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Prince Edward Island Provincial Heritage Fair
The Guardian: Past, Present and Future
My project is about the rich history of The Guardian newspaper located in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. It also takes a look at what the newspaper is like now and my thoughts about its future.
What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?
The most interesting thing I learned about my project was that my great grandmother (Frances Carruthers) wrote a column for the paper and that my grandmother worked there, too. That is where they fell in love. Before doing this project, I only knew that my grandfather worked at The Guardian.
What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?
I learned that newspapers play an important role in our daily lives, and that in the past it was very important to the Islanders, because it was how they got their news. I also learned that it has gone through many changes over the years. It also got me thinking about what the paper will be like in the future. I think that eventually the news will all be online.
How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?
I learned about the lives of the people that worked for the newspaper. The way they got their news was very different. For example, news traveled slowly because of the lack of technology. Also, I believe that they worked much harder because they didn't have all of the computers and printers that we have now.