July 2014

Introducing the UPS Members Benefit Program

July 25, 2014

Newspaper Canada is pleased to announce that the exclusive UPS Members Benefit Program is now available to members of the Canadian Community Newspapers Association and the Canadian Newspaper Association.

UPS offers a broad range of services for the transportation of packages and freight. It is free to sign up and there are no minimum shipping requirements.

CNA and CCNA members can take advantage of the following exclusive discounts with a new or existing UPS account.

Small Package Services:

  • 30% off shipments within Canada
  • 30% off shipments to the U.S.
  • 30% off shipments to worldwide destinations
  • 25% off imports into Canada

Also Included:

  • 20% off brokerage entry preparation fees
  • Weekly Service Charge (Automatic Daily Pickup) – 100% waiver
  • UPS On-Call Pickup® service – 100% waiver
  • Freight Collect 3rd Party Surcharge – 100% discount

Freight Services:

  • Savings start at 70% off heavyweight, LTL shipments

UPS is committed to providing value that goes beyond cost and on-time delivery. Customized solutions and reliable services for shipping, tracking and billing drive greater efficiency and streamline internal processes.

Get the job done with logistics by enrolling in the UPS Members Benefit Program. Visitwww.membersbenefitprogram.com/NewspapersCanada or call 1-800-MEMBERS (1-800-636-2377), M-F, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. EST to start saving today.


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Reminder: Have your readers voted in the national Front Pages Competition?

July 25, 2014

It’s time to reach out to your readers and encourage them to participate in Canada’s historic Front Pages Competition. This week, Canadians from across the country are voting for their favourite front page newspaper stories in the Canada at War and Canadian Arts/Culture/Entertainment categories.

Public voting is open now until Friday, August 22 at www.frontpages.ca. Two unique categories will be featured every two weeks so tell your readers to visit the site frequently to ensure they vote in each category.

Newspapers Canada is pleased to provide members with free print and digital ads to help promote the competition.

And remember to stay informed and spread the word about the competition by following @FrontPagesCA on Twitter and Front Pages Canada on Facebook.

If you have any specific questions about the Front Pages Competition, please contact awards coordinator Taylor Kormann at tkormann@newspaperscanada.ca or call 416-923-3567 ext. 333.


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Update: Newspaper industry voluntary self-regulation

July 25, 2014

In a memo to Newspapers Canada members, CEO John Hinds provides an update on the state of the newspaper industry voluntary self-regulation.

As you will know, in 2012, Newspapers Canada asked Ryerson University School of Journalism to conduct a review of Canada’s Press Councils. Press Councils, established by the newspaper industry decades ago as a regionalized model of self-regulation, have been faltering with a loss of membership and regional coverage. This was also at the same time the Leveson Inquiry report in Great Britain was recommending a significant intrusion of government regulation of the industry there.

The Ryerson report was unsettling. Its findings suggest that, in the near future, there would only remain two functioning Press Councils in Canada: Quebec and Ontario. The report authors suggested folding the province-based regional Press Councils and establishing a National Council should be considered.  Newspapers Canada invited Press Councils in Canada to respond to the Ryerson report and subsequently brought existing Press Council representatives together to discuss a go forward strategy. (The Press Council in Quebec is a unique and distinct situation where the Council receives government funding and Quebec did not participate in these discussions).

Council reps from B.C., Alberta, Ontario and the Atlantic region attended and, while there was not unanimity, a consensus to explore a National Council model emerged. In February of this year, Newspapers Canada received a report from the participating Press Councils setting out what a National Council model could look like. At our meeting in Charlottetown on May 30, there was significant expressed support to proceed with canvassing the membership of Newspapers Canada regarding support for the national model.

You will find below for your consideration an outline of the proposed model and a possible dues structure, based on full membership support. Newspapers Canada will soon follow up with ownership groups and the community newspaper associations to gauge support to establish a new National Press Council in early 2015. The transition from a province-based model to a national model has been fully endorsed by press councils in Ontario, Atlantic region (N.B., N.S. and P.E.I.) and in British Columbia. Manitoba and Saskatchewan do not have press councils at this time.

If approved, the folding of regional Press Council’s will involve the legal wrap up of operations, notice to employees and a disposition of assets. Councils will only proceed with these actions if a sustainable national model is to be established. To be sustainable, it will require a considerable show of support and intent by our membership in the National Council.

Please indicate if you will support this proposal before August 22. If you require additional information, please contact me.

Newspapers Canada has offered to provide back office and administrative support for a National Council, to be located within the existing offices of Newspapers Canada. A number of newspaper groups and publishers have already expressed their intent to support and join a National Press Council, once it is established.

John Hinds
President and CEO, Newspapers Canada


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Affordable professional development training at your fingertips

July 21, 2014

Newspapers Canada offers a variety of cost-effective webinars to assist newspaper staff at all levels with ongoing professional development. Our comprehensive online webinar archive contains over 50 unique training sessions on a variety of topics including social media, SEO, advertising sales, headline writing, multimedia skills and much more.

Presentations are led by media experts from across North America and are tailored towards newspaper staff from a variety of different departments including editorial, circulation, digital, advertising sales and management.

Presentations are available for download at just $25.00 each for members of the Canadian Newspaper Association (CNA) and the Canadian Community Newspapers Association (CCNA).

Visit the main webinar registration page to view a list of educational presentations that are currently available. For information about the Newspapers Canada webinar series please contact Tina Ongkeko at tongkeko@newspaperscanada.ca.


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Newspapers in Canada vs. USA

July 7, 2014

The newspaper industry in Canada is unique and very different than the U.S. market. In Canada, newspaper readership remains strong across all devices. Why? Because we have an educated and engaged population. Newspapers Canada has released a new one-page Fact Sheet outlining some of the key differences between the Canadian and U.S. markets.

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For more newspaper industry research, visit the Fact Sheets page under the Ad Resources section of the Newspapers Canada website.


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Front Pages Competition needs your readers to vote

July 7, 2014

Public voting is now open for the Front Pages Competition! Daily and community publications can engage their readers by encouraging them to cast a vote in this special one-time national competition celebrating 150 years of newspaper history. Voting is open throughout the summer and two different categories will be featured every two weeks. Free promotional ads are available now for newspapers to download and use in print and online.

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This week, voting is open for the Canadian Sports category and the Canadian Science and Technology Category. Encourage your readers to visit www.frontpages.ca today to vote for their favourite front page stories from the past 150 years.


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