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A Brief History of Journal Le Franco Newspaper in Alberta

Le Franco AlbertaIn 1898 the first Franco-Albertan newspaper in Western Canada was founded. By 1928, six French newspapers emerged. Not all had the same longevity and some were successful outside the borders of the province, for example, the newspaper L’Union founded in 1917 was, “one of the top ten independent newspapers in French Canada,” according to Le Devoir. Despite its reputation, the differences between the leaders of the newspaper L’Union and the newly founded French Canadian Association of Alberta (founded in 1926) resulted in the disappearance of the L’Union in 1929 and the founding of a new journal LS Alberta, which then became the official publication of the French Canadian Association of Alberta. The new newspaper, LS Alberta, was launched on November 16, 1928. 

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Winners of 67th National Newspaper Award Nominations to be Announced at Gala in Edmonton on May 27, 2016

NNA-Wordmark-2015Toronto’s Globe and Mail leads all entrants in the 67th National Newspaper Awards competition with 19 nominations. Montreal’s La Presse has seven finalists, the Toronto Star six, the Winnipeg Free Press five, the Ottawa Citizen four, the Canadian Press three, and the Calgary Herald, Brandon Sun, Hamilton Spectator, Montreal Gazette, National Post, Reuters and the Saskatoon StarPhoenix with two each. Ten other organizations received one nomination each.

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Alberta Newspaper: The Gauntlet, University of Calgary’s Campus Newspaper Since 1960

The GauntletThe Gauntlet is the official student newspaper of the University of Calgary, published since 1960 most Thursdays throughout the year by the Gauntlet Publications Society, an autonomous, incorporated body. Membership in the society is open to undergraduate students at the U of C, but all members of the university community are encouraged to contribute. Editorials are chosen by the majority of the editorial board. Letters must be typed, double-spaced and received by Monday at 4 p.m., and must include the author’s name, student ID number, telephone number and signature.

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Help Support J-Source Expand their Journalism Coverage in Alberta and Across Canada

J-SourceJournalism in Canada is evolving and J-Source, produced by a collaboration of post-secondary journalism schools and programs led by Ryerson University, Université Laval and Carleton University and published out of Ottawa, wants to promote national discussion about that evolution, as well as provide a source for news, research, commentary, advice and resources for industry professionals, scholars, students and anyone interested in journalism in Canada.

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Alberta Book: Eye Opener Bob: The Story of Bob Edwards & Journalism in Early Calgary

EyeOpenerBobForty-six years later these words still ring true: there has since been no book that has brought to life early Calgary the way that Eye Opener Bob does. Perhaps more importantly, it’s the closest we’ll ever get to Robert Chambers Edwards—Eye Opener Bob —the irrepressible editor of Calgary’s most singular newspaper, and the city’s most singular denizen. Bob Edwards was a true Canadian original, the prototypical hard-drinking, pull-no-punches editor of the Calgary Eye Opener—at the time the largest paper between Vancouver and Toronto, with a circulation of over 30,000 copies. A paper with the power to elect or dethrone governments, to bring the mighty CPR to reform its ways, and to skewer the pretensions of society like few before or since.

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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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