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A Brief History of Newspapers in Alberta, Canada and Beyond

NewspapersOne of the earliest publications that could be described as a daily newspaper appeared in Rome around 69 B.C. It was a primitive news sheet called Acta Diurna (acts of the day) and described the activities of the Roman Senate. Marco Polo, after his 13th century journey to the Orient, returned to Europe with the idea of the court gazette, thought to be the oldest continuing newspaper in history, since it did not disappear in China until early in the 20th century.

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Postmedia Announces Vanessa Hrvatin as the Recipient of Michelle Lang Fellowship in Journalism

Vanessa-HrvatinStarting November 27, 2017, Vanessa Hrvatin is spending the first six months working at the National Post in Toronto before spending the next six months of the Fellowship working at the Calgary Herald. With a Master of Journalism degree from the University of British Columbia and a Bachelor of Science degree, Honours Environmental Science with a Specialization in Biology from Queen’s University, Ms. Hrvatin was previously a freelance journalist contributing content to Maclean’s, The Tyee, and the Globe and Mail and others. 

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Alberta Newspaper — The Red Deer Advocate

D-Red-Deer-AdvocateThe Red Deer Advocate is a daily newspaper in Red Deer, Alberta. Published by Black Press, the newspaper was first established in 1901 as the Red Deer Echo, changing its name to Alberta Advocate in 1903 and Red Deer Advocate in 1906. Originally it was a weekly newspaper issued on Fridays. The Advocate now publishes daily, from Tuesday to Friday as the Monday edition was dropped late in 2016, with the slogan “Central Alberta’s Daily Newspaper”.

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Alberta Weekly Newspaper Association Announces Alberta Newspaper Awards for 2016

AWNA-AwardsOn May 27, The Alberta Weekly Newspaper Association announced the winners of the ‘Better Newspaper Awards’ at its annual conference. In its category, the St Albert Gazette was the big winner of the night with six first place wins, two second place and five third place wins. Taber Times was the big winner in its category with three first place and one second place wins. Chris Colbourne, shooting for the St. Albert Gazette, walked away with three photography awards. His and other award winning photos are featured below.

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AWNA to Hold 97th Annual AGM, Convention, Symposium and Alberta Newspaper Awards

Symposium-2017-webThe Alberta Weekly Newspaper Association’s 97th Annual Convention will be held this year from June 1 – 3 at the Grey Eagle Resort and Casino in Calgary. The convention tees up (pun intended) on Thursday, June 1 with the Bing Crosby Memorial Golf Tournament.  On Friday, June 2 the Convention runs during the day and the Awards presentations that evening.  On Saturday June 3, the Professional Development Symposium runs throughout the day and the Presidents’ Banquet wraps things up in the evening. 

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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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