The Record celebrates 125 years of local journalism

Despite bumps and bruises, the legendary Sherbrooke Record, Quebec’s oldest English-language publication, is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year.

The publication’s storied history began in 1897 when it was founded by businessman Leonard Channell, who believed that Sherbrooke deserved to have its own daily newspaper.

At the time of its founding, the English-speaking audience was much bigger than it is today. In many ways, it is an exceptional accomplish that the Record has continued to succeed.

A 1999 fire threatened the future of the publication. But the Record survived that scare and carried on by producing exclusive local news for its readers.

The Record has a small staff but carries on thanks to a trusted network of freelancers, students, and volunteers. But it’s content is what remains centre stage, even after all these years.