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Who are we?

The Quebec Community Newspapers Association (QCNA) is dedicated to the professional and economic development of English community newspapers and their enterprises serving minority communities in Quebec. Recognized as the official representative of Quebec's official language community newspapers by the federal and provincial governments, the public, and by the vast majority of Quebec's community press whether independent, corporate, or not for profit, the QCNA is as unique as the members it serves. The association's English and bilingual publications distribute weekly, biweekly, monthly and daily to some 384,000 readers across the province. These publications serve an exclusive English and bilingual readership in their communities through their focus on relevant local news and high editorial-to-advertising ratio. In fact, three out of five English-speaking residents read their local community newspaper.

The Quebec Community Newspapers Association provides advocacy, government representation, marketing and promotion for Quebec's community newspapers and, among other things, highlights newspaper challenges in official language markets and provides possible solutions and establishes partnerships that will benefit members and the association.

Our Vision

QCNA is the organization representing Quebec’s English-language media, upholding the highest standard of journalistic excellence.

Our Mission

Support and advocate for the professional and economic development of the news media serving the English-language communities of Quebec.

Facts to know about QCNA

  • QCNA is celebrating 40 years in serving the minority community in Quebec.
  • Our member newspapers reach 384,000 readers across the province.
  • QCNA has 23 full members and 7 affiliate members.
  • 52% of newspaper readers use both print and online service to access their news.
  • Quebec’s English-speaking community represents 13.7% of the total population.
  • More than 65 community newspapers* are supported by the Quebec Ministry of Culture and Communications and only 3 serve the English-speaking Quebec community.
  • QCNA has been recognizing journalism excellence with our Better Newspaper Competition for 39 years.
  • QCNA is one of the 7 mandated not-for-profit organizations, administering the Local Journalism Initiative program funded by Canadian Heritage.

Every successful organization needs a strong team!

QCNA’s team is consistently working at serving our members. Together they represent the industry and help the newspapers achieve sustainability. As a team their only objective is to help you achieve your goals!

QCNA consists of positions that are delivering the job as it should be done:

Executive Director

Executive Directors are tasked with creating business plans, overseeing day-to-day activities, improving performance, developing organizational culture, supervising the departments, reporting on revenue, and directing organizational strategy.

Administrator

The office administrator coordinates office activities and operations to secure efficiency and compliance to company policies. They also manage agendas /appointments etc. for the board meetings. Furthermore, they support budgeting and bookkeeping procedures and assist colleagues whenever necessary.

Sales and Advertisement coordinator

The Sales Coordinator is responsible for the sales process and coordinating requests between costumers and newspaper members of QCNA. All information on audited circulation, member information and pricing are coordinated by this person. The website is also updated regularly and our Sales Coordinator assures the accuracy of our member information and communication through social media.

Program Coordinator

The Program Coordinator is responsible for all direct contact with applicants, judges and recipients of the Local Journalism Initiative. Other tasks also include coordinating with various Newspaper Organizations, communicating with English speaking community Associations and preparing project deliverables for reporting to Canadian Heritage.

Event coordinator

The event coordinator is responsible for every aspect of event planning. Their main duties include selecting venues, determining the cost, arranging event services and monitoring member approval. Our event coordinator will also assist in the planning and preparations for the Annual AGM, GALA and Conference and all other programs that are under QCNA’s responsibility.

Board of Directors

Lily Ryan
President
Brenda O’Farrell
Vice-President
George Bakoyannis
Secretary-Treasurer
Nikki Mantell
Director
Michael Sochaczevski
Director
Sharon McCully
Director
Ethan Cox
Web-specific seat at the Board
Fred Ryan
Observer

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