Thu, 07/15/2010 - 12:22
The 2010 Circulation Rates and Data Analysis report has been released by the Canadian Newspaper Association. A new Digital Edition Survey included in the report reveals 40% offer free access for print subscribers, while digital-only subscriptions range from $2.50 to $22.95 per month with a median subscription price of $9.99. Copies of the report are available to CNA members in the Members Area of the CNA website or by emailing a request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fri, 07/09/2010 - 10:42
Canadian media giant Quebecor has recently announced it will withdraw from the Quebec Press Council, citing what it called “arbitrary decisions” and had threatened legal action if council continued to review its actions. Two of the province’s biggest newspapers, Le Journal de Montreal and Le Journal de Quebec bowed out of the council last week. Both papers are published by Sun Media Corporation.
Fri, 07/09/2010 - 09:33
As you know, newspapers have received a point-of-sale rebate for the new harmonized sales tax on the single copy, bulk and subscription sales of newspapers. You may want to monitor if this is indeed the case at some of your retail locations. One publisher told OCNA yesterday that some readers have commented that they are being charged the full 13% (as opposed to just the 5% GST component) at variety and grocery stores.
Thu, 07/08/2010 - 09:09
On Friday, July 2, Victoria-based Black Press announced the purchase of 11 Glacier Media publications in British Columbia for an undisclosed amount. Following that announcement Black Press COO Rick O’Connor also stated the company would close five of them within the next year. Approximately 40 employees are expected to be let go or offered positions at other newspapers.
Thu, 07/08/2010 - 09:02
Launched in conjunction with Canada Day, Bring Back the Act, a national grassroots movement initiated by president and CEO of Multimedia Nova Corporation Lori Abittan, is encouraging Canadians to sign an online petition to Queen Elizabeth II and the British government to “repatriate” Canada’s original Constitution (the British North America Act of 1867) and entrust it to the Canadian government.
Thu, 06/24/2010 - 15:32
It is with some sadness we officially announce the retirement of Lynn Fenton, OCNA and Ad*Reach Advertising Coordinator. Lynn has been a strong force at OCNA for 29 years, serving on various committees, task forces, and as our Junior Citizen of the Year Awards Coordinator. With her consistent hard work, Lynn has established solid relationships with both members and agency personnel alike, while booking millions of dollars worth of ads each year.
Thu, 06/24/2010 - 14:32
According to a report in La Reppublica, an Italian newspaper, the rumours of Google’s plans to launch a paid system for news publishers may indeed be true. While Google will not confirm the report, the English translation of the report contains many similarities to a proposal for an e-commerce system the company made for the Newspaper Association of America in Fall of 2009.
Wed, 06/23/2010 - 12:06
The traditional partnership between news organizations and colleges and universities is often based on a need for student interns to produce and edit content. It is only recently that U.S. news organizations such as The New York Times, The Bay Citizen and Next Door Media have found there’s value in looking outside the newsroom to address the challenges media outlets are currently facing and are now collaborating with local universities to develop new initiatives.
Tue, 06/22/2010 - 14:54
On June 16, winners of the 2010 Knight News Challenge were announced at the Future of News and Civic Media Conference held at MIT in Massachusetts. The international contest, running in its fourth year, is sponsored by the Knight Foundation and funds innovative projects that develop tools and services to distribute information within communities. This year, twelve winners will split a total of $2.74 million in grant funding that can be put towards their digital projects.
Thu, 06/17/2010 - 14:03
OCNA member Toronto NOW has announced it will be hosting the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies (AAN) Convention for the second year in a row. The 2010 convention, to be held July 15-17 at the Hilton in downtown Toronto, boasts a number of seminars on industry topics such as community campaigns, financial standards, local and mobile ad spending trends, and social media optimization.