Citizen unveiling new website Monday; Petersen joining news team

What an exciting time to be in journalism.

While our industry continues to be challenged by declining ad revenue, as well as the economic impact of COVID-19, our audience is hungrier for local journalism than ever before. Visits to the Citizen website continue to rise dramatically through our high quality coverage of the coronavirus pandemic, breaking local stories and investigations into political and social issues.

Now we’re thrilled to unveil a faster, deeper and broader new website Monday by combining the very best of both Prince George Matters and the Prince George Citizen.

At the same time, we are also expanding our newsroom with the addition of Hanna Petersen from Prince George Matters. Hanna’s work over the past three years has been excellent and deeply engaging.  All of her past stories and the rest of Prince George Matters will be available on the Prince George Citizen’s revamped website.

Hanna is Prince George through and through, a Duchess Park and UNBC grad. She received her journalism training at King’s College in Nova Scotia.

She brings youthful energy, fresh eyes and an additional female perspective to the Citizen, attributes we sorely needed more of and will benefit from going forward.

Hanna is eager to join a veteran group of reporters covering general and breaking news but with particular focus. She will devote much of her reporting to local and regional Indigenous affairs, another significant gap in our coverage in recent years.

The new website will let us present Hanna’s work and the rest of our reporting in a more compelling, user-friendly format.

We have more changes in the works this spring and beyond, as we move into our post-pandemic world. We can’t wait to share them with you.

All of us at The Citizen appreciate your ongoing support. Thanks for taking the time out of your busy day to check in with us for timely, accurate and informative news and opinion pieces. With the changes over the next days, we promise you even more compelling, relevant and local content, than ever.

We will redouble our efforts to retain and build your trust, and time with us, with each new day and each new story. 

- Editor-in-chief Neil Godbout