Register online for Ink+Beyond 2011

Registration is now open for INK+BEYOND 2011, hosted by Newspapers Canada and the British Columbia and Yukon Community Newspapers Association. Taking place in Vancouver, B.C. at the River Rock Casino and Resort on April 29-30, the conference program will focus on innovations online and new strategies in print publishing that will benefit both daily and weekly newspapers.

For full details or to register online, visit

Judges needed for QCNA Awards

The Quebec Community Newspapers Association (QCNA) is looking for judges for its Better Newspapers Competition. Approximately 20 QCNA members participate in the competition, with a total of 32 categories. The entries for all but three categories are now electronic (A1 Best Overall Newspaper, A5 Best Special Section, A6 Best Community Newspaper Promotion). Online entries will be available for judging starting Friday, February 25, 2011. Judges’ decisions should be made by Monday, March 14.

Regarding Member Changes

OCNA understands that as the newspaper industry continues to evolve, so must our members. We only ask that you keep us updated on any changes in address, rates, staff, and any other information relevant to the Association. It may help to select an ‘OCNA Representative’ from your staff who will be responsible for keeping us informed during these changing times. Contact Karen Shardlow (, 905-639-8720 ext.232) to report any changes at your publication.

Judy Imerson’s last day

After 30 years of service, Judy Imerson, director of editorial for the Mississauga News, is stepping down today. Imerson began her career at the News in 1981 as a community reporter, quickly moving up the ranks to become associate editor and then director of editorial in 1985. Since then she has published over 2,000 editorials and has spent countless hours covering and volunteering for a variety of community events. Publisher Ken Nugent has also credited Imerson with being an important facilitator of change at the paper.

API Fellowships available

The American Press Institute will be awarding thousands of dollars in fellowships to newspaper employees and journalism educators from the United States and Canada to cover the cost of API seminars and workshops in 2011. Fellowships are available for college-level journalism educators and newspaper employees. API Canada will be offering two seminars in Toronto on November 7 to 10. Seminar topics to be determined.

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.
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