Dwight Blackwood – President/Publisher
Born in Brookfield, Bonavista Bay, Dwight Blackwood acquired a taste for the outdoors at a very young age, and the tremendous fondness he obtained has not waned the slightest amount over the years. In fact, Blackwood’s appreciation of the outdoors grows with each excursion. “Sometimes our wives don’t fully understand,” he says with a smile, “that most of our fishing and hunting trips are indeed work…it’s a tough job but somebody’s got to do it.”
With a background in accounting, Blackwood, who resides in St. John’s, has been involved in various business ventures over the years, but it was the founding of the Newfoundland Sportsman which has given him the most enjoyment. A father of four and a grandfather of five, Dwight is proud of the fact that virtually everything with the magazine and TV show is done in-house.
“We’ve had to pick up a tremendous amount of technical skills, not to mention hardware and software over the last number of years,” he says, “so we don’t spend all of our time fishing and hunting. We still have to put the shows and magazines together for airing and printing. We’re quite proud of what we’ve accomplished so far and we look forward to learning and growing even more in the years to come.”
Gord Follett – Vice President/Editor
Born and raised in St. John’s, Gord Follett’s background is in the media business, having worked in various editing/writing capacities with local newspapers. In the early 1990s he became editor of a community newspaper owned by Dwight Blackwood, who had just published the first issue of the Newfoundland Sportsman, and from there they continued to put more and more focus on the magazine until eventually deciding it was a venture worth taking on full-time.Although quite proud of the magazine’s progress, Follett’s goal is to make each new issue better than the last.
“When I reach the point where I’m completely satisfied with a particular issue and say there’s no way to improve on it, then it’s time for me to give it up,” he said. “We have to continuously look for ways to improve. As good as each edition of our magazine is, I don’t believe there will ever come a time when we’ll say, ‘Okay, this is as good as it gets.'”