Murray Skinner to receive Honorary Life Membership

Metroland Media Group president Murray Skinner will be honoured during the Canadian Community Newspapers Association’s (CCNA) 89th national conference with an Honorary Life Membership in recognition of his contribution and support of community journalism in Canada.

“Murray Skinner’s devotion to the newspaper industry for the past 39 years is outstanding,” CCNA President Coleen Campbell said. “His support and commitment towards the improvement of community newspapers in Canada is a benefit to all of us.”

Mr. Skinner was named president of Metroland in September 2000 and has been a part of the company for 33 years. Before being appointed as president, Mr. Skinner served as vice-president of marketing for 19 years, and previously worked in advertising and management positions at Thomson Newspapers.

In addition to his career at Metroland, Mr. Skinner is a director of Black Press, and a member of CCNA’s Distribution Committee, the Retail Advertising Club of Toronto, Advertising & Marketing Club of Toronto, Canadian advisory board for Canadian Circulation Audit Board, and a founding member of the Flyer Distribution Standards Association.

Metroland is the largest division of Torstar Corporation and produces 109 community newspapers within Ontario, publishing more than 4 million copies per week.

The award will be presented in Toronto during the CCNA Awards Gala on May 9 during the CCNA’s annual conference, Ink & Beyond. Visit the official conference website at for more information.