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Paper Thin: Deathwatch for Alberta’s Big-City Newspapers by Ian Gill for AlbertaViews Magazine

AlbertaViews MagazineJanuary 19, 2016—call it Black Tuesday—Postmedia Corporation merged its Sun newsrooms with those of the Journal in Edmonton and the Herald in Calgary. That day, 35 staff in Edmonton and 25 in Calgary lost their jobs. More cuts would come. In October Postmedia announced buyouts and layoffs on the heels of another corrosive fiscal update. Black Tuesday wasn’t just about wrenching layoffs. The newsroom mergers—a mushing of distinct journalistic formats, cultures and audiences—heralded the end of Alberta’s big-city newspapers as we had known them. 

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Edmonton’s Literati to Launch Anthology and Salon Series to Mark Canada’s 150th Birthday

Canada-15-AnthologyIn 1867, the Fathers of Confederation put pen to paper to draft a plan uniting the colonies into a single federation. Nearly 150 years later, Edmonton’s literary community will pen new stories to examine this historic anniversary. Edmonton Community Foundation is collaborating with LitFest and Eighteen Bridges magazine on an anthology and salon series to mark Canada’s sesquicentennial. Edmonton Community Foundation (ECF), LitFest (Edmonton and Canada’s only nonfiction literary festival), and Eighteen Bridges (a national literary magazine based in Edmonton) have joined forces to launch, High Level Lit: 12 writers musing on YEG for Canada150.

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“Journalism in a Crisis” Brings Academics and Journalists Together to Talk About Journalism’s Future in Canada

Journalism in a Crisis“What kinds of journalism do we think are worth protecting, and what are we willing to do to protect them?” Christine Crowther said that was the starting point for a new book, Journalism in Crisis. Crowther, a former CBC journalist who now teaches part-time at Carleton University, is one of the six editors of the volume. The book brings together more than two dozen academics and individuals working in journalism to examine what’s happening in Canada right now, and offer specific strategies for change. Crowther said while concerns about the health of the media are nothing new, the situation is increasingly dire. We’re recognizing that we’re heading for a cliff, and if we don’t do something we’re going to go over this cliff,” Crowther said

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Alberta Book – Farm Workers in Western Canada: Injustices and Activism

Farm-Workers-in-Western-CanadaFarm workers are the faceless multitudes driving agriculture production. Many workers—men, women, and children—are injured and even killed at work. In nine essays, contributors to Farm Workers in Western Canada published by the University of Alberta Press look at the origin, work conditions, and precarious lives of farm workers in terms of larger historical forces such as colonialism, land rights, and racism. They also examine how the rights and privileges of farm workers, including seasonal and temporary foreign workers, conflict with those of their employers, and reveal the barriers many face by being excluded from most statutory employment laws, sometimes in violation of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

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Submissions Now Open for The City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize 2016 Until December 31

writers-guild-of-albertaIn conjunction with the Writers’ Guild of Alberta (WGA), The City of Calgary is preparing to celebrate another successful year with The City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize. Writers from The City of Calgary and their publishers are invited to check out and submit to this year’s award. The Calgary Awards recognizes outstanding achievements and contributions by individuals and organizations in the community. 

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Marilyn Jones, Edmonton, Alberta ABOUT ME
I am Marilyn Jones, a news junkie with a penchant for publishing, politics, communications, gardening, hiking, reading, the arts and training nonprofit organizations in media relations and social media communications in Alberta (BA in English with Honours, U of A; Master of Publishing, SFU)

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