Nominate someone for the 2010 Molson Coors Community Award

Each year, OCNA’s Foundation recognizes the voluntary contributions and community involvement of one dedicated newspaper employee and presents them with the Molson Coors Community Award in Memory of Mary Knowles. These individuals spend a lot of time volunteering in their community, so please take the time to nominate a co-worker and recognize him or her for all they do for their community, as well as for the image of your newspaper.

FDSA Revises Distribution Standards

TORONTO (Jan. 13, 2011) – The Flyer Distribution Standards Association (FDSA) board of directors, comprised of 19 representatives from retailing, distribution and logistics, has modified its flyer insert accreditation standards. In addition, the FDSA welcomes the Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC) and continues to recognize the Canadian Circulations Audit Board (CCAB) as the two providers of accreditation services.

Now accepting grant applications: Dills Family Fund

If you have an independently-owned community newspaper in Ontario with a circulation of less than 3,500; are an OCNA member; and would like to be considered for a grant this year, we encourage you to apply for funding from the Dills Family Fund for Small Community Newspapers.

Upcoming Virtual Press Conference with Ontario Pork & Ontario Cattlemen’s Assoc.

On Tuesday, January 18 at 12pm OCNA will host an Editorial conference call with the heads of Ontario Pork and the Ontario Cattlemen’s Association. Both organizations are seeking to partner with the provincial and federal governments to establish an insurance program similar to the successful program recently implemented by the Ontario government for the Grains and Oilseeds industry.

AWNA seeks judges for Awards Competition

The Alberta Weekly Newspapers Association is reaching out to associations across Canada in search of judges for a number of categories for its Better Newspaper Competition. The AWNA BNC entry deadline is February 1, 2011, following which entries will be sent to judges via courier (for General Excellence) or electronically (for Awards of Excellence). Results should be returned to AWNA no later than mid-March. All judges will be compensated with $100 for their time. If interested, please contact Maurizia Hinse at AWNA (1-780-434-8746 ext.

Picton Gazette celebrates 180th anniversary

On December 28, OCNA member the Picton Gazette celebrated its 180th year of service to the Picton community. From its start in 1830 as the Hallowell Free Press, the paper has had several owners, most recently Jean Morrison and her late husband Earl who bought it in 1977 and still own it to this day. The Picton Gazette has remained a respected source of weekly news and support for residents and local businesses alike, all while holding the distinguished title of ‘oldest community newspaper in Canada’. Congratulations Picton!

Political columnist Eric Dowd passes away

On December 25, 2010, long-time journalist and political columnist Eric Dowd passed away after an 18-month battle with leukemia. He was born in Birkenhead, England in 1931 and served in the British Army after the Second World War before moving to Montreal, and eventually Toronto where he and his wife Georgina were married.

Announcing: Newspapers Canada

The Canadian Newspaper Association and the Canadian Community Newspapers Association are proud to present one new name, logo and site that will be used to represent the industry.

While both associations remain, the single name (Newspapers Canada, Journaux Canadiens for French Canada) provides one source for their combined offerings. The name, logo and tagline are designed to build off our roots while demonstrating our strength and growth in delivering news across multiple platforms.

Happy New Year from OCNA

Wow. 2011 is upon us and now is the time to ponder our progress last year and make plans for the new year. This past year was a productive one for OCNA as well as its member newspapers as we put further distance between us and the poor economy of 2009. The Ad*Reach team continues to make strong strides and is pleased to have been able to distribute more than $7.8 million in advertising revenue to our members in 2010. Although Network Classified sales have not been as strong, participating newspapers will be receiving about $280,000.

Blue Box registration

Just a reminder to OCNA members to please register your publication for 2011 with Stewardship Ontario, as you are obligated to do so. OCNA members make their contribution through the in-kind advertising program and information about your 2011 lineage allocation will follow shortly. In the meantime, you need to register regardless if you are exempt from additional fees or not. Exemptions apply for companies with revenues less than $2 million or consumption of less than 15,000 kilograms.
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