Friday, April 17, 2015

Rogers Media president Keith Pelley leaving to run worldwide golf tour organization

It was announced today that Keith Pelley, the President of Rogers Media, is leaving the company this summer to become the Commissioner and CEO of The European Tour -- a huge, international golf tour featuring 48 events in 26 countries. A company release said:
During his tenure, Pelley repositioned the media business to address the changing media landscape. He reorganized the media division, breaking down silos to function in an integrated manner across the diverse portfolio of assets; he led the push to digital across the publishing brands; launched shomi and Next Issue in Canada; launched Sportsnet magazine to make Sportsnet the only five-platform sports media brand in the country; and expanded the reach of the company's TV assets to deliver world-class content to more Canadians. He joined the company in August 2010. 
Guy Laurence, the president and CEO of Rogers said:
"Keith has done a tremendous job for the company over the past five years and I'm delighted for him and his family. He's been a key player on the NHL file and has done a terrific job of reinventing the way Canadians experience the NHL. Under his leadership, Sportsnet is on the cusp of becoming the number one sports media brand in Canada." 

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Canadian Business Media decides to get back into member services for b2b sector

After three years in which it solely concentrated on administering the Kenneth R. Wilson Awards and appeared to get out of the membership business, Canadian Business Media (CBM) -- previously Canadian Business Press (CBP) -- has announced it will once again be a membership service-based trade organization. In a release it says
"In order to boost and sustain a vibrant, supportive organization within the business-to-business publishing industry, CBM is launching an array of initiatives concerning marketing, promotion, communication, education, networking and recognition.

"This will be achieved through a variety of first-rate training sessions, networking events, Q&A forums, interviews, webinars and tutorials, including some member-only activities and resources. CBM will also continue to produce the Kenneth R. Wilson Awards, a recognition program celebrating outstanding achievements in business-to-business magazine content."
In addition, the organization will be launching a B2Blog for B2B Publishers.

The board of directors of the resurgent organization is headed by John Kerr, CEO of Kerwill Publications Limited, Treasurer James O. Hall, President & COO, Keith Communications, Inc., and directors Alex Papanou, President, Annex Newcom LP, Michael Swan, President of Swan Erickson Publishing Inc., and Kevin Brown, President of MediaEdge Communications.

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Canada Best in Business Award
winners announced

Trevor Cole won the award for long-form feature in the Canadian Best in Business awards for his article "CEO of the Year" in Report on Business magazine. This was the first-ever awards and attracted more than 100 business journalists to a Toronto reception hosted by The Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW) Canada. There were nine winners from a pool of 26 finalists; The Globe and Mail newspaper won five. 

A group of Canadian journalists launched SABEW Canada, SABEW’s first international chapter last year, supported by about 200 members including reporters and editors from such publications as The Globe and Mail, National Post, Canadian Business, Maclean’s, MoneySense, Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal. The chapter's mission is to define and inspire excellence in business journalism. 


Category winners and finalists.

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

American Society of Magazine Editors adopts modified guidelines for making and placing ads

The American Society of Magazine Editors has released its latest set of guidelines for editors and publishers concerning ads and editorial and they are a marked departure from previous versions. For instance, it now no longer says ads should not be sold on covers; and it no longer specifically states that editors shouldn't write ads or collaborate with advertisers.

The slow evolution (erosion or watering down some would say) of these guidelines is apparently being forced on the society by changing economic circumstances of the magazine industry, reeling from loss of ad and circulation revenue to digital media. ASME apparently decided that rather than continue to publish an ever-lengthening list of prescriptions, CEO Sid Holt said in an Ad Age interview, the intention was to make them apply more widely across many platforms (print, web, mobile, apps, social media and even events) and to boil them down to one prescription: "Don't deceive the reader."
"The old guidelines were like a map," explained James Bennet, president and editor-in-chief of The Atlantic as well as an ASME VP who helped draft the revised protocol.. "We want to provide a compass that will help editors orient ourselves as the landscape continues to shift, regardless of whether we're operating in video, events or social.The goal was to focus on the principles rather than a set of specific, very prescriptive rules." 
ASME first published ad:edit guidelines in 1982 and has periodically updated them since. A committee of eight print and digital editors wrote the new guidelines, which were unanimously approved by the ASME board. 
"They are still the same principles from 1982, but with the media changing, these are the opportunities to say these are our core principles as magazine journalists and they have support of publishers and media buyers," Holt said.
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National Magazine Awards relocates to
Arcadian Court June 5

