The Ontario Community Newspapers Association is pleased to release its Media Guide, the most comprehensive and inclusive report that we can determine has ever been produced for our industry. The association developed it as an educational tool are handy resource for its member newspapers.
Knowledge is king as the contents of this Media Guide will help to protect you and your newspaper, as well as your readers and your advertisers, from concerns and legal issues in your articles and advertisements. The 24 Advertising Chapters provide useful links to the regulations and laws governing each topic to allow you to access current information and understand why you cannot publish certain things. You may wish to select a chapter to review with your team during your weekly sales meetings.
The Editorial Chapters were prepared by Media Lawyers Stuart Robertson and Douglas Richardson of the Toronto firm O’Donnell, Robertson & Sanfilippo. OCNA is grateful for their passion and commitment to our industry.
The Media Guide is saved as a PDF document and is 54 pages. You can turn on the Bookmarks feature to quickly access specific chapters (Under View, Show/Hide, Navigation, Bookmarks). Should you choose to save it to your computer, we encourage you to please refer to the online version from time to time at http://www.ocna.org/filebrowser/ocna_programs_services as the Media Guide as it will be updated and new topics added as needed. Also please let us know if links are no longer active or if you would like to see other topics included.
Please note: This Media Guide is not a legal document, rather it is intended for information and referral purposes only. When dealing with matters for publication in your own newspapers, always refer to the most recent version of the associated guidelines or laws and seek the advice of your lawyer for interpretation.
Here is what you will find inside:
Requirements for copyright Protection
Uses by Newspapers of Copyright Material
Term of Copyright Protection
What NOT to Do When Gathering Material for Your Reporting
Contempt of Court
Youths and Provincial Offence
Reporting on Child Welfare Proceedings
Preparing your report for publication
Third Party Content
Your special rights to correct errors
Protecting your special rights
Copyright in Advertising
Municipal Government Advertising
Major Sporting Franchises
Mortgages, Loans and Financial Services
Advertising of Taxes
Gambling, including Online
Hides and Antlers
Satellite Dish Advertising
Sale of Firearms
Sale of Cemetery Plots
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