More than four months have passed since the Westman Journal ended publication in the spring.
In the days that followed, the publication’s trademark orange and black distribution boxes were removed and its website brought offline. With that an archive of a 17-year slice of the community’s history in stories and photos would no longer be accessible on the site, a victim of the realities that the newspaper succumbed to.
Thankfully for those wishing to reference past stories and issues, there are a few options.
The first that some might’ve come across recently in doing Google searches for local terms is that the Journal site and its stories have been put online as part of the site of sister paper Virden Empire Advance. By going to the address of https://www.empireadvance.ca/2.4493/westman-journal one is able to search and read old Journal stories going back to at least as far as 2008. Being over a decade of stories of news, events and people in the community it’s actually a pretty powerful tool to have at one’s disposal.
A second option comes via the website 'Issuu', which publishes full versions of magazines and newspapers as they were laid out for print. When it comes to the Journal, by going to https://issuu.com/westman-journal one is able to view full page-by-page editions of the paper for 237 issues dating back to October of 2014. Not quite as extensive of an archive as what you’ll find at the Empire Advance link but perhaps more valuable as a stroll down memory lane for those who would like to read the paper as they would have in print.
For those still looking for more information on past stories, one can contact Nancy Johnson, Vice President, Manitoba Operations for Glacier Media by e-mail at njohnson (-at-) glaciermedia.ca.
The Westman Journal announced cessation of operations on April 29 just over 17 years to the day after its April 25, 2002 inaugural issue as the 'Wheat City Journal.'