Alberta media news, events, awards & personalities

Camrose Booster Newspaper Co-Founder Berdie Fowler Made Things Happen

Berdie-Fowler From Edmonton Journal by Bill Mah, October 19, 2013: “When B.H. (Berdie) Fowler co-founded a small-town newspaper with her husband, it was his dream, but it became her lifelong passion. The co-founder and editor of the Camrose Booster filed her last weekly column just a few weeks before she died on Sept. 24 at age 93.

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Alberta Newspaper: The Calgary Journal

Calgary JournalPart magazine, part newspaper, The Calgary Journal is published by the journalism students at Mount Royal University. Students write stories, edit content, take photos and create the layout for this award-winning community newspaper that serves the City of Calgary. (It won the 2010 Peacemaker Award for North American newspaper excellence from the Associated Collegiate Press). Published monthly in print and several times a week online, the Journal can be found on newsstands across Calgary. 

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Alberta Newspaper: Whitecourt Press, “a Newspaper Like No Other”

Whitecourt PressA month or so ago, I received an email from a publisher of a new weekly newspaper in Alberta, the Whitecourt Press. She wanted me to include her new newspaper in the Alberta Media Directory. I wrote her back and asked her a few questions which she quickly answered. I was particularly interested in her publishing background and what inspired her to publish a weekly newspaper in a relatively small town in which another weekly newspaper, The Whitecourt Star (now owned by the Sun Media/Quebecor), had been publishing since 1961. Had she worked for them and then decided to start her own newspaper? What made her decide to be a go-it-alone publisher? Had she worked for or published a newspaper before? How did she finance the start up phase? This is the response she sent by email:

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AWNA Celebrates Award Winning Weekly Newspapers in Alberta

AWNA Weekly Newspaper AwardsThe Alberta Weekly Newspapers Association (AWNA) encourages excellence by sponsoring an annual provincial competition to celebrate the achievements of its member newspapers. Newspapers compete against other newspapers of similar circulation for special awards in such categories as editorial, photography, advertising and special promotion. The 2012 Better Newspapers Competition Awards of Excellence were presented by the AWNA at their annual general meeting and convention held in Edmonton on June 7, 2013. And the winners are…

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Alberta Newspaper: The Senior Lifetimes, written by seniors for seniors

Senior Lifetimes NewspaperThe Senior Lifetimes newspaper has been published by Edmonton’s Town Hall Media since the fall of 2010. What makes Senior Lifetimes different from the Edmonton Senior, the only other Edmonton newspaper designed to appeal to the 60 + crowd is that all the articles are written by readers. The articles typically reflect the brighter side of life by readers sharing life experiences, memories and advice with others. Town Hall Media called it Senior Lifetimes “because it’s about the times in the lives of those of us who have the richest and deepest pool of memories to draw from.” They print 10,000 copies four times a year and circulate the newspaper for free at senior centers, legions, libraries, community and bingo halls, shopping centers, doctor’s offices and other high traffic areas. Advertisers can request a bundle of newspapers be delivered to a location of their choosing.

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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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