We’re going REGIONAL!

Welcome to the new age of locally owned media in southwest Saskatchewan

Winquist Ventures Ltd. is very pleased to announce starting December 17 we are integrating the regional coverage of the Southwest Boomtown Bargain Finder with the quality storytelling of the Gull Lake Advance into one powerhouse regional news source. We invite our readers to see all the new Advance has to offer with in depth feature stories, bolder commentary and greater regional coverage.
Considered one of the best weekly newspapers in Canada, the Gull Lake Advance has won various awards for its thought provoking feature stories, business writing and tourism editions as well as the Canadian Community Newspapers Award Blue Ribbon in both 2011 and 2012.
Publisher Kate Winquist says it is time all of southwest Saskatchewan experienced what The Advance has to offer.
“This is a huge step for me both personally and professionally,” said Winquist. “It just makes sense to offer one solid paper that serves the entire southwest area. It can be a challenge producing a quality product with a small staff such as ours, but we have a team of outstanding, dedicated professionals that believe in everything southwest Saskatchewan has to offer. As the last remaining independent and locally owned newspaper in the southwest, we offer a unique voice for the region.”
No stranger to print media – spending much of the past 23 years dedicated to perfecting her craft, Winquist can’t picture herself doing anything else. “I think I must have printer’s ink running through my veins,” she joked. “But in all seriousness, being able to tell the stories that matter, taking the photos that will be keepsakes for years to come and putting it all together in one package makes it all worth while.”
Respected print media journalist and award-winning columnist Sheri Monk says in this age of media concentration and out-of-province ownership, the local character, independence and vitality of a newspaper like The Advance is needed more than ever.
“In our small communities and rural areas, a dedicated, locally-owned press is so important – and a measuring stick of a healthy, vibrant and diversified economy,” says Monk. “In the case of a community newspaper like The Advance, that means all of the residents and all of the other local businesses create the unique mosaic of rural life in the Southwest. Don’t just support your local newspaper – support your locally owned local newspaper.”
Dave Regier of Regier Honda in Swift Current says he is very pleased to see The Advance taking this bold new step forward.
“Regier Honda appreciates the quality, promptness, and professionalism that Kate Winquist and her team provide with the Gull Lake Advance/Southwest Boomtown,” says Regier. “We get great response from the ads and are glad to have an excellent local newspaper to advertise with.”
Winquist is looking forward to this new era and would like to encourage up-and-coming writers and photographers to contact her if they are interested in submitting their works.
“I know there is an abundence of talent in southwest Saskatchewan. If you are looking at a way to get your creative voice out there, give me a call – we may have a place for you!”
Stay tuned for more exciting changes in the months ahead as The Advance continues to grow going forward!

Article Compliments of the Advance

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