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

The Editorial conference call with Ontario Pork and the Ontario Cattlemen’s Association previously scheduled for this week has been postponed until January 2011. Check your email inbox in the coming weeks for an invitation with the new date and time. Contact Karen Shardlow at for more information.

Ad*Reach Special Section Feature for 2011

We hope all OCNA member publishers and advertising managers have had the opportunity to review the new Interactive Media Kit at as it has been receiving great feedback from our advertising agencies and national advertising clients. Some of the information on the site, such as the newspaper datasheet, may be helpful for your sales reps for their media kits.

Ed Henninger: In defense of posed photos

By Ed Henninger

This column is a departure from the norm. It was written years ago by my friend and colleague Ken Blum, who recently ran it again as part of his “Black Inklings” newsletter.

Ken stated his case so logically, so convincingly that I asked him if I could reprint it. I believe it is a powerful reminder of our mission as journalists. I hope you will agree.


Network Classified filler ads

The Network Classified Advertising program, supported by many OCNA members through the publishing of the weekly ads, is a program that provides your readers with a series of classified ads they would not otherwise have access to. It also provides your association with a source of revenue to fund the many programs and services offered.

Cornwall publisher elected Chamber President

Rick Shaver, publisher of OCNA member newspapers the Cornwall Seaway News and Cornwall Express, has been appointed President of the Cornwall & Area Chamber of Commerce. The business organization made the announcement on December 14 following the inaugural meeting of its new Board.

“As we end the Chamber’s 120th year, we have a solid group of Directors bringing a broad range of expertise to the Board table,” states Shaver. “It will be an effective team in carrying out the Chamber’s mandate as an advocate for the business community.”

Transcontinental VP new head of RecycleMédias

Marc N. Ouellette, Senior Vice President, Local Solutions Group, Transcontinental Media, is taking on a new role to protect the interests of society and the environment. In early November he accepted the position of Chair of the Board of Directors of RecycleMédias. Ouellette also represents RecycleMédias in his role as treasurer for La Table hors foyer, a non-profit organization that initiates, develops and implements large-scale programs for curb-side recycling of all recyclable materials.

Ontario Press Council – Constitutional Amendment


The Canadian University Press, which distributes news and syndicated content to university publications, has inquired about membership in the Ontario Press Council.

There isn’t a category in the constitution for such an organization since there are only two classes of membership – Ordinary Members and Contributing Newspapers.

CUP, formerly just a distributor of news to student newspapers, now can be viewed online.

Two Grey Suits announces update to HR Hot Line

Two Grey Suits has recently announced the planned addition of a live attendant to its HR Hot Line service for OCNA members. This attendant will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to facilitate the answering of your questions about staffing and human resources. Requests that cannot be answered over the phone will be dealt with in 24 hours.

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.
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