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June 29, 2015 09:53pm

Newspapers, media planners and advertisers have a little extra time to submit their creative and compelling newspaper ads for this year’s Extra Awards. The entry deadline for this year’s national competition has been extended to Friday, July 10. The awards honour Canadian newspaper advertising across all platforms – we’re looking for eye-catching print supplements, innovative Augmented Reality ads, captivating advertorials and much more. Ads must have appeared in a community or daily newspaper or on a newspaper website, app or digital property between June 1, 2014 and May 31, 2015 in order to be eligible for this year’s competition. Don’t miss your chance to show off your creativity and earn some industry accolades! New this year we are also giving away a special Toronto weekend to our grand prizewinner. For more information and to enter, visit

June 29, 2015 09:52pm

Time is running out for newspapers to submit entries for this year’s Canadian Online Publishing Awards (COPAs). The final entry deadline for Masthead’s annual competition honouring digital publishing excellence in Canada is Monday, July 6. Canadian English and French-language media outlets corporations, government and advertising agencies are all eligible to enter the competition. The COPAs feature 15 unique categories covering everything from editorial packaging to to social media to email newsletters and website design. Visit for complete entry details.

Awards, Websites
June 29, 2015 09:50pm

Free daily paper 24 Hrs has entered into an exclusive three-year distribution deal with Gateway Newstands. Starting July 2, the Postmedia-owned commuter paper will be available at more than 90 TTC and GO transit stations, within Toronto’s underground PATH system and at Gateway Newstands across the Greater Toronto Area. Postmedia acquired the free daily in April as part of its purchase of Sun Media’s English-language publications. “We are thrilled to work with Gateway Newstands to bring 24 Hrs to a larger, broader audience by making our free daily newspaper available to subway commuters across the GTA,” said Postmedia president and CEO Paul Godfrey. “This allows us to further extend our reach and provide advertisers with a unique opportunity to influence an often tough to reach younger demographic.”

June 29, 2015 09:49pm

The Intelligencer in Belleville, Ontario welcomed four new staff members to the newsroom last month. Tim Miller is joining the team on a full-time basis as a multimedia journalist and editor. Belleville-native Sarah Hyatt is returning to her hometown to work on the paper on contract through to December. Meanwhile Jessica Laws and Samantha Reed have been hired to work in the newsroom on summer contracts. According to Intelligencer editor W. Brice McVicar, the hirings are part of a push to boost local news content in The Intelligencer.

June 29, 2015 09:47pm

Open and transparent communication from government to Canadians is vital. In some areas within Canada, there is a push to move public notices into an online only format and to discontinue the requirement to publish notices in newspapers. Newspapers Canada’s latest Fact Sheet provides support for continuing to publish public notices in newspapers as a permanent public record. Click here to view the Fact Sheet »

June 29, 2015 09:46pm

Long-time Truro Daily News employee Bruce Pearson is retiring after nearly 42 years with the Nova Scotia newspaper. Pearson first joined the paper as a full-time employee in 1974 as an advertising representative, although he previously served as a delivery boy for the paper at age 11. He has held roles in various departments at the newspaper and in 2013 was appointed regional manager of business development for the Northern Nova Scotia group of TC Media newspapers.

June 29, 2015 09:43pm

Canadian newspapers are encouraged to submit their outstanding examples of digital media for the 20th annual EPPY Awards. Hosted by Editor and Publisher, the international awards program honours the best media-affiliated websites across 31 categories. There are two divisions for each category: 
1 million and over unique monthly visitors
and Under 1 million unique monthly visitors. The entry deadline for the 2015 competition is Friday, August 28. Previous Canadian winners include The Globe and Mail, Edmonton Journal and Postmedia. The winners of the 2015 EPPY Awards will be announced on, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015 at 1:30 PM EST. For more international entry information and other details about the 2015 EPPY Awards, visit

Awards, Websites
June 29, 2015 09:42pm

Andrea Neblett has joined the Waterloo Record in Ontario as the new lifestyles editor. Neblett will be responsible for Grand magazine and the paper’s weekend Etcetera section. Claire Prime has also joined the lifestyles team as a copy editor.

June 29, 2015 09:41pm

The Ontario Community Newspapers Association (OCNA) and Ad*Reach recently relocated from their offices in Burlington to Toronto. The regional association will now share office space with Newspapers Canada at 890 Yonge Street in downtown Toronto. The OCNA main telephone number and fax number remain the same, however each staff member's extension will change as follows:

June 29, 2015 09:39pm

In Alberta, long-time Western Wheel publisher Paul Rockley has retired after 26 years with the community newspaper. A third-generation newspaperman, Rockley worked in the publishing industry for more than 50 years. He purchased the Okotoks-based Western Wheel in 1989 and later sold it to Great West Newspapers in 2005. “The last 26 years have been some of the best years for sure, the community has been wonderful to work with, readers and advertisers alike,” he said. “I feel very fortunate to have been able to spend the amount of time I have here.” Paul’s son Matt Rockley took over as publisher on June 16.