Saturday, April 17, 2010

Once-outspoken weeklies reduced to advertising vehicles by Transcontinental leave the market open to newbies

And it won countless awards for outstanding news and feature stories, photographs and design thanks to a team of seven or eight full-time journalists, many of whom went on to work at larger news outlets.

But those days are long gone. The Chronicle, which still calls itself the Voice of the West Island since 1925, is barely a shadow of its former self, as are other community newspapers taken over by Transcontinental Inc., the biggest printer in Canada and Mexico and distributor of the ubiquitous Publi-Sac.

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