Newspapers Canada hosts newsroom coaching seminar

On March 3, 2011, Newspapers Canada will host a newsroom coaching seminar. Held at the Toronto Star Vaughan Press Centre, the day-long seminar includes sessions that will cover breaking news online, literary techniques, brainstorming tools and more. Speaker Jacqui Banaszynski, who currently holds a Knight Chair in Editing at the Missouri School of Journalism and is on the visiting faculty of The Poynter Institute, will be leading the sessions.

New GM for The Elmira Independent

Bill Heuther has recently been named as the new general manager of the Elmira Independent. Heuther’s 15-year career in the newspaper industry has seen him serve a number of community newspapers in southwestern Ontario including the Listowel Banner where he is also a manager.

“Bill has had great success in our Listowel, Minto and Wingham operations and I believe this will be a huge asset for us in the Elmira market, as we position ourselves for the future,” said Doug Rowe, general manager of Metroland Media’s Southwestern division.

INMA: Tablet Opportunities for News Publishers

Last week INMA announced the release of a new publication that would provide publishers with an in-depth look at the steps major newspapers are taking in order to benefit from the opportunities presented by Apple’s iPad and other tablet devices.

‘Tablet Opportunities for News Publishers’ covers the emerging tablet market using The Globe and Mail, The New York Times, USA Today and other leading newspapers around the world that have revealed how they are experimenting with their products to see where they fit into the lives of consumers and the budgets of advertisers.

Save the date! OCNA Spring Convention May 13-14

Attention all members! The 2011 OCNA Spring Convention will be held on May 13-14 at the Sheraton Fallsview Hotel & Conference Centre in Niagara Falls. We are planning a host of independent publishers’ sessions, a Meet the Provincial Party Leaders session and technology seminars featuring Kevin Slimp. Members should also look forward to OCNA’s 60th annual BNC Gala on Friday, May 13. Held at the Elements on the Falls restaurant, expect to celebrate the best of the community newspaper industry in style, and with a great view of the Falls!

Seeking sponsors

OCNA is currently looking for sponsors for our 2010 Better Newspaper Competition. As you are aware, the generous contributions from our sponsors are an integral part of our annual Gala event and help make our Awards program a success year after year. Sponsors of the BNC Awards will receive recognition both in OCNA’s BNC Results book and during the Awards Gala, which will be held at the Elements on the Falls Restaurant in beautiful Niagara Falls on Friday, May 13, 2011.

Founder of Northern Times dies at 79

The founder of Kapuskasing Northern Times and former mayor of Kapuskasing René Piché died on January 22 at the age of 79 after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Seeking newspaper professionals with 25 years experience (or more)

OCNA is now accepting nominations for Gold and Silver Quill Awards for 2011. These prestigious awards recognize newspaper owners and employees for their long time dedication to the industry. Nominations for Bronze Quills should be submitted directly to Newspapers Canada. To download a nomination form, log in to the Members Area of our website. For more information, please contact Anne Lannan at a.lannan@ocna.org or call 905-639-8720 ext 228.

Publishing group prepares to launch digital newsstand

In a bid to maintain control over the digital distribution of their content, high profile publishers Time Inc., Condé Nast, Hearst, Meredith and News Corp. are preparing to launch a digital newsstand for tablet publications. Under the name Next Issue Media (NIM), the companies’ digital offerings are reported to go live on the Android platform in the next few months and compete with other services that sell tablet publications such as Apple’s App Store.

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 www.newspaperscanada.ca/ink-and-beyond.

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.
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