Tag Archives: Winnipeg Sun

Winnipeg Sun to Cut Seven as Part of National Downsize

Seven positions will be eliminated at the Winnipeg Sun after Quebecor Inc. announced national layoffs on Tuesday.

Five copy editors and a sales representative are among the local cuts to the Sun Media newspaper. Barry Clayton, publisher of The Daily Graphic in Portage la Prairie, was also let go.

The cuts will also result in the closure of two production facilities in Ottawa and Kingston, Ontario. About 100 people will be affected.

Nationally, the layoffs represent a trimming of 10 percent of Sun Media’s staff in an effort to save $45-million annually.

Quebecor also plans on putting up paywalls on its newspaper websites in the coming months.

The Winnipeg Free Press laid off seven of its newsroom staff in a round of cuts in September.

— Staff

Winnipeg Sun, CBC Seeking a Few Good Hires

The Winnipeg Sun is on the hunt for two multimedia journalists to add to its Church Avenue newsroom.

The newspaper also acts as the Winnipeg bureau for Sun News Network, the recently-launched all-news channel under Quebecor Media.

Qualifications of the gig include being able to adapt to emerging trends in multimedia reporting, including video, blogging and effective social networking. Superior writing and interview skills, along with being comfortable in front of the camera are also a must.

The deadline to apply for both positions is November 4, 2011.

— — —

CBC/Radio-Canada is looking for a host for “The (204)” show on CBC Radio 1. The program showcases Manitoba music and includes some coverage of the Manitoba arts and culture scene.

A few qualifications include three years of broadcast or comparable and relevant hosting/performing experience, strong on-air performance skills, strong on-air personality, and proven interview skills.

The deadline to apply for the position is November 8, 2011.

— — —

In the non-broadcast category, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights is hiring a full-time production artist. Deadline to apply is October 30, 2011.

City, Winnipeg Sun Partner in $125K Bus Stop Deal

The City of Winnipeg and Winnipeg Sun have formed a partnership under the Sponsor Winnipeg program which will allow the newspaper to place its vending boxes at 20 high-traffic Winnipeg Transit bus stops.

The Sun is making a $125,000 contribution of “in-kind services” to the city under the deal.

The in-kind contribution will consist of advertising in the Winnipeg Sun, to enhance the city’s ability to provide information to Winnipeggers.

City council will still need to fully approve the initiative.

Sponsor Winnipeg allows businesses to further brand themselves, while helping the city generate additional revenue.

Tamara King Named Winnipeg Sun’s New Crime Reporter

Former CJOB radio reporter Tamara King has found a new home at the Winnipeg Sun.

King previously worked at the Sun from 2005-2007, and will be taking over the very busy crime beat.

She replaces Chris Kitching, who moved to Toronto a few weeks ago, and was most recently crime reporter.

The Sun also named Sébastien Perth the paper’s new city editor.

Winnipeg Sun Prepares Staffers for TV News Studio

With the launch of Sun TV News and the addition of Winnipeg-based national broadcaster Charles Adler, the Winnipeg Sun is revamping its newsroom to make way for the new TV studio.

In an internal e-mail to reporters and photographers — and obtained by ChrisD.ca — Editor-in-Chief Stephen Ripley outlines numerous plans for how staff will be working when the studio comes to fruition.

“With the imminent arrival of Sun TV news (and to meet our own increasing needs), we will be expected to shoot video at every opportunity,” Ripley said. “This means every story, every presser, every scrum, every face-to-face interview, every photo op. This doesn’t mean the footage will always be cut into a finished video … it just means we’ll have that option and we’ll be able to archive it for future use.”

Dubbed “Sun Media’s editorial transformation project,” the newsroom floorplan will also be redesigned, with the objective of pushing employees out of corners and cubicles.

The news gathering process will also be tweaked, making staff start earlier to identify stories for the following day’s paper and online. “For instance, if we like something in our morning meeting, we might tell a reporter that’s all he/she will be working on, perhaps adding sidebars, graphics, opinion, video and other online-only elements,” the e-mail goes on to say. “We’ll bring photographers into the loop earlier to get them working on a powerful front-page image to sell that day’s splash.”

“We will gladly sacrifice commodity news and back-of-the-section stories in order to have a decent splash each day … something to differentiate us from the competition.”

The Sun says they will continue to focus on areas they believe resonate with its readers, including “crime, wasting of tax dollars, the encroachment of the nanny state, promoting Winnipeg, sticking up for the little guy … and anything fun.”

A Sun insider tells us construction on the studio should begin within the next week or so.

Sun TV News is expected to launch early next year.

Front Page Photo in the Making

Front Page Photo in the Making

That’s Winnipeg Sun photog Marcel Cretain doing his work … and that’s a little girl enjoying her ice cream.

Winnipeg Sun - Ice Cream

The finished product made for a cute summertime shot on Sunday’s front page.

Submitted photo by Matt Cundill

Miss Lonelyhearts Moves Advice Column to the Free Press

Miss Lonelyhearts - Maureen ScurfieldTime to get your letters ready. Miss Lonelyhearts (Maureen Scurfield) will make the move from the Winnipeg Sun over to the Winnipeg Free Press effective Monday, June 15. Scurfield’s column has been ever-popular for dishing out advice on anything from love and relationships, to complicated life issues.

It’s nice to see her write for a real newspaper.

If you need any advice, Miss Lonelyhearts can be reached by writing to lovecoach@hotmail.com.