Written on Sep, 18, 2016 by in , | Leave a comment

Source:independent.ie/business This week saw people celebrating the 25th anniversary of Tim Berners-Lee making the world wide web available for worldwide use. Ever since it was invited to the party, the world hasn’t looked back. Actually that’s not universally true. Some industries might look over their shoulders at a pre-internet era with considerable yearning. And one of them is the newspaper …

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Written on Jul, 23, 2016 by in | Leave a comment

Latest debt-shedding move gives citizens the chance to press for a different future for Canada’s papers. By Paul Willcocks 8 Jul 2016 | TheTyee.ca Paul Willcocks is a journalist and former publisher of newspapers, and now an editor with The Tyee. Postmedia’s escape from bankruptcy this week offers at least a tiny opportunity for critics who want the giant corporation’s grip on Canadian newspapers …

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Written on Jul, 08, 2016 by in , | Leave a comment

Two CWA Canada Locals have ratified new contracts that contain salary increases for workers at news operations in Ottawa and Medicine Hat, Alta. CTV Ottawa unit members of the Ottawa Newspaper Guild (Local 30205) voted this week to accept a five-year deal that gives them a retroactive lump sum payment for 2014 equal to 1.5 per cent of salary and …

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Written on Jun, 07, 2016 by in , | Leave a comment

After months of meetings, discussions, card signings and an official vote conducted by the federal labour board, it was confirmed this week that two thirds of VICE Canada workers chose to join the Canadian Media Guild (CMG). “We are thrilled to welcome employees at VICE Canada” into the Guild, said President Carmel Smyth. “We look forward to working with them …

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Google partners with Postmedia/major publishers source: business.financialpost.com JUN 2, 2016 Postmedia Network Inc. and Google Inc. are teaming up to make reading the news on a Canadian smartphone up to 60 per cent faster, while using 10 times less data. Accelerated mobile pages (AMP) is Google’s open-source project, already used by publishers around the world, that aims to bring mobile web page load times closer …

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Written on Apr, 30, 2016 by in , | Leave a comment

Source: prnewswire.com WASHINGTON, April 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ – Nearly 1,000 news workers at Digital First Media have launched a nationwide revolt against job cuts and profiteering they say are threatening local journalism at the nation’s second-largest newspaper company, The NewsGuild, TNG-CWA, announced today. Alden Global Capital, the New York-based hedge fund that owns Digital First Media, employs a business strategy based on buying up …

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Written on Apr, 14, 2016 by in | Leave a comment

SOURCE: j-source.ca Three of the newspapers Black Press has closed: The Nainamo Daily News, The Alberni Valley Times and the Campbell River Courier-Islander. Image by J-Source. This story was funded by the J-Source Patreon campaign. By Megan Devlin Eric Plummer, editor of the Alberni Valley Times, remembers the day last September when two representatives from Black Press told him his paper was closing. …

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Written on Apr, 01, 2016 by in | Leave a comment

MAR 29, 2016 The Canadian Taxpayers Federation and Postmedia Network Canada Corp. enjoy a cozy symbiotic relationship nowadays. The CTF supplies Postmedia’s newspapers and their online editions, including Alberta’s four-headed Frankendaily, with reams of free editorial copy produced by the secretive organization, most of it in this province attacking the Liberal government in Ottawa and the NDP government in Edmonton. …

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Written on Mar, 19, 2016 by in , | Leave a comment

MAR 18, 2016 The Regional District of Central Kootenay is calling on the province to make the newspaper industryjoin a provincial recycling stewardship program. However, an industry executive says if they are forced to pay proposed fees, a number of papers would have to shut down to meet the costs. “We simply can not afford the millions of dollars this would cost the newspaper industry,” John Hinds, the CEO ofNewspapers Canada, an industry group, told the Star. “It would put a significant number of newspapers at risk if wewere forced to pay the Multi-Material BC (MMBC) fees as they stand. Look at what happened in Nanaimo andKamloops [where newspapers recently closed]. Look at what is happening around the country.” The RDCK board passed a motion in February to urge BC’s environment minister to pressure the industry to complywith regulations that require producers of paper and packaging to pay for the recycling of their products. MMBC is the non-profit stewardship organization tasked with getting BC industries, rather than taxpayers, to pay forrecycling the paper and packaging it produces. MMBC collects, processes, and sells recycled material, and about 1,300producers of paper and packaging in BC pay them to do this. (MMBC collects Nelson’s recycling, but it’s not noticeablebecause the organization contracts the work to the city.) READ MORE

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Written on Mar, 04, 2016 by in | Leave a comment

Panel head Hedy Fry remains optimistic, but journalism advocate says action comes too late. Source: By Jeremy J. Nuttall, 2 Mar 2016, TheTyee.ca A national study determining whether Canadians are being well served by local news media began collecting testimony last week, but critics say the panel led by Vancouver Centre MP Hedy Fry may be too little, too late. Fry …

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