May 2011

New publisher announced for The Western Star

May 31, 2011
Trina Burden has been appointed to the position of publisher and general manager of The Western Star newspaper, it was announced today.Charles Stacey, Group Publisher-Transcontinental Media for Newfoundland and Labrador, said Burden will take up her duties May 30.

According to a news release, Burden holds a bachelor of science degree from Acadia University, a master of science degree from the University of Guelph and, in 2003, was awarded a master of business administration from York University.

Currently the business resource manager for the City of Corner Brook, Burden becomes the first female publisher in the paper’s 111-year history.

Burden is active in the community and has served on the Greater Corner Brook Board of Trade since 2007. She has held the position of chair of the board of directors for the Dieticians of Canada and served on the Corner Brook Winter Carnival Committee and the 2009 East Coast Music Association Event Committee.

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Two local papers become one

May 27, 2011

The time is right. Sometimes change is good, and the time has never been better for Cumberland County’s two weekly newspapers to merge into one.

Next week will see the launch of The Citizen-Record, which will see the resources of the two publications pooled together to create one strong, unified voice for the communities of Cumberland County. As the notice on Page 2 indicates, there will be no loss of columns or features from either paper. Rather, there will be a bigger, better product to offer both traditional and new readers of both The Citizen and The Record.

So, after more than 37 years, and 1,951 issues, this marks the last official issue of The Citizen. While that might bring a tinge of sadness to some, we hope readers will share our excitement of what is to come. This does not have to be seen as the end of anything, but rather the beginning of something fresh and new.


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Bridgewater Bulletin newspaper, website take top spot

May 25, 2011

The Bridgewater Bulletin has been named the best community newspaper in Atlantic Canada and the leading community newspaper website for the third year in a row.

Those are two of nine honours that Lighthouse Media Group’s products and people received May 14 at the Newspapers Atlantic 2011 awards ceremony in Halifax.

The Bulletin was selected from 11 eligible papers in the highest circulation class of 5,000 and over.

“This paper understands its community”, the judge said, going on to compliment elements of both design and content.

This was the fifth time in six years that the Bulletin finished first in its class.

In the website category, the judge praised the “great homepage, terrific business directory, good selection of well-designed ads, good use of video/multimedia.”


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N.L. community papers honoured

May 18, 2011

It was a good night for Newfoundland and Labrador’s community newspapers in Halifax Saturday night.

At the Atlantic Community Newspapers Association annual convention, they collected honours for journalism and advertising sales.

Emma Graney, editor of the Northern Pen in St. Anthony, picked up one of the most prestigious awards for 2010 – the Outstanding Journalist Award.

Graney, who joined the Northern Pen as a reporter in March of 2010, and appointed editor in August, was commended by the judges for her ability to go beyond the facts of the matter and bring a human side to the issues at hand.

Melissa Parsons of The Gulf News, Port Aux Basques, earned the Outstanding Salesperson of the Year Award.

Parsons is also new to the business, having joined the Gulf News staff just over a year ago.

Other award winners from Newfoundland and Labrador included: Pam Snow of The Pilot, Andrea Gunn, The Gander Beacon, Best General Interest Column; and Peter Pickersgill, cartoonist for all provincial weeklies, Best Cartoon.

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Research launch: Shopping Habits of Rural vs. Urban Canadians

May 17, 2011

Newspapers Canada is proud to present a brand new 2011 study on the purchasing habits of Canadian consumers.

Media planners generally target urban Canadians with their newspaper
buys, and they should continue to do so while not overlooking a further
opportunity: rural Canadians.

On Thursday, May 19, this new research will be presented during a
free webinar with speaker Suzanne Raitt, vice-president marketing and
innovation for Newspapers Canada. All webinar attendees will be able to
ask questions following the presentation and will also receive
PowerPoint slides and a PDF documenting the research. For those who do
not attend the webinar, research will be released in the May 25 edition
of News on News.

Click here to register for the webinar



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Newspapers Atlantic Award Winners

May 14, 2011

Newspapers Atlantic is proud to recognize the outstanding quality of work produced by  newspapers in Atlantic Canada. Congratulations to the winners!

General Excellence Awards:

Class 1: Digby Courier
Class 2: St. Stephen Saint Croix Courier
Class 3: Bridgewater Bulletin

Outstanding Journalist Award
Emma Graney – St. Anthony Northern Pen

Outstanding Photographer Award
Keith Corcoran – Bridgewater Bulletin

Outstanding Salesperson Award
Melissa Parsons – Port Aux Basques Gulf News

Premier Awards:

Best Advertising Program: Montague Eastern Graphic
Best Cartoon: Peter Pickersgill – Placentia Charter
Best Christmas Issue: Woodstock Bugle Observer
Best Circulation Promotion: Paul MacNeill – Montague Eastern Graphic
Best Community Service: Ray Savage – Kentville Kings County Advertiser
Best Feature Photo: David Kelly – Sussex Kings County Record
Best Feature Series: Staff – Gander Beacon
Best Feature Story: Tina Comeau – Yarmouth County Vanguard
Best General Interest Column: Andrea Gunn – Gander Beacon
Best Graphically Designed Ad: Diane Mouland – Inverness Oran
Best In House Promotion: Tina Hennigar – Bridgewater Bulletin
Best Investigative Story: John Gardner – St. Stephen Saint Croix Courier Weekend
Best Local Editorial: Paul MacNeill – Montague Eastern Graphic
Best National Editorial: Carol Morris-Underhill – Windsor Hants County Journal
Best News Photo: Keith Corcoran – Bridgewater Bulletin
Best News Story: Jonathan Charlton – Montague Eastern Graphic
Best Original Advertising Idea: Stephenville Georgian / Port Aux Basques Gulf News
Best Overall Ad: Daphne Watson – Woodstock Bugle-Observer
Best Page Design: Anne Assaff – Miramichi Leader
Best Photo Essay: Pam Snow – Lewisporte Pilot
Best Red Lobster: Liverpool Queens County Advance
Best Resources Story: Sara Keddy – Kentville Kings County Register
Best Small Ad: Mark MacCallum – Pictou Advocate
Best Special Section: St. Stephen Saint Croix Courier
Best Specialty Column: Greg Brown – Shelburne County Coast Guard
Best Sports Photo: Bryan Tait – Woodstock Bugle Observer
Best Sports Story or Feature: Wendy Elliot – Kentville Kings County Advertiser
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Announcing Newspapers Atlantic

May 13, 2011

Announcing: Newspapers Atlantic

The Atlantic Community Newspaper Association is proud to announce a new name, logo and site that will be used to represent the newspaper industry in Atlantic Canada.

Newspapers Atlantic. The name, logo and tagline are designed to build off our roots while demonstrating our strength and growth in delivering news across multiple platforms.

We invite you to visit our improved, site at Also please note that our email addresses have changed to: first name @ (i.e.

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