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You are an integral part of the CollingwoodToday team

I’m looking forward to conversations, opinions, debate, and even disagreements, for those are key pillars for a healthy community.
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Welcome to CollingwoodToday+
Thank you for choosing to invest in local news. I am grateful you see the value of community journalism that is accessible, free, and hyper-local.

It’s so important to have people like you in the community who are passionate about local news and want to see it succeed and improve.

Through this membership plus program I hope to be able to give you a look at what we do at CollingwoodToday behind the scenes, and how I, as the community editor, approach our mandate of local stories written by local journalists in the communities we serve.

CollingwoodToday.ca launched in February 2018 with coverage of Collingwood. At the time I was the only full-time reporter for the site, and we soon hired Jessica Owen as a part-time Collingwood reporter.

In February 2020, we successfully secured funding through the federal government Local Journalism Initiative to hire a full-time reporter (Jennifer Golletz) covering town council news for The Blue Mountains and Grey Highlands. Through this program, CollingwoodToday expanded its coverage to two surrounding municipalities, both of which lacked consistent local news coverage.

CollingwoodToday is part of the Village Media network, which includes many news sites in Canada, the US, and now also Nigeria.

The Village network in Simcoe County includes sites in Barrie, Orillia, Innisfil, Midland, and Bradford.

At CollingwoodToday we seek to tell people’s stories with the intention of connecting and informing the community. We believe democracy is dependent on an informed citizenry, and we each have a different role to play in that goal.

I understand my role is to provide the community with reliable, up-to-date news and stories, and to perform my duties with integrity, transparency, objectivity, and journalistic independence.

As supporters, you are an integral part of the CollingwoodToday team, and we are glad you take that responsibility seriously.

CollingwoodToday+ is all about following a vision together. I’m looking forward to conversations, opinions, debate, and even disagreements, for those are key pillars for a healthy community.

Since questions are my comfort zone, I leave you with this one: What do you think is the most important quality in a local news source?


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Erika Engel

About the Author: Erika Engel

Erika regularly covers all things news in Collingwood as a reporter and editor. She has 13 years of experience as a local journalist
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