Our Services

Newspaper Training

Seminars are available to BCYCNA members and are available online. These seminars are created by leading newspaper professionals, and include skill development for employees.

Ma Murray Awards

For more than 90 years, the BCYCNA has hosted the Ma Murray Community Newspaper Awards (formerly called the Better Newspapers Competition), an annual awards event to celebrate the achievements of our member newspapers. The popular awards celebrate all aspects of newspaper production, including publishing, reporting, editing, advertising, photography, community contribution and website design. It’s the event of the year for community newspapers!

Government Relations

One of the BCYCNA’s most important functions is to act as a voice on legal and regulatory issues concerning the community newspaper industry. We liaise with government and industry representatives to improve the profile of our industry, and to address our interests with organizations like the Worker’s Compensation Board and the Ministry of the Attorney General. We also address national issues, such as postal rates, through our involvement in the CCNA (Canadian Community Newspapers Association).

Advertising – Canada’s #1 Classifieds and BCY’D Display Ads

Whether you’re looking for a new employee or have something to sell, Community Classifieds help you expand your audience. Just send your ad to one of our member newspapers and we’ll publish it in 107 community newspapers around BC and Yukon. It’s easy and costs a fraction of the cost you would pay to book the ads individually. You can choose from a regular classified ad or an enhanced BCY’D Display ad.

Display Advertising

Display Ads are a fantastic way to reach the widest audience possible, using more than just a text ad. BCY’D Display Ads can be placed in more than 100 newspapers across B.C. and the Yukon. Send us your print-ready ad or have us design it for you!

Place Classifieds

Community classifieds are your way to expand your audience. Your ad will be seen in more than 100 community newspapers across BC and Yukon, at a fraction of the cost of posting each ad individually.

Browse Classifieds

Check out the latest classifieds and display ads! Everything from employment, educational opportunities and services, located at the touch of a button.

Press Release Distribution

You have a story to be told, so target the right media to tell it! Our press release distribution will target the editors of community papers all across the BC and Yukon – all with one email!

BCYCNA Wire Service


The BCYCNA is committed to the advancement of the newspaper industry. Each year we offer scholarships to college and university level journalism students, encouraging the bright and talented of BC and the Yukon to work in the community newspaper industry. The BCYCNA also judges, in association with Langara College, an annual award to help a woman attend the Certificate Program in Journalism at Langara College in Vancouver. This scholarship is provided through the generosity of the late Evelyn A. Caldwell, known to generations of newspaper readers as “Penny Wise.”

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The Penny Wise Journalism Scholarship for Women is presented in association with Langara College. An annual award to help a woman attend the Certificate Program in Journalism at Langara College in Vancouver, this scholarship is worth $2,500 and is provided through the generosity of the late Evelyn A. Caldwell, known to generations of newspaper readers as “Penny Wise.” Information and application deadline for next year’s Penny Wise Journalism Scholarship will be announced in February 2017.


The scholarship is open to any woman who:

  • is at least 19 years of age
  • is a resident of BC
  • can demonstrate an interest in journalism – usually in the form of clippings from high school, university, or community newspaper
  • and/or who is a community newspaper employee with less than one year of experience


Applicants must submit:

  • a transcript of high school or, if applicable, college/university grades
  • a 1,000 word essay on why she wants a career in journalism
  • samples of published work
  • a current resume
  • A supporting letter from teachers, editors, or publishers may enhance your application.


Submit your full application by email to
Peg Fong, Assistant Chair, Langara Journalism –

For more information on the program, visit http://www.langara.bc.ca/programs-and-courses/programs/journalism/