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September 30, 2014 05:34pm

Newspapers Canada’s webinar training program returns next week with the first installment of our Winners’ Circle Series. Join us on October 9 as winners and finalists in the Multimedia Feature category from the 2013 National Newspaper Awards give a tour of their outstanding works. Editors, reporters and multimedia staff wont want to miss out on this special hour-long presentation as speakers Jim Rankin from the Toronto Star and Don McArthur from the Windsor Star showcase the various elements of their award-winning projects.

September 30, 2014 05:31pm

As of June 2014 there are 1,040 community newspapers in Canada and more than 1,100 editions. Community newspapers publish more than 20.6 million copies each week and the majority of circulation is free (controlled) accounting for 19.7 million copies weekly. Total circulation is 4.9% higher than last year with the growth coming from controlled circulation papers. Click here for recent and historic community newspaper circulation data »

September 30, 2014 05:28pm

This year marks the 74th annual National Newspaper Week (NNW), which will take place October 5-11, 2014. The theme for 2014 is Newspapers: The Foundation of Vibrant Communities. The weeklong initiative celebrates the importance of daily and community newspapers in communities large and small across the country. On Saturday, October 11, newspapers will also take time to recognize the hardworking individuals who help deliver the news door to door on Newspaper Carrier Day.

September 30, 2014 05:24pm

Canadian grocery chain Metro uses newspapers and flyers to effectively target local markets. This print strategy allows them to effectively reinforce its community role as a food provider. Newspapers Canada has produced a new case study highlighting how newspapers can be used to reach local audiences.

September 30, 2014 05:16pm

The Calgary Herald earned the top prize in its circulation class in the Breaking News category at this year’s Online Journalism Awards. The Herald was honoured for its coverage of the 2013 Alberta Floods. Launched in 2000, the awards are administered by the Online News Association annually to recognize excellence in digital journalism, focusing on independent, community, nonprofit, academic and major media.

September 27, 2014 02:35pm

Award-winning author and newspaper columnist Russell Wangersky is joining TC Media as a new columnist for papers in the Atlantic region. Starting Sept. 30, his new column, “Eastern Passages,” will appear in 27 TC Media publications, in print and online, in Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador. Wangersky has earned numerous Atlantic Journalism Awards and National Newspapers Awards for his work.

September 27, 2014 02:32pm

Trailblazing journalist Shirley Sharzer has passed away at age 86. Sharzer began her journalism career at just 17 years old, working as a reporter at the Winnipeg News. She later joined the Winnipeg Free Press and became the first female reporter to cover city hall and the legislature. Sharzer relocated to Toronto in the early 1970s to work at the Toronto Telegram and the Toronto Star. In 1974 she became the Assistant Dean at the University of Western Ontario’s new Masters Program in Jouralism. She returned to the newspaper industry in 1979 and joined the Globe and Mail and went on to become deputy managing editor. Sharzer retired in 1993 and was named to the Order of Canada in 2000 for her contributions to journalism.

September 27, 2014 02:30pm

Andy Blatchford is joining The Canadian Press as the new finance and economics reporter based in Ottawa effective October 6. Blatchford has been working at the newswire service in the Montreal bureau for over seven years. He succeeds Julian Beltrame who recently retired.

September 27, 2014 02:29pm

Open source hero or every government's worst nightmare? Glenn Greenwald has championed making secret documents part of the daily news. Working with Edward Snowden to publish NSA secrets, Greenwald is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, lawyer and co-founding editor of The Intercept. He speaks with David Walmsley, editor-in-chief of The Globe and Mail about power, secrecy and journalism's role in an era of digital openness. The discussion will take place in Toronto on October 21 and is part of the CJF J-Talks series, exploring issues and challenges shaping journalism.

September 27, 2014 02:26pm

The Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) is partnering with the B.C. Freedom of Information and Privacy Association, IntegrityBC and DeSmog Canada to spotlight government secrecy. The social media campaign encourages newsmedia organizations and Canadians to spotlight examples of government secrecy by using the hashtag #cdnfoi.