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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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Alberta Newspaper: Sylvan Lake News

Sylvan Lake NewsThe Sylvan Lake News first published Oct. 31, 1935. The weekly newspaper serves the town of Sylvan Lake and surrounding areas, east to Red Deer and west to Benalto. Each Friday it publishes 7,350 copies. Located in central Alberta, 18km west of Red Deer, Sylvan Lake is a community of 11,000 people. The economy is influenced by the town’s largest attraction the lake. The population swells in the summer with an influx of vacationers, cottage owners and visitors from around the world. Growth of regional businesses, an increasing number of seasonal residents, and its proximity to Red Deer’s job, recreation and shopping markets are benefits Sylvan Lake enjoys. The Sylvan Lake News places its emphasis on local events and happenings while offering local businesses an opportunity to advertise to their target-market customers.

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Alberta Newspaper: Windspeaker, Canada’s National Aboriginal News Source

WindspeakerWindspeaker, Canada’s National Aboriginal Source for news, issues and culture is a magazine owned and operated by the Aboriginal Multi-Media Society (AMMSA) based in Edmonton, Alberta.  Launched on March 18, 1983 – the “AMMSA Newspaper” as it was titled – was focused on serving the readers of northern Alberta exclusively. The publication was officially renamed Windspeaker in 1984. Distribution was a modest 5,000 copies every two weeks. Over the next 5 years Windspeaker continually expanded to serve readers in a growing service area that included all of Alberta and then western Canada. In 1993, on the publication’s 10th anniversary, Windspeaker was positioned to become Canada’s first truly national Aboriginal publication. The editorial focus was expanded and a network of freelance writers and staff was established throughout Canada. Distribution was increased to 20,000 copies.

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Alberta media personality: Fish Griwkowsky, Visual Arts Columnist, Edmonton Journal

Fish-GriwkowskyFish Griwkowsky is an award-winning journalist, writer, illustrator and filmmaker based in Edmonton. He’s shot and directed numerous videos for bands including Twin Fangs, Wet Secrets and two for Corb Lund – including the lead-off video Gettin’ Down on the Mountain for the country singer’s No. 1-in-Canada album, Cabin Fever. He also photographed the album’s imagery. Working with director Trevor Anderson, Fish filmed short doc The High Level Bridge on a $100 Sony webcam, which went on to Sundance, Cannes, Brooklyn Rooftop Film Fest, sxsw, Dawson City Film Festival and won an honourable mention at AFI in Hollywood. Werner Herzog called it, “Very accomplished filmmaking,” while Matt Groening said of it, “It’s great!”

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Alberta Book > Weekly Newspapers in Alberta: Writing the First Draft of History

Alberta Weekly NewspapersWeekly Newspapers in Alberta: Writing the First Draft of History by Wayne Arthurson and published by Folklore Press (2012)  is a chronicle of the first newspaper publishers in Alberta. It opens with Frank Oliver, and the publication of the Edmonton Bulletin on December 6, 1880 and ends with a chapter on the St Albert Gazette, voted the Best Community Newspaper in Canada in 2012 by the Canadian Community Newspaper Association. The book places community newspapers at the centre of history in the development of cities, towns and communities in Alberta. Through hands on experience while working at the Olds Gazette and the Didsbury Review and through archival research and oral histories with the sons, daughters and friends of newspaper pioneers, Wayne Arthurson weaves an interesting story Alberta’s history from the first newspaper published in Alberta to the newspapers of the present day.

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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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