Happy New Year from OCNA

The New Year is the time to bid farewell to the old year and welcome the coming year. As we look forward to 2010 the OCNA Board and staff are optimistic the worst may be over as we see signs of the economy turning around. We will continue to work hard to roll out plans and initiatives that will help our membership grow and prosper.

Junior Citizen recipients to be announced January 22

This is a reminder to all members who received nominations for the 2009 Ontario Junior Citizen of the Year Awards. Judging will take place next week and the final recipients will be announced on January 22. Please ensure that you have arranged to present your nominees with their certificates by that time.


We would like to thank our members for the support they continue to give each year for our Junior Citizen program, and for the recognition they continue to provide for hundreds of outstanding youths in communities across Ontario.

Metroland makes web browsing simpler for community news sites

Metroland Media Group continues to roll out new websites for the communities it covers with print products. Seven new community websites launched in 2009, with six more to come in early 2010. The sites feature a new consistent design, and frequently updated local content including news, events, video and photo galleries, blogs and featured businesses.


AbitibiBowater restarts paper machine, recalls laid off workers

Montreal newsprint manufacturer, AbitibiBowater recently announced it will restart a paper machine in Thunder Bay that has been idle since August 2009 due to poor market conditions. Once underway, 170 workers that were laid off last summer will be recalled.


Borrell introduces 2010 Local Online Advertising Awards

Borrell Associates is introducing a brand new annual award for local online operators who have developed innovative and financially viable business models for their markets.


Awards will be given for Innovator of the Year, Best Results for Local Business and Best Results for the Community. The first place winner for Innovator of the Year will receive a $1,000 cheque, and the recipients of the business awards will each receive a $2,500 credit towards market research.


Joan DeGraaf passes away

Our thoughts are with the DeGraaf family who are grieving the loss of their wife and mother Joan. She passed away on December 24 at the Brantford General Hospital at the age of 72. She will be sadly missed by her husband Kees (Casey) who managed OCNA’s graphic arts division G&B Sales for 17 years before it closed in 1996. Following that, he managed the graphic arts division for News-Net in Oakville until his retirement a few years ago.


Fictional journalists highlighted

Wikipedia features a list of fictional journalists stating, reporters may travel extensively and face adventures (e.g. Tintin), are among the first to have news of disasters and crimes (e.g. Clark Kent and Peter Parker – and their alter-egos), or are supposed to be good at establishing communication.


Northern Life iPhone app now available

Sudbury Northern Life has joined the ranks of newspapers going mobile as it recently released an application for the iPhone. Available for free in the Apple App store, the Northern Life app provides users with daily news updates, YouTube videos, a local event calendar and feeds from the newspaper’s Facebook and Twitter pages. Users are also invited to send comments and suggestions about the newspaper through a simple touch of a button.


ZenithOptimedia predicts small growth in ad spending for 2010

According to a recent report by Publicis-owned media agency network ZenithOptimedia, global advertising markets should grow 0.9 per cent in 2010 after recovering from “the worst decline in modern times in 2009.”


Zenith believes the market is already at an all-time low and should now show steady gains over the next three years to reach a growth of approximately 5 per cent in 2010. This is in line with long-term predictions from many of the large advertising groups such as WPP Plc, which expects 2010 revenue to be “flat”.


Register early for the Custom Content Conference

The media landscape has permanently changed. Is it wreaking havoc in your world or creating opportunities? Explore all that and more at the 2010 Custom Content Conference on March 24-26 in Nashville, Tennessee.


Client innovators and print and digital media experts will be on hand to discuss the topics that matter to you, including best practices and cutting-edge brand strategies that you can apply to your business.


Sign up before February 23, 2010 to save $100 on your registration fee.


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