Same date, different place, on its own; it has been announced that the National Magazine Awards will be held at the Arcadian Court in Toronto on June 5. Long a fixture at the Carlu and as the capstone for Magazines Week (though separate from the four-day MagNet industry conference), the consumer magazine awards will still happen as usual at the end of the first week of June. However there will not necessarily be such a large gaggle of MagNet attendees to boost its numbers this time around, topping off the conference week. The multi-day MagNet conference has been suspended for this year while Magazines Canada prepares to host the international FIPP conference in October.
“We are thrilled to welcome the Canadian magazine industry to this exquisite new venue for the National Magazine Awards," said National Magazine Awards Foundation president Joyce Byrne in a release. "Our annual gala attracts more than 500 of Canada’s best magazine publishers, editors, artists, journalists, marketing and sales teams, and other members of our industry from across the country. We look forward to celebrating with you this year at the Arcadian Court.”
Originally opened in 1929 as the main dining room of the old Simpson's department store on Queen between Yonge and Bay Streets and now atop its successor, the flagship of the Hudson's Bay Company, the Arcadian Court is managed by Oliver & Bonacini Events & Catering, which will cater this year’s gala.

Tickets for the 38th annual National Magazine Awards go on sale on May 4, the date on which the NMAF will announce the nominees for awards in 43 categories recognizing the best in Canadian magazine publishing, writing, photography, illustration and design from 2014.

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Mag world view: Condé fashion school; a perfect launch; Taunton goes with someone it knows; Online polls, yes or no

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Readers can help choose Manitoba's
magazine of the year

Readers can vote for what they consider Manitoba's magazine of the year. These "people's choice" votes can influence the winner; individual votes are given a point value and added to judges individual scores. The entries from which to choose are:
  • Canada's History
  • Conservator
  • Geez
  • Prairie Fire
  • The Cellar Door
  • The Cottager
  • The Hub
Winners will be revealed at the Maggie Awards Event, May 28 at the Viscount Gort Hotel, Winnipeg. Buy your tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/myevent?eid=16268735225. (By the way, there is a "Reaching Readers" conference May 27 and 28 leading up to the Maggies - details following in the next few days.)

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Next Issue Canada launching French-language newsstand and app on April 20

For the first time, starting April 20, Rogers is launching a French version of Next Issue Canada, the digital magazine newsstand. It will feature an all-French interface with more than 20 Quebec-based French magazines and access to more than 100 English titles (the French titles will continue to be available in Next Issue in English).

The French magazine titles are 5-15, Allô Vedettes, Châtelaine, Custom Tour,Déco Réno $, Enfants Québec, Full Fille, Gabrielle, Géo Plein air, JE cuisine, JE décore, L'actualité, LOULOU, Maison & Demeure, Moto Journal, Protégez-vous, Quadnet/le monde du VTT, Québec Science, Sélection du Reader's Digest, Ricardo, Riches et célèbres, and Vélo Mag.
Brinda Luckoo, Senior Director, Next Issue Canada, Rogers Media said
"With Next Issue now available in both French and English, we're committed to reaching more content lovers across the country and continuing our investment in the digital future of the magazine industry."
The Next Issue app will now be downloaded in preferred language device setting, and for popular mobile products including Android™ tablets and smartphones, and iPad®, iPod® Touch, iPhone and Windows 8 devices (English service only for Windows 8). As with the English service, one account is shareable across five devices and the service is available at $9.99 per month for all monthly and bi-weekly magazines and $14.99, subscribers including access to all weekly publications with back issues included. Next Issue Media is a joint venture of six leading U.S. magazine publishers - Condé Nast, Hearst, Meredith, News Corp., Rogers Communications, and Time Inc. Next Issue Canada. launched in 2013, is a joint venture with Rogers and Next Issue Media.  

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Seneca illustration grads show their stuff
on April 23

Seneca College's independent illustration graduates are presenting their 8th exhibition and showcase on Thursday, April 23. The four-semester diploma within the School of Creative Arts and Animation at Seneca College is unique in the province (although Sheridan College offers a 4-year Bachelor of Arts illustration degree, the only one in Ontario.) 

Seneca's students work in traditional forms such as drawing, painting, mixed media, printmaking and sculpture as well as digital media and learn the business skills to apply their art in the work world. The School of Creative Arts and Animation, part of the Faculty of Communication, Arts and Design, is located at the Seneca@York campus on York University.

