August 2011

Employment Opportunity: Multimedia Journalist

August 23, 2011
The Casket newspaper is looking for an experienced, energetic multimedia journalist to join the news team at Canada’s oldest continuous weekly publication. Located in Antigonish, NS the Casketcovers the town, county and the Strait of Canso area through its flagship paper, the Quad County EXTRA and social media. Candidates should be interested in writing stories on a variety of topics and show strong desire to get to know the community while generating and pursing story ideas that will engage readers.


Candidate must have:
  • A journalism degree/diploma or equivalent experience
  • Digital photography skills
  • Ability to use Photoshop and InDesign with knowledge of newspaper layout
  • Familiarity and comfort with online and social media tools including shooting and editing of video
  • Ability to produce 10 to 12 quality stories per week.
  • Ability to manage a number of different assignments and tasks on a regular basis in an organized manner.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

The successful candidate will also be neat in appearance, have a valid driver’s license and a reliable automobile, willing to work alternate weekends and be available to handle night assignments. This is a full-time position with salary based on experience, full health benefits and a pension plan available. The successful applicant should be available for work Sept. 7.

Applicants should direct their cover letter, rsums and writing/photography samples to:


The Editor

Casket Printing & Publishing Co., Ltd.

88 College Street

Antigonish, NS B2G 2L7



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NewPage announces indefinite closure of Point Tupper mill

August 23, 2011

NewPage Corp. has announced the indefinite shutdown of its Point Tupper paper mill and isn’t saying when, or if, it may reopen.

It leaves a very uncertain future for the 600 people directly employed by the mill and the thousands of spinoff jobs that it supports in the Strait region of Nova Scotia.

All salaried and hourly employees will be laid off.Company spokesperson Patricia Dietz confirmed to The Cape Breton Post this morning that PM1, the mill’s newsprint machine, will shut down Sept. 10. PM2, its supercalendered paper machine, will follow Sept. 16.

The decision comes after weeks of speculation about the future of the mill, with rumours churning that it was about to be sold.The positive news, Dietz said, is that NewPage Port Hawkesbury president Tor Suther described it as a “hot idling” meaning the machines would be maintained from time to time so that the mill would be able to start up again relatively easily.




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Transcontinental announces key appointments

August 12, 2011

Transcontinental recently welcomed some familar faces in the media industry to key positions within the organization.

Fred Fiander — who has been in the newspaper industry for 25 years
and brings with him experience from all aspects of publishing, from
print to delivery — has been named group publisher of the Western Nova
Scotia News Group. Fiander has been with Transcontinental for the past
six years and the last four years as publisher of the Nova Scotia
Weeklies. He will lead the future direction of the Halifax Weeklies
group, Holiday Media group, the Western Nova Scotia Weeklies group and
all related properties/publications.

“There is much to accomplish, but we have a lot in our favour,” says
Fiander. “We have some strong brands, strong relationships in our
communities and excellent talent on our side. I look forward to the

Also adding to the strength of Transcontinental’s team is Joel
Hartlen who will assume the role of director of operations. Hartlen
brings with him 30 years experience in the newspaper industry.

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