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.

Wellington publisher reflects on the role of community newspapers

A recent editorial by Dave Adsett of the Fergus Wellington Advertiser addressed the absence of political advertising in Wellington County newspapers during election season this year. He mentioned that while newspapers in the area had strived to provide thorough, thoughtful coverage of the election, the majority of candidates appeared to use every promotional vehicle but their local paper.

Great Ideas Awards now accepting entries from community newspapers

In addition to a new Marketing and Promotion category to be included in the 2011 Great Ideas Awards, CNA has announced it will now accept submissions from members of the Canadian Community Newspapers Association as well. Winners in the six different categories will be honoured during the association’s Ink & Beyond conference in Vancouver on April 29-30.

Jim Pumarlo: Can newspapers survive? Sure, by delivering the basics to readers

By Jim Pumarlo

The phrase is familiar, “There’s nothing worse than a reformed smoker.” Here’s my version, “There’s nothing worse than a retired editor.”

The premise of this column: Editors and reporters must be well grounded in the basics of journalism if newspapers are to remain relevant. In other words, present the news in a manner that engages readers – especially in public affairs reporting.

Survey: Print Publishers Capitalizing on Opportunities Offered by Mobile Market

ABC and ABCi Release Findings of Second Annual Mobile Survey

More good news

The launch this week of the 2010 Metroland Readership Study highlights more good news for the community newspaper industry.

“Listening to the release of the results by marketing guru Len Kubas really hit home how we have to showcase just how vital our industry is to the fabric of what creates a community. That is our strength. That is our history, and that is our future,” said OCNA Executive Director Anne Lannan who attended the launch.
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