By Terence Moore
The Diocese of Rupert’s Land has started to search for a new editor for the Rupert’s Land News. The search began when I told Bishop Donald Phillips that I was going to withdraw from the position.
The editor position gives you a chance to describe and celebrate the enormous energy, imagination, talent and dedication that flow through the Church.
I have been delighted with the support I have received from the bishop, the advisory committee, the synod office staff and the clergy and people in our parishes. All and each have warmly encouraged me and appreciated my efforts to produce an interesting diocesan newspaper.
I have been doing this since October 2007. In that time, our circulation in Rupert’s Land has dropped, in step with church attendance, to about 4,000 households from about 6,000 households. I don’t blame myself for that decline, but steps can be taken to deal with it. I discuss elsewhere on these pages some steps the diocese and a new editor may want to consider.
Rupert’s Land Anglicans can be pleased about successes the newspaper has achieved:
- With the help of Bud Oliver, we recruited LP Mulondo to write from Central Buganda about the work of the Church in our companion diocese. He has been extremely diligent and faithful. His articles have greatly enriched Rupert’s Land’s understanding of the Ugandan church;
- With the help of the bishop and the advisory committee, we have chosen pictures and articles for each issue in step with the seasons of the church year and the seasons of our life in Manitoba;
- With the help of Len Carlson and other attentive proof-readers, we have caught most of the misspellings, factual errors and other howlers before sending the paper to the printer;
- With the help of graphic designer Gwendolyn Penner, we have presented articles in visually interesting ways that made the paper easy to read;
- In response to results of a readership survey, we invited readers to send in spontaneous contributions that could appear under the Observer heading, and several interesting contributions came in.
I am keenly conscious of things I could have done or done better, such as more assiduous development of new voices and talents among Rupert’s Land people, a wider range of subject matter, fuller attention to young people in the Church and to parishes outside Winnipeg.
I am also keenly conscious that I have been doing this for seven years – the time Jacob worked for Laban, the first time around – and that it feels like time someone else took a turn. At age 69, after a lifetime in newspapers, I’m poorly prepared for the new style of publishing that could engage a digital, interactive, smart-phone generation.
Editing this paper is a great ride. It takes you out of your parish and into the vast variety of people and activities that shelter under the banner of Rupert’s Land.
Editing this paper is a great ride. It takes you out of your parish and into the vast variety of people and activities that shelter under the banner of Rupert’s Land. That variety is now growing wider with the addition of parishes in the southern region of Keewatin diocese.
The editor position gives you a chance to describe and celebrate the enormous energy, imagination, talent and dedication that flow through the Church. The next editor can have all that joy plus the excitement of taking the Rupert’s Land News into a new era of publishing.