2017 BNC Call for Entries

December 14, 2016

Newspapers Atlantic is pleased to announce the launch of the 2017 Better Newspapers Competition. We invite all of our members in good standing to submit entries for this annual competition. The awards celebrate excellence in community media across Atlantic Canada.

Newspapers Atlantic members have until Friday, January 27th, 2017 to submit their best work for the 2016 Better Newspapers Competition.

Download the 2017 BNC criteria in PDF format

Nominate a colleague for a Quill Recognition Award

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Apply now for the CPF Aid to Publishers funding program

November 21, 2016

The 2017-2018 Applicant’s Guide and Application Form for the Aid to Publisherscomponent of the Canada Periodical Fund (CPF) are now available.

Canadian Heritage has made a number of important adjustments to the funding program in order to help the industry in this transformation period. Please review these changes carefully before completing your application.

  • The required minimum of copies sold for magazines and non-daily newspapers has been reduced.
  • For magazines and non-daily newspapers, the minimum required has gone down from 5,000 to 3,500 paid copies.
  • For special categories (Aboriginal, official language minority, ethnocultural and LGBT) magazines and non-daily newspapers, the paid minimum has gone from 2,500 to 2,000 paid copies.
  • The exemption for the criterion to have sold at least 50% of copies through subscription copies, single-copy/newsstand copies and sponsored now applies to all special categories (including non-daily ethnocultural newspapers).
  • The funding formula will provide greater consideration to small sized periodicals. Also, it will take into account periodicals from special categories and periodicals that also exist in digital format.
  • Definitions have been revised for editorial content, newsletter and special issue.
  • New definitions have been included for advertorial content, original content and sponsored content.

Click here to access the Canada Periodical Fund – Aid to Publishers materials.

The deadline to submit your application is Monday, December 19, 2016. Please note that an application postmarked or stamped after the application deadline will not be accepted.

Canadian Heritage has set service standards for the timely delivery of its funding programs and plans to issue a written notification of the funding decision within a 30-week timeline applied as of the program’s deadline.

Should you require additional information, please contact Canadian Heritage at 1-866-811-0055 or via email at

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Canadian Community Newspaper Awards and Great Idea Awards open on December 1

November 21, 2016

Get ready for the 2017 awards season: Newspapers Canada will begin accepting entries for the Canadian Community Newspaper Awards and Great Idea Awardson Thursday, December 1.

The Canadian Community Newspaper Awards celebrate the best in community publishing from across the country, with award categories covering editorial, photography and multimedia work in various circulation classes. The CCNAwards are open to members of the Canadian Community Newspapers Association (CCNA) and to all campus newspapers across the country.

The Great Idea Awards recognize the most creative and innovative examples of newspaper marketing and promotion from newspapers across the country. The goal of this awards program is to showcase as many outstanding promotional initiatives as possible, so we encourage our newspapers to enter up to five times in each category. The Great Idea Awards are open to all members of Newspapers Canada (CNA and CCNA).

Once again, we are pleased to accept digital submissions for certain categories via our online portal powered by Newspaper Toolbox. Submit your entry materials for both competitions on or before Tuesday, January 31, 2017.

For more information, visit the competition websites at the links below, or contact Nicole Bunt, Program Assistant, at

Interested in serving as a judge? Click here for details.

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Community Newspapers Drive Results

November 21, 2016

This new research study, funded by Canadian Heritage, explores engagement with printed community newspapers in Canada as well as the key role they play in the automotive path-to-purchase.

The printed community newspaper is by far the favourite source of local news and information in communities large and small across Canada. Time spent with a community newspaper is virtually unchanged compared to two years ago and not surprisingly, the predominant reason for reading printed community newspapers is local information, including news, editorial, sports, entertainment and events.

Printed newspapers are a key driver in the automotive decision making process. Seven out of ten community newspaper readers report that they read or look at the automotive ads that appear in their printed paper. When it comes to purchasing attitudes, newspapers were found to be most useful for general information, price comparisons and deciding which make of vehicle. In all stages of the path-to-purchase newspapers and their sites were found to be most influential.

Download study materials below by clicking on the appropriate links. For more information contact Kelly Levson, Director of Marketing and Research at

This project was produced with the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Periodical Fund of the Department of Canadian Heritage. The content of this study represents the opinions of the authors and does not necessarily represent the policies or the views of the Department of Canadian Heritage or the Government of Canada.

Community Newspapers Drive Results – Presentation
Community Newspapers Drive Results – Fact Sheet

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Ron Ennis ‘kept the community in community newspapers’

August 10, 2016

Ron Ennis, Managing Editor with Transcontinental Media’s 14 weekly newspapers in the province for over 20 years, and a journalist for 42 years, passed away in Grand Falls-Windsor.

Known for his dedication to the writing craft, the respect for the role of the community newspaper and his practice of helping budding journalists get their feet wet in the industry, Ennis is being remembered for his contributions.

He was a man who gave back to his community through service on town councils, the Kiwanis Club — in particular the annual music festival in Grand Falls-Windsor — and his church.



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Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 CCNAwards

April 25, 2016

Newspapers Canada is thrilled to reveal the winners of the 2016 Canadian Community Newspaper Awards. This prestigious annual awards program features more than 30 unique categories honouring outstanding editorial, photography, multimedia and overall excellence in community newspaper publishing. The 2016 competition saw 240 publications from coast to coast submit more than 2,400 entries.

