Tony Bishop still Alive & Kicking

Tony BishopWe just wanted to update all of you on Tony’s condition after his sudden cardiac failure on the morning of December 16, 2010.  He has just had an angiogram done this evening, and is tired but doing well.  We hope to have him home by Christmas, but we don’t know at this point if that is going to happen, but as soon as we know for sure, we will let all of you know.  In the meantime, if you would like to visit Tony, he is at the Royal Jubilee Hospital, in the new CCU on the 3rd floor.  Visiting hours are from 3-8pm, but please limit the number of visitors at a time, as they are very cautious of disturbances in his wing.  Thanks to everyone for your support during all of this, and we wish you the best of the holidays!

Dave & Charity Bishop

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Lennerton, Cameron Clyde

July 3, 1950 – December 14, 2010

Cam Lennerton

LENNERTON, Cameron Clyde July 3, 1950 December 14, 2010 It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of Cam Lennerton at Royal Jubilee Hospital in the early morning hours of December 14, 2010. Cam was predeceased by his mother, Tillie; and father, Clyde. Cam leaves to mourn his loving wife, Maureen; his beloved daughters, Joanne, Dianne, and Christine; and their mother, Terry; stepsons, Nick, and Mike (Chelsea); and two grandsons, David, and Cooper. Cam spent his childhood in Winnipeg. He started working as a paperboy for the Winnipeg Free Press, eventually moving on to an apprentice stereotyper. As a young man, he started adventuring on his motorcycle, travelling across the country and as far south as the Yucatan Peninsula, where he spent many months enjoying the warm sun and surf. In later years he entertained friends and family with great stories of his many adventures travelling on his motorcycle, and in his bus. He eventually moved to Victoria and worked in the Mail Room at the Times Colonist until his early retirement due to ill health. He enjoyed sailing the Gulf Islands for the last few years in his dream sailboat, and particularly enjoyed the voyages to Princess Louisa Inlet and Desolation Sound, a lifelong dream of his. Many, many thanks to the paramedics for their heroic efforts. A Celebration of Life will be held Monday, December 20, 2:00 p.m. at First Memorial Funeral Chapel, 4725 Falaise Drive, Victoria. 612840 

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The Future of Media Gradually Coming Into Focus


by: Larry Kramer

Suddenly there are a lot of moving parts on the media landscape. And what’s really interesting is that they all seem to be moving in the same direction. 

We have old media coming toward new media: Rupert Murdoch and Steve Jobs building an IPad-only newspaper.

We have new media moving toward old media: Gawker’s Nick Denton, Newser’s Michael Wolff, Talking Points Memo and Digg all changing their look to add curation and perspective to their pages, and make them behave more like traditional media, editors and all.

We have a huge example of old and new media merging to create, well, newer media: Tina Brown riding her Daily Beast up a steep slope to take over and merge with Newsweek………………  click to read entre story

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For Newspapers, the Future Is Now: Digital Must Be First

By Mathew Ingram Dec. 2, 2010, 8:21am PDT

As newspapers everywhere struggle to stay afloat and remake themselves for a web-based world, many continue to debate how much emphasis they should put on digital vs. their traditional print operations. John Paton, CEO of the Journal Register group of newspapers, says the time for debate is over. Newspapers need to be digital first in everything they do, he says, and more than that, they need to take the same approach to their businesses that many web-based startups have, and that means being transparent, crowdsourced, collaborative and flat. There’s no question; it’s an inspiring message, but will anyone listen?

In a speech he delivered Thursday at the Transformation of News Summit in Cambridge, Mass. (put on by the International Newsmedia Marketing Association or INMA), Paton said that the Journal Register — which he took over in February — has been living and breathing these principles for the past year, and they’ve paid off in terms of both revenue growth and profits for the company, which was effectively bankrupt last year. Paton says the Journal Register’s profit margins will be about 15 percent this year.

In effect, Paton says, the Journal Register — which publishes about 170 daily and weekly papers in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Connecticut, New York and New Jersey — is already a digital-first company whether it wants to be or not, because its total online audience is bigger than its print audience. “We are already a Digital company,” he said in his presentation, “with small sales in the area of growth and a burdensome cost structure on the declining business – Print.” The newspaper CEO said the company has dealt with that cost structure problem by outsourcing everything it can to others who can do it cheaper or better.

We are getting out of anything that does not fall into our core competencies of content creation and the selling of our audience to advertisers. Get rid of the bricks and iron [and] focus on core competencies — meaning, get rid of those things that don’t add value to the business. Reduce it or stop it. Outsource it or sell it.

What’s most interesting about the Journal Register’s approach is it doesn’t rely on putting up paywalls, the way that media mogul Rupert Murdoch has done at his newspapers in Britain — which led to a decline in online readership of more than 90 percent — and the way some other media outlets such as the New York Times are planning. Instead, Paton is focused on expanding the relationship his newspapers have with both readers and advertisers in their local communities, and taking that online. He says it’s working even better than expected.

Digital ad growth is 2 times better than the industry. More importantly the company’s digital revenue has grown from negligible to 11 % of ad revenue in November – in less than a year. The company will write about 1,000 digital ad orders this month and has expanded its revenue streams from about 13 basic revenue streams to about 60. And all of that with less costs.

In addition to the advertising growth, Paton says his papers are reaching out to the communities they serve, to make them part of what he calls the “new news ecosystem.” For one paper, the Register Citizen in Connecticut, that means creating a new community newsroom, which the newspaper is moving into later this month — the new offices have no walls, Paton says, and feature “a newsroom café with free public Wi-Fi, a community media lab and a community journalism school.”

The Journal Register CEO has also been taking the same approach to his own company: Earlier this year, Paton launched a project called ideaLab, in which employees from across the company were chosen from an open application process that generated almost 200 comments on Paton’s blog (his post about the lab is here). Armed with their choice of mobile phone, a netbook and iPad, members of the ideaLab get 10 hours of paid time per week to experiment and innovate — and only one rule, Paton said: There are no rules, and no sacred cows. Paton also had strong words in his presentation about why most newspapers aren’t changing:

The reasons… are simple: Fear, lack of knowledge and an aging managerial cadre that is cynically calculating how much they DON’T have to change before they get across the early retirement goal line. Look at the grey heads in any newspaper and you will see what I am talking about.

The solution, according to Paton?

Stop listening to newspaper people. We have had nearly 15 years to figure out the Web and as an industry we newspaper people are no good at it. No good at it at all. Want to get good at it? Then stop listening to the newspaper people and start listening to the rest of the world. And, I would point out, as we have done at JRC – put the Digital people in charge – of everything.

Whether anyone decides to take the Journal Register Co. CEO’s advice, it seems clear that the approach is working for Paton’s chain; he says in the year to date, the company outperformed the newspaper industry, with ad revenue growth three times better than the industry average, and classified ad performance that was six times better. Since costs have shrunk, profit margins have actually increased. On top of that kind of financial performance, it’s refreshing to see a newspaper publisher not just talk about going “digital first” but actually put his money where his mouth is. If you care about the future of newspapers and media, it’s well worth reading the entire presentation.

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