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Local Newspapers: Trusted and True presentation (PDF and PPT)

October 18, 2018

Nine in ten Canadians (88%) read newspapers each week across Canada, on different platforms at different times of day. Local newspapers are a trusted source of information in communities across Canada and continue to be the preferred source for local information, with a preference for the printed product. This comprehensive study explores the enduring relationship Canadians have with their local newspaper in an increasingly digital world dominated by search engines, social media and ad blocking.

This presentation highlights what drives Canadians to read community newspapers, in both printed and digital platforms. Available in Portable Document Format (PDF) and PowerPoint (PPT). If you wish to customize the presentation, please contact Kelly Levson, Director of Marketing and Research, at klevson@newsmediacanada.ca.

2018-Trusted-and-True-Study_06262018_FINAL.pdf

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Code of Silence Award for Outstanding Achievement in Government Secrecy now accepting nominations

October 18, 2018

The Canadian Association of Journalists, the Centre for Free Expression, News Media Canada and the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression are inviting nominations for the Code of Silence Award for outstanding achievement in government secrecy. The award will be given annually in each of four categories — federal, provincial, municipal and police services – starting this fall.

If you have met resistance in getting information from a public body, please send us your nomination for a deserving award recipient along with the reasons why it should be chosen. Nominations will be considered by a jury who will select the “winners.” Awards will be presented in October and November at public events in the cities in which each of the recipients is located.

Nominations must be submitted by August 31, 2018. They should be sent to Ange Holmes, Coordinator, Centre for Free Expression, Ryerson University either by email (ange.holmes@ryerson.ca) or by mail (350 Victoria Street, Toronto, ON M5B 2K3). All nominations will be acknowledged and all nominators will be invited to the awards ceremonies.

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Aid to Publishers – Canada Periodical Fund

October 11, 2018

The 2019-2020 Application Guidelines and application form for the Aid to Publishers component of the Canada Periodical Fund (CPF) are now available on the Government’s website at http://canada.pch.gc.ca/eng/1458332458075/1458332499509.

An email was also sent to all of the Aid to Publishers current recipients to inform them of the launch of the new funding cycle.

The deadline to submit an application is November 24, 2018.  Please note that an application postmarked or stamped after the application deadline will not be accepted. When an application deadline falls on a weekend or statutory holiday, it is extended to the following working day.

Should you require additional information, please contact us at 1-866-811-0055 or at: PCH.fondsdesperiodiquescanada-canadaperiodicalfund.PCH@canada.ca.

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Newspaper ads are most read across multiple categories

October 8, 2018

Recent research from early 2018 proves that ads in newspapers are read more than social media and search engines.

Two thirds of printed newspaper readers actually read printed automotive ads and even with ad blocking, more than half (52%) noticed digital auto ads on newspaper websites.  Travel ads in print were the next highest read, followed by Real Estate, Telecommunicaions and then Financial Products and Services.  Less than a third of Canadians notice ads on search engines, across all categories measured.

The Local Newspapers: Trusted and True  research study was conducted in January/February 2018 and explores the trusted relationship Canadians have with print and digital newspapers and their ads.  Click here for more information and to download study materials.

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Vividata releases new ‘trust in news’ study

October 8, 2018

In the era of ‘fake news’, news audiences are increasingly aware of their susceptibility to misinformation, disinformation, and/or mal-information.

In response, many Canadians turn to more sources for news to offset their mistrust of certain media outlets. To better understand this behaviour in news audiences, Vividata and Kantar partnered to complete Canada’s first Trust in News study.

The study examines how Canadians feel about their news sources in the era of ‘fake news’, their preferred and trusted sources, and the importance of quality journalism. The study also tried to uncover areas of strength and opportunity for news organizations in Canada.

You can read a full copy of the study here.

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Newspapers Matter, Now More Than Ever

October 2, 2018

TORONTO, October 1, 2018 – Today marks the start of National Newspaper Week and the launch of a new campaign to rally Canadians’ support for newspaper journalism—and the in-depth, credible, independent reporting that newspapers provide. The campaign, dubbed #NowMoreThanEver, is inviting Canadians to show their support for the news media industry at the newly launched newspapersmatter.ca.

“The role of newspapers has never been so crucial,” said Bob Cox, chair of the board of directors of News Media Canada, the national association that represents Canadian newspapers. “Every day, newspapers work to bring Canadians from coast to coast to coast real, trusted, truthful news—which is as vital to democracy as clean air, safe streets, good schools and public health.”

