Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Mainstream mags dominate with finalists in Canadian Online Publishing Awards (COPAs)

The finalists have been announced for the Canadian Online Publishing Awards (COPAs), which are to be presented November 20. A complete list of finalists.  

Among the magazine finalists in the red category, which covers consumer magazines, are:
  • Best Media Website
    • BCLiving (Canada Wide Media Limited)
    • Canadian Living (TC Media)
    • MoneySense (Rogers Media)
    • Toronto Life (St. Joseph Media)
  • Best Website Design
    • Taddle Creek (Vitalis Publishing)
    • TheWalrus.ca (The Walrus Foundation)
  • Best News Coverage 
    • Fashionmagazine.com (St. Joseph Media) (2)
    • Torontoist (St. Joseph Media)
  • Best Blog or Column
    • Toronto Life (St. Joseph Media) (2)
    • Torontoist (St. Joseph Media)
  • Best Article or Series
    • MoneySense (Rogers Media)
  • Best Infographic
    • Canadian Family (St. Joseph Media)
    • Styleathome.com (TC Media)
  • Best Interactive Story 
    • Canadian Living (TC Media)
    • Elle Quebec (Transcontinental Meida G.P.)
    • The UC Observer
    • Toronto Life (St. Joseph Media)
  • Best Use of Social Media
    • Canadiangardening.com (TC Media)
    • Ontario Out of Doors 
    • Styleathome.com
    • TheWalrus.ca
  • Best Email Newsletter Design and Engagement
    • Canada's History: Remembering D-Day
    • Canadian Family (St. Joseph Media)
    • Canadian Living (TC Media)
    • Canadiangardening.com (TC Media)
    • Weddingbells (St. Joseph)
  • Best Digital Publication for Desktop and Tablet
    • Best Health (Reader's Digest Canada)
    • Canadian Living (TC Media)
    • The Hockey News (TC Media)
    • Westworld Alberta (Canada Wide)
  • Best Mobile Solution
    • Fashion Magazine (St. Joseph Media)
    • Toronto Life (St. Joseph Media)
Among the magazine-related finalists in the blue category -- largely niche business-to-business and association publications -- are:
  • Best Media Web Site
    • Grainnews.ca (Farm Business Communications)
    • Salon Magazine (Salon Communications Inc.)
    • The Ryersonian (Ryerson School of Journalism)
    • University Affairs (AUCC)
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Brian Kaufman of subTerrain to receive WMA lifetime achievement award

Brian Kaufman, the longtime founder, publisher and editor-in-chief of the literary magazine subTerrain, has been selected to receive the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award of the Western Magazine Awards. The presentation will be made September 26 at the awards gala in Vancouver. Each year, the WMAs select one individual who has had exemplary, sustained accomplishment in the magazine publishing industry.

Kauffman founded the three-time-a-year journal -- which used the tagline “Strong words for a Polite Nation” -- in 1988 to showcase visual art, creative non-fiction, poetry, social commentary, and photography. In a 2008 blog post he said "subTerrain started out as a dream, an idea of literary rebellion, a shadow-self calling out to be born.”

“Kaufman is a richly deserving recipient,” said Jane Zatylny, President of the WMAF. “We are very pleased to highlight his many contributions to our industry with this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award.”
“Brian has been responsible for launching the careers of a new breed of writers and artists onto the literary scene in Vancouver and indeed the rest of the country,” wrote Margaret Reynolds, Executive Director of the Association of Book Publishers of BC.
Also a book publisher, a founding member of the predecessor to MagsBC and a director of the Literary Press Group, in 2009 he also received the Vancouver Mayor's Arts Awards for his “significant contribution to Vancouver's arts and cultural community, for shaping Vancouver as a creative city and for enriching the lives of Vancouver's citizens.”

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Fishing fame

Patrick Walsh, the editor-in-chief of Outdoor Canada magazine is in the calendar of the Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame (Mr. September). Here holding his 39-inch catch. Which is more than the rest of us can say. 

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Quote, unquote: A founder of Port on the surprise of getting to issue 15

"The number of independent magazines is growing, be it to support other business interests, cultural expression, for pleasure (or pain however you decide to look at it). They are still in a strong position to challenge the status quo, whichever sector that happens to be in. 
"I don't think any of us expected Port to reach issue 15. I was nervous when we bought barcodes for eight issues when we were working on our first issue. I calculated how old I would be, and how much work that meant; I think we went for a beer to calm us down."
-- Co-founder and creative director Kuchar Swara, talking in an interview in Creative Review about Port magazine, started in 2011, reaching its 15th issue; it intended to provide a more in-depth range of content -- photographic essays, long-form articles and features spanning film, design, architecture, business, food and literature -- than mainstream men's magazines.

