Black Press is pleased to announce today (June 13) that it has acquired Boulevard Magazine and related products from Boulevard Lifestyles Inc.
“Boulevard Magazine has been Victoria’s leading lifestyle publication for more than 23 years,” said Rick O’Connor, Black Press President and CEO. “We are delighted to be adding this important title to our product mix of community publications and magazines serving Victoria and Vancouver Island.”
Boulevard Magazine will join a group of other magazines, periodicals and special publications currently published by Black Press. All employees of Boulevard are being retained and no changes are anticipated with respect to the publication.
Boulevard Magazine was acquired in July 2008 by Boulevard Lifestyles Inc., a company wholly owned by John Simmons. During the past five years, the magazine has increased its publishing calendar to monthly from its original six times per year. At the same time, the company has established a foothold in custom publications including projects for United Way of Greater Victoria, Victoria Foundation and Victoria Hospitals Foundation.
“The staff at Boulevard has done an excellent job in each of its publications,” said Simmons. “I both appreciate their efforts and know that they will thrive in the Black Press organization.”
The transaction is effective immediately.
By Robert Channick, Tribune staff reporter
The Chicago Sun-Times has laid off its entire photography staff, and plans to use freelance photographers and reporters to shoot photos and video going forward, the newspaper said.
A total of 28 full-time staffers received the news Thursday morning at a meeting held at the Sun-Times offices in Chicago, according to sources familiar with the situation. The layoffs are effective immediately.
The newspaper released a statement suggesting the move reflected the increasing importance of video in news reporting:
“The Sun-Times business is changing rapidly and our audiences are consistently seeking more video content with their news. We have made great progress in meeting this demand and are focused on bolstering our reporting capabilities with video and other multimedia elements. The Chicago Sun-Times continues to evolve with our digitally savvy customers, and as a result, we have had to restructure the way we manage multimedia, including photography, across the network.”
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The Winnipeg Free Press is restricting its online comments to print and online subscribers in an effort to keep “the e-party going without the party-crashers.”
The newspaper’s editor Paul Samyn said the new commenting policy designed to reduce the “digital diatribe” will go into effect on June 3.
“The thinking behind our policy change is the bulk of the ugliness that lands from time to time on our website comes from those abusing the “free” in Free Press to engage in gutter talk or worse on our no-cost forum,” he said. “There will no doubt be some who will accuse the Free Press of limiting their right to free speech, or complain that we’re not living up to the “free” in Free Press. They, of course, are entitled to their opinion, but, just for the record, there are no charter rights requiring us to have their voice heard at our water cooler.”
Sun+ service predicted to result in drop in online ad revenue with NI also paying £30m-plus for digital Premier League rights
The Sun will need to attract more than 250,000 subscribers to its £2-per-week online service to cover the loss of online advertising and recoup the £30m-plus it paid for the digital Premier League football highlights, according to City analysts’ estimates.
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By Steph Guthrie
In my experience, many employers and clients lack understanding of the work involved in social media. Unfortunately for the people who do this work, the poor understanding usually results in either inadequate compensation, or an expectation to “squeeze in” social media amid a full time job’s worth of other responsibilities.
I’ve noticed a tendency to assume that one can simply “bang out a few tweets” in 15 minutes and then go about the rest of their day. If an organization truly wants to derive any benefit from social media, however, the reality is quite different. Crafting a great tweet or post takes time, not only to settle on decent wording but to research interesting and community-relevant things to post (or craft original content to link to, such as a blog post or photo album).
Building an engaged community that will click the links you post, hit the “like” or “retweet” button, or reply to your post is perhaps even more time-consuming. Otherwise you’re basically just screaming in the middle of an empty room. Sometimes employers or clients seek “shortcuts” such as purchasing followers (which buys volume but not engagement). Other times they overlook this side of the work entirely, yet expect the same results they would if the worker were afforded time to build a community.
So what do these erroneous assumptions translate into in terms of working conditions and compensation? Unsurprisingly, social media is commonly delegated to an unpaid or poorly paid intern, often a recent graduate (because if a person is under 30 they are automatically amazing at social media, just by osmosis! </sarcasm>). When the work is paid, it is often foisted on an employee who already has a full plate of responsibilities and no additional time to devote to social media, let alone the time it takes to learn how to be good at it.
When organizations hire an external consultant to manage social media, they often are not prepared to pay for the actual amount of time required to achieve their desired results. Seasoned veterans have the experiential knowledge and negotiation skills to build that time into their contracts, but less experienced workers may not know the full extent of their value and thus avoid rocking the boat. In these cases, the consultant may run into trouble at billing time if they are honest about the hours they worked (or simply not bill the full amount of time they spent working for the client).
