Metroland and IFOA promote literary events across Ontario

For 11 days each October, the International Festival of Authors (IFOA) presents a wide range of readings, round table discussions, onstage interviews, book signings and a number of special events featuring authors in contemporary literature. This year, Metroland Media Group Ltd. is working with the 31st annual IFOA to promote a series of literary events which will take place in a total of 14 cities across Ontario from Thursday, October 21 to Friday, November 5.

Coatney: How not to act online

During The Canadian Journalism Foundation and Rotman School of Management’s media management program on October 16, Mark Coatney, a self-prescribed ‘media evangelist’ at Tumblr and former senior editor at, discussed the importance of adopting an effective social media strategy for media companies, while offering useful tips and tricks he had learned on the job at Newsweek.

Leading a Newsroom in the Digital News Decade: SNA Foundation FREE webinar

Noted author and veteran of the digital news industry Ken Doctor will take center stage in a free webinar presented by the Suburban Newspapers of America Foundation on Thursday, October 21 at 2pm EST. Doctor will focus on the suburban and community newspaper industries and will delve into how the local landscape in the age of hyper-competition has created a new set of strategies for editors and other newsroom leaders.

Ad*Reach launches Interactive Media Kit

Advertisers now have instant access to detailed information on more than 300 community newspapers in Ontario with the launch of the new Ad*Reach Interactive Media Kit. Data on ROP/insert/recruitment rates, sizing, maps, demographics and special sections for each newspaper are now available in an easy-to-search format that can also be exported to your computer for your convenience. Visit to learn more.

Elmvale publisher honoured by community

Publisher of OCNA newspaper Elmvale Springwater News, Michael Jacobs, was recently honoured as Citizen of the Year at the Elmvale Fall Fair last weekend. A presentation was given highlighting Michael’s long list of achievements in the community including his success with the Springwater News, which has remained a respected source of information and support for local businesses since its inception in 1998. Congratulations Michael!

Google, anonymous publishers in talks to develop online payment platform

According to a recent report by Bloomberg, Google execs are in talks with publishers to develop a payment platform that would help them make money from online content.

Union workers in Montreal reject Quebecor offer

Unionized reporters and photographers at Quebecor’s Journal de Montreal, who have been locked out since January 2009, have overwhelmingly rejected a tentative contract agreement made by management on Tuesday this week.

MultiAd unveils Creative Outlet

MultiAd, a full-service marketing organization based in Peoria, Illinois, has recently unveiled a new website that provides royalty-free content to meet the marketing and advertising needs of newspaper publishers. Creative Outlet offers a collection of illustrations, stock photography, logos, ad templates, editorials, crosswords, horoscopes and other specialty content made for print and web design.

Ed Henninger: First Class design on a coach budget

By Ed Henninger

Flying first class has its advantages. Wider seats. More leg room. Free beverages. And that oh-so-comforting feeling that if the plane crashes, you’ll be among the first to know.

A reader recently asked if I had some tips on how to get a first-class design on a coach budget. Please take your seat, fasten your seat belt and get ready for take-off.

Important update from Canadian Heritage – Canada Periodical Fund

The application guide for the Canada Periodical Fund – Aid to Publishers 2011-2012 has been released. On October 13, Canadian Heritage sent an email to update publishers about the Aid to Publishers application guide.
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