The exhibition is an opportunity to see some work by people who will be contributing to Canada's magazine excellence in the years to come. It takes place April 23 to 27 at Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw St, Toronto. The opening reception is April 23rd starting at 7:00 p.m. Gallery hours over that weekend are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

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Monday, April 13, 2015

TVA closes deal to acquire consumer magazines from TC Transcontinental

The $55.5 million transaction was completed today whereby TVA Group acquired 14 magazines, 3 websites and custom publishing contracts of TC Transcontinental. As a result, the Quebec-based company now has 300 new employees and acquired the following brands:
  • Coup de pouce
  • Canadian Living
  • Decormag
  • Style at Home
  • Fleurs Plantes Jardins
  • Canadian Gardening
  • Quebec Vert
  • The Hockey News
  • Condo Maison Direct
  • Maisons Neuves Rive-Sud et Condos
TVA Group will keep a 51% stake in Les Publications Transcontinental-Hearst inc. which operates Elle Canada and Elle Quebec, in partnership with the Hearst Group which holds a 49% stake.

TVA Group and Groupe Bayard together hold 50% of the shares of Publications Senior Inc., that publishes Le Bel Age and Good Times magazines.

The websites acquired are: 
  • recettes.qc.ca
  • Quoi manger and 
  • On the table 
Custom publishing from the magazines are included in the deal.

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Kids' history magazine competition looking for illustrated stories from 7 - 14 year olds

Kayak, the history magazine for kids, is looking for illustrated stories about Canadian history  (500-1,200 words; 1 - 3 illustrations or archival photographs) for the 2015 Governor General's History Awards. The competition, in both official languages, is open to kids between 7 and 14 and the deadline is May 1. 

The stories will be evaluated by a panel of judges on the basis of creativity and originality, content and story composition, grammar, spelling and quality of writing and use of illustrations to support the story.

The top two writers, one French and one English, will receive a $1,000 RESP and a trip to Ottawa. The top twenty-five stories will be published on the magazine's website and awarded a complimentary subscription to Kayak: Canada's History Magazine for Kids. All participants will receive a special certificate commending them on their participation.

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Friday, April 10, 2015

Mags Canada hosting one-day
Cultural Magazines Summit October 16

Cultural and literary magazines may be pleased to know that a Cultural Magazines Summit will be held October 16, immediately after the 40th FIPP World Congress that Magazines Canada is hosting, An announcement by Mags Canada says that, with the financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts, a full day of workshops, networking and discussions is planned. A posting from Magazines Canada explains
This event will take place immediately after the 40th FIPP World Congress in Toronto (October 13–15), so sharing lessons and experiences from the Congress and discussing how to take advantage of international opportunities will be a significant component. World Congress attendance is not required to attend the Cultural Magazines Summit, but the Summit will be designed to enhance the Congress experience for those who do go to both. 
With MagNet week cancelled for 2015 [to return, June 2016], the October Cultural Magazines Summit is your opportunity to meet with your peers in a comfortable setting that is all about YOU, YOUR magazines and YOUR challenges. There will be no better place this year to network with cultural magazine colleagues from across Canada. 
The 2015 Cultural Magazine Summit will take place at the Courtyard Toronto Downtown (the same hotel that hosts MagNet) on Friday, October 16, the day after the FIPP World Congress. Save the date! #CulturalMags15

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Thursday, April 09, 2015

Mag world view: Bauer goes Christian; Economist goes Chinese; Improved Fortunes for GigaOm survivors; [US] postal rates up? down?

  • Bauer Launches Simple Grace (Publishing Executive)
  • Why The Economist decided now’s the time to speak Chinese (Nieman Lab)
  • Time Inc. debuts new vision for Travel + Leisure brand across all platforms (press release)
  • Magzter Adds 500 New Titles to Magzter GOLD (press release)
  • National press journalists said to be frozen out of stage-managed general election campaign (Press Gazette)
  • The Magazine Business Does Not Have An Audience Problem; The Magazine Business Has An Advertiser Problem (Mr. Magazine)
  • The Value in Attending Editorial Board Meetings (Scholarly Kitchen)
  • Relaunching a GOOD magazine (Mr. Magazine)
  • Are Postal Rates Headed Up, Down, Or All Around? (Dead Tree Edition)
  • PennWell Merges Two of Its Oil & Gas Publications (Folio:)
  • Fortune magazine takes on six former GigaOm journalists (Guardian)
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    The longish goodbye: Mark Jamison retiring leaving as CEO of Magazines Canada at end of 2015

