2014 Canadian Community Newspaper Awards Open for Entries

All OCNA members are encouraged to enter their best work from 2014 in the upcoming Canadian Community Newspaper Awards


The deadline to submit entries is Friday, January 30


This prestigious program honours publications in a diverse range of categories covering all facets of the industry, including editorial, photography and multimedia.  


Aid to Publishers Program Update

Newspapers Canada CEO John Hinds recently met with representatives from Canadian Heritage and they have confirmed that there are no issues with the program or the amounts, the application process is just delayed.


They have not released the guidelines and application forms for 2015-2016 yet but hope to have them out before the end of the year. They will be providing 4-6 weeks for completion. The delay may mean that funds will be sent later. 


Review Publisher Receives Ontario Medal of Good Citizenship


Congratulations to Louise Sproule, publisher of the Review in Vankleek Hill who was one of 13 honoured with the Ontario Medal of Good Citizenship. The event took place on November 5 at Queen's Park and medals were presented by Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Ontario's Lieutenant Governor. 


The award acknowledges citizens who have made long-term contributions to the quality of life in communities and in the province. 


Online Nomination Form Created for Junior Citizen Award


The OCNA is pleased to announce a new feature for this year's Junior Citizen Award. Nominators can try using our online form at www.ocna.org/en/node/jncitizenaward. Please note: users must create an account before accessing this page. This will allow the nominator to leave and return to their nomination at any time. 


The deadline for nominations is November 30, 2014. 


The 2014 OCNA Better Newspapers Competition is Now Open for Entries!


The Ontario Community Newspapers Association is pleased to announce that we have partnered with Newspapers Toolbox to offer you a new online entry platform to make your submission process quicker and easier!!


The Competition website is now open for entries. Submit your entries in PDF format by visiting the OCNA BNC Competition website at 2014 OCNA Awards


John Foust: Bridges Take Selling from Point A to Point B

By John Foust
Raleigh, NC


One of the most impressive bridges I've ever seen is the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. It is four and a half miles long and connects the eastern and western shores of Maryland. Rising high above the waves, it enables travelers to cross the bay in a fraction of the time the trip would take by boat. 


Although most bridges aren't quite as dramatic, they all serve the same purpose. They help us move from Point A to Point B, usually over water. 


Words can be bridges, too.

Accepting Nominations for Ontario Junior Citizen Awards


Every community has young stars, and while they may not quite have celebrity status, they deserve to be in the spotlight for all they have accomplished. Who are they? They are our future leaders - Ontario's youth. 


These individuals are working hard to make their community a better place by volunteering for various organizations, making donations, saving lives and maintaining top grade averages.

September Issue of NewsClips is Out!

Independent Publishers' Retreat: Nov. 7-8

OCNA's Annual Independent Publishers' Retreat
Friday Evening Nov. 7 - Saturday. Nov 8
Come network with your peers!
Sessions include: 
What's next in Municipal Government?
The future of our towns and cities is one of the most important issues facing our nation.

OnlineMediaCampus Webinar: 10 Ways to Build Reader Engagement


 OCNA has teamed up with the OnlineMediaCampus to help the association fulfill its mission of providing affordable and relevant training to members.


10 Ways to Build Reader Engagement:
Easily Integrate New Technologies Into Your Workflow

Friday, November 7


Twitter, Facebook, Vine, Yo, SoundCloud - there are so many ways to connect and engage with readers today that it's confusing for journalists who are always on deadline and needing to file the next story.


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