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The Gateway U of A’s Campus Newspaper to Morph to Online Delivery and Monthly Features Magazine

GatewayAfter 106 years as a campus newspaper, The Gateway is gearing towards a new model, which will prioritize digital and online content. The Gateway plans to cease the printing of their weekly student newspaper as of the April 6 issue in order to focus on online production and publish a print monthly features magazine. The content and stories that would have packed the print newspaper every Wednesday will now be optimized and prioritized for consistent, daily online consumption in the 2016–17 publishing year. According to an article published in the Gateway, Cam Lewis, the Editor-in-Chief for the 2015–16 publishing year, said the move away from the newspaper product and adjustment towards an online product should be viewed as a triumph in the changing media landscape.

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Postmedia Cuts 60 Jobs at Edmonton Journal, Edmonton Sun, Calgary Herald and Calgary Sun and Merges Newsrooms

Postmedia Job CutsManaging editor of the Edmonton Journal, Stephanie Coombs, announced on January 19 that she and editor-in-chief Margo Goodhand were leaving the newsroom. Donna Harker, managing editor of the Edmonton Sun as also given notice today. Word on the street is that there will be 90 more more layoffs by Postmedia Network as a result of their purchase of the Sun Media chain of newspapers and the merger of newrooms across the country.

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The Lethbridge Herald, Publishing News in Southern Alberta Since 1905

Lethbridge-HeraldThe Lethbridge Herald is a daily newspaper now published jointly by Continental Newspapers and Glacier Media. It began its life as the Lethbridge Weekly Herald in 1905. Shortly after the launch of the Weekly Herald, William Ashbury Buchanan bought a half interest in the paper, and by the end of 1906 was its sole owner. In December 1907, Buchanan launched the Lethbridge Daily Herald while the weekly continued as a separate paper until 1950. Buchanan died in 1954, and his son Hugh Buchanan took over and in 1959 sold the paper to F.P. Publications. In 1980, Thomson Newspapers bought F.P. Publications, and in September 2000, sold it to Horizon Publications Inc., owned by David Radler, Conrad Black’s former business partner at Hollinger.

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Red Deer Express Reporting Community News in Red Deer Since 1946

RedDeerExpressPublished by Black Press with 24,000 issues circulated every Wednesday, the Red Deer Express has been a source of local and community news since 1946. Besides the typical inclusion of community news, sports, lifestyle and real estate, the weekly newspaper includes detailed event listings in their newspaper and an even larger list of events on their online event calendar for which they invite submissions from community organizations. Current and back issues of the newspaper are available on their website. 

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Postmedia Network Now the Largest Digital News & Newspaper Organization in Canada

Postmedia NetworkPostmedia Network closed the $316 million deal for 173 Sun Media publications from Quebecor, creating the largest newspaper organization in Canada. The now own all Sun Media’s properties in Alberta including Calgary SunEdmonton Sun, Fort McMurray Today, Grande Prairie Herald Tribune along with 33 weekly newspapers and publish all the daily newspapers in Alberta except for the Red Deer Advocate (Black Press), and Lethbridge Herald and Medicine Hat News (both by Alta Newspaper Group). 

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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)