The Last Post
The last two weeks for me have been a journey I never imagined. Since announcing 250News would post its last story on September 30th, I have received an overwhelming number of emails, phone calls and texts from dozens and dozens of people. All had come to depend on the 250News team to deliver credible news and commentaries that made them think. I can only say as I post this final article to 250News that it has been an absolute privilege to serve you all.
When Ben and I began our online news and information venture in May 2005 many people, and most of the traditional media, thought we would be done in a matter of months.
We created a news and information service for our readers that none of the traditional information controllers could influence, we were independent, and we chose to allow our readers to provide their views and comments provided they agreed to stay within the boundaries of ‘fair comment’ and the law.
In the wake of the cancellation of Ben’s successful radio talk show, starting a news service online, was not just a business venture, it was an opportunity to continue to have the voices of the north heard, to have their opinions and concerns brought to the forefront and I know decision makers did listen. We became a place where it was easy to take the pulse of the community on any given issue.
All said and done, we didn’t do too badly. Today , I can say with pride, that 250News is closing having grown to 500 thousand users this year alone, and more than 15 million page views in the first 9 months of this year. I am so very grateful so many of our advertisers and supporters believed in us and quickly became members of the ‘250 Family’.
Things changed dramatically when Ben passed away in 2015. Not only had the heart and soul of 250News passed on but so too did my partner, my inspiration and my life. Along with our dedicated staff, we did our best for the past two years and the site’s readership continued to grow. But for me, something was always missing, Ben. He was the foundation for this historic venture. He always appreciated readers of 250News stopping us in the mall or on the streets of downtown Prince George. He loved to hear directly from readers who felt we had done a good job in sharing the facts of a story accurately and without bias, or on occasions, felt we had got it all wrong, but once he passed, so too did my partner, my mentor and the voice of the people. The man who created the now famous tagline “And that is one man’s opinion” was gone, and I knew there would come a day when I would need to move on.
That day is September 30th and while still three days away, this is the final post.
In the past week, a number of interested parties have offered to purchase 250News, and while the offers were generous, I did not feel convinced their vision would match with what Ben and I had intended.
There will be others who will attempt to fill the void created by the closure of 250News, I wish them well, and I hope our readers can find a site that will provide them with the opportunity to continue to have discussion on the issues of the day, and to have their voices heard.
I plan to explore new opportunities, I do that knowing Ben and I had the extraordinary opportunity to serve you while introducing a new form of news and information service to those who live in the ‘250’.
Thank you everyone, it has been a privilege to serve.
– Elaine Macdonald-Meisner