A Twitter guide for ‘skeptics and newbies’

Sree Sreenivasan is a Columbia Journalism School professor and Dean of Student Affairs, and an avid enthusiast of the popular micro-blogging site, Twitter.


On his website, Sreenivasan lists a number of resources for those who are still on the fence – and many that will benefit journalists in particular – including various how-to articles, troubleshooting tips and tricks, where to find breaking news, Twitter profiles of prominent journalists and media outlets, and the inspiring ‘Top 10 Most Extraordinary Twitter Updates’.


Ed Henninger: Design is not an 'extra'

By Ed Henninger


Think of design as an 'extra' and interest in your newspaper will fade


I’ve had it.


I just received an e-mail from an editor who was excited about a new look for her paper.


ComBase: 74 per cent of adults read their community newspaper

On Monday, January 11, ComBase announced the results of its 2008-2009 study, with readership data for 218 markets across the country. Two hundred and thirty-five newspapers participated in the study, which includes media consumption data for community and daily newspapers, ethnocultural and other newspapers, radio, television, and the Internet.


Newspapers can help prevent online payment card fraud

The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC - PhoneBusters) continues to seek the assistance of newspapers to fight online payment card fraud.


Across Canada, thousands of merchants conduct $200 billion in business through card-not-present transactions (such as airlines, Internet and catalogue merchants, telemarketers). In particular, the Internet expands retail channels for goods and services, but electronic commerce also brings new threats of payment card fraud.


Lockout at Manitoba newsprint plant ends

Five months ago, Montreal-based newsprint provider Tembec locked out over 250 unionized workers and ceased all operations at its 80 year-old paper mill in Pine Falls, Manitoba. Before the closure, the company stated it required “an immediate and significant reduction” in labour costs in order to stay competitive in the newsprint market.


Kevin Slimp visits Prescott, Ontario

Kevin Slimp recently spent two days in Prescott, Ontario, to train the staff of the six different newspapers that are part of the Morris Newspaper Group to use some newly purchased software. He later documented the experience on his website.


January 27 is Family Literacy Day

The ABC CANADA Literacy Foundation is asking newspapers across Canada to run an advertisement to promote its annual event, Family Literacy Day, in which families are encouraged to read and learn together, and to promote the development of lifelong readers.


Judges needed for QCNA BNC Awards

The Quebec Community Newspapers Association is looking for judges for its Better Newspapers Competition. Approximately 20 QCNA members participate in the competition, with a total of 32 categories.


The award entries will be sent to the judges for review on Friday, February 26, 2010. Judges’ decisions should be made by Monday, March 15, 2010. Comments are required for the three finalists only.


ABC survey now available as iPhone, iPod app

A popular mobile marketing survey released in September 2009 by the Audit Bureau of Circulation (ABC), “Going Mobile: How Publishers Are Preparing for the Burgeoning Mobile Market”, is now available for download in Apple’s iTunes store. The survey provides valuable information about ABC's U.S and Canadian members’ plans to expand their brands, reach new audiences and generate additional revenue in the mobile market via detailed analyses and visual charts.


Canwest newspapers for sale

Canwest Global Communications Corp., owner of Canada’s largest chain of newspapers, announced on Friday last week it had placed Canwest Limited Partnership (LP) under creditor protection and that it is in the process of looking for new owners for the subsidiary.


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