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Training & Professional Development

Members of News Media Canada can access numerous professional development and skills training options offered by the association and its partners. Click the links below to learn more about our educational initiatives.

To view the complete calendar of all upcoming webinars, click here.


Newspapertraining.ca is an education hub created BY community newspapers FOR community newspapers. This portal has been built with all newspaper staff in mind – from editorial and sales, to design and management. The industry is transforming and so are the skills needed work in and manage it. Stay up-to-date with articles, tips, videos, webinars, Q&As, expert interview, training modules and more. The goal of NewspaperTraining.ca is to create a forum where reporters, editors, sales team and publishers come together to share innovative ideas that help make community newspapers go-to sources of information for Canadians.

OnlineMediaCampus.comOnline Media Campus live and archived webinars

Online Media Campus offers live webinars and over 120 archived webinars at a low rate of $35 each. Click here for a list of topics and to register.

For archived webinars and certificate programs offered by Online Media Campus, click here.

Local Media Association Webinars

One of LMA’s highest-ranked services is their webinar series. Last year LMA had over 45 of them and their members rated these as some of the best in the business. Many of these are “Quick Bite” webinars that are just 30 minutes. All are recorded and available to you through our archives. Be on the lookout for emails announcing new webinars. The non-member rate is $59 per webinar, but media-association partners including News Media Canada get a special price of $29 per webinar. The webinar listings and registration can be found at https://www.localmedia.org/events/category/events/webinars/.

Anytime online training for journalists at Poynter’s New University

Poynter’s News University is one of the world’s most innovative online journalism and media training programs. It is open to journalists, bloggers, freelance writers, journalism students. Anyone who wants to improve their journalism-based skills. Choose your course and work at your own speed – some are free, others at a nominal charge: http://www.newsu.org/courses/

Courses are available in design, editing, ethics, leadership, multimedia and more.

News Media Canada has partnered with Local Media Association (LMA) to offer our members innovative sales training certification courses at a special discounted rate. The LMA online training program provides media salespeople with the skills and tools they need to progress from transaction-focused selling to true consultative selling. Participants will learn how to transform their sales relationships into collaborative business partnerships that produce dramatic, long-term and measurable sales results.

Courses have been designed by LMA in partnership with industry and training professionals. Suitable for both new and veteran newspaper sales personnel, these on-demand courses allow staff to learn at their own pace in the office or at home. Click here for more information »