Tuesday, 31 May 2011
Posted by Toronto Sun Family at 15:57
Sunday, 29 May 2011
Where do you think this event (the Sun's 40th anniversary) might be held?
Betty's on King St.?
No Frills store/old pressroom?
The vacant Sun building?
The 40th could be the last hurrah for surviving Day Oners and others from the 1970s and the remaining glory years.
Certainly not for anything comparable to 20th anniversary celebration at the SkyDome, a Doug Creighton inspired affair Sun vets remember well.
Posted by Toronto Sun Family at 16:02
One source says having four sections instead of two saves Sun Media $300 per run per little paper.
"The bad news, one less local news page."
The required outside content must be annoying to community-minded Whig editors who want more space for local sports, news and entertainment.
Posted by Toronto Sun Family at 15:24
Friday, 27 May 2011
So we take comfort in knowing Ron Poulton's 1976 Life in a Word Factory is always at arm's reach for tales of the glory years.
It the Sun's first days, unsolicited money from readers kept arriving in the mail. Two boys spotted an open street box and carried the dimes it had spilled to the Sun office. Female readers baked batches of cookies and took them to the city room when word leaked out that some of the staff were too busy to get out to eat.
Posted by Toronto Sun Family at 03:07
Wednesday, 25 May 2011
"I know everyone is concerned about Brian," says Ron. "We all love him dearly. I'll let you know as soon as there is news . . ."
Posted by Toronto Sun Family at 01:29
Saturday, 21 May 2011
Shannon Price was doing it on her own with the growing support of friends, family, colleagues at three jobs she holds and strangers before print and online community newspapers published her story, followed by a CBC interview and a Halifax Chronicle-Herald story.
Congratulations to all who got involved. It warms the heart. Common sense does prevail when a community rallies and the media responds.
Now let's get young Chelsea to California for those multiple and potentially life-saving brain embolizations and surgery.
Posted by Toronto Sun Family at 04:19
Thursday, 19 May 2011
Bill Harris needs a helping hand.
Posted by Toronto Sun Family at 03:46
Tuesday, 17 May 2011
Posted by Toronto Sun Family at 14:50
The Minden Times earned second place in its circulation class for general excellence.
Posted by Toronto Sun Family at 02:01
As decades of front pages go, this one is the first with a story about a family member and we couldn't be more proud of the "community" in community newspapering.
It tells the fundraising story of a niece, Shannon, and her six-year-old daughter, Chelsea, as they count down the days to a June trip from Nova Scotia to California for Chelsea's multiple operations on a very rare brain disorder.
News of the community effort spread across the province with a Halifax CBC report Thursday.
Posted by Toronto Sun Family at 01:25
Monday, 16 May 2011
A CUNY website story says Paton's scholarship contribution is one of two by board of advisers members. A second scholarship was established by Roz Abrams, a New York TV news anchor vet.
Posted by Toronto Sun Family at 16:02
Worth repeating is this opinion piece by Chris Malette, city editor at Sun Media's Belleville Intelligencer, a runner-up in Friday's National Newspaper Awards for coverage of the Russell Williams crime spree.
The Intelligencer joined a list of newspapers to leave the National Newspapers Awards in Ottawa last Friday with runners-up honours for reportage of the Russell Williams crime spree. The Intelligencer team of W. Brice McVicar, Luke Hendry, Jason Miller and Chris Malette were in the running for an NNA for coverage of the Williams crimes, trial and conviction in 2010. So too were teams from The Toronto Star and The Globe & Mail.
None of us made it to the stage at the gala ceremony at the Canadian War Museum.
And perhaps, to some, that's fitting. It's a crushing disappointment to those of us who looked forward to winning the pinnacle of news awards for newspapers in Canada, of course,
While The Intell's team doggedly reported the stunningly horrific crimes of the former commander of CFB Trenton, doing so as so many newsrooms across the country have done - soldiered on with fewer of us doing the lifting - one gets the nagging feeling no one should achieve glory in any way associated with the deeds of such an animal as Williams.
Certainly, some of our readers expressed those exact sentiments in reaction to earlier announcements that the Intell team had been nominated for the NNA and the Ontario Newspaper Awards three weeks ago in Kitchener. We were runner-up there, as well.
For The Intelligencer team, it is only the third time in the 62 years of the NNAs that The Intell has been nominated for awards. In the past, photographer Frank O'Connor and writer Derek Baldwin, both now gone from The Intell, also took home finalist honours but not the big prize.
But, while some may wonder why journalists take pride in chronicling the gruesome stories of such a disgusting display of inhumanity, we look to this news prize as following in the footsteps of those who have been honoured for shining a light on corruption, exploring the human condition in words and pictures, covering wars and even the joyous moments of life in Canada as exemplified in the feature photography award Brandon Sun photographer Tim Smith, a smile-bringing image of young Hutterite kids playing atop a stack of hay bales as a rainbow breaks over their heads.
So, we thank you, our readers, in sharing our stories of the year from hell for many of us, but we are justifiably proud of the work our small but mighty band of young journalists have done.
In the words of the judges on The Intelligencer's work in the Williams coverage: "The Intelligencer's total newsroom coverage resulted in ground-breaking stories for a local newspaper in the face of massive big-city reporting."
As city editor, I'd take McVicar, Miller and Hendry over a newsroom full of high-priced metro daily reporters.
Posted by Toronto Sun Family at 02:46
Sunday, 15 May 2011
Posted by Toronto Sun Family at 15:04
In the sea of NNA winners and runners-up, the Belleville Intelligencer and Sarnia Observer were both runners-up in Local Reporting, the Intelligencer for coverage of the Russell Williams crime spree and Tara Jeffrey of the Observer for local stories about youth suicide.
Posted by Toronto Sun Family at 01:47
Saturday, 14 May 2011
"Everyone who met the Coach loved him. He often gave the impression of being the gruff editor, but deep down he had a heart of gold and loved to help out the young kids in the newsroom."
Posted by Toronto Sun Family at 16:27
Posted by Toronto Sun Family at 03:53
Thursday, 5 May 2011
Posted by Toronto Sun Family at 14:54
Ted Baxter would fit like a glove.
Posted by Toronto Sun Family at 02:20
Wednesday, 4 May 2011
Posted by Toronto Sun Family at 15:44
Posted by Toronto Sun Family at 01:15
Sunday, 1 May 2011
Thanks to Bill Sandford, TSF received the Star's notice content. We couldn't find a copy of the Saturday Star out this way yesterday. The $5 Royal Wedding special edition paper was sold out, as were most copies of the Globe and Mail and Post, with their front page wedding coverage.
That speaks to the mindset of newspaper readers yesterday.
Posted by Toronto Sun Family at 15:00
Saturday was a day of highs and extreme lows for Sun Media, winning some Ontario Newspaper Awards and experiencing some fierce negative feedback over the Jack Layton smear.
Posted by Toronto Sun Family at 02:43