Fort McMurray newspaper to publish less often more emphasis on website

Fort McMurray newspaper to publish less often, more emphasis on website by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 8, 2016 11:42 am MDT Last Updated Nov 8, 2016 at 12:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email A convoy of cars and trucks pass wildfires as they are evacuated from Fort McMurray, Alta., on highway 63 south of the city on Saturday, May 7, 2016. The newspaper that serves Fort McMurray is bracing for more change six months after a wildfire forced its staff to flee the northern Alberta city along with more than 80,000 other people. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. – The newspaper that serves Fort McMurray is bracing for more change six months after a wildfire forced its staff to flee the northern Alberta city along with more than 80,000 other people.Fort McMurray Today has announced it will only publish two times a week and focus more on posting stories to its website. It published six days a week before the fire.Managing editor Olivia Condon said a lot has changed since those chaotic days in May.“Our subscriptions list has completely changed since the fire,” she said. “Probably 2,000 of our subscribers no longer have homes.”Condon said the main reason for the publishing change is Postmedia Network Inc.’s (TSX:PNC) strategy of delivering news in digital formats.Fort McMurray Today is telling its readers that it will continue updating its website with news and information.Starting next week, the newspaper is to publish on Tuesdays and Fridays. A different paper featuring softer news is to be delivered every Thursday.When the city was shut down in May, Fort McMurray Today continued publishing a paper that was put together in Edmonton and distributed at evacuation centres. As grateful as evacuees were for the paper, Condon said, the biggest demand for news about the city was online.She said Fort McMurray Today is adapting to an evolving media industry. Since the fire, the paper’s hits from Facebook have increased tenfold.“For us, that really reinforced the importance of digital news,” Condon said.“Essentially, everyone has a cellphone or a laptop or access to the Internet. In this case, not everyone has a home where we can deliver this news directly to.”Sheldon Germain, deputy mayor of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, said the paper’s decision to publish less often could pose a problem for the community.But, at the same time, more people are going online to get the news, he said. During and after the wildfire, the municipality used its website and social media to provide residents with updated information.“We have had concerns with how to get information out,” he said. “Whenever you have a less active media, you have less opportunity to get information to the residents.”Brian Gorman, an associate professor of communications at MacEwan University, said what is happening in Fort McMurray is happening at newspapers across the country.He said it doesn’t matter if the news is published in a paper or digitally on a website. The real issue is how much local news content there is.“When these things dry up little by little by little you see nothing but imported news. You see wire copy. You see fluff,” he said. “You don’t see real coverage of what is going on in the community.”The number of days the paper is publishing is changing, but not its commitment to covering local stories, Condon said.“The city is in a complete state of flux. We are here. We get it. We are the community paper.”— By John Cotter in Edmonton read more

Will Robbie Williams sell 52k tickets for the Aviva Stadium

first_img Hells yeah (965) I might (497) Just to see Olly Murs (265) Poll Results: No way, (407) Updated 12.10pm*The capacity of the Aviva is 52k, not 65k as previously reported. Less people to push past to get closer to Robbie.WELL, IT LOOKS like Robbie Williams is back.At his zenith he sold out Slane Castle in 1999 and the gig was broadcast live on Sky One.Now the former Take That singer has announced a headline show at the 52,000 capacity Aviva Stadium this June, 14 June to be exact.Olly Murs will be supporting Robbie at the Aviva, and tickets go on sale next Thursday at 8am priced €69.50.Williams played at the Brits last night, singing his recent single Candy.Let’s take a nostalgic look back at that performance from Slane in 1999. Not bad for the man Noel Gallagher once referred to as “the fat dancer from Take That”…YouTube/HeyDudeloloHas Robbie Williams made a big enough comeback (his fourth or fifth comeback at this stage, surely) to sell 52,000 tickets? Will you be going? No way,Hells yeahI mightJust to see Olly MursVoteStop everything! Fleetwood Mac are coming to Dublin>7 examples of why pop fans are a bit bonkers>last_img read more