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.


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

Metroland Media Group’s, 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 and we will include your publication in our list of favourites.

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