Recent research conducted last year found that 63 per cent of Canadians were unable to distinguish between legitimate news websites and fake news stories, and 65 per cent of Canadians are worried that false information or fake news is being used as a weapon.

Access to truthful news is under threat. For years, the credible, independent news reporting that newspapers provide has been funded by local and national advertiser support. But as readership moved online, Canadian brands and companies moved their advertising dollars to global conglomerates: 70 per cent of Canada’s online ad revenue goes to Facebook and Google—despite the fact that ads in either digital or print newspapers are the most trusted of all ad formats.

“Newspapers do not have a readership problem,” explains Cox, who points to recent research that shows that 8 in 10 Canadians—and 85 per cent of millennials—still read a newspaper every week.

This National Newspaper Week, Canadians are asked to simply sign a pledge of support at newspapersmatter.ca and send a message—to Canadian businesses, advertisers, to all levels of government, to newspaper journalists and all Canadians—that newspapers matter, now more than ever. The campaign includes print and digital ads running in newspapers across the country and is extending into social media, with a call-to-action that invites newspaper readers to share a photo of themselves with their favourite paper on their social channels—using #NewspapersMatter and #NowMoreThanEver.

National Newspaper Week in Canada runs from October 1 to October 7, 2018.

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2018 Professional Development Day & Better Newspapers Competition Awards

June 2, 2018

The 46th annual Newspapers Atlantic Awards & Professional Development Day took place in Halifax on June 1st-2nd at the University of Kings College.

 

Pulitzer Prize winning New York Times reporter Dan Barry lead a number of discussions on storytelling and writing along with panelists Maureen Googoo of Ku’ku’kwes News, Aaron Beswick of The Halifax Chronicle Herald, Tina Comeau of the Tri-County Vanguard, and Jacob Boon of The Halifax Coast.

Awards were handed out for the annual better newspapers competition in the HMCS Wardroom on Friday evening.

Download a copy of the awards book in PDF format (18 Mb)

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2018 Professional Development Training & Awards

May 8, 2018

Newspapers Atlantic members are invited to join us for a day of editorial and advertising sales training at The University of King’s College on June 1st-2nd, 2018.

New York Times reporter and columnist Dan Barry will lead a discussion on storytelling and writing for members of Newspapers Atlantic.  The author of several books, Dan writes on a myriad of topics, including sports, culture, New York City, and the nation. A Pulitzer Prize winner,  Mr. Barry has covered many major events since joining The Times in 1995, including the World Trade Center disaster, the destructive wake of Hurricane Katrina, and the unrest in Ferguson, Mo., following the police shooting death of a young black man.

Additional editorial sessions will be lead by University of King’s College Professors Sue Newhook (Improving smartphone video skills) and Fred Vallance-Jones (Demystifying data journalism).

Advertising and sales seminars will be lead by Mary Jane Copps (The Phone Lady), focusing on essential skills to reach more clients, build relationships & increase revenue. Eric Fry (Sandler Training) will lead highly interactive sessions focused on engaging prospects, establishing mutual expectations and asking tough questions to drive customer engagement for greater results.

On Friday evening, starting at 7pm, we will announce the winners of our 46th annual awards competition in The HMCS King’s Wardroom.

The University of King’s College
KTS Lecture Hall
6350 Coburg Rd, Halifax, NS

For more information and to register, contact:

Mike Kierstead
Phone: 
+1 (902) 402-3777
Email: mike@newspapersatlantic.ca

Accommodations are available at King’s starting at $57/night.
Book early! Phone (902) 422-1271 ext.277

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Newspapers Atlantic 2018 Standing Finalists

April 23, 2018

Honouring Excellence in Community Journalism

Newspapers Atlantic is pleased to announce the standing finalists for the 2018 Better Newspapers Competition. Winners will be announced on Friday, June 1st at the University of King’s College in Halifax. Join us for a day of professional development workshops followed by an evening reception and awards ceremony.

Dan Barry of The New York Times will lead our Editorial sessions, while Mary Jane Copps (The Phone Lady) and Eric Fry (Sandler Training)  will lead Advertising and Sales.

