My name’s Devan Tasa and I’m the new editor of the Humboldt Journal.
I’ve spent most of my newspaper career in the Prairies, starting off with an internship in central Alberta and following that up with a stint at the Assiniboia Times, a small one-reporter newspaper where I learned how to find those hidden stories that are everywhere in our small towns.
For the last four years, I’ve been the editor of The Recorder, a regional newspaper that covers Tisdale and the surrounding Northeast. Even through I’ve moved from Tisdale to Humboldt for this position, I still remain the editor up there and will be visiting there regularly.
While working for The Recorder, I have been keeping an eye on the two newspapers down here, reading the stories in them and writing a few too.
For the first months of my time here, the most important item I’ll be focusing on is talking to local people and organizations so that I can find out what they do and what they’d like to see in the paper. Feel free to contact me at email@example.com or 306-682-2561 if you have any thoughts about what this paper should look like or if there’s any news we should be covering.
This is the community’s newspaper and for it to be successful, the community has to be involved. There’s no way our reporters can be everywhere at once, so we need help learning about news we don’t know about and getting photos of the events we can’t make on an overbooked day.
One item I know I want to see for this paper is an improved internet presence. The reality is that more and more people are reading their news off their phones close to when it happens, not a week afterwards. I’ll be putting a lot of effort to make sure when something happens, you’ll be able to read it on our site at humboldtjournal.ca.
I’m looking forward to my time here in Humboldt and East Central Saskatchewan. Hope to meet you soon.