Jim Pumarlo: Can newspapers survive? Sure, by delivering the basics to readers

By Jim Pumarlo

The phrase is familiar, “There’s nothing worse than a reformed smoker.” Here’s my version, “There’s nothing worse than a retired editor.”

The premise of this column: Editors and reporters must be well grounded in the basics of journalism if newspapers are to remain relevant. In other words, present the news in a manner that engages readers – especially in public affairs reporting.

Survey: Print Publishers Capitalizing on Opportunities Offered by Mobile Market

ABC and ABCi Release Findings of Second Annual Mobile Survey

More good news

The launch this week of the 2010 Metroland Readership Study highlights more good news for the community newspaper industry.

“Listening to the release of the results by marketing guru Len Kubas really hit home how we have to showcase just how vital our industry is to the fabric of what creates a community. That is our strength. That is our history, and that is our future,” said OCNA Executive Director Anne Lannan who attended the launch.

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.
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