DIGBY, N.S. - It’s been a while since I’ve done a profile to introduce myself to a new community. So here we go!
My name is James Mallory but my family and friends call me Jamie, and sometimes even Jim. I’m a life-long New Brunswicker who just moved to Digby to become the newest reporter for the Digby Courier.
I grew up in a place called Belleisle Creek, just outside of Sussex, N.B. and have spent time living and working in several locations in the province.
NBCC Woodstock in New Brunswick gave me my first taste of journalism and I graduated from the two-year communication arts program in 2001. After spending a few months working part-time at several radio stations in Fredericton, N.B., I was hired by The Northern Light newspaper in Bathurst, N.B. as the sports/general reporter/photographer/graphic designer/jack of all trades…well, you get the point. It was a job where you learned anything and everything about journalism and how to put a good paper together.
In 2003, I was offered a job as a reporter for the Kings County Record in Sussex and spent a year there filling in for a journalist on maternity leave. Then, as fate would have it, The Northern Light needed a reporter just as my one-year term had expired. So, I moved back to Bathurst and re-joined the paper where I had my real chance to cut my teeth in the journalism industry.
In 2012, I became managing editor at The Northern Light and remained in that position until 2016 when I accepted a job as the general manager with the Chaleur Transportation Cooperative.
When the opportunity to get back into journalism presented itself, I jumped at the chance to come to Digby and start a new adventure. I don’t have a whole lot of experience in this region, but in my younger days, my family would travel from Saint John, across the ferry and through Digby to visit family in the Auburn, Berwick and Halifax. My mother is a Nova Scotian so I have roots in this beautiful province that I’m excited to explore.
As for what I like to do in my spare time, I love sports, being outdoors and music. I’m looking forward to playing hockey at the Digby arena, perhaps get back into curling, going on outdoor adventures discovering what this beautiful area has to offer, and I hope to sing and strum a few songs on guitar with local musicians.
If anyone has any story leads, photo ops or just want to chat sometime, I’d love to hear from you! Give me a call at (902) 245-8054, send me an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org or post a message on our Facebook page.
P.S. For those wondering where Sara Ericsson went, she’s now living in Kentville and working in our Kings County Advertiser and Register newsroom. She really enjoyed her time in Digby, and the people she met, but wanted to be a bit closer to friends and family geographically. You’ll still see her byline from time to time, though, as we’re all part of the same Saltwire Network.