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

CJF hosting October 2 panel about
native advertising

L to R, Borra, Bradbury, White and Shapiro
I make no secret of my skepticism about so-called "native advertising", which to me is simply advertorials of old, glossed with new language. But I'd be interested in a panel being offered by The Canadian Journalism Foundation called "Native Advertising: Journalism's Saviour or Sellout?" 

It's to be held in Toronto on Thursday, October 2 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the TMX Broadcast Centre - Gallery, The Exchange Tower, 130 King St. W., Toronto.
($15 for students, $25 for early bird, $30 general admission.)
Panelists will be Jill Borra, executive editor at The Globe and Mail; Cathrin Bradbury, executive director of content development at Star Media Group (recently named editor-in-chief of Metro); and Scott White, vice-president of content strategy and business development at Postmedia Network, for this discussion. Ivor Shapiro, chair of the School of Journalism and associate professor specializing in journalism ethics at Ryerson University, moderates. The setup for the session says
Native advertising. Branded content. Custom content. Whatever it’s called, these ‘advertorials’ are controversial, yet news organizations see them as the latest and best business strategy. Can Journalism’s tattered integrity be rescued when the lines between editorial and advertising content are blurred? Can sponsored content be palatable to readers, and to journalists? And while these ads are delivering new dollars to legacy news outlets, are they also eroding trust and driving readers away?
Good questions, all.  

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Mag world view: Guardian offers "backstage pass"; IDG does in Macworld; editors move!; misremembering 9/11

Les Affaires launches iPad edition

Les Affaires, a TC Media business publication, is launching an iPad edition. Current subscribers to the digital version of Les Affaires can get free access and readers who want to subscribe download the free app and can get the magazine content for $6.99 for 12 weeks from the Apple App Store.
“Now more than ever, our readers want to access Les Affaires when it’s convenient for them on the platform they choose,” said Géraldine Martin, Associate Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, Les Affaires Group. “Les Affaires continues to evolve to meet the needs of its readers. In addition, this past February we adopted responsive web design, which improved the reading experience of lesaffaires.com on every device.”
Les Affaires produces Les Affaires newspaper and its website, as well as Événements Les Affaires and the personal finance magazine Les Affaires Plus. The power of having a broad media network is evident in that the new app and service is being promoted across that network in a multi platform advertising campaign developed in house, using conventional and digital channels, social media and the AMT transportation network.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

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Tuesday, September 09, 2014

House & Home provides a soothing retreat for TIFF sponsors

As the deal-making and autograph signing and selfies out front take their toll on the stars, the Toronto International Film Festival sponsors are getting red-carpet treatment of their own from House & Home magazine and its French language counterpart Maison & Demeure. It is the first time for a collaboration between H&H and TIFF. The TIFF Festival Red Carpet Suite is inside the lower level of Roy Thomson Hall. 

It's a place for festival sponsors and their special guests to kick back before gala screenings; the magazine expects that some 800 take advantage of it during festival week in Toronto. Presenting sponsor of the suite is Quintessentially Lifestyle, an international award-winning luxury lifestyle management and concierge service.

The design was inspired by H&H's 2014 Trends issue "Look of the Year". According to a company release, H&H designer Jenna Cadieux put a lounge-style spin on the look by using saturated colours, rich textures and informal furniture arrangements.

"We wanted the suite to feel comfortable, intimate, and yet appropriately refined for the festival," said H&H editor-in-chief Suzanne Dimma [in a release]. "We selected pieces that are modern icons of design...These items articulate the way we're thinking about glamour today. They feel luxe because they have an artisanal, soulful quality to them -- they're definitely not about glitz or sparkle."


The Toronto International Film Festival Red Carpet Suite presented by Quintessentially Lifestyle and designed by House & Home magazine. Photography by House & Home.

