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News on News February 15, 2012

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FEBRUARY 15, 2012

Canadian newspapers honoured by Society for News Design

The National Post and The Grid, a free weekly paper owned by Torstar, have been named the World’s Best-Designed newspapers by the Society for News Design. The two Canadian papers were among five publications singled out by the SND for their outstanding print design at the 33rd annual Best of News Design Creative Competition. Judges evaluated entries from over 70 countries around the world and awarded prizes based on a number of criteria including writing, visual storytelling, photography/graphics, headlines and overall design. Read more »

Deadline for Great Idea Awards this Friday, February 17

Newspapers have just three days left to submit their online sales initiatives, magazines and other promotional campaigns into the 2012 Great Idea Awards. Participants must register and submit or courier all of their entries before midnight on Friday, February 17 in order to be eligible for this year’s competition. The Great Idea Awards honour newspapers that work alone or with clients to create compelling advertising and promotional initiatives that make exceptional use of the strengths of the newspaper medium in print and online. With six unique awards categories to choose from, there are plenty of opportunities to show off your newspaper’s creativity! Read more »

Upcoming webinar: Release of industry research – Newspapers 24/7

Newspapers Canada has undertaken exciting new research on the Canadian newspaper industry. The goal of this research is to demonstrate that newspaper brands touch Canadians at different times throughout the day in different formats: print, online, tablet and phone. Also we highlight the nuances by major demographic group: Young Adults (18-34 years), Moms, Boomers (45-65 years) and Business Decision Makers. Join us as Suzanne Raitt, vice-president of marketing and innovation for Newspapers Canada, launches this ground-breaking research at a free webinar presentation on Wednesday, February 22 at 12 PM. Read more »

Newspapers Canada releases Q4 revenue report for daily newspapers

Newspapers Canada reports quarterly on daily newspaper revenues in three categories: print, online and circulation. Despite a slowdown in the fourth quarter, online advertising revenues continue to rise according the latest revenue report for Canadian daily newspapers. The last quarter presented challenges for advertising, with significantly higher declines in print revenues and slower growth in online advertising. Circulation revenue shows modest signs of improvement with a decreased rate of decline over the year. All revenue reports are available in the Members Area of the Newspapers Canada website. Read more »

Early-bird savings for INK+BEYOND 2012

Planning on attending Canada’s 93rd annual national newspaper conference? Register early for INK+BEYOND 2012 and receive discounts on conference passes, hotel and flights. Sign up online before the early-bird deadline of March 26 and you'll receive a $100 discount on the registration fee. To reserve accommodations at the historic Fairmont Royal York Hotel, be sure to quote the "Newspapers 2012" rate when booking over the phone or online. For air travel, Porter Airlines is partnering with INK+BEYOND to offer all conference delegates a 20% discount on all available base fares for travel to and from the conference. Book flights online at or through your travel agent using promo code INK12. Register now to take advantage of these special discounted rates! Read more »

Recruit new talent at the Newspapers Canada career fair

Newspapers Canada has developed a value-added program for this year’s INK+BEYOND conference and invites you to participate in our Newspapers Canada Career Fair. The event will be held from 10am to Noon on Friday, April 27 at the Royal York Hotel in Toronto. The Newspapers Canada Career Fair will attract journalists, photographers, editors, sales associates, graphic designers, and web designers, mainly from the Ontario market. The event will be a great opportunity to showcase your newspaper and community to eager potential employees, collect some CVs and meet them face-to-face. Read more »

The Globe and Mail launches new bi-monthly magazine

Starting this month, The Globe and Mail will distribute a new magazine supplement to home subscribers titled What Makes You Happy. The editorial content of the controlled circulation publication will focus on positive mental health and wellness. What Makes You Happy will be delivered with the newspaper six times a year and will also be available on an individual subscription basis. Read more »


Famed sportswriter Trent Frayne has passed away at age 93. During his long career, which spanned over 50 years, Frayne served as a reporter, columnist and feature writer at numerous Canadian publications including The Globe and Mail, Toronto Sun and Maclean's magazine. In 1975 he won a National Newspaper Award for sports writing for The Toronto Sun. He authored over a dozen books and was inducted as a writing member of the hockey, football and Canadian news halls of fame. Read more »

Longtime publisher of the Mid-North Monitor (ON) Ray Ethelston has died at age 60. Ethelston was the publisher of the Sun Media-owned Mid-North Monitor and its brother paper, The Elliot Lake Standard for over 20 years and worked in several capacities at the newspapers including sales. Read more »

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February 16 - CJF Forum: Digital First, Print Last with John Paton
February 17 - Great Idea Awards: Entry deadline
February 21 - Newspapers Canada webinar: Paywall Success Stories
February 22 - Newspapers Canada webinar: Release of industry research – Newspapers 24/7
March 6 - Newspapers Canada webinar: Online Sales
March 8 - Press freedom in Canada conference
March 27 - Newspapers Canada webinar: The Art of the Obituary
April 17 - Newspapers Canada webinar: Multimedia NNA Finalists (FREE)
April 24 - Newspapers Canada webinar: Beat reporting
April 26 - INK+BEYOND Conference and Trade Show
May 9 - Media Credit Conference