Shannon Lough has been named the new editor of the Prince Rupert Northern View.
“Since driving from Ottawa to Prince Rupert 14 months ago, Shannon’s work ethic, diligence and talent made the decision to promote her to the position of editor very easy,” Todd Hamilton, publisher of The Northern View said. “She’s a proven award-winning writer with a great news sense, but moreover, she is extremely engaged in the community.
“We couldn’t be more excited to see Shannon take over the helm of our newsroom.”
While completing her Masters of Journalism at Carleton University — Canada’s oldest journalism school — she specialized in multimedia storytelling and print media — two mediums that she fully intends to broaden. Before moving to Prince Rupert, Shannon interned and worked at several news outlets including the Ottawa Citizen, Global National and CTV’s Canada AM.
Although covering politics on Parliament Hill, or reporting from the Ottawa Senator’s locker room was a thrill, she found that her first internship at a community newspaper, the Orangeville Banner, was where she discovered the satisfaction of reporting on a range of stories that otherwise wouldn’t be covered.
Prior to her journalism career, Shannon spent more than 10 years travelling and living around the world. She backpacked across the South Pacific, slept on trains and buses from China to India and lived in New Zealand, Poland and Japan.
For her final Masters research project, Shannon received a grant to research Tibetan refugee settlements in northeastern India, and to learn what it is like for a refugee to move from a rural underdeveloped part of the world and resettle into Canadian culture. This project helped inspire her lengthy research into the three-part Earl Corliss feature. The story about a WWII veteran who ended up homeless and unremembered was recently honoured as a BCYCNA Ma Murray Award Finalist for best investigative article.
Taking the time to address underlying issues in our community and our country is integral to her journalistic path and she plans to continue digging deeper as the Prince Rupert Northern View’s new editor.