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News on News December 21, 2011

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DECEMBER 21, 2011

Almost one third of Americans rely on newspapers for local business information

In the U.S., newspapers run second behind the Internet as the source that people rely on for information about local businesses according to a new report from the Pew Research Centre. According to the study, 31 percent of respondents said they rely on newspapers (26 percent in print and five percent online) seek out information about restaurants, bars, clubs and other establishments in their community. Read more »

See how your newspaper stacks up at the Canadian Community Newspaper Awards

With over 30 categories for writing, photography and multimedia work, the prestigious Canadian Community Newspaper Awards provide a wealth of educational benefits for participating newspapers. All entries are thoroughly reviewed by a panel of judges with years of experience in the various competitive categories. Even if you don’t take home the top prize--these leading professionals will pass on their expert advice, offering helpful suggestions and constructive criticism for improving your publication.  Read more »

National Post partners with CBC and Shell Canada on new environmental project

The National Post is partnering with CBC television show Dragon’s Den and Shell Canada on a new editorial initiative focused on innovation in the energy sector. Launching in January 2012, FP Energy will focus on “energy policy and address issues facing both consumers and the industry.” Editorial content and reader forums will appear on an FP Energy channel on and on a weekly page in the print edition of the Financial Post. Read more »

Metroland amalgamates community papers in Ottawa

Following the purchase of Smiths Falls-based Performance Printing group back in October, Metroland has decided to shut down operations at six weekly newspapers in the Ottawa region. Ottawa This Week editions for south, west, central and east Ottawa as well as Nepean and Barrhaven have ceased operations. Read more »

Innovative Advertising blog: Toronto Star makes front-page history

In this edition of our Innovative Advertising blog, Sandy MacLeod, vice-president of consumer marketing and strategy for Toronto Star, shares the inside story behind the paper’s award-winning print advertising campaign for History Television. Read more »

December 2011/January 2012 edition of The Publisher out now

A special year-end edition of our member-newspaper, The Publisher, is now available online. This issue of the trade journal includes over 20 pages of industry news and insights. Read more »

Great Idea Awards 2012 launch January 19

Start brainstorming now; the 2012 Great Idea Awards are just around the corner! Open to community and daily newspapers, this annual awards program recognizes outstanding examples of newspaper advertising and marketing initiatives from 2011 among our CCNA and CNA members. Read more »

Happy Holidays from Newspapers Canada

The staff at Newspapers Canada, along with our CNA and CCNA board members, would like to wish our members and associates all the best during the holiday season and a very happy New Year. Please note, the Newspapers Canada office will close on December 24 and reopen on Tuesday, January 3. The next News on News bulletin will be delivered on Wednesday, January 4. Read more »


After nearly 40 years at the Peterborough Examiner (ON), Ed Arnold is retiring from his position of managing editor. Arnold began at the Sun Media-owned community paper in high school as a newspaper carrier. He went on to climb the ranks as a reporter and city editor before becoming the managing editor in 1985. Read more »

Luc Tremblay will become the new vice-president of sales for La Presse and president of Gesca Media Sales. He begins in his new role on January 16 and will be responsible for La Presse’s advertising sales on all platforms as well as national sales for Gesca’s daily newspapers. Read more »

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January 10 - Newspapers Canada webinar: Business Law Basics for Reporters
January 12 - Canadian Community Newspaper Awards: Early-bird entry deadline
January 18 - Canadian Community Newspaper Awards: Final entry deadline
January 19 - Media Credit Services seminar - Mississauga
January 24 - Newspapers Canada webinar: Beyond Ad Designs: Forum
January 26 - Media Credit Services seminar - Toronto
January 27 - Family Literacy Day
January 27 - Goff Penny Awards: Entry deadline
February 7 - Newspapers Canada webinar: Covering Local Politics
February 16 - INMA Innovative Advertising Seminar
February 21 - Newspapers Canada webinar: Paywall Success Stories
March 6 - Newspapers Canada webinar: Online Sales
March 27 - Newspapers Canada webinar: Art of Profiles/Obituaries