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Village Media Bulletin: May 2023 Update

All posts 10 May 2023

It’s wonderful to be in May, one of the most beautiful months of the year! ☀️

From new partnerships and events to industry awards, there's a lot to cover in this month’s newsletter.

As always, our aim with this monthly update is to keep everyone informed and engaged with what's happening in our Village. We want to celebrate our successes, share important developments and recognize the hard work and achievements of our team members.

We also want to thank all of you for your dedication and contributions to Village Media’s success. Your hard work and commitment are what make us a standout in our industry and we are grateful to have you as part of our team.

So without further ado, let's dive into our May newsletter and see what's been happening in our Village!

What's new?

Welcome to the team

A warm welcome 👋

Say hi to the new team members who joined us in April, including:

BurlingtonToday reporter Julie Slack

The Trillium senior account executive Linsey Raschkowan

Village Media data journalist Patrick Cain

We are excited to have you on the team!

A new partnership leads to a LOT of growth for the Village Network 📱

Black Press Media

We are thrilled to announce our latest partnership with Black Press Media.

The partnership with Black Press, a renowned publishing company with a strong presence in both Canada and the US, will enhance the delivery of local news in over 120 communities as they move their sites to our Villager platform.

The collaboration significantly increases the scale of the entire Canadian network, which is now able to execute national advertising campaigns, sponsored content and conduct market research, while paving the way for new models of sustainable local news operations.

Once the migration of the Black Press sites is complete, we will have 150 Canadian and 50 US sites operating on our platform, making us one of the largest Canadian local news networks on a common platform.

First Community Builders Awards in Orillia a hit with the community!

The winners of the inaugural Orillia Community Builders Awards
OrilliaMatters celebrates its inaugural Community Builders Awards winners

Months of planning and coordination certainly paid off for our inaugural OrilliaMatters Community Builders Awards.

It was a room full of appreciation, positivity and vision at the awards reception, which celebrates the extraordinary individuals and organizations making significant contributions to Orillia.

The community came together to support the awards in a big way - from submitting nominations to helping judge the nomination packages to generously sponsoring the awards.

Our team also came together to ensure the first year was a success. A sincere thank you to the crew of Villagers whose terrific work helped make the event a hit!

To watch the winners’ video features as they roll out on OrilliaMatters, visit our CBA section.

Charlie Pinkerton and Jessica Smith Cross receive well-deserved recognition from World Press Freedom Canada 🌟

World Press Freedom Canada | Liberté de la Presse Canada

To commemorate UNESCO's World Press Freedom Day each May, World Press Freedom Canada (WPFC) honours the recipients of its Press Freedom Awards.

World Press Freedom Day celebrates the fundamental principles of press freedom, evaluates press freedom around the world and defends the media from attacks on their independence.

At this year’s World Press Freedom Day Luncheon, The Trillium's Charlie Pinkerton was awarded a Certificate of Merit for his work. Charlie broke the story of Greenbelt developers attending the wedding party of Ontario Premier Doug Ford's daughter. He resigned from his job at QP Briefing, which is owned by iPolitics, over interference. The Toronto Star subsequently published the story.

WPFC also commends former QP Briefing editor (and current Trillium editor-in-chief) Jessica Smith Cross who also resigned over the interference.

Congratulations, Charlie and Jessica! This is a well-deserved acknowledgment of your meaningful work.👏

Villagers honoured at annual Better Newspaper Competition 🎊

BNC 2022 - Better Newspapers Competition

A big congratulations to our Voice of Pelham/PelhamToday team for winning big at this year's Ontario Community Newspaper Association’s Better Newspapers Competition!

They took home two gold, two silver and one bronze award at the annual awards program. The wins include a first-place finish for editor Dave Burket for Best Editorial and Feature Writing (the latter of which is shared with reporter Don Rickers and former Pelham Herald/Voice editor Carolyn Mullin).

At the same awards, two of our own were inducted into the Ontario Community Newspaper Association’s Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame recognizes and celebrates individuals who have made exemplary contributions to Ontario’s community newspapers.

Congratulations to Abbas Homayed and Village board member Michael Atkins on this honour.

✨ Spotlight on sponsorships ✨

Group shot of the Village head office team, plus Brett Luft via laptop.
The Village head office team (and Brett Luft via laptop) gathers to celebrate a donation to purchase vital medical equipment for the Sault Area Hospital

Collingwood Skating Club posing on ice
CollingwoodToday sponsored the Collingwood Skating Club's 70th-anniversary show

April showers didn’t slow down the community events we sponsored last month, including:

Youth Haven Shelter, Angus Pop-Up Market, Events by Morey Made

Clean Green Beautiful North Bay, Global Tourism Film Festival

Colorado Tartan Day Festival

Rotary Club of Burlington North

Cystic Fibrosis Canada Gala fundraiser

Collingwood Skating Club

Global Tourism Film Festival

Friend of Front Range Community College/community partner

The Guesthouse Shelter, Georgian Bay Cancer Support Centre

Women and Children's Centre of York Region

Rotary Club of Fonthill

Global Tourism Film Festival, One Stop Christmas Show Spring Fling, Northland Chorus Barbershop Annual Show
Global Tourism Film Festival, Sudbury Home & Lifestyle Show

Global Tourism Film Festival

ICYMI: Spreading kindness in Bradford and Guelph

BradfordToday's Gary Assis surprises Coach Damion and Mr. Edwards with a Random Act of Kindness surprise

Our teams were busy planning surprises for deserving community members last month, with two new Random Acts of Kindness features hitting our sites in April.

If you haven’t yet, read about our surprise of two stellar high school basketball coaches in Bradford and a special birthday delivery for a thoughtful caregiver in Guelph.

Take a look at our current opportunities 📣

We are hiring search box

We have nine open job postings to peruse 👀

Pawesome Villager of the month 🐾

Reese, the ten-year-old chocolate lab

Meet Reese! 🐶 He’s a ten-year-old chocolate lab named after his mom’s favourite treat. 🤗 Not only can he rock a pair of bunny ears, but he also has the uncanny ability to seek out the ONLY mud puddle in an entire forest! 🐾

(Proud pet-parent: Nikki Cole)

We'll see you again in June!