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A boring post (unless you need a new gig)

May 23, 2012 Comments off

Here’s a project: compare the number of posts on this blog to B.C.’s weather patterns. I’d bet you’d find a correlation between participation and blog activity. That’s my way of blaming the weather for the lack of posts in recent weeks. And also my way of saying that postings may be relatively scarce in weeks and months to come. I’ll still blog, but I’ve got other things happening. I’ve also been assured Northern Reporter’s got something in the pipeline to prove that I haven’t pulled a Sarah Phillips on him.

In the meantime, apply for a job: the Prince George Citizen needs a reporter, as does the Alberni Valley Times, Burnaby Now, Fernie Free Press, and North Shore Outlook.

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Prince George Citizen needs new managing editor, is Glacier’s “premier daily in B.C.”

March 5, 2012 6 comments

So the Prince George Citizen is looking for a new managing editor. See the job posting on Gaulin here.

Of note (and purely in the interest of stirring the pot), Citizen publisher Colleen Sparrow talks smack in the posting, calling her paper “Glacier Media’s premier daily in B.C.” Glacier, of course, has a few other papers with publishers who might dispute that bravado, not the least of which are the Nanaimo Daily News, Kamloops Daily News, and, most notably, the Victoria Times-Colonist.

Add to the fact that the Citizen ran a four-page wrap last election for a mayoral candidate and one wonders if Sparrow has a wing to flap. Or maybe it is the best. Leave a comment (That means you, Tim and Cale).

Are good clips better than great clips?

March 25, 2011 3 comments

I’m still not sure why it happened, but I woke up the other day with the following thought.

When it comes to hiring a new reporter, every editor has the same routine: post ad; ask prospective reporters to send in a cover letter, resume and clips; evaluate.

If I was an editor (and thank God I’m not), I’d consider a slight tweak. Instead of asking for “several recent writing samples,” I’d ask for the reporter’s single favourite piece, along with three more non-series pieces from a week over the past year. In a community newspaper environment, I think it’s much more valuable to have someone who can produce several examples of top-notch work from a single week than someone who can find three exceptional pieces from the past couple years.

Alternately, if I was applying for a job right now (and praise Allah that I’m not), I’d consider eschewing the old three-best-clips strategy in favour of three good clips from a single week.

Good idea? Bad idea? Leave a comment.

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This blog had more visitors in February than any previous months. It’s still a one-person show, though, so any help would be great. It’s easy, quick and the pay is shite. E-mail bclocalreporter (at) gmail (dot) com.

Have I made an error? It wouldn’t be the first time. Leave a comment and I’ll shamefully update the post.

We’re making inroads into our census of B.C. community newspapers, but there are still a lot of blanks in the Journo-lust Spreadsheet. How many journalists work at your paper? How often do you come out? Who’s your publisher? Participation is free! The benefits unlimited! The exclamation points boundless!

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Gators, pinball wizards, school boards and animal people

February 28, 2011 Comments off

Lotsa stuff from around the Lower Mainland last week. (Two more posts coming later today).

Superb story, in the Burnaby Now, by Jennifer Moreau on an autistic pinball genius and aspiring poker king.

Robert’s latest passion is poker. For the past three or four months, he’s been teaching himself how to play by watching YouTube videos and has already ranked No. 11 in one of B.C.’s amateur leagues. With his natural ability to handle numbers, statistics and probabilities, Robert seems cut out for the game.

“If you ask him, ‘What are the chances of getting royal flush?’ He’ll probably say, ‘One in 650,000,’ ” Maurizio says. “He tells me this stuff, and it goes over my head.”

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The poker thing blows me away because it’s generally assumed that a large part of that game is the ability to read competitors’ intentions. And yet, a major symptom of autism is the inability to pick up such social cues.

Also in the Burnaby Now, Janaya Fuller-Evans reports on allegations of bullying, infighting and other alleged misdeeds that one normally expects to see in the arts community, rather than among animal lovers.

Arnold noted many instances of harassment, from board members directly confronting her over issues to moments where she felt threatened, including when her truck was vandalized while parked at the association’s barns.

