See Kevin Slimp in Ontario!

OCNA invites you to join fellow production staff on Thursday, November 18 for one day of seminars with renowned industry tech guru Kevin Slimp at the Maple Banquet Hall in Mississauga.

We’ll kick off the morning with a session on photo editing and colour correction tips in Photoshop, followed by troubleshooting problems in PDF files. In the afternoon we’ll see Kevin give a brief intro to InDesign for users new to the program, then get right into the thick of things with more complicated tips and tricks for the more experienced user. Lunch will be provided.

How urgent is hyperlocal news?

Rick Edmonds of Poynter Online has made public his musings on the need for hyperlocal news sites. According to Edmonds, a number of major corporations and start-ups have been trying to “square the hyperlocal circle” (blogs and other social media sites that either encourage users to post material or pay journalists to search for stories), in an effort to boost online advertising revenue, but with limited success.

Buyouts offered at National Post

Not long after cutting 50 jobs at two of its other daily newspapers, Postmedia Network Inc. has offered staff at the National Post voluntary buyouts, as the company tries to cut operating costs. Employees had one week to decide whether they wanted to accept the voluntary buyout, which would encompass up to three weeks of pay for each year on the job, and up to a maximum of $125,000, according to an internal memo obtained by The Canadian Press. A spokeswoman for Postmedia confirmed this, but added not everyone who agreed to take the offer would be accepted.

Apple expected to announce subscription plan for newspapers

Many newspapers and other print publishers currently have held out hope that Apple’s iPad and other tablet devices could become another source of revenue and help curtail losses incurred from offering online content for free. The wait may soon be over, as a recent article by the San Jose Mercury News states that Apple is expected to announce a new subscription plan for newspapers.

National Newspaper Week begins October 3

National Newspaper Week (NNW) is an annual celebration and recognition of the important role newspapers in their communities, and has been has been sponsored annually by the Newspaper Association Managers since the 1940s. This year, NNW will take place from October 3 – 9 with the theme, ‘Newspapers – the print and online connector for today’s communities”.

Mutter: 8 tips for newspaper growth

Alan Mutter, media and technology consultant and blogger behind Reflections of a Newsosaur has provided Editor & Publisher with eight strategic ‘seedlings’ newspapers can use for growth during times of change. A proper level of investment, he says, makes any business grow. Mutter’s tips are summarized below:

Queen’s Park Day a success

Thank you to all who attended OCNA’s Queen’s Park Day event on Wednesday, September 15. After various meetings throughout the day, attendees were met with a reception in which all three provincial party leaders and many MPPs attended. We hope everyone enjoyed the opportunity to network with fellow newspaper professionals and discuss relevant issues with your local MPPs.

Niagara This Week introduces new Director of Advertising

David Hawkins, a lifelong Niagara resident, has recently been appointed as director of advertising at Niagara This Week. Hawkins brings with him a wealth of experience, having served as the general manager of the Tillsonburg News, Simcoe Reformer, Delhi News-Record, Dunnville Chronicle and Lakeshore Shopper, a retail advertising manager at the Welland Tribune and an advertising account executive for the St. Catharines Standard.

Locked-out Journal de Montréal workers to launch weekly tabloid

Staff at Quebecor’s Journal de Montréal, after being locked out for almost a year, has announced plans to publish a free weekly paper, Rue Frontenac. The 48-page tabloid will begin distribution in early October and serve to augment its website ruefrontenac.com. The announcement was made just before the Labour Day weekend.

Professionals ready for work

Sheridan College’s Centre for Internationally Trained Individuals has a number of experienced professionals available to start work in October 2010. The candidates are committed to work in an unpaid placement for eight weeks in the following professional sectors:
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