Rocky View Publishing

Nathan Woolridge did his internship with Rocky View Publishing, a division of Great West Newspapers, in the summer of 2019. He wrote over 100 articles on community and local news for both Airdrie City View and Rocky View Weekly. Nathan covered many community events, fundraisers and more along with covering the Airdrie RCMP beat.

Nathan interviewed hundreds of sources in Airdrie and Rocky View County and had the opportunity to not only produce a lot of articles, but to learn more about the communities he reported in.

Welcoming a journalist into the community

My summer internship at Rocky View Publishing has taught me a lot about journalism and working in a newsroom, but as I return to Mount Royal University in September, the main thing I will take away from my experience is just how amazing and accommodating people can be.

I am grateful for the opportunity to have worked on stories for both Airdrie City View and Rocky View Weekly newspapers. I have met so many nice and kind people, doing amazing things.

Throughout the summer, I wrote more than 100 articles and connected with hundreds of people – discussing themselves, their businesses, their organizations, their fundraisers, their events and so much more. I really appreciate having been welcomed by everyone I reached out to.

I live in Calgary and loved having the opportunity to expand and meet many people in surrounding communities. I enjoyed speaking with every person I interviewed and learned something new each time. Each interview was amazing, and I was shocked by my sources’ eagerness to share and by the delightful responses and comments from readers.

“As I enter the final weeks of my internship, I am so grateful to have been welcomed into these communities, and I’m excited to see how my conversations and experiences shape me as a journalist, moving forward.”

Nathan Woolridge

I really appreciate everyone I interviewed for taking the time in their busy schedules to allow me to share their stories. It means a lot when you’re new at a job and everyone is being patient, kind and helpful. As a young journalist, everyone’s kindness has really made me feel like I’ve made a great choice for a career as I enter the final year of my degree.

This summer, I also saw the hard work that goes into producing these newspapers. I really appreciated learning and watching the staff at Rocky View Publishing put together two newspapers each week. The reporters and editors work really hard, and I’m thankful for their patience in helping me.

I learned a lot about interviewing, connecting with sources and telling stories within a community. This experience will stick with me through my final semesters, and I am excited to take back everything I gained and apply it to my schoolwork. I look forward to returning to university in the fall and having the opportunity to connect with more people and learn more about this profession.

As I enter the final weeks of my internship, I am so grateful to have been welcomed into these communities, and I’m excited to see how my conversations and experiences shape me as a journalist, moving forward.

Thank you to my editors, my colleagues, the staff, my sources and to all of the community members that read and engaged with my work this summer.

Published in Rocky View Weekly

Background: Rocky View Weekly

The Rocky View Weekly was established in 1974 and began publishing as the Five Village Weekly, serving the villages of Acme, Linden, Beiseker, Irricana and Kathryn/Keoma. Since then the circulation has grown to 13,000 and services a huge rural base surrounding the City of Calgary.

The Rocky View Weekly is located in Airdrie and shares an office with its sister paper, Airdrie City View. The Rocky View Weekly is mailed weekly to residents of Rocky View County, Crossfield, Irricana and Beiseker.

Background: Airdrie City View

In the past decade, the city of Airdrie has become one of the fastest growing municipalities in Canada. The Airdrie City View has been there every step of the way. Founded in 2002 by present publisher Cameron Christianson, the City View’s newsroom provides quality, local content to its dedicated readers every week.

With a population of 65,000 and growing at nearly 7% annually, Airdrie is a community of young families. The Rocky View School Division, headquartered in Airdrie, is the fastest growing division in Alberta. Reflecting these demographics, the City View concentrates on the local news, sports and entertainment stories that matter to young families.

Photography Samples

“I read the article! It’s fabulous! Thank you so much! This is just great!”

Michael McAdam, Airdrie Comic Book Writer

Writing Samples

“I just wanted to send you a warm thanks for such a great article in City View. It was beautifully written and you captured exactly what was crucial and important.

Veronica Doyle, Grade 4 French Immersion

Print Layout Samples

“I want to thank you for the wonderful article you wrote. You did a good job of capturing what I wanted to say.”

Tandy Balson, Airdrie Author