Capital City News hits the streets

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Get ready for a fresh outlook on Bytown.

Ottawa’s newest weekly community newspaper, Capital City News, hits the doorsteps Thursday.

Editor Jason Marshall was running on a ridiculous supply of coffee, getting ready for the launch.

“We’ve been trying to get to as many communities as we can, so that’s been our challenge for Week 1 Ñ trying to get to as many places as we can across the city,” said Marshall. “We’ll be going to 167,000 homes from Orleans to Stittsville, and points in between.”

The first issue features an exclusive chat with Mayor Jim Watson, who also pens a guest column.

“We’re trying to get down to the grassroots level, so we’re trying to cover more community events that are happening right in your own neighbourhood,” said Marshall.

“That’s the job of Capital City News, is to get in there and talk to people, do some features on individuals, do some features on different communities, community leaders, heroes in the community,” he said.

“Virtually anything that’s important to people in that community is important to us at Capital City News.”

In that sense, reader feedback is a key component.

Marshall said interacting with the community will play a large role in the success of the paper, “because that’s how we find out about our news.”

The best bet is for readers to get in touch by phone at (613) 739-5111 or by e-mail at capital@sunmedia.ca.

Capital City News is one of four new community papers being launched by Sun Media in Ontario on March 29.

The Kitchener-Waterloo Review, Windsor This Week and Guelph Review are all part of a new undertaking to provide the best local community news, sports and events in each region.

kelly.roche@sunmedia.ca @ottawasunkroche

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