Sunday, February 07, 2016

Student magazine editors at BCIT suspended for leaking email telling them not to publish a story

Two student editors at the magazine of the BC Institute of Technology were suspended from their duties for leaking an email asking them not to publish a report about an alleged voyeurism case. According to a story from the Canadian Press, Lindsay Howe and Jessica Fedigan say they were suspended by publishing manager Dan Post on behalf of the student association. He said an accusation of a man accused of filming students in a campus washroom was a "non-news story". The email was then published on the BCIT broadcast news website. 

CTV Vancouver reported that a 23-year-old man was accused of using a cellphone to record fellow students at the school's main campus in Burnaby last November. 

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Evangelical youth magazine Love is Moving launched

The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, a national charity, is launching a new, bi-monthly magazine Love is Moving, aimed at Canadian Christian youth. It was test-marketed as a digital edition for two years and now 20,000 print copies will be distributed nationwide, bundled with  EFC's magazine Faith Today for a joint subscription price of $29.99 a year. 

The content of each issue will include a four-page journal section, derived from an app-based curriculum used by church youth groups. The EFC said in a release it is investing in this new initiative in order to cultivate the spiritual health of the next generation. It found in a 2011 study that: only one in three young people who attended church still do; among those who have left the church, 50% no longer identify with the Christian tradition; and that "youth and young adults agree that experiencing the power of God's love is crucial for developing a lasting faith."

Friday, February 05, 2016

Megaphone magazine is successfully taking it to the streets of Vancouver

[photo: Mark Gryski/CBC]
Megaphone magazine launched in 2008 in Vancouver. According to a CBC.ca report, some 30 street vendors will be out selling the magazine to passersby, marking International Vendor Week. And the story reports that 164 vendors made a total of $125,000 last year from their cut of sales.
"They work hard, they work through rain and snow and heat, and today and this whole week is really a chance for us to say, you guys are amazing you do incredible work, and we want to support you," said Sean Condon, executive director, who says that circulation of such street papers is actually growing during a time when traditional newspaper circ is in decline.

Mag world view: Dawn of PubWorx; Hemingway's g-granddaughter almost nude; Rupert's recession; Big Vogue (UK)

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Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Annex sells two metalworking brands to U.S.-based FMA

Annex Business Media of Simcoe, Ontario, one of the leading b2b publishers in Canada, has sold two of its brands -- Canadian Metalworking and Canadian Fabricating and Welding -- and said it intends to combine them with its existing Canadian brand, Canadian Industrial Machinery. The titles are two of the 16 manufacturing and industrial brands that have been part of the Annex portfolio.

According to an FMA release
"The addition of 110-year-old Canadian Metalworking (CM) and the new offering Canadian Fabricating & Welding (CFW) gives FMA the leadership spot in Canadian metalworking media, and advances FMA’s service to all of North America. The publications will be run by FMA’s new Canadian subsidiary, FMA Communications Canada (FMACC).
“Relative to publishing in the Canadian manufacturing sector, this merger provides a long overdue consolidation of publications serving the Canadian metalworking industry,” states Mark Hoper, vice president of media & expositions at FMA. “The consolidation of talent and resources into the new CM/CFW publication will provide Canadian manufacturers and equipment suppliers with a new, unmatched publication serving the Canadian manufacturing industry.”
Rob Swan, formerly the associate publisher of Canadian Metalworking; will become publisher of Canadian Fabricating and Welding and Rob Colman will be editor. Jim Gorzek, the current FMA communications director of sales and marketing will take over as publisher of Canadian Metalworking. Kathleen Fitzgerald, now associate pblisher of Canadian Metalworking, will continue her sales presence for the publication.

Of the current FMA Communications editorial team covering Canada, Joe Thompson becomes editor of Canadian Metalworking, and Sue Roberts is now associate editor of both publications. Dan Davis remains editor in chief of all FMAC media products.

Annex Business Media President & CEO Michael Fredericks said:
“We think this is a good move. We are able to sell two excellent products to a team that solely focuses on fabricating and metalworking. Much as we will miss our two colleagues, they will continue to grow in the sector they know so well and continue to make great contributions to the industry.”

AAM to report multi-title digital mag programs like Texture as paid subs

Catching up with the growth of unlimited-access digital magazine programs such as Texture (formerly Next Issue), the Alliance for Audited Media has added a new circulation category to its menu of metrics. It means that sales through such sites as Texture will be reported as paid subs rather than newsstand or single copy sales. The new category will be reflected in the June 2016 AAM reports on the first 6 months of 2016.

