January 07, 2022 – 8:30 p.m.
After launching the Oliver Daily News online news blog in late 2010, owner and operator Jack Bennest decided to quit.
“I had a good run,” said Bennest, who decided to go out of business at the end of 2021.
The cost of COVID could only be borne for such a long time, he said.
Readers are still demanding the content, but there are fewer great stories to report and not enough revenue to support the business, he said, as fewer ads were being purchased and his site was not eligible. government grants.
“Really quickly I was funding it from my personal income until one day I said OK, it’s time to move on,” Bennest said.
Bennest first started Oliver Daily News because he wanted to connect with the public on municipal issues. He was a city councilor from 1988 to 1993, then from 2003 to 2017. He was always up to date with local affairs and wanted to editorialize certain issues.
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He pitched to share these thoughts with the local newspaper in a column for $ 50 a month, but when that offer was turned down he decided to start his own column.
There have been times he has been challenged for being in a conflict of interest between his two roles. But he claims his innocence.
Her advice for the next generation of journalists: “Never think you’re smarter than anyone else, play dumb and you’ll get the best stories.”
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