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Postmedia cuts 90 jobs, merges newsrooms in four markets

Postmedia, in response to a desperate need to cut costs and service its debt, cut 90 staff and merged newsrooms in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary and Ottawa.

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Tue, January 19 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Postmedia cuts 90 jobs, merges newsrooms in four markets

Review: John Stackhouse’s tour of duty through the ‘disruption’ years for newspapers

John Stackhouse started at the Globe and Mail newspaper in 1989, just as the really flush years of newspapers were ending. A very talented journalist, he rose through the ranks and became the logical heir-apparent when publisher Philip Crawley tired of editor-in-chief Edward Greenspon in the spring of 2009.

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Fri, January 1 2016 » * Big Picture Stuff, Media » Comments Off on Review: John Stackhouse’s tour of duty through the ‘disruption’ years for newspapers

The tablet-dominant era begins for La Presse

Monday through Friday delivery of a La Presse newspaper ends in Montreal on Jan. 1. For weekdays, if you want the news, you’ll need to get the app installed on your tablet.

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Wed, December 30 2015 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on The tablet-dominant era begins for La Presse

Two Quebecor newspapers drop their paywalls

From Fagstein (“No more paywall at the Journal de Montréal“): “Autre nouvelle importante”, it starts, burying the lead a bit: The Journal de Montréal announced on Wednesday that all content on its website will now be free. Ditto for the Journal de Québec. No more paywall on either site.

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Thu, December 17 2015 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Two Quebecor newspapers drop their paywalls

‘How much profit does Bell really need?’

The commentary’s subhead: “Bell Media’s recent round of newsroom layoffs is a reminder of the threat to journalism that corporate conglomerates pose.”

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Mon, November 23 2015 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on ‘How much profit does Bell really need?’

Some major casualties in the Bell Media layoffs

CBC pulled together a story listing who has been cut so far by Bell Media in the giant company’s quest to eliminate a total of at least 380 jobs.

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Thu, November 19 2015 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Some major casualties in the Bell Media layoffs

What does a veteran sportswriter do after he’s laid off?

Jeff Bradley had some great sportswriting gigs over the years, but it all came to an end on Jan. 15, 2013 when he was laid off. So what does a guy with 25 years of writing experience do to put food on the table?

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Mon, November 16 2015 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on What does a veteran sportswriter do after he’s laid off?

Three Sun newspapers to shut down?

Frank magazine had a possible scoop Saturday night: Postmedia to shut down dailies in Ottawa, Calgary and Edmonton. Frank Fact Postmedia, which lost $263.4-million last year, will fold the Ottawa Sun and the Ottawa Citizen into one paper in March. Likewise in Calgary and Edmonton. The Herald and the Sun will become one paper; The Journal will merge with the Edmonton Sun. Source: Reliable Postmedia’s ongoing losses and shrinking print […]

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Sat, November 7 2015 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Three Sun newspapers to shut down?

Bell Media to swing the scythe, cut jobs

From the Globe and Mail (“Bell Media to cut 270 jobs in Toronto, 110 in Montreal“): Ongoing cost-cutting at Bell Media will see the company slash about 270 jobs in Toronto and 110 more in Montreal by the end of November.

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Thu, November 5 2015 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Bell Media to swing the scythe, cut jobs

Postmedia cuts back on evening tablet coverage

The Globe and Mail is reporting that Postmedia is dropping its plans to roll out magazine-style tablet editions at its main newspaper properties, ones designed to serve an evening audience, and substituting a cheaper, simpler product that will provide day-long updates.

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Wed, October 21 2015 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Postmedia cuts back on evening tablet coverage