About Summerside Journal
When the Summerside Journal began publishing in 1865, it was a politically nonpartisan newspaper which published news, fiction, anecdotes, agricultural articles and advertisements. During the first half of the 1870s, the paper developed a Conservative bias. It opposed Confederation and sectarian education, while supporting free trade. During the late 1870s and for most of the 1880s, the Journal's allegiance switched to the Liberal party. The Journal fought for reciprocity and opposed the National Policy. Towards the end of the 1880s, the Journal returned to supporting the Conservatives, although the editorials at this time were rarely political. The quantity of news in the Journal decreased during the 1890s, with fiction and anecdotes being the chief fare in the paper. Editorial concerns during the decade included the need for improved steamship service, the maintenance of the tariffs and the denunciation of the Liberals. The turn of the century brought excellent news reporting back into the Journal's pages. The paper maintained its Conservative bias until the beginning of World War II. Its causes during the first decades of the twentieth century included the building of a Canadian navy, improved steamship service for Summerside and protectionism. During the 1920s, comics, photographs and articles on housekeeping all became regular features. Various columns began to appear in the Journal during the 1930s and 1940s, including columns on health, photography, automobiles, boy scouts, religion and books. From 1940 until it ceased publication in 1951, the Journal's news coverage became more and more focused on the local. Sports articles began to be published during this decade. In 1951, the Journal merged with the Pioneer, to form the Journal-Pioneer.