As the Alberta Tory leadership race heads down to the wire, visit edmontonjournal.com on Tuesday for a live online debate among the three contenders seeking to become the next premier. Doug Horner, Gary Mar and Alison Redford will all take part in the event, which runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, September 27. The Edmonton Journal’s political team will be on hand for the debate, in which a selection of questions from the public will be put to the candidates.
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.