OPC releases 2011 budget to members

At its annual meeting on Friday, November 19, the Ontario Press Council approved a 2011 budget and is now calling for member publisher approval. According to the memo, the Press Council revised its estimates for 2010 and is now projecting $217,949 in revenue, $198.746 in spending and a surplus of $19,203 for 2011 due in part to a decrease in salaries an expected change of location that may result in lower rent and annual membership fees equal to that paid in 2009.

Garfield artist apologizes

Artist Jim Davis has apologized for the insensitivity in the timing of his cartoon that was published on Remembrance Day which featured Garfield the cat about to squash a spider with a rolled newspaper. The text reads, ‘If you squish me, I shall become famous! They will hold an annual day of remembrance in my honor, you fat slob! (Next panel of spiders in a classroom with the spider teacher saying,) Does anyone here know why we celebrate ‘National Stupid Day’?’

Google plans to hire more than 2,000 people

According to a Reuters article, Google, whose finance chief told investors in September that the Internet industry was waging a "war for talent," is promoting more than 2,000 job openings on its website. Google, which controls about two-thirds of the global Internet search market, is looking for new opportunities to grow by branching out into a variety of markets, including Android smartphone software, online display advertising and Web-based productivity software.

Glacier Media revenue increases

The growing western Canadian communications company Glacier Media, while releasing its third quarter financials, has seen an increase in its overall revenue, yet experienced a 31 per cent decrease in this quarter’s net profit. Results year to date show $17.8 million, up from $17.0 last year.

Toronto Star looking for designers for Christmas contest

With the theme, Winter Holidays in Toronto, the Toronto Star has launched a contest for designers to create the front page of their Christmas edition. The artist with the best submission wins $2,500 and front page bragging rights, while second and third place finishers receive exposure on the Star’s web site and $1,000 and $500 respectively. Deadline is December 12.

OCNA’s Kevin Slimp Seminars a success!

On Thursday this week, newspaper production staff attended a full day seminar with the director of The Institute of Newspapers & Technology, Kevin Slimp. His tips for Adobe Photoshop, Acrobat and InDesign in particular were well received by all. OCNA thanks all who attended. You can look forward to seeing Kevin again at our 60th annual Spring Convention in May 2011.

Ed Henninger: Ten worst tricks

By Ed Henninger


EDITORS: The letter-spacing in number three is done on purpose. I give you credit for understanding that but... just in case you think I’ve gone off the deep end... Ed



New publisher appointed for Sun Media papers in southern Ontario

After a two-year hiatus from the industry to focus on charity work, Merv Hawkins has returned as the new group publisher of Sun Media newspapers the Delhi News-Record, Simcoe Reformer, Times-Reformer, Tillsonburg News and the Lakeshore Shopper. Prior to his new role, he had served as the senior group publisher of Ontario Farmer.

Highlighting member innovation online

While reviewing OCNA members’ websites our team came across MyKawartha.com, the web portal for Metroland newspapers Peterborough This Week, Kawartha Lakes This Week and the Brock Citizen. The website’s event calendar, known as POP (Personal Online Planner), caught our eye in particular.

Amazon to increase publishers’ profits via Kindle

Hoping to encourage the sale of more digital versions of newspapers and magazines, Amazon.com has announced it would give magazine and newspaper publishers more revenue from such products sold in the Kindle Store. Royalties will be increased from 30 percent to 70 percent as of December 1. The company also announced a Beta release of the Kindle Publishing for Periodicals tool that will allow publishers to more easily add their newspaper or magazine to the Kindle Store.
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