The memory of award-winning Winnipeg Free Press columnist Lindor Reynolds will be preserved through a new bursary at the University of Winnipeg.
The newspaper worked with the UWinnipeg Foundation to establish the Lindor Reynolds Youth-in-Care Tuition Waiver Bursary, a program pioneered by the university to ensure that former foster children can achieve their dreams and pursue a post-secondary education.
The bursary currently stands at $23,020 and reached its $10,000 goal is just one week.
Longtime Winnipeg Free Press columnist Lindor Reynolds has died after a 15-month battle with brain cancer.
Reynolds passed away Thursday evening at Riverview Health Centre. She was 56.
Free Press editor Paul Samyn delivered the news Friday morning via Twitter.
Reynolds was only 17 when she began working at the daily newspaper as a proofreader. She returned after finishing university and was hired as a columnist, later going on to win numerous awards, including three citations of merit for the Michener Award for Meritorious Public Service in Journalism, a distinguished alumni commendation from the University of Winnipeg, and was named the YMCA/YWCA Woman of Distinction.
The province’s largest newsroom is a little smaller after the Winnipeg Free Press laid off seven of its staff on Tuesday.
Five reporters, an online editor and a copy editor were let go in the layoffs, which were first made public on Twitter late this afternoon.
“Well, the newspaper layoff party train just moved into the Winnipeg Free Press, and I got a front row seat. So uh, anyone want to hire me?,” former reporter Melissa Martin tweeted.
The news kept getting worse from there, as social media reporter Lindsey Wiebe, music writer Rob Williams, sports writer Adam Wazny, deputy online editor John White, arts writer Alison Mayes and web paginator Mark Lowe.
The cuts, said to be based on seniority as outlined in an agreement within the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada, account for about an 8% reduction to the newsroom’s staff.
A request for comment from Free Press publisher Bob Cox wasn’t returned.
The Manitoba chapter of the Canadian Public Relations Society will delve into what makes the Winnipeg Free Press News Café a success on Wednesday.
During a luncheon at the Fort Garry Hotel, the Free Press’ John White, Deputy Editor Online, will talk about the objectives and goals of the café, and where it’s headed in the future.
“I’ll be talking more on the big picture vision for the café and how we want to involve the community in the process of news gathering, to give them a voice and to better the understanding of journalism,” White said in an e-mail.
Since opening in March, the café has become a hubbub of activity in the city’s Exchange District situated at 237 McDermot Avenue.
Besides the plentiful offerings on the menu of a traditional café, the space acts as a gathering place for many to come and discuss the day’s events and chat up their favourite journalists pounding away on keyboards. A window looking out on the street also acts as a backdrop to the many live events streamed to the Free Press website, as performers and guests take to the small stage just left of the entrance. Most recently, the province’s political party leaders sat down at the café leading up to the October 4 election.
To register for Wednesday’s luncheon (11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.), visit CPRS.mb.ca. Prices are $25 for members, $35 for non-members and $20 for students.
Tania Kohut returned to the Winnipeg Free Press on Monday, reassuming her role as video host for the newspaper’s web presence.
Tania will be fulfilling duties out of the yet-to-open Winnipeg Free Press News Café on McDermot Avenue.
Before leaving at the end of October, she anchored the live civic election coverage on the Free Press website, and narrated the exciting action of the infamous River Heights traffic circle, but her short-term contract wasn’t renewed until now.
Winnipeg motorists were flanked down Wednesday morning during a campaign to raise funds for local adult literacy programs.
Staff at the Free Press were trading special orange copies of the paper for donations to the Raise-a-Reader campaign. Twenty-seven other newspapers and media outlets across Canada also participated.
Volunteers were out hitting the pavement at 24 locations across the city, and Adam Taylor and Drew Kozub from CURVE 94.3 were helping spread the word during a live remote at the Tim Hortons at 1510 Pembina Highway (left).
All money raised locally stays in the community to support literacy programs.
The national Raise-a-Reader campaign has raised $15 million for literacy in Canada since it began in 2002.
A new radio show put on by the Winnipeg Free Press will debut later today on 92.9 KICK-FM from Red River College’s downtown campus.
“Stop the Presses” is a weekly show from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. every Wednesday that looks at the biggest news stories of the week, featuring commentary from the paper’s reporters, columnists, and callers.
Hosted by John White, Deputy Editor Online, and reporter Melissa Martin, the first show will feature a slew of guests right out of the gate. Kevin Hnatiuk of New Media Manitoba will be on air to discuss the Apple iPad, and Morley Walker will look at the publishing implications of the new device.
Also on the agenda will be Tuesday night’s City Council meeting in Glendale, Arizona on the issue of the Phoenix Coyotes lease deals, and Darren Ford from JetsOwner.com.
During Thursday night’s media scrum with Winnipeg Blue Bombers chairman Ken Hildahl regarding that whole firing situation, a coincidental on-screen ad appeared on the Free Press’ live stream.
The advertisement for personal background checks — supplied by Google — conveniently appeared as Hildahl said, “The (people) that we put into both of these positions we want to be rock solid, solid moral background.”
Former coach Mike Kelly apparently had a clean criminal background.
Here’s how newspapers can make more money — the Amazon Kindle.
The Kindle — for those unfamiliar — is a hand-held wireless device from Amazon that made its debut in Canada on Tuesday. The device has been popular in the U.S. for a few years now and allows bookworms to download thousands of book titles from Amazon’s digital store, including novels, magazines, newspapers and blogs. The Kindle holds 1,500 titles and relies on WiFi to obtain new material, but can be read offline once the data is downloaded.
More than 90 newspapers are available for purchase or subscription on the Kindle, including all of Canwest’s major daily papers. Also available is the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph (U.K.) and the Washington Post.
With newspapers constantly on the hunt for new ways to revolutionize their product and get it in front of more readers using today’s technology, could the Winnipeg Free Press soon be read on the Kindle? We posed that question to the newspaper’s publisher, Bob Cox. “The Free Press has an electronic edition that is widely used, especially in schools, through conventional web access on desktop and laptop computers. We expect to be able to make it available via electronic reading devices in the future. We do not yet have an agreement to be offered through amazon.com on the Kindle,” Cox told ChrisD.ca in an e-mail.
“Like all newspapers, we look forward to being able to reach a more widespread and mobile audience through such devices,” Cox added.
About 300,000 books, including bestsellers, will be made available to Canadian readers, Amazon said. The Kindle costs $259 U.S. on the company’s website.
This would make for a great Christmas gift if anyone is feeling generous towards a certain local blogger. Just sayin’.