CPF 2011-2012 Aid to Publishers applications due Nov 24

The application guide for the Canada Periodical Fund – Aid to Publishers 2011-2012 has been released.

Ontario Press Council elects new executive secretary

Don McCurdy of Toronto, former executive editor and managing editor of the Waterloo Region Record, has been elected executive secretary of the Ontario Press Council. He succeeds Mel Sufrin, who retires at the end of 2010 after 23 years.

Metroland appoints new GM in Simcoe region

Former director of distribution for Metroland in Simcoe and Muskoka Carol Lamb has recently been appointed as the new general manager of the company’s Simcoe West newspapers. Shaun Sauve, general manager of the Simcoe County division made the announcement.

“Carol has extensive experience in distribution and has been in the newspaper business for more than 20 years,” Sauve said. “One of many strengths is her ability to build very strong teams.”

Reporters Without Borders: 2010 Press Freedom Index

Reporters Without Borders has recently released its ninth annual Press Freedom Index. The 2010 report measures violations of press freedom in 178 countries from September 1, 2009 to September 1, 2010, taking into account physical attacks, threats, censorship, judicial pressure, government control of media, confiscation, unwarranted searches and harassment.

Canadian Champion celebrates 150 years

OCNA member the Milton Canadian Champion is celebrating its 150th anniversary this week. From its start as a weekly paper based in nearby Georgetown in 1854 and following various moves, ownership changes and even a fire, the Milton Canadian Champion has remained a respected source of news for community residents and businesses alike. Congratulations Milton!

Trouble with InDesign? Attend seminars with Kevin Slimp on November 18

OCNA invites you to join newspaper production staff on Thursday, November 18 for one day of seminars with renowned industry tech guru Kevin Slimp at the Maple Banquet Hall in Mississauga. Look forward to sessions on photo editing and colour correction, troubleshooting problems with PDF files, and an in-depth look at InDesign. Lunch will be provided.

2010 BNC entry period starts Monday!

Fall has arrived and with it the excitement of preparing for OCNA’s 2010 Better Newspapers Competition. Like last year, the entry process will be completed entirely online for your convenience (no tearsheets!). Entry information will be available on our website on Monday, November 1.

Metroland and IFOA promote literary events across Ontario

For 11 days each October, the International Festival of Authors (IFOA) presents a wide range of readings, round table discussions, onstage interviews, book signings and a number of special events featuring authors in contemporary literature. This year, Metroland Media Group Ltd. is working with the 31st annual IFOA to promote a series of literary events which will take place in a total of 14 cities across Ontario from Thursday, October 21 to Friday, November 5.

Coatney: How not to act online

During The Canadian Journalism Foundation and Rotman School of Management’s media management program on October 16, Mark Coatney, a self-prescribed ‘media evangelist’ at Tumblr and former senior editor at Newsweek.com, discussed the importance of adopting an effective social media strategy for media companies, while offering useful tips and tricks he had learned on the job at Newsweek.

Leading a Newsroom in the Digital News Decade: SNA Foundation FREE webinar

Noted author and veteran of the digital news industry Ken Doctor will take center stage in a free webinar presented by the Suburban Newspapers of America Foundation on Thursday, October 21 at 2pm EST. Doctor will focus on the suburban and community newspaper industries and will delve into how the local landscape in the age of hyper-competition has created a new set of strategies for editors and other newsroom leaders.
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