From the communities of Meaford to Mississauga, Metroland Media reaches over 75 per cent of households in Ontario. For countless Ontarians, community newspapers are essential tools which operate as lifelines to local news and events which ultimately help to foster community cohesion.
Thanks to our sponsor, the Ontario Community Newspapers Association (OCNA) and their Executive Director, Caroline Medwell, we were able to learn a lot about the print media industry in Ontario. The Ontario Community Newspapers Association is a well-known non-profit industry association founded in Toronto in 1950 and now encompasses about 300 member newspaper associations across the province. Earlier this year, Ms. Medwell kindly escorted us to Metroland Media where we were able to explore their print houses and learn about how they reach over 5.6 million readers each and every week.
With the journalism industry changing so rapidly, we were fascinated to learn about the changes Metroland Media is making from the frontlines of their newsroom through use of digital media and also how their print publications have grown and continue to expand. In conjunction with our many discussions with members of Metroland’s team, we were able to see first-hand how much work, personnel and logistics it takes to produce GTA papers and package flyers distributed all over the province. As we walked through the mazes of giant paper rolls and climbed the stories-high printing press, we learned how Metroland Media continually does its best to reach each and every one of their customers to get them the news.
Thank you very much to Ms. Medwell and the team at Metroland Media for such a comprehensive and fascinating tour and thank you to the Ontario Community Newspapers Association for your continued support of the Ontario Legislature Internship Programme!