 

2018 Standing Finalists:

Premiere Awards:

1. Outstanding Feature Photo

Tina Comeau / Tri-County Vanguard
Sara Ericsson / Tri-County Vanguard
Ashley Thompson / Valley Journal-Advertiser

2. Outstanding News Photo

John Bastin / Guysborough Journal
Colin Chisholm / Valley Journal-Advertiser
Tina Comeau / Tri-County Vanguard

3. Outstanding Photo Essay 

Staff / Gander Beacon
Chris Lewis / Carbonear Compass
Mary Hankey / Port Hawkesbury Reporter

4. Outstanding Sports Photo 

Eric Bourque / Tri-County Vanguard
Carole Morris-Underhill / Valley Journal-Advertiser
Kate Scott / Saint Croix Courier

5. Outstanding Editorial 

Jake Boudrot / Port Hawkesbury Reporter
Andrew Brooks / Victoria Standard
Colin Chisholm / Valley Journal-Advertiser

6. Outstanding Feature Story 

Colin Chisholm / Valley Journal-Advertiser
Ashley Thompson / Annapolis Valley-Register
Colin Farrell / Marystown Southern Gazette

7. Outstanding Investigative Story 

Carolyn Barber / Victoria Standard
Tina Comeau / Tri-County Vanguard
David MacDonald / Montague Eastern Graphic

8. Outstanding News Story 

Carla Allen / Tri-County Vanguard
Helen Murphy / Guysborough Journal
Jennifer Vardy Little / Valley Journal-Advertiser

9. Outstanding Resources Story 

Colin Chisholm / Valley Journal-Advertiser
Jonathan Parsons / Clarenville Packet
Tina Comeau / Tri-County Vanguard

10. Outstanding Sports Story 

Colin Chisolm / Valley Journal-Advertiser
Matt Little / Valley Journal-Advertiser
Jennifer Vardy Little / Valley Journal-Advertiser

11. Outstanding Advertising Campaign 

Acadie Nouvelle
Victoria Standard
Shoreline Journal

12. Outstanding New Revenue Idea

Acadie Nouvelle
Tatamagouche Light
Shoreline Journal

13. Outstanding Ad Class 1

Andrew Brooks / Victoria Standard
Leah Burton / Port Hawkesbury Reporter
Evan Hildebrand and Doreen Stuart / LighthouseNOW Progress Bulletin

13. Outstanding Ad Class 2

Melinda Best / Montague Eastern Graphic
Lindsay Shaw / Inverness Oran
Evan Hildebrand and Doreen Stuart / LighthouseNOW Progress Bulletin

14. Outstanding Page Design

Andrew Brooks / Victoria Standard
Aura Lee Shepard / Montague Eastern Graphic
Staff / Valley Journal-Advertiser

15. Outstanding Online Innovation 

Acadie Nouvelle
Tri-County Vanguard

16. Outstanding Circulation Promotion

Montague Eastern Graphic
Port Hawkesbury Reporter
Shoreline Journal

17. Outstanding Community Engagement

Pictou Advocate
Port Hawkesbury Reporter
Tatamagouche Light

18. Outstanding Brand Builder

Montague Eastern Graphic
Victoria Standard
Inverness Oran

19. Outstanding Special Section

Montague Eastern Graphic
Tri-County Vanguard
Valley Journal-Advertiser

20. Outstanding Cartoon

Amherst News
Montague Eastern Graphic
Victoria Standard

21. Outstanding Local Columnist

Pat Cullen, Carbonear Compass
Paul MacNeill, Montague Eastern Graphic
Hugh Townsend, Pictou Advocate

General Excellence 

Class 1

Amherst News
Carbonear Compass
Pictou Advocate

Class 2

Acadie Nouvelle
Annapolis Valley Register
Valley Journal-Advertiser

Congratulations to all of this year’s finalists!

Registration details

  • $99 for full day: awards + training.
  • $50 for awards only.
  • $50 for training only.

Accommodations are available at King’s starting at $57/night.

Currently we have booked off 40 single rooms and 10 double rooms for any participants from your our group wishing to stay. Rooms are on hold until mid-May. Please call (902) 422-1271 ext.277 or email (ukccdesk@ukings.ca) to officially hold and book rooms. For participants looking for a single room, the price is $57.00 a night and for participants looking for double rooms it will be $80.00 dollars a night. Breakfast is included in the rate and catering services are available on campus.

Contact

Mike Kierstead +1 (902) 402-3777

Email:
mike@newspapersatlantic.ca

 

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Better Newspapers Competition – Call For Entries

December 8, 2017

Newspapers Atlantic is pleased to announce the Call for Entries into this year’s Better Newspapers Competition.

We invite all of our members to submit entries for this annual competition. The awards celebrate excellence in community media across Atlantic Canada.

Please see the included PDF format for entry criteria.

The deadline is Friday, January 26, 2018 to submit your best work.

Please note our updated mailing address: 2882 Gottingen Street, Halifax, NS B3K 3E2.

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