Survey: Computer-Assisted Reporting

Carey French, Journalism Coordinator at the School of Media Studies, Humber Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning, has asked the Ontario Community Newspapers Association for assistance in his research about Computer-Assisted Reporting (CAR) at Ontario's Community Newspapers. He wants to ensure that journalism graduates can hit the ground running after graduation.

WAN-IFRA: World News Future & Change Study

According to a recent study conducted by the Shaping of the Future of the Newspaper project of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), publishers around the globe are already aware that they must focus on the development of new products and channels rather than traditional sources to make a profit in the future.

Newspaper websites in Toronto ‘back then’

With Internet technology continually evolving, significant changes have had to be made to newspaper websites in order for them to continue to attract and engage readers. What was once a text-heavy page now features images, video and other interactive features.

Discussion: impact of social media on journalism

“Tweet and Shout: How Media is Shakin’ Up Journalism”, a panel discussion on new media and its evolving influence on today’s journalists, was held at Carleton University earlier this week. Panelists included CBC radio host and producer Ira Basen, Ryerson University instructor and journalist Kim Pittaway, Ottawa Citizen reporter Claire Brownell and Canadian Press parliamentary reporter Steve Rennie.

Connecticut newspaper moves to ‘community-focused’ newsroom

The Journal Register Company, owner of The Register Citizen in Torrington, Connecticut, has announced plans to move the paper’s operations from the office which staff has used for 110 years to an “open, community-focused newsroom.” The new facility will house a café, a Community Media Lab with workstations for use by bloggers and contributors to the newspaper’s website, a community meeting room equipped with large screen monitors for video conferencing, and access to more than a century of archives.

Kubas’ Preview: ad revenue growth and strategic initiatives in 2011

Toronto-based Kubas Consultants recently released Preview 2011, its fifth annual Preview study on newspaper executives’ expectations for ad revenue growth and planned strategic initiatives for the new year. Over 400 daily newspaper executives and managers across North America were surveyed in November 2010.

OCNA seeks judges for Junior Citizen Awards

Your Association is looking for two individuals willing to help select the 12 final recipients for the 2010 Ontario Junior Citizen of the Year Award. This is time-consuming but rewarding work, and will require reading nominations over a two week period in December and a full day of deliberations at the OCNA office in Burlington in January 2011 (we will give you lunch!). If you are interested in donating your time to this worthy cause, please contact Carla Alexander at or call 905-639-8720 ext. 239. Preference will be given to individuals open to a multi-year commitment.

Final 2010 BNC entry deadlines

The 2010 BNC entry deadline for newspapers with circulations of 6,500 to 22,499 is less than a week away. Submissions need to be in no later than Wednesday, December 8. Newspapers with circulations over 22,500 need to submit their entries no later than Wednesday, December 15.

Brant News website offers more to readers

As the OCNA team continues to review member websites we are finding more to be impressed with. The Brant News website,, offers a ‘Story ID’ feature which adds a sense of interactivity to its print edition as it allows readers the opportunity to delve deeper into a particular story. For example, the Story ID for an article on a local trail and road improvement project in the August 5 edition of the paper gives readers access to further discussions with city Council and their plans for the project.

Introducing new syndicated columnists

OCNA is pleased to announce the addition of two new syndicated columnists with articles available ready to download. Ron Wolf pens three weekly columns with a local focus entitled ‘Things That Go Bump in the Canadian Night’, ‘It’s Our History, Our Country’ and ‘All Things Canadian’. James Careless is the brain behind ‘Gadget Zone’ a monthly rundown on consumer tech products for the whole family.

Find their articles and contact information in the members only area of the OCNA website under Syndicated Columnists. Login required.
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