AAM statements and its online database will include key usage metrics such as:
  • Average number of total requests by paid subscribers to receive a digital issue 
  • Average number of times issues were opened
  • Unique and total opens
"Establishing AAM qualification criteria for these digital programs helps legitimize the innovative work of the consumer magazine media industry over the last several years,” said Sue Roberson, SVP and general manager of consumer marketing and revenue, Time Inc. “It’s a step forward as we continue to extend our brands to new digital channels and platforms.”
The AAM board is also is ready to launch new products, including an ad block detection capabililty, helping publisher to understand the impact of blockers and include the data in the Site Certifier product which verifies key website metrics from Google and Adobe Analytics.  

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Co-founder and ex-editor of The Walrus claims it doesn't live up to conditions on its
charitable status

The CANADALAND news site has published an extraordinary interview with the co-founder and former editor of The Walrus, Ken Alexander. Among other things, he states that the management lied to his family's Chawkers Foundation (which fundamentally financed its creation) about the magazine's circulation and that the magazine's foundation failed to live up to the  undertakings made to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) in order to obtain its precious charitable status. 

With no way of knowing what's provoked this, and without comment yet from the publisher, it can only be suggested that you read the article and listen to the podcast and come to your own conclusions. 

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Editors' Choice Awards nominations are open

The Canadian Society of Magazine Editors (CSME) is now accepting entries for the Editors' Choice Awards, presented annually to celebrate high-quality work of editors within the Canadian magazine industry. 

Entry deadline is March 4. Winners will be announced at the gala event on June 8, during the MagNet conference. Entry is free to members of CSME.
Winners in each of the Small (under 50,000), Medium (50,000 to 149,999) and Large (150,000+) circulation categories, as well as the Trade and Custom magazine categories, each earn the right to use the Editors’ Choice Award logo on their cover for a year. There are also awards for Best Tablet, Best Website Editorial, Best Front of Book, the Jim Cormier Award for Display Writing, Best Art Integration and, of course, the coveted Editor of the Year.

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The Atlantic wins mag of the year; New York wins multiple "Ellies" in U.S. national magazine awards

The Atlantic won magazine of the year in the U.S. National Magazine Awards, presented last night. New York magazine was the only multiple award-winner. Of note in the event were two particular things: the growing presence of digital publications among award-winners; and the standing ovation for David Granger, who is departing as editor of Esquire after 19 years.  Taking home the essays and criticism prize. Granger quipped: "I'm so happy about this that I'm just going to quit." 
  • New York (magazine section, website, multimedia and general excellence in news, sport and entertainment;
  • Vice News, video award (2nd year in a row);
  • The Hollywood Reporter (general excellence, special interest  -- 2nd year in a row);
  • BuzzFeed News (public interest);
  • The Califorian Sunday Magazine (photography);
  • Eater (leisure interests);
  • Family Fun (personal service);
  • The Intercept (columns and commentary);
  • Lucky Peach for general excellence, service and lifestyle);
  • Matter (reporting);
  • Politico (feature photography);
  • Oxford American (general excellence, literature, science and politics);
  • Wired (design);
  • Bloomberg Businessweek (single-topic issue);
  • The New Yorker (feature writing);
  • Esquire (essays and criticism);
  • Zoetrope (fiction)
(The awards, dubbed the "Ellies" because the prize comes with an elephant trophy sculpture created by the late Alexander Calder, were made to 18 different print and digital publications).

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Ryerson Review of Journalism will continue in both print and digital form

It has been decided after a thorough review* that the Ryerson Review of Journalism is to continue as a multi-platform magazine, including an annual print edition. A note to readers from Ivor Shapiro, the chair of the Ryerson School of Journalism and the publisher says that there is a recognition that the Review is "a serious asset for students' career preparedness." 

Occupying a lot of the conversation about what the RRJ should be like in future, the outcome was pretty much what might have been predicted. The loyal readers of the magazine want to see continuation of  the annual print edition as a sort of anchor tenant for a menu of digital offerings ranging across a variety of platforms such as social media, a digital edition, a blog, a podcast and a regular e-letter. In other words, it is not an either-or proposition, print or digital, but an "audience-first" approach.

Students value the RRJ as a laboratory for learning the business. The challenge is for Ryerson, its students and those loyal readers to find a consistent and sustainable way to pay for it. It means that more readers/supporters than the current roughly 300 subscribers need to step up. (As a canny slogan of The Nation magazine used to put it "It's not enough to just subscribe to our principles.") It also means that part of being on the staff will mean asking for those orders; expanding the magazine's audience and hustling for donations.