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The new Black Press front pages are improved, but the stories themselves badly need paragraph breaks. I imagine someone’s working on that. Meanwhile the WordPress Theme for Black Press blogs is truly horrible and gloomy and makes me not want to read on even when the content is quite good. Please change it.

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The phrase “board of education” sounds stupid. They’re school boards, they should be called as such.

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I just noticed the sleazy weekly editorials in the Delta Optimist. How do you get your editorial percentage when the copy is so obviously an advertisement? The Optimist is the only Postmedia paper with a business column down the right hand side of its news page. Why? Why? Why?

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A crazy crime spree in the Chilliwack area included, as Robert Freeman of the Chilliwack Progress puts it, “one woman’s emergency 911 call, one vehicle burning under the Agassiz/Rosedale bridge, one dust-up with a Chilliwack car dealer, one startled shopper in the Chilliwack Safeway parking lot – and one alligator.” Oh, yeah, and there was a marijuana grow-op involved (although I guess the presence of drugs isn’t all that surprising).

In a similar vein comes this beauty of a headline from the North Shore Outlook: “Stinky thieves steal laundry loot.” And yes, the thieves were actually smelly.

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Two stories — one in the Richmond News, the other in the Coquitlam Now — about stutterers are hooked on last night’s Oscars and The King’s Speech. I think a smart PR person is probably behind each, given that they both mention Columbia Speech and Language Services, but that’s OK; the stories are good.

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The Richmond Review has published its 30 under 30 section. These features about all these high-flying young achievers always depress the hell out of me, but are fun to read anyways.

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Your webinar of the day:

Be like Delta Leader photog Evan Seal and turn your camera on an angle.

This Tri-City News file photo of an ambulance at a hospital is awesome. File photos don’t have to be boring.

And for some reason community newspapers forget that the simple Q and A format can make for great reading and very easy writing. Marisa Babic of the Surrey Now puts questions to under-fire Vanoc head John Furlong.

(One thing, though: we Canadians don’t have a timid sense of patriotism. We just like to pretend we do. If we weren’t patriotic Molson’s I Am Canadian commercials wouldn’t be so successful. Hopefully the Olympics ends the charade.)

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Nice story (and lede) by the Vancouver Courier’s Naoibh O’Connor on a First Nations school that has rebranded itself as an “Earth School.”

Rainwater drips like a broken tap off the corner of the First Nation long house roof into a concrete barrel. Droplets barely ripple the surface of six-inch deep water pooled above a bed of rocks, sand and debris. Fidgety Grade 2 and 3 students gather around Brent Mansfield on this cool late-January morning at Grandview/¿uuqinak’uuh elementary. Mansfield, the school’s garden project coordinator, hoped for more of a downpour for today’s lesson, but a drizzle will do.

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Finally, in case you missed the Black Press shuffle, the North Shore Outlook and WestEnder have got new editors.

Photo by Ryan Somma via Flickr.

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That was a pretty good post, eh? Or not? Either way keep them coming by helping me out. It’s easy, quick and the pay is shite. E-mail bclocalreporter (at) gmail (dot) com.

Have I made an error? It wouldn’t be the first time. Leave a comment and I’ll shamefully update the post.

We’re making inroads into our census of B.C. community newspapers, but there are still a lot of blanks in the Journo-lust Spreadsheet. How many journalists work at your paper? How often do you come out? Who’s your publisher? Participation is free! The benefits unlimited! The exclamation points boundless!


North Shore Outlook, WestEnder get new editors

February 27, 2011 Comments off

I’m slow off the mark on this, but whatever: big personnel changes earlier this month at three Lower Mainland newspapers.

Michael White, editor of Black Press’s alternative weekly the WestEnder has left to edit a magazine (I’m not sure what magazine.) Justin Beddall, who was editor of the North Shore Outlook, is taking over the WestEnder, with Martha Perkins, editor of the Bowen Island Undercurrent, taking over Beddall’s former post.

Martha will also continue to edit the Undercurrent because, as we all know, community newspapers don’t replace journalists, they only give them more shit to do.

Here’s Martha’s very positive column on the changes.

I am going to continue to cover the Monday night council meetings. Oddly enough, it’s something I enjoy doing. I’ll also be covering other news events on the island, just not as frequently.

