By Andrew Macdonald

The Macdonald Notebook hopes you enjoyed the two-week free passcode to view our journalism product, now entering its second year of independent publishing here in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

We are pleased to report we were profitable in our first year of publishing, thanks to our subscribed readers, and I am honoured and grateful for the subscription support.

There are ambitious plans for Year Two. We’ve expanded our news coverage to Prince Edward Island, engaging 40-year news veteran freelancer Andy Walker.

The Notebook has talented freelancer Brendan Ahern, a King’s Journalism graduate, who lives in Halifax North End, and who grew up in Southside Harbour in Antigonish County.

We also publish occasional contributions from other gifted writers.

In the last month, nearly 30 folk have become new subscribers; I call them Macdonald Notebook Insiders. They enjoy our frequent news scoops and other news exclusives.

If You Want To Become A Notebook Insider, you can do that easily by hitting our Subscribe Button.

As is more frequently the case with subscribers to The Notebook, some are new names to me, which I find strange because, during because during my three decades in the news trenches, I have become familiar with most of the Maritimes’ business and political movers and shakers.

Since our launch in March 2017, The Macdonald Notebook has engaged a weekly readership of political and business leaders of the Maritimes.

Our regional billionaires and other top biz titans tune in each week to check out our reports.

The Macdonald Notebook is generating up to 1,000 unique visitors per weekend. The region’s top news junkies tune in every weekend for news stories not found in other media.

We are addicted to breaking news stories and generating scoops, always on the lookout for stories which we hope are informative, entertaining and compelling.

At The Macdonald Notebook, we also believe in the power of word of mouth advertising. To that end, here are some Notebook reader endorsements to help guide you into taking out a Notebook subscription.

“The movers and shakers read you, Andrew.”
Erin O’Toole, former federal Tory leadership aspirant

“Anyone interested in good reporting about what is happening in Nova Scotia might want to investigate The Macdonald Notebook, which is published on Saturdays.”
Don Mills, leading Atlantic Canada pollster

“I am really enjoying your Macdonald Notebook. You have not only captured an audience of followers, but you also have the experience of years behind you to dig out your contacts. So keep up the interesting news items.”
Billy Joe MacLean, leading Port Hawkesbury politico

The Macdonald Notebook provides the colour between the lines that allows news to become information. In a time when too many media organizations essentially reprint press releases, Andrew has personal conversations with the news makers. Not satisfied with simply the ‘what’, The Notebook goes further, to enlighten on the ‘why’.”
Layton Dorey, senior vice-president, Northstar Research Partners, Toronto

“(Your political coverage) is awesome for political junkies like me. Good on you and kudos for excellence. You have a way of explaining things so that readers understand that those involved in partisan politics are human just like everyone else.”
John MacDonell, Nova Scotian backroom operator in the Harper government

“Your well crafted (journalism style) is down-home, high-quality reporting—concise, informative, diverse, historically accurate, objective, humorous and pleasantly intimate.”
Robbie Harrison, former minister in John Savage government

“I have been reading Andrew’s stories for 15 years. I am always curious to see what he is going to write about and he is very curious himself but honest. He is passionate about journalism and above all he is trustworthy. “We live in a very small, tight-knit community. Media has a big impact on our lives and it helps to talk to a journalist you can trust and that’s Andrew Macdonald. He is experienced, his stories are fair, balanced and very professional. That’s what good journalism is all about.”
Wadih Fares, noted Halifax real estate developer

“I am really enjoying The Macdonald Notebook. When do you sleep? Lots of insight and depth to the pieces. Well done.”
Bruce Evans, Los Angeles commercial mortgage broker and Cape Breton native

“Andrew is a very fine writer and has oodles of information on the local real estate scene. He is probably the most tapped in person in this part of the world.”
Piers Baker, prominent Chester-Halifax realtor

“Andrew is quintessentially Nova Scotian. He is a tough but fair reporter–and he cares about his readers. His columns are always insightful, and with him, you always get insight that you don’t in any other business reporting in the province.”
Mark Boudreau, director of Corporate Affairs for Loblaw Halifax