Alberta media news, events, awards & personalities

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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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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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)