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Alberta Newspaper: The Brooks Bulletin – Three Generations of Alberta Newspaper Publishers

brooks bulletinThe Brooks Bulletin, first published in 1910, was not the first newspaper to be published in Alberta. The now defunct Edmonton Bulletin, first published in 1880, holds this distinction. Nor is it the longest running newspaper in Alberta. This distinction is held by the MacLeod Gazette, Alberta’s second locally produced newspaper, first published in 1882 by two former NWMP officers. The distinction held by the Brooks Bulletin is that, but for its first year and a half of existence when it was published by the Brooks Board of Trade and edited by Bert Coultis and the years between 1929 and 1935, when it was owned by R. B. Williamson, the newspaper has been published by three generations of the Nesbitt family up to the present day, an extraordinary feat when most weeklies in Alberta are published by a few large media chains. Leonard Nesbitt was a pioneer in the Alberta weekly newspaper industry. He and his partner, James Sharp, had been reporters for the Calgary Herald.

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Alberta Newspaper: The Rocky Mountain Outlook

rocky mountain outlookThe Rocky Mountain Outlook has been publishing an award winning weekly newspaper since 2000 when three long-time Bow Valley residents – Larry Marshall, Bob Schott and Carol Picard – began serious planning for a new publication in the Canmore-Banff corridor, one that would cover all communities from Lake Louise to Kananaskis. Theirs was a novel idea for the day – a free distribution weekly that would put into the hands of residents and the area’s millions of tourists the news, entertainment and sports from the communities in which they lived and vacationed, and offer the area’s advertisers an effective vehicle to reach those visitors.

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Alberta Weekly Newspapers Shine at the 2015 Canadian Community Newspaper Awards

Community Newspaper Awards 2015On March 30, the Canadian Community Newspaper Awards were handed out in celebration of the very best in community publishing from across Canada. Alberta weeklies took home numerous awards, some many: the Rocky Mountain Outlook and the St Albert Gazette tied for winning the most – six each. The 2015 competition saw 264 publications from coast to coast submit over 2,700 entries representing their best work from 2014.

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Alberta Newspaper: Kerby News for the 55 Plus

Kerby News

Kerby News is a monthly tabloid newspaper for those 55+ in southern Alberta. Readers will find articles on a variety of topics such as healthy eating, fitness, and travel. Regular features also include reports from city hall, the provincial capital, and Ottawa. Circulation is 30,000 copies per month; 3,000 mailed to members and doctor’s offices and 27,000 distributed free at 522 stands throughout Calgary and southern Alberta. Subscription to the Kerby News is included with membership to the Kerby Centre. Non-members can subscribe for $25/year, including postage and GST. The editorial staff accepts submissions by writers and photographers. Story ideas are always welcome. If you have a story idea, please contact the editor.

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Postmedia to Acquire Quebecor’s 175 Sun Media English Titles for $316 Million

n_calgarysunPostmedia has announced it has entered into a partnership with Quebecor Media to acquire the company’s 175 Sun Media English titles. The involved titles include the Toronto Sun, Ottawa Sun, Winnipeg Sun, Calgary Sun and Edmonton Sun as well as the London Free Press and free 24 Hours dailies in Toronto and Vancouver. The deal also includes digital properties such as the Canoe portal outside of Quebec, as well as QMI’s Islington printing plant in Ontario and 35 real estate properties in Ontario, Alberta and Manitoba.

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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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