award for its Fire Fight special issue in 2017. This year, the Free Press won two more Canadian Community Newspaper Awards.
The Free Press is also proud of its partnership with the South Cariboo community. The Free Press gives back and supports local people in many ways, such as organizing and hosting the annual Easter Egg Hunt. This year, the Free Press is also taking over Breakfast with Santa and sponsors many other community events and non-profit organizations.
For us, it all comes down to the community. When you care about your community, the people in it and the events that take place, you care about your job. The Free Press is a team of community members – they live here, create families here or have come to start a new chapter here.
Furthermore, the Free Press is not only a source of news and information it also records our history.
As the landscape of community journalism has changed, so has the Free Press. It has gone from publishing a paper once a week to being a newsroom with 24/7 coverage. With a shift into the digital age, the Free Press can report breaking news in real-time, engage our readers with videos, live-streaming and other social media practices. The Free Press is not just a nine to five newsroom but an editorial team committed to reporting the news, when and wherever it happens.
However, the Free Press can’t do it without you. We hope you’ll join our family as a subscriber and in September we’re offering some special rewards for doing so.
“With your subscription purchase, you are supporting local journalism and ensuring that we continue to provide the news you have come to appreciate in both print and online. As a token of appreciation for our readers, we will enter every new subscriber or subscription renewal into a draw for a chance to win one of three great prizes,” says Martina Dopf, publisher of the Free Press.
The prizes: 1. A bouquet of flowers each month for six months. 2. 100 Mile Wrangler 2019/2020 season tickets. 3. A GrillPro 3-Burner Barbeque.
Each subscription to the 100 Mile Free Press print edition comes with full access to all of our e-edition and online content at 100milefreepress.net.
To be eligible for the draw, subscriptions must be purchased during the month of September, beginning on Sept. 5 and ending on Sept. 30. No purchase necessary. Additional entry forms are available at the 100 Mile Free Press office. A draw for the prizes will be made on October 1, 2019.