Schmidt says Google is not to blame

As news publishers become increasingly hostile towards Google, the company’s CEO Eric Schmidt, speaks out. In an opinion piece in the Thursday edition of the Wall Street Journal, Schmidt states Google is committed to playing a role in helping publishers transition online – not cause problems for the industry.


Journicide: A looming, lost generation of scribes

Alan D. Mutter, a consultant specializing in corporate initiatives and new media ventures in journalism and technology, has recently voiced his concern that vanishing employment opportunities and shrinking freelance compensation will “wipe out the next generation of professional journalists”.


Former Tribune, Review publisher dies at 72

Former publisher of the Welland Tribune and the Niagara Review John Van Kooten, passed away on Saturday, November 29 at the age of 72. Known locally as a founder of the Niagara Film Festival, which over several years attracted a number of Hollywood stars, Van Kooten began his career in newspapers as publisher for the Tribune in 1979. He later went on to become publisher at the Review for five years in the mid 1990s.


Many former employees of Van Kooten remember him fondly, including retired sports editor Wayne Redshaw.


Novice journalists face rising risks in conflict zones

Wednesday, November 25 saw the release of Canadian journalist Amanda Lindhout, and her Australian colleague, Nigel Brennan from their captors in Somalia. The two had been kidnapped, abused, and held for ransom for the past 15 months by unidentified abductors. Both were released after their friends and family members raised $600,000 to pay the ransom.


Wilber Brett passes away

It is with sadness that we report the passing of Wilber Brett, retired owner of the Essex Free Press, on November 12 after a short battle with lung cancer. He was 71. Wilber was a third generation owner of the newspaper (1979-2004) whose family has owned it since 1896. He retired in 2004 when his daughter Laurie Brett assumed ownership, making her the fourth generation of the Brett family to operate the newspaper. This is the second oldest family-owned newspaper in Ontario.


Attention Canadian Photographers!

Municipal World is inviting photographers across the country to submit pictures of their community’s most interesting, fun, and food-filled festivals for the magazine’s December photo contest. From winter carnivals to historical celebrations, Municipal World is challenging photographers to capture Canada’s food and festivals featured at these local events.


Jim Pumarlo: A checklist for evaluating, advocating coverage of sensitive issues

By Jim Pumarlo

How many editors have faced reporting bad news – or, put another way – making an uncomfortable news decision? Pressed by a reader for the rationale, you’ve replied, “That’s our policy,” or “It doesn’t meet our guidelines.” Yet, in the calm and privacy of your office, you reflect, “We could have done a better job.”


Torstar CEO has “no choice” but to cut costs at the Star

David Holland, Torstar Corp.’s new president and CEO, told The Canadian Press on Wednesday that the company has “no choice” but to cut costs at the Toronto Star to better compete with rival newspapers and other media. Such cuts may mean that staff will be laid off in the future.


“Every other medium we compete against is striving to be as efficient as possible,” Holland said. “We have no choice but to pursue the lowest possible cost structure, but at the same time preserve our commitment to quality journalism and quality content.”

World Newspapers Congress 2009

Monday, November 30 marks the 62nd annual World Newspapers Congress (WNC), where global leaders in the newspaper industry will converge in Hyderabad, India. Indian President Pratibha Devi Singh Patil and a host of other speakers will begin the opening ceremony by addressing a joint session of the WNC and the 16th annual World Editors Forum, which will take place December 1.


The case for modular advertising

Len Kubas is President of Kubas Consultants, Toronto, revenue growth and publishing strategy advisors to newspapers and was a panelist at the SNA Fall Publishers' & Advertising Directors' Conference earlier this year. In a session devoted to Emerging Business Models for Community Newspapers and Web Sites, Kubas talked about a conversion to modular advertising which involves overhauling traditional newspaper ad sizes and converting rates to a 'page impact' program, away from charging by the column inch and agate line.


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