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Stuff that’s happening

December 23, 2011

Here are some things that have happened, or in the process of happening.

Reporter Michaela Garstin is leaving the Dawson Creek Daily News according to a colleague’s twitter feed. And Melissa Smiley‘s leaving the White Rock News for a new job according to her twitter feed.

Kamloops Daily News sports editor Gregg Drinnan won the Glacier Media President’s Club Award “for his years of dedication to the newspaper and its Christmas Cheer campaign.”

Burnaby Now‘s Brent Richter retweeeted a great column about his general grinchiness that he wrote from last year. Give it a read. A sample:

“He looked on his heap and nearly went spastic — “$400 of polyester and plastic!?”

“A Justin Bieber puzzle? Who was that for? What did I buy just to get out of that store?””


Surrey Now reporter Tom Zytaruk finally got a haircut. He writes about donating his locks to a worth cause here.

The Prince George Free Press lost its publisher to the 2015 Canada Winter Games. (P.S. The Free Press isn’t an independent newspaper if its owner owns other papers, which the short story says he does.)


Finally, this (press release) isn’t about B.C. but I think it bears noting, especially for those who see the future of community newspapers through rose-coloured glasses:

The Canadian Association of Journalists is concerned that community newspaper amalgamations in Ottawa and area will lead to job losses.

The concern stems from the recent decision by Metroland Media Group Ltd. to close six community newspapers that had been serving the communities of south, west, east and central Ottawa along with Nepean and Barrhaven. The closures come after Metroland purchased Performance Printing Ltd., which publishes newspapers in the same communities.

There could be further closures ahead as these were not the only communities where both Metroland and Performance have publications.

“Closing a newspaper means extinguishing a voice within a community that people could turn to for news and information about their neighbourhoods,” CAJ president Hugo Rodrigues said. “Metroland’s aggressive entry into the Ottawa region in the last few years added new voices to the mix and brought competitiveness to community news. It’s unfortunate the chain is now killing off some of the papers it launched in its drive to consolidate operations.”

The CAJ understands the business rationale behind these consolidations, but is now concerned for the journalists whose newsrooms have been amalgamated. It encourages Metroland to keep its stated commitment that the positions from the closed newspapers will be moved to its remaining newsrooms.

The CAJ is Canada’s largest national professional organization for journalists from all media, representing almost 600 members across the country. The CAJ’s primary roles are to provide high-quality professional development for its members and public-interest advocacy.

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