Following the co-management agreement signed by the Canadian Newspaper Association (CNA) and the Canadian Community Newspapers Association (CCNA) in May 2008, changes have been made to The Publisher, a now joint newsprint magazine published 10 times a year by the associations. Previously distributed to and aimed at community newspapers, The Publisher now includes stories about the daily newspaper business in its editorial mix. Copies of the January 2009 issue were also posted to CNA members for the first time.
“[T]he process only affirmed our belief that Canadian newspapers—no matter how small or large—share common interests and face common challenges,” writes chief executive officer John Hinds in his editorial column.
The first issue of the revamped publication carries stories on digitizing back issues and the fate of press clubs, a Q&A with Hamilton Spectator managing editor Jim Poling, and columns on grammar and technology.
Though the CNA /CCNA publishes a number of websites and e-newsletters, including the weekly News on News, which was launched last year, Hinds notes, “The Publisher is a vital affirmation of the print product in a time when publishers are busy seeking and discovering new opportunities in digital publishing. That’s why, despite our websites and e-newsletters, we still want to deliver some of the news the way you do—in print. For The Publisher, the medium really is the message.”