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 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

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.

Regarding Member Changes

OCNA understands that as the newspaper industry continues to evolve, so must our members. We only ask that you keep us updated on any changes in address, rates, staff, and any other information relevant to the Association. It may help to select an ‘OCNA Representative’ from your staff who will be responsible for keeping us informed during these changing times. Contact Karen Shardlow (, 905-639-8720 ext.232) to report any changes at your publication.

Judy Imerson’s last day

After 30 years of service, Judy Imerson, director of editorial for the Mississauga News, is stepping down today. Imerson began her career at the News in 1981 as a community reporter, quickly moving up the ranks to become associate editor and then director of editorial in 1985. Since then she has published over 2,000 editorials and has spent countless hours covering and volunteering for a variety of community events. Publisher Ken Nugent has also credited Imerson with being an important facilitator of change at the paper.

API Fellowships available

The American Press Institute will be awarding thousands of dollars in fellowships to newspaper employees and journalism educators from the United States and Canada to cover the cost of API seminars and workshops in 2011. Fellowships are available for college-level journalism educators and newspaper employees. API Canada will be offering two seminars in Toronto on November 7 to 10. Seminar topics to be determined.

Nominate someone for the 2010 Molson Coors Community Award

Each year, OCNA’s Foundation recognizes the voluntary contributions and community involvement of one dedicated newspaper employee and presents them with the Molson Coors Community Award in Memory of Mary Knowles. These individuals spend a lot of time volunteering in their community, so please take the time to nominate a co-worker and recognize him or her for all they do for their community, as well as for the image of your newspaper.
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