In some ways it’s not all the individual employers’ and clients’ faults. As a person in this line of work, I have had to train myself to carefully track the amount of time I spend on client work. This isn’t because my clients are untrustworthy or lack knowledge (in fact, I’ve been extremely lucky in this regard). It is because I have been using social media for personal communication and recreation for many years, and as such am not accustomed to seeing it as work.
A lot of the work involved in social media is not the posting or blogging itself, but everything that happens in between: following links, reading and viewing content to assess its suitability for one’s audience, researching accounts to follow/friend, etc. If you’re lucky enough to be managing social media for organizations whose work interests you, sometimes this work doesn’t feel like “WORK work” – but it is, and we should be compensated for it.
Have you been asked to incorporate social media into an already-full slate of responsibilities in your work? To what extent do your employers/clients grasp the time and energy required to manage successful social media accounts? Have you ever had to educate an employer on these matters? What strategies have been successful? Tell us in the comments!
Steph Guthrie is the moderator of the MediaTech Commons. She’s an internet animator and a full-time feminist. You can join her at the MediaTech Commons by signing up here. Already a member? Log in here.
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Three academics who documented the growing scourge of unpaid internships are this year’s winners of the Labour Reporting Award sponsored jointly by CWA Canada and the Canadian Association of Journalists.
Martin O’Hanlon, Director of CWA Canada, said Interns Unite! (You have nothing to lose — literally), published in November by the “fiercely independent” Briarpatch magazine, is an example of the quality, public-service journalism that is so sorely lacking in this country.
“This is a well-written, well-researched piece of journalism that tells an important story and exposes an injustice that is bad for society and bad for the economy: the exploitation of interns.
“As the country’s only all-media union, our focus is promoting and protecting quality jobs and quality journalism. That’s why we sponsor this award.”
Enda Brophy, Nicole Cohen and Greig de Peuter, who are collaborating on a research project on labour politics in the creative industries, were announced as the winners of the $1,000 prize at the CAJ’s annual conference held in Ottawa on the weekend.
The rampant growth of unpaid internships is a key issue for CWA Canada and its largest Local, the Canadian Media Guild (CMG), which represents a significant contingent of freelancers in this country. The CMG partnered with ACTRA and Ryerson’s Centre for Labour Management Relations to stage the Will Work for Exposure conference in October 2012 that addressed topics including wage theft, copyright and workers’ rights.
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There were several CWA Canada members among the recipients of the 15 awards handed out at the CAJ gala. They include:
Glen McGregor (Ottawa Newspaper Guild) of The Ottawa Citizen who, along with Postmedia’s Stephen Maher, shared in the Open Newspaper / Wire Service category for “Dirty election tricks revealed.”
Gil Shochat, Alex Shprinsten, Joseph Loeiro (Canadian Media Guild) of the CBC News Investigative Unit, in the Open Television category for “Fatal Deception.”
Melissa Brousseau (Canadian Media Guild) of CBC North – Maamuitaau, in the Regional Television category for “Breaking the mold.”
Alison Motluk (Canadian Media Guild) of CBC Radio’s The Sunday Edition, in the Current Affairs category for “Wanted: Egg donor in good health.”
Jim Bronskill (Canadian Media Guild) of The Canadian Press, in the Scoop category for “Canada’s torture memos.”
Nahlah Ayed, Diane Grant (Canadian Media Guild) of CBC News – The National, won the JHR / CAJ Award for Human Rights Reporting for “Seeking safety.”
Postmedia Network Inc. is trying to stanch losses by eliminating the publisher position at its chain of 10 newspapers, which includes the National Post, the Montreal Gazette, and the Ottawa Citizen.
A staff memo issued Tuesday afternoon by Paul Godfrey, Postmedia’s president and chief executive officer, said the company’s business operations are being reorganized into three regions, with all editorial functions overseen by the senior vice-president of content, Lou Clancy.
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The Vancouver Sun and The Province newspapers will offer their employees buyouts to deal with “unprecedented revenue declines,” their publisher said in a memo to employees that bluntly warned that unless changes were made the papers wouldn’t be likely to survive a drop in print advertising.
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Losses deepened at Postmedia Network Canada Corp. in the last quarter, as national and classified advertising in its newspapers continued to decline.
The publisher –which owns such big-city metros such as the Ottawa Citizen, Montreal Gazette and Calgary Herald in addition to the National Post – said it lost $14.2-million in its second quarter, compared with $11.1-million a year ago.