With the closing of Cobourg’s only daily newspaper in November of 2017, many have struggled to find out what’s happening. A group led by Journalists John Miller and Rob Washburn started Northumberland Hub to try to provide a way of steering people to alternative news sources but that closed in February, 2019. At the risk of leaving out useful sources and expressing an opinion, I thought it’s time to recap how to get news updates if you live in Cobourg. If you are reading this, you know that Cobourg News blog is part of that but it does not by itself completely fill the gap. The short answer is that instead of relying on a single newspaper for everything, you now need multiple sources – mostly online.
News sources come in various forms
- Word of mouth – this has been with us for millennia – be sure to talk to your friends and acquaintances
- Printed Media
- Web Sites
- Emails – usually notifications of content on web sites.
- Social Media – primarily Twitter
- Radio and TV
There is now no daily printed media – the remaining Newspaper, Northumberland News, is weekly and understaffed. The limited hard-working staff cannot cover everything and some services like a comprehensive event calendar are missing. It’s financial viability seems to depend on the fact that it’s a vehicle for distribution of flyers. Snap publishes monthly but has a narrow focus on Social News.
Apart from Cobourg News Blog, here are the sites worth adding to your bookmarks/favourites – I have left out sites who rarely update and those with news repeated elsewhere – Sorry. There is currently no “hub” or “portal” that links to all recent articles.
- Todays Northumberland – owned by journalist Pete Fisher and Steve White but featuring additional authors, this site is first for Police news and accidents but does include other news, notably Sports. Covers a wider area than Cobourg.
- Cobourg Now – one of a group of sites covering news in Northumberland. Owned by Jay Robinson and featuring a number of authors. News can be sorted by category.
- Northumberland News
- Northumberland 89.7 – Local Radio station but also with news items online.
- Town of Cobourg News Page
Many think that Cobourg News Blog is an email but of course, it is not – it’s a web site and the email simply advises of a new entry. This format is followed by a few other sites – you can sign up for emails to these news sources – signup page shown:
Although some twitter users (e.g. Donald Trump) want to make news, and others want to comment on news, others disseminate the news. Here are some accounts you might want to follow:
- Cobourg Police @CobourgPolice
- Robert Washburn @rwash – broader than just Cobourg
- Town of Cobourg @TownofCobourg
- Cobourg Transit @Cobourg_Transit
- Northumberland News @north_news – broader than just Cobourg
Not always suitable for News but there are some sites worth “following”:
Radio and TV
The truly local radio station Northumberland 89.7 has a significant amount of local news but so do two local stations in the My FM network: 93.3 and 107.9 Although “Your TV” (Cogeoco) has a local presence, they don’t provide a news reporting service but do provide interviews and other related coverage. [This paragraph changed from the original – thanks to readers pointing out the omissions – JD]
Newspapers also provide other services such as classified advertising (try Kijiji), obituaries (try MacCoubreys), event and movie listings (try this Calendar), advice columns, opinion columns, letters to the editor and more. These are now mostly also available online but since they are not news as such, the only current local publisher of these (to some extent) is the remaining print newspaper, Northumberland News.
Unfortunately, to know what’s happening, you now have to rely on multiple sources. Newspapers that were a one-stop-shop have closed through lack of support – we now need to change.
- Northumberland Hub to shut Down – 12 February 2019
- Northumberland Today to shut Down – 27 November 2017