Queen’s Park Day a success

Thank you to all who attended OCNA’s Queen’s Park Day event on Wednesday, September 15. After various meetings throughout the day, attendees were met with a reception in which all three provincial party leaders and many MPPs attended. We hope everyone enjoyed the opportunity to network with fellow newspaper professionals and discuss relevant issues with your local MPPs.

Niagara This Week introduces new Director of Advertising

David Hawkins, a lifelong Niagara resident, has recently been appointed as director of advertising at Niagara This Week. Hawkins brings with him a wealth of experience, having served as the general manager of the Tillsonburg News, Simcoe Reformer, Delhi News-Record, Dunnville Chronicle and Lakeshore Shopper, a retail advertising manager at the Welland Tribune and an advertising account executive for the St. Catharines Standard.

Locked-out Journal de Montréal workers to launch weekly tabloid

Staff at Quebecor’s Journal de Montréal, after being locked out for almost a year, has announced plans to publish a free weekly paper, Rue Frontenac. The 48-page tabloid will begin distribution in early October and serve to augment its website ruefrontenac.com. The announcement was made just before the Labour Day weekend.

Professionals ready for work

Sheridan College’s Centre for Internationally Trained Individuals has a number of experienced professionals available to start work in October 2010. The candidates are committed to work in an unpaid placement for eight weeks in the following professional sectors:

Postmedia begins transformation

Newly-branded Postmedia Network Inc. is reported to have begun cutting jobs and offering buyouts at several of its newspapers across the country in an effort to reduce costs. As published in the Globe and Mail, according to an anonymous source, a total of 50 jobs have already been cut at the Edmonton Journal and Calgary Herald, including both full-time and part-time employees.

Wise guy suspended at Washington Post

Earlier this week, Mike Wise, a sports columnist for the Washington Post, conducted what he called a ‘test’ on how fast information, or misinformation, could be spread online. On Monday he posted to his Twitter account that a Pittsburg football player would be suspended for five games (when in fact he was suspended for six games) after being accused of sexual assault in March. Wise followed his post with others about his sources of the news.

In response to the known inaccuracies he published, the Washington Post handed Wise a month-long suspension.

Happy 25th anniversary Cornwall!

OCNA congratulates member newspaper the Cornwall Seaway News for 25 years of service to its community. From its start as the humble Seaway Shopping News in 1985, to shouldering the responsibility of publishing additional local papers and magazines in the present day, the Cornwall Seaway News has remained a respected source of weekly news for residents, and a source of support to local businesses and charitable foundations in the area.

New York Times adds Facebook feature to website

The New York Times has further embraced social media, and has added an optional feature, ‘Log In With Facebook’, to its website. The new feature enables users to link their Facebook account with NYTimes.com to comment on and share articles with friends and view other personalized content.