Robert Washburn

Robert Washburn

Professor of e-journalism Publisher of Consider This

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Advocacy group’s sixth annual Trans Day of Remembrance honours those who died due to hate and bigotry

TRANS DAY OF REMEMBRANCE CEREMONY

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There are activists in our community who hope to bring to our attention issues they feel are significant. It is a vital part of our community if we hope to see and understand others who live in Northumberland. Recently, one such group wants to focus our attention.  The Trans Day of Remembrance took place this Saturday at the Cobourg Police Station and Victoria Hall. It will commemorate those who have died due to violence and bigotry against trans people. It is the sixth time a local vigil has been held. Continue Reading →

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Citizen’s group wins reduction in electricity bills for Lakefront Utilities customers and more

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The electricity bill. Yeah, the one that arrives regularly. Most of us pay it. For some, it is not always easy to understand all those line items and what they mean. It can be a challenge to pay for others, like seniors on fixed incomes or people on low incomes. Continue Reading →

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Advocates call for action on homelessness and affordable housing as prices skyrocket in Northumberland

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The housing market in Northumberland is red hot. Sales in September were up 10 percent over the same time last year. The price of a single-family home was up 30 percent over a year ago. If that doesn’t make you want to shake your head, think about this: The average home price in the county was more than $832,000. Renting a place can cost you anywhere from $1,500 a month to more than $3,000, depending on the apartment or house’s size, type, and location. Continue Reading →

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New deputy chief for Cobourg police force outlines his experience and vision

Deputy Chief Jeff Haskins

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Around 30 years ago, a new cadet on the Durham Region police force got an idea. He would organize a basketball game and slam dunk contest for high school kids. They would be divided up into two teams – east and west. Each school would send its top players. The winners would get to go to see the Chicago Bulls game. Continue Reading →

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Parade organizers across Northumberland mixed as each decides on safest plans under new guidelines

Cobourg Santa Claus parade

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With the holiday season on the horizon, communities across Northumberland are gearing up. One of the most significant events is the Santa Claus parade. It is a chance for families to see bands play, beautiful floats, and, of course, the kids get to see Santa. Last year, the pandemic changed all that. Many communities cancelled the Santa Claus parade. Continue Reading →

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Farmers cannot ignore mental health as local harvest continues, says Northumberland Federation of Agriculture reps

Farmers harvest

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For those who may not realize, farmers face a great deal of uncertainty every day. The changing weather, commodity prices, pests, and diseases are only a few of the pressures. They also rarely get a day off: livestock must be tended, crops planted or harvested or monitored, equipment to fix. The list is long. It can be a very stressful life. Continue Reading →

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Local news blues: The employees of small newspapers see a bleak future, this survey says

Local news blues: The employees of small newspapers see a bleak future, this survey says

Small newspapers, with circulations under 50,000, make up the vast majority of newspapers in the U.S. And the majority of their employees are pessimistic about these papers’ futures, a report out Thursday from Columbia’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism shows. Researchers Damian Radcliffe and Ryan Wallace conducted their survey […]
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Life at Local Newspapers in a Turbulent Era: Findings from a survey of more than 300 newsroom employees in the United States

Life at Local Newspapers in a Turbulent Era: Findings from a survey of more than 300 newsroom employees in the United States

Executive Summary | Chapter 1: Introduction | Chapter 2: Methodology | Chapter 3: Profile of Respondents | Chapter 4: Working habits in local newsrooms | Chapter 5: Products and Platforms | Chapter 6: Challenges | Chapter 7: The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Small-Market Local Newspapers | Chapter […]
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Four chambers of commerce join to deliver creative buy local program to stimulate Northumberland economy

Coderington Farmers Market

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Two things are striking about the campaign being launched jointly by the four local chambers of commerce. The first is the level of collaboration between the various players. This includes the Port Hope Chamber of Commerce, the Northumberland Central Chamber of Commerce, the Trent Hills Chamber of Commerce, and the Brighton-Cramahe Chamber of Commerce. It is not the first time these organizations have worked together. But as you will hear, it is undoubtedly an innovative project. Continue Reading →

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Video explains how Transition House seeks to better serve the homeless in Northumberland

Transition House video

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Not everything that happened during the pandemic was terrible. If you ask Anne Newman, executive director of Transition House, there were some positives. Transition House is the emergency shelter for homeless people in Northumberland. Sure, it was tough, she would tell you. But over the past few months, Transition House has worked hard to improve services. Continue Reading →

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