Alberta media news, events, awards & personalities

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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Alberta Newspaper – The Weal, Grinding & Polishing Student Journalists in Calgary Since 1926

The-Weal NewspaperThe first issue of the Emery Weal newspaper, or magazine as it was called then, showed up on March 18, 1926 as a four-page bulletin highlighting the school’s events. One copy was printed and passed around. When this proved impractical, the Weal was printed as a tabloid and sold for five cents. Since then, The Weal – the second oldest campus newspaper in Alberta – has gone through a series of changes.

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Alberta Newspaper – The NAIT Nugget, An Outstanding Student Newspaper and Online News Site

Nait-NuggetThe NAIT Nugget has been the official student newspaper of NAIT since 1963 and has been complemented by an informative, interesting and well designed online news site since 2010. Designed to inform students and the NAIT community of campus news, sports and entertainment, it also features popular sections containing opinions, feature article and a forum for student commentary. The Nugget is the only print publication regularly distributed to the NAIT community. There are 2,599 copies produced throughout all NAIT campuses in high traffic areas and is available on the Nugget newsstands. 26 issues are published each year during the academic terms, from September to April.

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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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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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