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| 27 min

This short documentary is a portrait of a tiny town, Lakefield, Ontario, and its independent weekly, the Herald. Across North America, newspapers are dying, but in Lakefield, Terry McQuitty, the town paper’s publisher, carries on a rich, 150-year-old tradition. Set to the pace of small-town life, Unheralded is a testament to the vital role newspapers can still play, and the close bond between reporter and reader.

  • writer
    Allie Caldwell
    Aaron Hancox
  • director
    Aaron Hancox
  • executive producer
    Silva Basmajian
  • commissioning editor
    Jane Jankovic
  • producer
    Allie Caldwell
    Lea Marin
  • picture editor
    Lawrence Jackman
  • original music composer
    Nick Rose
  • director of photography
    Allie Caldwell
  • sound recordist
    Aaron Hancox
  • independent production officer
    Linda Fong
  • production coordinator
    Ajay Hoffer
    Kate Vollum
  • production supervisor
    Mark Wilson
  • technical coordinator
    Marcus Matyas
  • additional camera
    Aaron Hancox
  • unit photographer
    Ajay Hoffer
  • marketing manager
    Kelley Alexander
  • marketing assistant
    Donna Cowan
  • centre administrator
    Josiah Rothenberg
  • re-recording mixer
    Grant Edmonds
  • dialogue editor
    James Bastable
  • SFX editor
    Gabe Knox
  • online editor
    Andrew Mandziuk
  • colourist
    Andrew Mandziuk
  • title animation
    Chris Kim
  • production assistant
    Craig Scorgie
    Mangla Bansal
  • transcription
    Craig Scorgie
    Mangla Bansal
  • music arrangement
    Dan Griffin
  • music engineer
    Tim Oxford
  • musician
    Nick Rose
    Dan Griffin
    Aaron Goldstein
    Morgan Waters
  • featuring
    Terry McQuitty
    Simon Conolly
    Andrea Dunford-Bell
    Anita Locke
    J. Murray Jones
    Kim Krenz
  • legal services
    Hatty Reisman
    Porsha Gauthier
  • accounting services
    Jeff Kulbak
  • production financing
    Aver Media
  • insurance broker
    Front Row Insurance Brokers Inc.
  • title search
    Eastern Script Service


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Ages 15 to 17

History and Citizenship Education - Issues in Society Today
Media Education - Journalism/News

Have students research and discuss the challenges facing traditional printed newspapers in the digital age, as well as the importance of local news coverage. Students should consider their own community or school newspaper and study local news (radio and television) to analyze the types of stories being reported. Topics for further research (for presentations or written work) include: the role of local media in forming (not just informing) local communities and the concentration of media ownership.

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