    One of the worst-kept secrets in the magazine industry has been that Mark Jamison, the CEO of Magazines Canada, is retiring leaving the organization at the end of 2015. The organization has now made this official with a posting about the process it is undertaking to replace the 16-year veteran. 
    "This is very much Mark’s decision, and as you would expect, he has provided ample advance notice to allow for a smooth transition," says Michael Fox, Chair of Magazines Canada's Board of Directors. "All of the Board members join me in acknowledging the tremendous leadership that Mark has provided, and in appreciating his practical approach to planning the future of the association as well as evolving his career." 
    The Magazines Canada Board of Directors formed a CEO search committee at its March 27 meeting, responding to the planned departure of Jamison on December 31, 2015. 
    "In the future, Mark plans to take on consulting projects in not-for-profit management," Fox says. "Mark has helped Magazines Canada stay current and focused on the future during a period of tremendous changes in magazines, our audiences, media technology and of course public policy priorities of the federal and provincial governments. He and the staff have made Magazines Canada a virtual big tent that provides a place to gather, to learn and to develop for people involved with all types of magazines. He has helped evolve the Magazines Canada organization to serve its members efficiently, effectively and enthusiastically. We wish him all the best in his new venture."

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    CSME gets to grips with multi-platform
    display copy

    Display writing is a pleasurable and demanding trade, more particularly because what works in print doesn't necessarily work online or on social media. 

    The Canadian Society of Magazine Editors (CSME) is holding one of its periodical events  on Thursday, April 16 exploring how to manage multi-platform display copy. 

    The panel for the evening includes
    • Patrick Walsh, editor-in-chief of Outdoor Canada, who will share his tips for writing award-winning display. 
    • David Topping, the executive online editor of TorontoLife.com, who will explain how to use social media to drive traffic to your site. 
    • Simone Castello, the life and relationships web editor at CanadianLiving.com, who will discuss best practices for print-to-web display writing and online tools you can use to optimize content based on keywords and trends.
    It's from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. in the Stealth Lounge (second floor) of the Pilot, 22 Cumberland Street (near Yonge and Bloor). $15 for members, $20 for non-members (or $20 and $25 at the door) Buy tickets or RSVP to csmeadmin at canadianeditors dot com.

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    Friday, April 03, 2015

    Heritage Minister Shelly Glover announces she's dropping out and going home to Manitoba

    Shelly Glover, the Minister of Canadian Heritage, has announced that she will not run again, though she will serve until the expected October election. As Heritage Minister, Glover is responsible for -- among many other things -- the CBC, national museums and the Canada Periodical Fund. 

    Glover -- Manitoba's most senior cabinet minister -- said "it is time to return to my previous life", by which she apparently means as a member of the Winnipeg Police Service, from which she is on a leave of absence as a sergeant. 
    "This past 18 months has been particularly difficult for me and my family as we have dealt with some very serious health issues while I was away from home. As their wife, mother and grandmother [with a second grandchild on the way], my family is very grateful that I am coming home."
    She has been in the post as minister of heritage and official languages since July 2013, the latest in a string of heritage ministers; there have been four Conservative ministers since February 2006, including Bev OdaJosée Verner and James Moore. Glover was first elected in 2008 to represent Saint Boniface riding in Winnipeg. 

    At the same time as Glover made her announcement, International Development Minister Christian Paradis also announced he won't run again. 

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    Thursday, April 02, 2015

    Next Issue Media marking four years offering "all you can read" magazine sub service

    Next Issue Media, the so-called "Netflix for magazines", is apparently no flash in the pan; it is marking four years since the all-you-can-read "digital newsstand" or subscription service was launched. It was created as something of a matter of self-preservation by the big U.S. magazine publishers (Conde Nast, Hearst, Meredith, Time Inc.) and soon thereafter Rogers Media spent $5 million launching Next Issue Canada in Canada, which included 100 U.S. and a dozen Rogers titles. 

    A year ago, it was reported that the Canadian service had 45,000 paying customers and 20,000 people trying a free preview. It was reported elsewhere that the U.S. version had about 150,000 paying subscribers, though it had yet to achieve profitability. 

