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It is with great regret that The Pilot shares the news that Jennifer Randell has stepped down as the freelance reporter and photographer for Twillingate and New World Island.

It is with great regret that The Pilot shares the news that Jennifer Randell has stepped down as the freelance reporter and photographer for Twillingate and New World Island.

Time has passed so quickly in the year since Jennifer took over the reigns from long-time correspondent Howard Butt. The Pilot enjoyed a great working relationship with Jennifer who was quick to learn the ropes and develop great relationships with contacts and readers from both Twillingate and New World Island.

Fortunately we are lucky enough to have Jennifer staying on as the Community Connections correspondent for New World Island. She still welcomes everyone to send along items for this column, such as birthdays, anniversaries and community event listings.

While the two-person editorial team at The Pilot office will do what we can, where we can to fill in for events and stories normally covered by our Islands’ freelancer, we are welcoming any assistance from people in the Twillingate and New World Island areas. If you have a story idea or upcoming event, please feel free to contact Karen Wells (editor@pilotnl.ca) or Pam Snow (psnow@pilotnl.ca) (535-6910 is the main office contact number). We will work with you to continue to provide interesting and informative Islands’ coverage, but we may need your help. For example, if you can take photos of an event to e-mail to us case we can’t make it there in person, then we would be glad to follow-up with a phone interview to get the details and make sure your news gets in The Pilot. Digital photography has made this kind of news gathering and sharing a lot more accessible in the past few years.

With no eyes and ears on the ground in Twillingate area or New World Island area communities right now, we would appreciate any effort that can be made to contact us with your news and community events.

If you are reading this thinking that you might even want to become an Islands’ correspondent yourself, please feel free to contact Karen Wells for more details. You can also find an advertisement in Section B of The Pilot this week for more information.

We are also still looking for a Community Connections correspondent for all your social happenings in the Twillingate Island area (that had been wonderfully prepared by Dawn Link for the past few months) so that is something someone might also like to consider.

The Islands’ is an important part of The Pilot and we hope to have someone in place as soon as possible to continue the tradition of telling the story of your communities.

While this editorial referred to Jennifer leaving the position of Twillingate/New World Island freelancer, everything that was stated here applies to Fogo Island and Change Islands as well. For some time we have been hoping to find someone who could be our eyes and ears for these communities as well, whether it be as a freelancer or Community Connections correspondent. We’d love to hear from you and welcome you to become a part of The Pilot team.

 

—   Karen Wells

editor@pilotnl.ca

 

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