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The Unraveling of the Dawson City insider, 1997-99

Christopher Ross

Government mistrust and corruption.
Bear attacks.
International border disputes.
Captured outlaws.
Economic collapse.
All the stuff of big city newspapers and deep-rooted journalism, right?
Wrong.
Step back into the world of the Dawson City Insider, the Klondike's first weekly newspaper in over forty years.
This true tale captures the eye popping personal accounts of a young journalist who carved out a publishing career in Canada's most northwest outpost - the Yukon - at the dawn of digital publishing and the internet.
Learn about the intense challenges a small team faced as they worked tirelessly with uncertain technology and a unique cast of characters on a shoe string budget to create a publishing empire at the end of the world in the 1990s, and how it all fell apart.

COVER: A former Yukon government ferry worker stops to pose for the Dawson City Insider's Know Your Neighbor column photo in 1998. He disappeared from the job mid-shift after several summers, laying down his sign and vest. He has not been seen in the Yukon since.

 

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ABOUT CHRISTOPHER ROSS


Christopher Ross is a Yukon-based print journalist and news photographer. Writing under the name Chris Beacom, he has covered life in northern Canada and Alaska for the Dawson City Insider, Yukon News, The Globe and Mail and The New York Times since 1994.
He is also the author of 22: Christmas Without You.