Monday, 21 April 2008

Odds & Ends

A Canadian Press story in the Toronto Star yesterday said Sun Media had laid off 16 editorial employees in November "as it continued the technology-driven centralization of its newspaper group's operation." Say what? News to us. Who and where?

The dawn of a new day tomorrow marks the first anniversary of the lockout and strike at the Journal de Quebec in Quebec City. No celebrations for the 252 Sun Media employees involved, who continue to publish the free weekday tabloid MediaMatin while waiting for Quebecor to resume talks.

The Edmonton Sun is the first Sun Media newspaper that we know of to provide links to award winning photographs in online stories. Bravo. It's about time. The same should apply to all award winning Sun Media photographs, stories, features and columns.

The Toronto Sun lost its dedicated pressroom employees and on site presses at 333 King Street East when operations recently moved to Quebecor's new plant in Islington. But on the positive side, employees gained a couple of dozen precious parking spaces in the loading dock area.

Why are Andy Donato's editorial cartoons not always in colour?

A TSF reader left a comment about our 2 Tracys posting saying there is nothing wrong with a freelance reporter filing to more than one newspaper. True, but how may freelance writers use different last names for their bylines? Are we alone in thinking it's odd?

The Toronto, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Calgary and Edmonton Suns are participating in this week's Gutenberg Media Grab, with media providing discounted online space in support of adult literacy in Canada. The online sale of media space runs through Friday.

Out Calgary way, Glen Wheland, former assistant managing editor at the Calgary Sun, has been hired by Hill & Knowlton Canada as account director. The firm deals with "crisis communications clients." Is that like dealing with reporters at deadline?

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