Click here to view a complete the 2016 CCNAwards Winners Book


  • The Yukon News in Whitehorse, YT received six first place wins, two second-place wins and two third-place wins for a total of 10 awards overall.
  • The Citizen, in Blyth/Brussels, ON swept their General Excellence class and won first place for Best All-Round Newspaper, Best Editorial Page and Best Front Page.
  • Best Local Cartoon (circulation up to 9999) was awarded to Wyatt Tremblay from The Yukon News, and Best Local Cartoon, circulation 10,000 and over, was awarded to Michael de Adder of the Hill Times.
  • Outstanding Columnist was awarded to Andy Prest of the North Shore News in Vancouver, BC.
  • Journal Servir at CFB St-Jean/Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC was named this year’s Best Canadian Force Base Newspaper.
  • Best Photo Illustration was awarded to the Nanaimo Daily News, Nanaimo, BC for their photo titled “End of an Era”.
  • Outstanding Campus Newspaper went to The Cord, Wilfred Laurier University.

Newspapers Canada would like to thank all of the newspapers, judges and sponsors who participated in the 2016 Canadian Community Newspaper Awards. We are honoured to continue this annual tradition of recognizing outstanding achievements in the community newspaper industry.

If you have any questions about the awards program, please contact Taylor Kormann at

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Halifax NewsTrain 2016

April 25, 2016

Associated Press Media Editors is bringing its renowned NewsTrain workshop to Halifax, Nova Scotia, May 6-7, 2016. Registration for this affordable, high-quality workshop will be $75 U.S. and includes two full days of training and meals.

The Halifax NewsTrain will be held at the University of King’s College, in conjunction with the Atlantic Journalism Awards Gala, which takes place at the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel on May 7. NewsTrain is open to all journalists including reporters and editors from all media, freelancers, students, and journalism educators.


The Halifax NewsTrain is hosted, planned and supported by Newspapers Canada and a committee of local journalism organizations. The program agenda has been designed to meet the needs of local journalists. Sessions include:

  • maximizing your social media for personal branding and audience engagement,
  • using social media for sourcing, including verifying user-generated content,
  • making smart choices in digital storytelling,
  • planning for breaking news on multiple platforms,
  • writing for mobile,
  • using audience analytics to get your stories read, and
  • shooting compelling news video and photos with your smartphone.

Your accomplished instructors for the workshop at the University of King’s College include:

  • Matt Frehner, senior editor for mobile and interactive news at The Globe and Mail.
  • Kathy Kieliszewski, visuals director for the Detroit Free Press and four-time Emmy Award winner.
  • Daniel Victor, senior staff editor for The New York Times and a former social media editor at the Times and

“If you’re looking for journalistic training you need to go to #halifaxnewstrain. Best I’ve ever done. #journalism

— @gordonmcameron, group managing editor of Hamilton Community News and past president of the Ontario Community Newspapers Association

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2016 BNC Call For Entries

December 10, 2015

Newspapers Atlantic is pleased to announce the launch of the 2016 Better Newspapers Competition. We invite all of our members in good standing to submit entries for this annual competition. The awards celebrate excellence in community media across Atlantic Canada.

Newspapers Atlantic members have until Friday, January 29th, 2016 to submit their best work for the 2016 Better Newspapers Competition.

The awards will be handed out on Saturday, April 23, 2016 in Halifax. Stay tuned for exciting details on the 2016 annual conference, we have big plans this year, so get your entries in now!

Use the link below to download the 2016 BNC criteria in PDF format:

Nominate a colleague for a Quill Recognition Award


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Newspapers Atlantic Reader Survey Results

November 13, 2015
Newspapers Atlantic, in collaboration with Clear Picture Corporation has been busy collecting data from our online readership survey for community newspapers.

Over 1,200 people have taken the survey so far, and we wanted to share some of the results with you:

73% of respondents agreed or strongly agreed that their newspaper is the best overall source of local news.

88% of respondents agreed or strongly agreed that their local, municipal government should advertise programs and services in their community newspaper.

71% of respondents read four of the last four issues of their community newspaper.

​ ​What do you enjoy about your community newspaper?

We’ve had more than 750 written responses to this question so far. Here’s a sampling of what community newspaper readers in Atlantic Canada had to say:

“I like the indepth local coverage. I like knowing about upcoming events and feature stories of interesting people in the community.”

“Editorials, local sports heroes, personal columns.”

“It’s LOCAL!”

“Crime report is a favourite. Also reports on activities of Council.”

“Online content and being first to report breaking news is all well and good, but the reason people buy the paper is because you have the opportunity to present in-depth coverage in a way that other media outlets don’t.”

“This company seems to strive to keep things interesting and fresh. The reporters seem to go that extra mile to report a great story. I love seeing faces that I recognized from the paper when I’m out shopping. These are real people, living amongst us, with their families, trying to make a go in the real world, just like the rest of us.”

“You are the paper of record, and that is a hugely important thing – not to be taken lightly. It’s a responsibility.”

Newspapers Atlantic members are using their survey data and the feedback from written comments to gain a better understanding of the needs of their readers and the communities they serve.

Contact the Newspapers Atlantic office to learn more and sign your newspaper up today!

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