Olympic citizen journalists have a place to work in Vancouver

In preparation for the 2010 Winter Olympics, a media centre for bloggers and cellphone videographers who lack official press credentials will be open during the Games in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside neighbourhood.


Wawatay celebrates 35 years

The Wawatay Native Communications Society is celebrating its 35th anniversary this month. With humble beginnings in 1972 as a small independent newsletter published by the Sioux Lookout Friendship Centre, its founders later incorporated it as an organization and began providing news services to the First Nation communities of the Nishnawbe-Aski Nation (NAN) area.


Metroland Media Group launches LifeNews.ca

Metroland Media Group’s Lifenews.ca, is a new ‘celebrations’ site dedicated to marking life stage milestones of people in Ontario.


Ed Henninger: Little things mean a lot

By Ed Henninger


A one-hit wonder, Kitty Kallen topped the charts in 1954 with "Little Things Mean a Lot."


"Blow me a kiss from across the room, Say that I'm nice when I'm not. Touch my hair as you pass my chair, Little things mean a lot."


More than 50 years later, it's still true: Little things mean a lot.

Find OCNA on Facebook

OCNA has recently joined the realm of social networks and is inviting all members to check out our new page on Facebook. Visit us here and become a fan today.


If your community newspaper has a Facebook page, tell us. Email Carla Alexander at c.alexander@ocna.org and we will include your publication in our list of favourites.

Overby: A call to action

During a legislative conference for the Newspaper Association Managers held at the Newseum in Washington D.C on December 7, Charles L. Overby gave an inspiring speech on the future of the newspaper industry. Overby, the CEO of Newseum Inc. provided the publishers in attendance with a simple formula for today’s “newspaper dilemma.”


Act + Believe + Compete + Differentiate + Evolve = Future


Publishers plan for next generation of reading devices

Five major publishing companies have announced plans to develop an industry-standard platform that will work both online, and on mobile devices. News Corp., Condé Nast, Hearst Corporation, Meredith and Time Inc. hope to create software for devices that do not yet exist – in particular, sophisticated e-readers that can operate interactive applications in full colour.


Resources for covering, understanding winter storms

Some areas of Ontario have yet to be touched by snow, while others have been feeling the effects of winter storms for weeks already.

Taiwanese fashion designer recycles newspapers to make shoes, bags

Inspired by a pile of old newspapers, Taiwanese fashion designer Colin Lin came up with the idea of fashioning shoes and bags from recycled paper. Lin, the owner of All Black Footwear, an eco-friendly company, prides herself on creating products that are, not only better for the environment, but also comfortable and fashionable.


CCNA looking for BNC judges

The Canadian Community Newspapers Association (CCNA) is seeking industry professionals to help judge its 2010 Better Newspapers Competition entries. Members are invited to nominate individuals they feel have related work experience and can provide contestants with fair and perceptive evaluations based on CCNA rules.


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