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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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Alberta Newspaper: Rocky Mountain Outlook from Canmore, Alberta

R M OutlookThe Rocky Mountain Outlook was launched in Canmore by three Canmore residents in 2001 and now published by Black Press since 2005. I found the history of the publication on their website interesting as it describes how technological advances and human effort combined to create a small and soon-to-be award-winning and desirable weekly newspaper in Canmore, Alberta.   According to their website, “In the autumn of 2000, 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.

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Alberta Winners at the Canadian Community Newspaper Awards

oCanadian Community Newspaper AwardsNewspapers Canada announced the winners of the 2013 Canadian Community Newspaper Awards. The annual awards program features 33 unique categories honouring outstanding editorial, photography, multimedia and overall excellence in community newspaper publishing. The 2013 competition saw over 250 non-daily publications from coast-to-coast submit 2,222 entries representing their best work from 2012. This year’s new category for News Feature Photography received 110 entries.

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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)