JournalismIS Campaign Promotes the Value of Professional Journalism

In an effort to engage the public and support professional journalism in Canada, a group of media stakeholders have developed a campaign titled JournalismIS. The advertising component of the initiative includes a series of print, video and digital ads representing 10 journalism principles including 'telling the truth' and 'getting answers'.


Sponsors include Postmedia, Newspapers Canada, the Canadian Association of Journalists, the Ryerson School of Journalism and Unifor.


2015 EPPY Awards Open for Entries

Presented by Editor & Publisher, the EPPY Awards recognizes media-affiliated Web sites across the globe. Now in its 20th year, the annual contest features 31 categories including Best Mobile App. 


Newspapers are invited to submit entries until August 28. In order to be eligible for this year's competition, entries must have been available online at any time during April 1, 2014 through August 28, 2015.


NewsClips June 2015

Phone Outage Notice

Please note that our system will be down on Friday, June 26. We will have access to e-mail, but phone lines will be down for the majority of the day and back up on Monday, June 29.


Our telephone (905-639-8720) and fax (905-639-6962) numbers will remain the same, however each staff member's extension will change as follows:


OCNA & AdReach Moving to New Office Location

Attention members! Effective July 1, 2015 the OCNA (Ontario Community Newspapers Association) and Ad*Reach, will be relocationg from:


3228 South Service Road, Suite 116
Burlington, ON
L7N 3H8


890 Yonge Street, Suite 200
Toronto, ON
M4W 3P4 


Please update your records accordingly. 

2014 BNC Dupliacte Plaque Orders


Thank you to all who attended the BNC Awards Gala on Friday, May 22 at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel.


If you are looking to order duplicate plaques, they are available at a cost of $40 + HST (including delivery).


Please contact Karen Shardlow at or 905-639-8720 x 232 with your order no later than Friday, June 19.

John Foust: Take it from Here

By John Foust

Raleigh, NC


I remember stopping for directions to a golf course. "How do I get to Sea Palms?" I asked. The young man behind the counter of the convenience store responded with his own question, "From here?" I almost laughed out loud at the absurdity - and the profoundness - of his comment. Directions always start from where we are at the moment.


2015 Better Newspapers Competition Open for Entries

The Ontario Community Newspapers Association is pleased to announce that we have again partnered with Newspapers Toolbox to offer you an online entry platform to make your submission process quicker and easier!


BNC Awards Gala - Friday, May 22

OCNA is looking forward to seeing members from across the province on Friday, May 22 during the National Conference and BNC Awards Gala at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel.


The Gala Reception, sponsored by OLG, begins at 5:30PM in the Osegoode Ballroom.


Guests will be seated at 6:30PM for the BNC Awards Gala, sponsored by Ontario Power Generation, when presentations will begin and dinner will be served. 


OCNA Welcomes Caroline Medwell as Executive Director

The Board of Directors of the Ontario Community Newspapers Association (OCNA) is pleased to welcome Caroline Medwell as Executive Director. A successful advertising executive and newspaper professional, Medwell will provide leadership to the $6 million industry association, its 305 community newspaper members, and our Ad*Reach division.


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