NORTH DURHAM: Ten years ago this week, an independent newspaper was born on the shores of Lake Scugog. Though it has seen some challenges over the past decade as it has grown from its origins as The Scugog Standard to expand into Uxbridge in 2010 with the debut of The Uxbridge Standard, and in 2012 when the newspapers were amalgamated to form The Standard Newspaper, it continues to thrive because of the hard work of its loyal staff and, most importantly, the support of the communities it serves.
The story of The Standard began on July 22, 2004 when another Scugog newspaper was purchased by a media conglomerate, and a group of local businesspeople joined together to ensure that the community would continue to have an independent and relevant source for local news.
Over the past ten years, The Standard has won numerous national and provincial awards while serving as an independent voice in the community - a sometimes daunting task in a world dominated by large corporate media chains, and continues its core mission of bringing the stories that matter to the residents of North Durham.
Along the way, The Standard even inspired the creation other independent community newspapers to counteract the increasing influence of large media chains.
“The Standard was definitely an inspiration for the Cosmos,” Uxbridge Cosmos founder Conrad Boyce said in an interview with The Standard earlier this year.
For the past decade, the staff at The Standard has taken pride in its place in the community and remains committed to covering municipal, provincial, federal, and general news stories that impact the daily lives of our readership.
The Standard also takes great pride in its award-winning coverage of local sports, and has maintained the largest local sports section in Durham Region since its debut issue in October, 2004.
As well, we have never wavered in our commitment to sharing the important stories from the smaller hamlets of North Durham through the Shorelines section of the newspaper, which has been a mainstay since The Standard’s first issue.
Thank you for your support of The Standard over the past ten years, and we look forward to continuing to serve the North Durham community for many more years to come.