Among the expectations coming out of the review is that students on the RRJ masthead will now be given a set publishing budget made up by the school, part of the students' ancillary fees, donations and subscriptions and that the students will be expected to make their own decisions on how to grow and spend that budget. There will also probably be more collaboration between the RRJ and  the J-Source, produced by the Canadian Journalism Project and housed in the same offices right next door. 

Readers of this blog know that I am a subscriber and have been a booster and proponent for the RRJ for a long time and that I think it is a very important venture holding the magazine and wider publishing business to account.  The annual does outstanding research, reporting and writing and if the people in this business know what's good for them, they'll see that it continues to do so. It's very much needed.  

[*Disclosure: I was one of the people consulted during the review.] 

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Mag world view: Apple news app to offer subs; Meredith merger RIP; trust in journalists up; calling native "paid"

Tom Gierasimczuk, publisher and GM Vancouver and Western Living, director of Creative BC

Creative BC, a non-profit organization launched in 2013 to promote creative industries in the province, has made a number of appointments, including selecting Tom Gierasimczuk, Publisher and GM, Vancouver Magazine and Western Living as a director. He'll be a voice at the table representing the magazine industry and, it would be hoped making sure that magazines receive their fair share of provincial funding. 

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Alberta mag awards and seminars;
registration now open

Registration is open for the Alberta Magazines Conference and awards gala, March 3 - 4. Among the sessions offered are
  • Workshops: two hands-on workshops: learn 10 ways to become a better writer with Gary Ross, or find out how to get noticed on Instagram with Gwendolyn Richards and John Halliday
  • Keynotes: Michael Wilson, design director at Popular Mechanics, Jeremy Keehn, digital editor at the New Yorker, and Ryan Dohrn, founder of Brain Swell Media on Friday
  • Breakout sessions: Learn what it means to be the deputy creative director of Bloomberg Businessweek with Tracy Ma, how to incorporate video with Cottage Life editor-in-chief Michelle Kelly, or how to develop a digital editorial toolbox with former Walrus digital editor Matthew McKinnon. 
The gala is on Friday evening. Final deadline to purchase gala tickets and final deadline to registster for the seminars is Feb 25.  

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Mag world view: Grace-ful exit;SI layoffs; Slice of Onion; Buzzfeed east; App-ing Quartz

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Celebrating the Cripple Punk movement

Broken Pencil, the magazine of zine culture, is next week publishing an issue that features the Cripple Punk movement. The cover story is by Sidney Drmay, the coordinator of RyeACCESS at Ryerson University in Toronto. The cover shows (click to enlarge) rad disabled punk Kate Mokus. The movement speaks out for and represents the disabled in terms that we rarely see in mainstream magazines. 

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Monday, January 18, 2016

CSME event briefs about best free online tools

The Canadian Society of Magazine Editors (CSME) is having one of its occasional events on February 3; this time talking about the best free online tools that will save editors money and time and drive engagement with readers. Presenters will be Lauren Reyes-Grange, Digital Engagement Manager at Maverick, an integrated marketing communications agency that’s as smart as it is bold, and Graham Scott, a self-described “media geek” and Deputy Editor for Canadian Business

Wednesday, February 3, 2016, 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., Nespresso Boutique Bar, 159 Cumberland St. (in Yorkville), Toronto. Cost: $15 for members, $20 for non-members (or $20 and $25 at the door)

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[Updated]Penthouse [NOT] discontinuing print edition

[This post has been updated] Penthouse magazine, the raunchier cousin of Playboy, has decided to stop print publishing and provide its content only in digital format.
"Reimagined for the preferred consumption of content today by consumers, the digital version of Penthouse magazine will combine and convert everything readers know and love about the print magazine experience to the power of a digital experience," said FriendFinder Networks in a statement reported by The Wall Street Journal.
Men's or "lad mags" have found it almost impossible to compete with the adult content that can be found free online. Playboy, for instance, recently said it was discontinuing full nudity since anyone with a laptop could find more on the internet.  

The move to digital means the closing of Penthouse's New York offices (moving to Los Angeles, hq of the FriendFinder Networks). 

[Update: Penthouse says now that it is NOT discontinuing its print edition and that its announcement about the digital edition was misunderstood. 
"To answer what was picked up in the press, obviously the mainstream press doesn't read down to the bottom of press releases," said managing director Kelly Holland. "We never suggested that we were stopping Penthouse's print publication."]

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Sunday, January 17, 2016

Mag world view:Brooks heads MPA; Buzzfeed censured; Good for Good Housekeeping; Investigative, yes; IDG on the block

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