Northern B.C’s First Independent Online News Site to Close
Prince George, B.C. – 250News is closing.
“This has been a very difficult decision for me” says Elaine Macdonald-Meisner, co founder of the popular independent online news site which will post its last story on Saturday September 30th.
“250News is a 24 hour, seven day a week operation which requires a great deal of time and energy to maintain. Since the passing of my husband and partner in this business, Ben Meisner, it just hasn’t been the same.”
Macdonald-Meisner and her late husband Ben, started the website on May 13, 2005. At the time, getting news from the internet was a relatively new idea, in fact, 250 News ( first called Opinon250) was the first independent online news service in Northern B.C.
Both seasoned journalists (at the time he had he with 50 years experience she had 30) starting up an online news site seemed a natural move.
There were skeptics, other members of the media were taking bets that the new venture by the Meisners wouldn’t last 6 months. Some leaders in the community refused to be interviewed by 250News saying it wasn’t a ‘credible’ news source.
Well more than 12 years later, the company is strong, it racked up 14.4 million page views in the first 8 months of this year, and had accumulated half a million viewers in those same 8 months.
“I am so very proud of what Ben and I were able to accomplish, something which would not have been possible had it not been for the support from advertisers who shared our vision and understood the internet would be a powerful medium” says Macdonald-Meisner. Of course, there would be no success story to share if it were not for the talented people who worked with 250News over the years, and the readers who embraced 250News as their own says Macdonald-Meisner “It was a platform where they could get information faster and could comment on the issues as they were presented. They could also stay in touch with ‘home’ no matter where they were. Our readers called us, emailed us, texted, to share newstips, or images they had captured, it was their work that helped make 250News a success. I am deeply grateful for their contributions and support.”
But every book, even one you don’t want to put down, comes to an end, and Macdonald-Meisner says the success story that is 250News has reached that point “I know there will be many who will be disappointed, perhaps even angry that 250News will be no more, and to them, please accept my apology, but this is the best decision for me.”
“Since Ben’s untimely passing, Elaine has carried the 250 News torch well and admirably” says Prince George Mayor Lyn Hall, ” As an organization, 250 News has also employed many talented journalists over the years and we would like to thank her for her business investment in our city. On behalf of Council and the residents of Prince George, I wish to congratulate and thank Elaine and the entire 250 News team both past and present for their invaluable contribution to Prince George. We are going to miss this organization and we wish Elaine all the very best in her next adventure.”