Across North America, newspapers are dying. But not in tiny Lakefield, Ontario, where Terry McQuitty carries on a 150-year-old tradition, as publisher of the independent weekly Herald. Set to the pace of small-town life, Unheralded is a testament to the vital role newspapers can still play, and the close bonds that develop between reporters and readers.
“In a compelling manner, the video gives our students an opportunity to see just how valuable a small town newspaper can be to the population.”
– Linda Kay
Associate Professor & Chair Journalism Department Concordia University
Unheralded is a portrait of a tiny rural newspaper struggling to cope with the changing consumption patterns of its community. With the internet having a devastating effect on all traditional means of media, print media has taken the worst hit. Unheralded delivers a much welcomed dose of guarded optimism by showing how the small rural newspaper, The Lakefield Herald, begins to thrive once it turns its attention exclusively upon its community. This is an eye-opening film that may help us better understand the future of all printed media – and why many small local newspapers are thriving while so many mid-sized and larger newspapers in North America are disappearing.
Run time: 28 minutes
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Aaron Hancox is an award-winning filmmaker whose engaging and entertaining work has been shown around the world. In 2009, Hancox earned a Master’s in Media Production at Ryerson University, focusing on emerging business models and forms of audience engagement. In 2010, he directed and co-wrote Unheralded for TVO, a portrait of a small-town newspaper. Hancox joined Markham Street Films in 2010 to grow the company’s non-fiction slate as Director, Sales & Development. In this capacity, he has managed the development and rollout of multiple titles, including the popular 6-part SPACE series, Fanboy Confessional. Hancox produced Ice, Sweat & Tears, an inside look at the world of competitive figure skating, which will air on CBC’s flagship doc strand, DocZone in March 2013.
Allie Caldwell is a documentary producer and cinematographer from Toronto, Ontario. Her work has screened in across North America, as well as on CBC Television, TVO and on the NFB’s CITIZENShift website.
Unheralded was produced by CH Films, Inc. in co-production with the National Film Board of Canada and in association with TVO as part of the Calling Card Program.