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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Written on Feb, 10, 2016 by in | Leave a comment

Source: princegeorgecitizen.com Effective the week of Feb. 15, the newspaper will publish five days per week, from Tuesday to Saturday. “The Monday edition of the Citizen has always been our smallest in terms of advertising revenue and for news,” publisher Colleen Sparrow said. “We are refocusing our efforts to serve our advertisers and our readers Tuesday through Saturday.” Home delivery …

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Written on Feb, 05, 2016 by in | Leave a comment

Source:bloomberg.com Follow this link to read the entire story Majority ownership of Canada’s largest newspaper chain could fall into the hands of a little-known Canadian investment firm from those of a U.S. hedge fund as concern mounts that Postmedia Network Canada Corp. may default on more than half a billion dollars in debt.

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Source: thewalrus.ca Read to the entire story click here MY POSTMEDIA CAREER began September 2013 with a tour of the Edmonton Journal’s downtown office. Stephanie Coombs, the managing editor of the historic city newspaper, led me through the empty first floor; where the once-mighty department for the classifieds once resided, now occupied by two clerks at a front counter. We wandered through …

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Written on Jan, 31, 2016 by in | Leave a comment

Source: thestar.com/business There is a cancer on Canadian journalism. The malignancy is Postmedia Network Canada Corp., a foreign-controlled, debt-burdened contrivance flirting with insolvency that nonetheless is relied upon by about 21 million Canadian readers. Postmedia’s 200-plus media outlets, mostly newspapers, including some of the biggest dailies in the country, represent a far greater concentration of news media ownership than exists …

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Hello, world! Welcome to the Local Xpress. This is a brand-new online news site brought to you by the 61 striking newsroom and bureau staff of Canada’s largest independent daily newspaper. You can read about that here, here and here if you’re interested. Since going on strike a week ago, we’ve missed the work that we do. Remo Zaccagna, who covers municipal politics, went to a …

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