    The service started with 32 titles and one device (iPad) and now offers more than 145 titles on 6 devices, including various iPhone and Android smartphones and tablets as well as desktops. 
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    NOW magazine and its allies demand Ontario not enforce "misguided" sex trade laws

    NOW magazine is calling on the Ontario government not to enforce contentious federal sex work laws. It's working in collaboration with a network of organizations interested in the issue, The signatories have issued a statement saying, in part
    "Even if the Ontario Attorney General has concluded the law is “not clearly unconstitutional,” this is hardly an endorsement of the law – and certainly doesn't remove the fact that the new provisions will contribute to the risks of harm faced by sex workers. The Government of Ontario must not enforce this misguided law. We will continue to fight for the development of laws and policies that promote health, safety and human rights for all Canadians."
    NOW has a dog in this fight since, if the law is enforced, it may be forced to discontinue the lucrative sex trade classified ads that anchor the back pages of the Toronto weekly. However the magazine has also spoken out forcefully about the law since the Supreme Court ruling in December 2013 upholding the rights of sex workers and the subsequent federal government determination to get around it. 
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    Tuesday, March 31, 2015

    Mag world view: Running Martha; GOOD back to print; Bye-bye Loaded; ABM now ABM/CSID

    SkyNews celebrates 20 years of looking up

    The May/June issue of SkyNews, the astronomy magazine, marks 20 years of uninterrupted publishing and does so with the biggest issue ever. Newsstand buyers will find the 72-page issue polybagged on newsstands starting April 13 along with an 8-page booklet co-published with the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada called "Getting Started in Astronomy". The publishers say
    "SkyNews, which describes itself as The Canadian Magazine of Astronomy & Stargazing, won the National Magazine Award for Best New Magazine when it was launched in 1995 by the National Museum of Science & Technology in Ottawa (now the Canada Science & Technology Museum).  When faced with government-wide budget cuts in 1999, the Museum sold SkyNews to its editor, popular science author Terence Dickinson, publisher Greg Keilty and associate publisher Colleen Moloney. 
    "SkyNews has a paid circulation of 24,042 serving a niche market of amateur astronomers and astrophotographers and is able to depend heavily on its enthusiastic subscribers to remain profitable." 

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    How to keep your barn from falling
    flat: Rural Delivery

    Knowing your audience and dealing with its interests is exemplified by the April issue of Rural Delivery magazine of Liverpool, NS. It published a series of articles related to the brutal winter the region has suffered and particularly the dangers of  "snow load" which has flattened barns and greenhouses. 

    The articles chronicle hard lesson to be learned, the warning signs of barn roof failure and how to remove snow from a barn roof. We imagine this is news its readers can use. 

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    Finalists names for Atlantic Journalism Awards

    Finalists have been announced for the 2014 Atlantic Journalism Awards (AJAs), which will be presented on May 9 in Halifax.The AJAs cover all media, including radio and television, but here are the magazine-related finalists:

    Atlantic Magazine Article
    • Alec Bruce – Atlantic Business Magazine – St. John's, NL – "Forged by Fire: The Triumph of Anne Whelan".
    • Beverley Ware/Christian Laforce – Herald Magazine – Halifax, NS – "Lobster Trails".
    • Hugh McKervill – Atlantic Salmon Journal – Chamcook, NB – "The River's Cure".
    • Stephen Kimber – Atlantic Business Magazine – St. John's, NL – "Spilled Secrets".
    Best cover nominee
    Atlantic Magazine: Best Cover
    • Atlantic Business Magazine – St. John's NL – "Why #SuperStartUp Sucked" –July 2014.
    • East Coast Living – Halifax, NS – "North End Splendour" – Winter 2014.
    • Herald Magazine – Halifax, NS – "Robert Frank" – September 2014.
    Atlantic Magazine: Best Profile Article
    • Lois Legge – Herald Magazine – Halifax, NS – "Robert Frank".
    • Mike Landry – Saltscapes Magazine – Bedford, NS – "Dreams Float".
    • Stephen Kimber – Atlantic Business Magazine – St. John's, NL – "Hard…and Soft as Steele".
    Feature Writing: Print
    • John DeMont – Herald Magazine – Halifax, NS – "The Taste Revolution".
    • Stephen Kimber – Natural Resources Magazine – St. John's, NL – "Closure".
    Business Reporting: Any Medium
    • Chris Benjamin – Saltscapes Magazine – Bedford, NS – "Betting the Fish Farm".
    • Rachel Brighton – Rural Delivery Magazine – Bridgetown, NS – "Big Dairy Comes East: Consolidation Makes "Local" Elusive".
    Commentary: Any Medium
    • Alec Bruce – Atlantic Business Magazine – St. John's, NL – "The Tough Business of Keeping Calm and Carrying On".
    • Stephen Kimber – Atlantic Business Magazine – St. John's, NL – "How Would You UnHarper Canada?"
    Among contributors, Stephen Kimber had four nominations. Among magazines, multiple nominees were Atlantic Business (6), Herald Magazine (4) and Saltscapes (2). (Unfortunately, this will be the last year for entries from the Herald magazine, which was discontinued in December by its publisher, the Chronicle Herald newspaper.) 

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