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Yellowknifer Logo.png
Newspaper logo
Type Weekly newspaper
Format Compact
Owner(s) Northern News Services
Publisher J.W. (Sig) Sigvaldason
Editor Mike W. Bryant
Founded March 22, 1972
Headquarters Yellowknife, NWT
ISSN 0844-0697
Website Yellowknifer

The Yellowknifer is a newspaper based in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories and owned by Northern News Services. It was first published on March 22, 1972 by J.W. (Sig) Sigvaldson,[1] who remains the current publisher. Both a Wednesday and a Friday edition are printed weekly, with 2015 circulations of 3,911 and 4,082 respectively.[2] Its mission statement is "having a ball and making a buck".[3]

Sigvaldson started the paper after leaving rival paper News of the North in 1971 after courting controversy from both the federal and municipal government, recruiting Jack Adderly who had also left the paper. Initial print runs were produced at home, using the bathroom as a darkroom. The paper was not commercially successful during its early years and was kept afloat by income from Sigvaldson's wife. By 1978, the paper had become a financial success, and Sigvaldson purchased News of the North, renaming it News/North.[3]

The paper focuses on local community news in the city, with some occasional coverage of wider issues in Northwest Territories and Northern Canada generally. The paper is published in English, but still has a significant number of Aboriginal readers.[4]

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  1. ^ "Yellowknifer : 40th Anniversary" (PDF). Northern News Services. Retrieved 13 January 2015. 
  2. ^ "Yellowknifer". Newspapers Canada. Retrieved 13 January 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Jack Sigvaldason". Alberta Weekly Newspapers Association. Retrieved 13 January 2015. 
  4. ^ Alia, Valeria (2011). Un/Covering the North: News, Media, and Aboriginal People. UBC Press. p. 179. ISBN 978-0-774-84211-2. 

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Coordinates: 62°27′08″N 114°22′07″W / 62.45222°N 114.36861°W / 62.45222; -114.36861 (Yellowknifer)