Community newspapers: ‘We can’t afford to lose any’

For years, big Surrey scoops were fueled by the fierce competition between its two community papers, the Surrey Leader and the Surrey Now.

“This was all-out war by competition for many years,” said Kevin Diakiw, a reporter who joined the Leader in 1995. “Any story that presented itself as a meaningful story, I knew personally that I had to have it first, and I had to have it better. All the better if I can break it hard enough with a hammer that everyone would be shell-shocked and not know how to follow it.”

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