June 2011

Webinar: Video Shooting Skills

June 30, 2011

Newspapers Canada kicks off the 2011/2012 webinar season with a free presentation on video shooting skills with speaker Patrick Dell from The Canadian Press.

Learn some guidelines for shooting powerful video sequences that enhance your newspaper website. Dell will explain how to pick the angles, frame the subjects and shoot the footage as well as discussing hardware and software options.

Date: Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Cost: FREE

Click here to register https://newspaperscanada.ca/cart/cart.php?m=product_detail&p=29

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NAA Names Caroline Little as President and CEO

June 29, 2011

Arlington, Va. – NAA today announced that its board of directors has appointed Caroline H. Little – a seasoned newspaper executive who has led innovative digital publishing companies – to serve as the association’s president and CEO, effective Sept. 6, 2011. Little succeeds John F. Sturm who led the association for 16 years and previously announced his retirement.

NAA Chairman Michael Reed, president and CEO, GateHouse Media, Inc., said Little’s combined experience in digital publishing, legal affairs and association operations, as well as her strong executive and personal qualities, were prime factors in the board’s selection.

“Caroline brings an exceptional and highly relevant range of experience to NAA and our industry,” said Reed. “Her impressive executive track record in digital publishing for major newspaper companies, and her leadership in organizations like the Online Publishers Association and the Internet Advertising Bureau were exactly what the NAA Board was seeking. Equally important, she shares our members’ passion for journalism and their commitment to succeeding in the digital media landscape. We are very fortunate to have Caroline at the helm and look forward to the many contributions she will make in the years to come.”

Little, 51, draws upon more than 25 years of executive and legal experience, serving most recently as CEO, North America of Guardian News and Media Ltd., where she oversaw all U.S. operations, including the digital news media properties guardian.co.uk and ContentNext Media Inc. (operators of paidContent.org) from 2008 to 2011.

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Free classified ads in The Publisher available for CNA/CCNA members

June 27, 2011

Looking to grow your business? The Publisher, the bi-monthly trade journal of the Canadian newspaper industry, provides complimentary want ads for all members of the Canadian Newspaper Association and the Canadian Community Newspapers Association.

Newspapers are invited to submit classified advertisements for personnel, equipment and other industry resources up to 100 words. For more information please contactpublisherads@newspaperscanada.ca.

 

 

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Canada Post resumes operations following passage of Bill C-6

June 27, 2011

Canada Post will resume operations across the country following the passage of back to work legislation on Sunday, June 26.

According to a notice on the Crown Corporation’s website, any mail in the system at the time of the work disruption has been secured for processing and delivery. Consumers and businesses can expect to begin receiving mail tomorrow however; it will take some time to stabilize operations and return to normal delivery standards.

Last week, Newspapers Canada contacted Canada Post on behalf of our members in order to determine whether or not newspapers will be eligible for rebates on mailing that was disrupted due to the lockout. While the Crown Corporation cannot guarantee refunds will be paid out, a customer service adjustment or goodwill payment may be considered. All compensation would be assessed by the Customer Relations team on a per-case basis. Those interested in submitting a request for a refund should complete an online webform in the Contact Commercial Services section of the Canada Post website or contact customer service representatives by phone at 1-866-607-6301.

Any members of the Canadian Media Circulation Audit that were affected by the postal strikes and lockout are asked to review the CMCA circulation reporting procedures released by Newspapers Canada last week.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding Canada Post, please contact Newspapers Canada’s managing director, community media, Tina Ongkeko at tongkeko@newspaperscanada.ca

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Submit your best images for The Publisher’s photo showcase

June 22, 2011

Newspapers Canada invites CCNA-member community newspapers to submit images for a photo showcase in the upcoming August/September edition of The Publisher. Enter your outstanding shots from the past two months, and we’ll publish a selection in a full-colour photo spread.

The submission deadline is Friday, July 8.

Don’t miss this opportunity to share your best work with a national industry audience!
For submission details please contact John Devine, editor for The Publisher, at publishereditorial@newspaperscanada.ca.

About The Publisher?The Publisher is the bi-monthly trade journal of daily and community newspaper publishing in Canada. Each edition showcases the talents of photographers at member newspapers across the country. For subscription details and to view past issues please visit: www.newspaperscanada.ca/the-publisher.