As well, I’ll be on the island a lot as a cottager of sorts. My husband and I have a sailboat at the Union Steamship Marina, and absolutely love this new aspect of our life here.

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And here’s a story in the Outlook.

Congrats and good luck to all.

Kamloops Daily News closes press, mailroom

February 25, 2011 Comments off

The Kamloops Daily News is closing its press and mailroom over the next two months, according to a statement earlier this week by KDN publisher Tim Shoults.

Before I briefly weigh in, here’s the full statement:

Today is a sad day at the Kamloops Daily News.

Representatives of Glacier Media, the parent company of the Kamloops Daily News, served the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union Local 2000 notice under section 54 of the B.C. Labour Code that The Daily News will cease operations of both the press and mailroom within the next 60 days on Monday (Feb. 21).

Glacier has entered into a contractual obligation with Black Press to print and collate our publications in their plant in Vernon for the Daily News and the Kamloops Review.

These moves will utilize unused capacity at these plants and will allow significant savings for The Daily News operations.

It will also allow The Daily News to continue to focus on our core competencies of news generation, advertising sales, composition and publishing both print publications and online products.

The decision affects seven full-time staff and 24 part-time staff in the press and mailroom operations of the Daily News, representing a total of 19.3 full-time equivalent (FTE) positions.

The potential last day of operation of the pressroom and mailroom based on this notice is Friday, April 21, 2011.

Glacier Media remains committed to the newspaper business and the communities it serves and expects to maintain the strength of its publishing operations through focus and resource allocation to the core business disciplines.

It is with sorrow and sincere concern for our staff that we have reached these difficult decisions. We recognize the challenges that these decisions will provide to the individuals directly affected and their families, and extend our sincere thanks to them for their years of service.

It should be clear that we do not take these decisions lightly. We have worked hard to create a strong business in the interest of our employees, our readers, our clients and our shareholders.

While not as leveraged as some media companies, Glacier has debt and has few options but to reduce costs as a result of the loss of advertising revenue we have incurred during the recent economic downturn.

We do not anticipate that further significant adjustments of this type will be required but this is dependent on the length and severity of the current economic climate and its implications on our advertising revenues.

There is no joy in these decisions but a more secure future is promised through these actions for all of us.

–Tim Shoults, Publisher

Running a press these days clearly costs a newspaper money and, if you can have your paper printed elsewhere for less money, that seems to make financial sense—although it’s clearly not good for all those people employed in presses. In fact, it seems like something that was probably inevitable, at some point. I imagine it will affect deadlines at a daily paper, given that Vernon is 90 minutes away when the roads are good.

Given that it wasn’t too long ago that Glacier was talking about investing, the talk about cutting is worrying, as is the stuff about the current economic climate.

J-Source is hiring…in Toronto, of course

February 22, 2011 Comments off

Here’s an interesting job posting:

J-Source is hiring an associate editor. You only need a couple years of experience, but the job is based in Toronto and pays between $35,000 and $40,000 a year. More…

The Associate Editor is directly responsible for managing all content on J-Source, acting as both a reporter and editor as necessary. You will be linking to, writing and posting news, features and commentary about what is happening in Canadian journalism: resources to help reporters, writers and editors; professional practices, ethics and media law; how journalism is taught and studied; and, academic research on the profession and the industry. While the site is targeted primarily to journalists, our audience also includes researchers, professors, students and the general public. J-Source.ca and its French counterpart ProjetJ.ca are projects of the Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF) in collaboration with journalism schools and organizations across Canada.

I have just one issue with it:

I love J-Source, but it seems that this is one of those jobs that would allow for which telecommuting should be allowed. I’m not sure that we need another Toronto-centric media operation. I’m usually not a Toronto hater, but I think that Toronto tends to be over-represented in conversations in the media, about the media. (That said, things still aren’t as bad as in the United States, where New York really is the centre of the media universe). I think it would be good for the editor to live in a major Canadian city, but perhaps a city other than Toronto or Ottawa deserves a turn.

P.S. When I saw the posting, I thought “Oh, cool!” But the more I think about it, the less I would want the job. Seems like it would get depressing, after a while, to have to follow the journalism industry that closely (which, I guess, begs the question as to why I’m running this blog; but I prefer not to think about that).

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