2014 United Way Kick Off

United-Way-Victoria-200pxToday is the kick off to our 2014 employee campaign for United Way. Our goal this year is $23,000.

 Please take a moment to check out the link “Your Donations at Work” below.

 As in past years, we’ll be holding a daily draw prize for those who donate. The prize table is located near the reception desk. I’ll be around with pledge forms today.

 Pledge forms can be returned to me or placed in the United Way bucket located in or near your department.

 For first time donors, please check out CRA’s information on the Super Credit: 



United Way – Your Donations at Work : http://youtu.be/rgwd-dZ1k3Y


Thank you in advance!



2014 Employee Campaign Chair

Memo-Postmedia Strikes 316m Deal to Buy Sun Media English Papers

Source: jpress.journalism.ryerson.ca


Associate Editor Tamara Baluja has obtained memos sent by Postmedia Network and Sun Media to their respective employees.

CEO Paul Godfrey notes that Postmedia Network has agreed to buy 175 English language publications from Sun Media. 

Today we announced perhaps the biggest news in the Canadian news media industry since the day Postmedia was formed. Our company has entered into an agreement with Quebecor Inc. to purchase all of Sun Media’s English language publications and associated digital properties. That’s 175 daily newspapers, community weeklies, trade publications, magazines and related digital properties from 5 provinces across Canada.

Read entire story here


Source: nanaimo-info-blog.com

Mark MacDonald Leaves Daily News

With the resignation of Hugh Nicholson and now Mark MacDonald it will be interestingto see what, if anything changes with Nanaimo’s oldest newspaper.

I went into the Daily to deliver a press release about my council bid and asked to speak to the editor, Mark MacDonald. The receptionist paged Mark and soon another staffer came out to inform both the receptionist and myself that Mr. MacDonald resigned his position as editor yesterday.

I presume there will be a story in tomorrows Daily News, but I just couldn’t resist being the lowly blogger-guy who scoops the local Daily.


Sep 25, 2014


Source: dallasnews.com

CBC’s effort to uncover bodies in an alleged 58-year-old triple murder

Source: poynter.org

On Wednesday, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s flagship evening newscast dedicated 15-and-a-half minutes to a single jaw-dropping story.  It is the story of a horror that a woman said she witnessed 58 years ago and spent decades trying to get someone to care.

Three years ago, my church pastor called to say he knew a woman who desperately needed a journalist to help her. The pastor said her story might seem to be outlandish and unbelievable, but asked me to give the woman a chance. He believed her, he said, beyond the shadow of a doubt. In more than 40 years of working in journalism I have come to understand that the most unbelievable stories can be true and when they are, they can be blockbusters.

read entire story here

Black Press buys 2 Hawaii dailies and several Washington papers from Stephens Media

Source: ca.news.yahoo.com

By Cathy Bussewitz, The Associated Press

HONOLULU, Hawaii – The owner of Hawaii’s largest newspaper bought two daily publications on Hawaii’s Big Island and several newspapers in Washington state.

Oahu Publications, which owns the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, said Wednesday it is buying West Hawaii Today and the Hawaii Tribune-Herald from Las Vegas-based Stephens Media.

read the entire story here

Kennedy Heights closure agreement approved

Local 2000 members who work for PNG at Kennedy Heights have voted 135 to 47 in favour of accepting Postmedia’s latest offer for severance and other matters related to the closure of the printing plant. There was one spoiled ballot.
About 74 percent of the members who cast ballots voted yes to the closure agreement that includes a severance package of $17.5 million. Members had previously turned down a package of $16 million.

Despite all the doom and gloom about the print media industry, if there is only one paper in a metro market it will be profitable said newspaper analyst John Morton. “It just may not be as profitable as newspapers used to be.”