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Herald appoints sales, marketing directors

June 21, 2011
Barry Saunders has been named sales director for The Chronicle Herald and thechronicleherald.ca and Shawn Woodford director of marketing and product development as part of a realignment of duties at Nova Scotia’s largest newspaper.Sarah Dennis, president and CEO of The Halifax Herald Ltd., made the announcements Monday.Saunders, a veteran sales executive with experience in both television and print, will lead The Chronicle Herald’s team of print and digital sales people dealing with national and local advertisers. His mandate will include selling advertising across all the newspaper’s print and online product lines.

Woodford joins The Chronicle Herald on July 4 from his most recent employment as an executive with a major Canadian publishing concern. His role, a first for the newspaper, will be to co-ordinate development, promotion, marketing and advertising of print and digital products.

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CPF Aid to Publishers cheques to come in two installments

June 20, 2011

Newspapers Canada has received clarification from Canadian Heritage on the status of payments for the Aid to Publishers component of the Canada Periodical Fund (CPF).

Newspaper publishers will receive payments in two installments: The first, representing 80% of total funding, will be made in August of this year, while the second, covering the remaining 20%, will be made in January, 2012. During the previous funding cycle, publishers received cheques covering the full amount in June or July.

On June 9, CPF director Ramzi Saad had informed delegates at the MagNet conference of the same 80/20 payment plan for magazines.

Newspapers Canada will continue to update members with information as it becomes available via email and online at www.newspaperscanada.ca.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Newspapers Canada’s chief executive officer John Hinds at jhinds@newspaperscanada.ca.

 

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Canada Post update: Rural postal offices suspend service

June 20, 2011

In the wake of the cross-country lockout by Canada Post, Newspapers Canada has received clarification from head office on operations at rural postal outlets.

Suburban and rural outlets staffed by non-CUPW urban workers have been instructed not to accept any new mail. These outlets can continue to be open and to provide retail services only, such as selling stamps and Moneygrams, as well as postal merchandise. The only mail being delivered is social assistance and pension cheques.

Newspapers Canada had requested special consideration on behalf of its rural members with mail intended for local delivery only; however, Canada Post has refused, citing safety and security concerns.

Newspapers Canada will continue to update members with information as it becomes available via email and online at www.newspaperscanada.ca.

More information can be found at:
Canada Post: www.infopost.ca/customer
Canadian Union of Postal Workers: www.cupw.ca

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Newspapers Canada’s managing director, community media, Tina Ongkeko at tongkeko@newspaperscanada.ca.

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National peer-review program for community newspapers

June 17, 2011

The Ontario Community Newspapers Association (OCNA) is inviting community newspapers from across Canada to participate in the 2011 Community Newspaper Review.

The peer-review program provides newspapers with an opportunity to receive feedback from other industry professionals and constructive comments and suggestions on various elements of their newspaper.

If you would like to have your newspaper reviewed and conduct a review yourself, please fax the completed participant registration form to the OCNA by Friday, June 17, 2011.

Click here for complete details and registration form

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Canada Post shuts down operations nationwide

June 15, 2011

Following 12 days of rotating strike activity by the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, Canada Post has suspended mail service across the country.

Canada Post has released a statement on its website indicating how customers will be impacted by the service disruptions.

  • All post offices staffed by CUPW members are closed.
  • Post Offices located in suburban and rural areas staffed by members of the Canadian Postmasters and Assistants (CPAA) continue to be open but cannot accept new mail.
  • Street Letter Boxes, mail slots on Community Mail Boxes, and other Canada Post mail-receiving equipment have been cleared and sealed to prevent mail from being deposited.
  • Mail Delivery is suspended to all addresses served by letter carriers represented by the CUPW (Urban). Some mail delivery will continue over the first few days of the lockout to clear mail remaining in the system in suburban and rural areas where delivery employees are represented by a different bargaining unit.
  • Plans are in place to secure all mail that is left in the system during the lockout, and to resume normal operations quickly once the current labour dispute is resolved.

Newspapers Canada is recommending that publishers proceed on the assumption that there will be mail disruptions throughout the country and to contact local postal outlets for service clarification. For detailed information on how service disruptions are impacting urban and rural postal offices click here.

On Wendesday, June 15, the federal government served notice that it would move ahead with back-to-work legislation in order to bring the strike activity to an end. The bill would be designed to end the current Canada Post lockout of unionized workers and mandate an arbitrated settlement to the dispute.

Newspapers Canada continues to maintain contact with Ottawa and update members with information as it becomes available.

For more information, members can visit the following websites:

Canada Post infopost.ca/customer
Canadian Union of Postal Workers www.cupw.ca

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