The Telegram (St. John’s)
The Telegram is one of Canada’s most historic newspapers, well beyond its longevity. It is distributed throughout the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. The Telegram circulates every working day of the week, including Saturdays. Through its pages, have passed as directors, writers and editors, some of the most important politicians both regional and national.
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Among the best known local celebrities today who were part of The Telegram are, for example, Harold Horwood. Horwood was a famed novelist and writer from Newfoundland and Labrador. He was awarded the honor of belonging to the Order of Canada for his great contribution to the enrichment of Canadian literature.
History of The Telegram (St. John’s)
At its inception, The Telegram was launched as The Evening Telegram on April 3, 1879. This was the release date of his first issue. It was founded by William James Herder, a publicist born in the region. His descendants kept The Telegram as a family business for more than 100 years. In 1970, the rights to the newspaper were sold to Thomson Newspapers, now better known as Thomson Corporation. The last publisher in the Herder family was Stephen J. Herder, who disassociated himself from The Telegram in 1991.
It was not until 1998 that it began to be known by its current name, since by 119, under some exceptions, it was known as The Evening Telegram. The Telegram for almost his entire life was consecrated as the main newspaper of Newfoundland and Labrador. It is the only newspaper in the region that has survived to the present day since the 19th century. The great 1892 fire at St. John’s destroyed the newspaper’s main offices. William Herder did not give up and rebuilt the newspaper 2 months later in a temporary office located on Water Street.
The Telegram (St. John’s) and its political environment
In its beginnings as a newspaper at the end of the nineteenth century, The Telegram was well known for highlighting among its news, nuances of political opinion. During the Canadian Confederation, it had a great influence as an information medium. He also included among his pages, opinions concerning the Newfoundland railway. However, during the conversations about the Confederation, a few years after the end of the Second World War, The Telegram had a neutral and conservative position.
To emphasize their political position, many editors and writers have been well-known figures in the region. One of the most well-known was Joseph Roberts “Joey” Smallwood. Long before he was the driving force behind Newfoundland’s domination of the Confederacy, Joey Smallwood was a columnist for The Telegram. It was part of the newspaper for a short period from 1919 to 1922. Smallwood was Newfoundland’s civil rights promoter. He was recognized as Prime Minister of this province because of his enormous prowess in benefit of domination over the Confederation.
Recently, The Telegram has maintained a somewhat conservative stance, without benefiting any candidate in recent elections. Of course, it’s not due to shyness or media pressure. In fact, the newspaper has made strong criticisms of some political leaders such as Stephen Harper or Danny Williams.