Citizen at 35: Sholdice now keeper of 'Citizen' flame
BY DEB SHOLDICE, PUBLISHER
In 2016, Keith Roulston approached me to ask if I’d be interested in trying my hand at publishing. I was at a crossroads in my career and deciding on my next path. Other than a very brief administrative stint at The Goderich Signal-Star as a summer student, I had no experience with a newspaper. Keith pointed out that a publisher’s role was very similar to the role that I had as General Manager at the Blyth Festival, a job that he had filled at one time as well.
Continuing a connection with the community was high on my list of priorities and there could be no better opportunity than joining the team at The Citizen to accomplish that, so the decision was not a particularly onerous one.
I am still amazed at the support of our subscribers. We receive regular notes of thanks with subscription renewals and no matter where I go in Huron County, people are quick to tell me that The Citizen is the best newspaper in the whole county. There are many reasons for that, and all of them trace back directly to Keith and Jill and those original shareholders who rose to Sheila Richards’ ask to help start a community-owned newspaper.
It has been instilled in all of us here that every story we print, each decision that we make, must serve the people in our community. Every decision that is made, is made right here in our offices in Blyth and Brussels. We do consider how it will affect the readers, the communities, our advertisers and our staff.
The dedication of the staff to the community where we work and live is rewarded by the loyalty of this community to The Citizen. So thank you, Blyth, Brussels and northern Huron County. I think we have a good thing going.