Top BlackBerry Apps for journalists

Besides the ease in which journalists can check email from sources, editors, and their colleagues when using a BlackBerry, there are a number of apps (most of which are free) that can be used that are just as convenient, and have the potential to increase productivity.

 

International Newspaper Carriers Day

October 10 is International Newspaper Carrier Day. To show appreciation for the hard-working individuals who deliver newspapers throughout your community, the Suburban Newspapers of America (SNA) has provided free ads for your use. Simply download the ads from the SNA website and add your logo.

 

Find the ads here: http://www.suburban-news.org/Resources/CarrierDayAds.aspx

Royal Caribbean looking for a ‘Reporter at Sea’

To kick off the pre-inaugural voyage of its newest ship, the Oasis of the Seas, Royal Caribbean International is holding a contest to recruit aspiring cruise writers from Canada, the U.S, Germany, Mexico and the U.K. The winner will set sail on the pre-inaugural voyage of the Oasis of the Seas on November 19-22 and get the chance to record his or her experiences on the ship’s website.

 

Print in the Mix conference and tradeshow

Print in the Mix conference and tradeshow Marketers, graphic designers, production managers, and anyone involved in the creation or purchase of print media are encouraged to attend Canadian Printer’s national conference and tradeshow, Print in the Mix is in Toronto on October 8, 2009. This year’s theme is “I NEED IT YESTERDAY!” with a focus on the rapid changes of business and marketing in the print industry.

Internal AP e-mail accidentally released

After an internal e-mail between staff at the Associated Press was accidentally released on the AP News Feed on Sunday, the company blamed “human error and a technical glitch.” The e-mail in question was one containing reporters’ notes on the coverage of the arrest of film director Roman Polanski, including information on a scheduled press conference and other speculative comments.

 

Jim Pumarlo: Overcoming the challenges of reporting on school referendums

By Jim Pumarlo

 

How many editors have been challenged to present balanced reporting of labor disputes? It’s often a predicament, as usually one side – the union – does all the talking, and the other side – the management – largely remains mum. The dynamics make it terribly difficult to give fair, ongoing coverage in what can be a weeks-long confrontation.

 

OCNA Executive Director hits 20 year milestone

Anne Lannan, OCNA’s recently appointed Executive Director, today celebrated her 20th anniversary at the association with a staff luncheon. She began at the association as Member Services Coordinator responsible for the writing and production (the old-fashioned way) of News Clips and the production of the weekly Network Classified Advertising program.

 

Newspapers help Nanaimo kids learn to love reading

Teachers at the Junior Learning Alternative School (JLA) in Nanaimo, British Columbia, are using their local newspaper as a teaching tool to help youth improve their literacy skills. Due to a lack of resources including textbooks and other written materials, the school offers a Newspapers in Education Program for students aged 12-16, where copies of the Nanaimo Daily News are brought into classrooms each day to be read and to encourage the discussion of topics relevant to youth in the area.

 

Omniture and comScore announce partnership

Omniture Inc., a leading provider of business optimization software, and comScore Inc., a leader in analyzing digital data, have announced a strategic partner relationship as of Monday this week. The two companies plan to launch a unified digital audience measurement system that will provide a single source for evaluating web analytics, and eliminate the time-consuming data collection methods publishers currently use for audience measurement.

 

Revamped Journalism courses attract hordes of students in U.S

As the newspaper industry still appears to be struggling in the U.S, one would imagine that journalism schools in that county would have lower than usual enrollments this year. However, Katherine Mangan of The Chronicle of Higher Education finds that many universities are now reporting that journalism enrollments have increased. She suggests that one reason for the increase in applications is that many courses have been revamped to incorporate new media and technology.

 

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