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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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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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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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