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July 29, 2015 04:00pm

With a federal election soon to be called, Newspapers Canada has answers to some common questions about election laws. It should be noted that these rules only take effect after an election has been called.

July 29, 2015 03:45pm

From reader trust and influence to multi-platform effectiveness and engagement, research shows news media companies are the place to advertise. Newspapers Canada has prepared this one page PDF to highlight that newspapers, both print and digital, offer key benefits to advertisers that are not delivered by other media options. They are powerful and present advertisers with the opportunity to deliver messages in a trusted, engaging environment. Click here to view the Top Reasons to Advertise in Newspapers

July 29, 2015 03:41pm

The trials, tribulations, and aspirations of media companies trying to make smartphone apps work for their loyal readers is the focus of a recent report released by the International News Media Association (INMA). The report, titled Smartphone App Lessons for Media Companies, includes 19 case studies of media companies in Asia, Europe, Latin America, North America, and the South Pacific aiming to sync smartphone app plans to their local digital ecosystems. The report includes smartphone app success rates and an insightful discussion, regarding the challenges media companies are facing in trying to fit smartphone apps into a media company’s bigger digital strategy. “The smartphone app report offers ideas, benchmarks, goals, and a lot of new material to bring into strategic discussions noted INMA executive director and CEP Earl J. Wilkinson. “With so many apps being developed the past three years, it’s illustrative to see the ideas that are surviving.”

July 29, 2015 03:38pm

Wayne Thibodeau is the new managing editor at The Guardian in Charlottetown. Thibodeau first joined the daily in 1998 as chief political reporter. He subsequently served as both a news editor and as a senior correspondent. In addition to his new position as managing editor, Thibodeau will serve the wider role of regional editor for Prince Edward Island, which includes responsibility for the Summerside-based Journal-Pioneer. Thibodeau succeeds longtime managing editor Gary MacDougall retired earlier this year in June. 

July 29, 2015 03:33pm

Retail sales were up 1% to a total of $43 billion according to the Statcan Retail Trade report for May 2015. This is the third increase in four months after steep declines in December and January. Sales were up for 92% of retail trade, in 9 out of 11 measured sectors. Retail sales were up in nine provinces, with Ontario, Nova Scotia and BC accounting for the majority. Saskatchewan was the only province to post weaker sales. Full details can be found on the Statcan website at

July 29, 2015 03:32pm

Phil Dechman, a former editor at the Grimsby Independent, died on July 27. Dechman served as the editor at the community paper based in Grimsby Ontario from 1969 until he retired in 2000.

July 29, 2015 03:30pm

A new study from the Engaging News Project shows that online newspaper readers favour a contemporary website design over traditional text-based homepages. Modular, image-heavy designs were not only easier to navigate and more attractive, the study found these sites received at least 90 percent more page views and had stronger user engagement than sites with more staid, newspaper-inspired designs. Recall of details from the articles increased by at least 50 percent when participants viewed the contemporary homepage compared to the classic homepage.

July 29, 2015 03:28pm

Torstar has acquired a 56 percent interest in VerticalScope, an integrated multi-platform media company based in Toronto. VerticalScop owns and operates more than 600 consumer enthusiast online forums and premium content sites across North America. The forums and content sites cover a wide variety of special-interest communities and provide advertisers with platforms to reach engaged audiences through social media marketing. Sites include,, and

July 29, 2015 03:27pm

Wendy Metcalfe has joined the Toronto Star as the paper’s new national editor. Metcalfe previously served as the editor in chief at the Toronto Sun and Ottawa Sun until May 2015. She previously held the role of regional content director for Sun Media’s Niagara-South region and editor in chief of The Standard in St. Catherines.

July 29, 2015 03:26pm

Newspapers Atlantic, in collaboration with Clear Picture Corporation, has developed an online readership survey and is making it available to all Newspaper Canada members. The survey contains information to help publishers and their teams develop a great understanding of their readers. The survey covers demographics, reader opinion, consumption habits and purchasing habits. Each participating newspaper is assigned a unique code that readers enter online to complete the survey. Clear Picture generates reports and creates benchmarks on an ongoing, monthly basis.