Mack Male (aka Mastermaq pictured here), Karen Lynch (Volunteer Alberta), Elsie Stoltz (Edmonton Journal), Franco Savoia (YMCA), Todd Cranshaw (CKUA) and ten or so other community leaders have been choosen to serve as the advisory panel for the Edmonton Journal’s new online community newsroom set to launch on September 29, 2011. [Launch since moved to the last two weeks in October 2011]. The advisory panel was selected from 96 people who responded to their invitation to become part of their community advisory group. The panel is tasked with making sure The Journal is listening, learning and finding even more ways to interact with their readers and to find new ways to tell stories, take photos or videos, and produce quality journalism, whatever the platform. There will be more opportunities for others to participate, including the soon-to-be-launched community newsroom and their expanding blog network. If the pilot project proves successful, Postmedia plans on rolling the community newsroom concept out to their other papers across Canada.
Founded in 1961, in the centennial year of Alberta’s oldest permanent settlement, The St Albert Gazette is a newspaper published twice weekly that has chronicled the lives of residents and events for St. Albert and the Sturgeon area for 50 years. From their beginnings as an eight-page 8 1/2″ x 11″ community newsletter to today’s twice-weekly, full-color tabloid, they focus on providing readers with award-winning journalism in every issue. Their advertising, creative and news teams have collected more than 200 industry honours in the past 20 years. The Canadian Community Newspapers’ Association has named them the best newspaper in the country in 2000, 2001, 2005 and 2008.
Come September MacEwan will rebrand their student newspaper from Intercamp to The Griff with a nod to their athletic teams, The Griffins. The student newspaper began as a newsletter in the early 1990s when MacEwan was still a community college. This name Intercamp reflected and united the four individual campuses that make up MacEwan. When MacEwan dropped community from its name in 1999, Intercamp was being published as a full-fledged newspaper. MacEwan has come a long way since then, and to celebrate this evolution, they decided it was time the student newspaper followed suit. See the rest of the posting by Jenny Feniak, former events reporter for the Edmonton Sun.
Rivalry is bad for business. That’s the lesson learned in the wake of the recent merger between Edmonton’s former newsstand foes, alternative weekly newspapers SEE Magazine and Vue Weekly. British Columbia publisher Bob Doull bought Vue, an independent paper, from old friend and founder Ron Garth in January 2011. Garth has been Vue’s publisher since its inception in 1995. Then in May, Doull acquired SEE from St. Albert-based Great West Newspapers LP. The company, headed by Duff Jamison, also publishes the St. Albert Gazette, among others.
Energize Alberta Newspaper
Energize Alberta is the product of three publishers: JuneWarren-Nickle’s Energy Group, Farm Business Communications and Great West Newspapers, all owned by Glacier Media Inc. According to its website, “Energize Alberta is a new publication all about energy.” The newspaper is distributed bi-monthly to more than 180,000 Albertan businesses and households. Its estimated readership is more than 500,000, including 130,000 rural Albertan households and 40,000 farmers. Energize Alberta is also distributed at nearly 50 trade shows and conferences annually. Stephen Marsters is the paper’s publisher and editor. Energize Alberta aims to “…examine the energy landscape through three key lenses: petroleum, power and renewables…and all the content will link the three key components of the ‘Triple E’ equation (energy, the economy and the environment).” The January/February 2011 cover stories are “Team players” – a story about former pro athletes such as Calgary Flames captain Lanny McDonald and Saskatchewan Roughrider Dan Rashovich, who moved on to careers in the oil and gas industry – and “Safety first”, which discusses how to reduce workplace incidents in the industry. There is also a feature on “Five visionaries who changed the path of the oilsands industry” and each issue contains a list of the top 10 current energy stories. Readers can connect to Engerize Alberta through its website (www.energizealberta.com) and on Twitter (www.twitter.com/energizealberta).
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