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Monday, September 08, 2014

Veteran fundraiser named CEO of Canada's History Society, publishers of Canada's History and Kayak

Janet Walker
Canada's History Society, the publishers of Canada's History magazine and Kayak, the history magazine for kids, has appointed Janet Walker as its CEO. A longtime resident of Winnipeg, she has run a successful consulting practice and was executive consultant to the University of Winnipeg Foundation. She replaces longtime editor and publisher Deborah Morrison. 
"The board of directors at Canada's History Society is confident that under Ms. Walker's leadership, the organization will grow in its ability to promote the discovery and understanding of our nation's history," said board of directors chair Richard Pound in a release. "Her strengths in the areas of strategy and fundraising will deliver clear goals and emphasize fund development for the long term."
Canada's History has a paid circulation of 32,000 and according to the Print Measurement Bureau has one of Canadian magazines' largest readership at 965,000 readers (25 readers per copy).The society also publishes CanadasHistory.ca attracting more than 290,000 unique visitors per year; administers the Governor General's History Awards; coordinates student-based initiatives known as Heritage Fairs and Young Citizens, and recently launched a series of branded travel tours to European battlefields to commemorate significant anniversaries of the First and Second World Wars.

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Spacing magazine launches special French language version of Cities for People issue

We have relatively few examples to offer of French language versions of predominantly English-language Canadian magazines; perhaps Canada's History, enRoute, University Affairs and a few others, some of which publish bilingually, others of which publish standalone French numbers. 

So it is interesting to note that Wednesday 10th, there is to be launch party of a French language version of Spacing magazine's  summer "Cities for People" issue ("Des Villes Pour Tous"). It's being held at the Canadian Centre for Architecture, 1920, rue Baile, Montreal, from 6 - 10 p.m.
The Cities For People issue focuses on four themes: livable civic spaces, social-purpose arts, the shared economy, and empowering citizens to reappropriate their cities [says the release]. We are also publishing an online series on Spacing.ca.
The project is done in partnership with Cities for People, a pilot initiative funded by the J. W. McConnell Family Foundation. 

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On Spec magazine struggles with loss of Canada Council funding

Spring 2014
On Spec, the sci-fi and fantasy quarterly, has been receiving funding from the Canada Council for most of its 25 years of existence. Now, the magazine is facing tough times as funding for 2015 has been withdrawn. In the past it has received between $17,000 and $20,000 annually.

According to a story in the Edmonton Journal the reasons given by the arm's length jury was low quality of writing, poor production, design and layout and frequent typos -- all things that managing editor Diane Walton disputes. She says that On Spec has very few errors and the volunteer editorial staff selects only the highest quality content.
“We can’t understand what their criteria is. We just keep getting good stories as far as we’re concerned, but it’s not as far as they’re concerned. It’s so subjective.”
Canada Council spokesperson Tara Lapointe, while not commenting on the specific application, said that On Spec had received notices twice before that "funding could be reduced or withdrawn" -- intended to encourage improvements.

Walton said the magazine is cutting costs that it hopes won't sacrifice quality; the worst case scenario is that it would turn itself into a digital magazine, though "print is our tradition". The withdrawal of funding has helped to rally the troops.
“We’re angry and we’re motivated now. It’s a kick in the teeth but it’s like, Hey! We can do this! We have to push forward. We’re getting a lot of moral support from the community.”

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Friday, September 05, 2014

Mag world view: Bye IPC; GQUK's fake awards; Vice's value; book-a-zines; journal arms race

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Thursday, September 04, 2014

SABEW Canada officially launches September 30

SABEW Canada, the Canadian offshoot of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers is holding its first official event at the Rotman School of Management in Toronto on Tuesday September 30 at 6 p.m. 

SABEW has been around for 50 years and has more than 3,000 members. While the Canadian members have been hosting an annual talk each year since 2010, this marks the official Canadian launch. The Canadian division receives financial and administrative support from SABEW, but it's run by a committee of Canadian business journalists.  

Highlights of the September 30 event are a ribbon-cutting talk by John McCorry, Bloomberg's executive editor for the Americas (and a SABEW member) and the launch of the Best in Business Contest, which highlights overall excellence in newspaper and magazine business journalism in Canada. The Rotman event is free, requiring only an RSVP by September 22. 

Members  (a one-year membership is $56) get access to a number of Canadian specific events, training programs and networking opportunities throughout the year as well as everything the American operation offers, including two main conferences (this year in New York and Chicago).

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Mags we like: Celtic Life International built
on cultural pride

Celtic Life International is a Halifax-based magazine and website that has in recent years redefined itself from a tartan 'n tatties book into something more sophisticated. Witness the fall 2014 issue that features the style of the Scottish-American singer Lana Del Rey. There remain lots of fiddling, folklore, piping and flinging. But clearly a certain amount of sex appeal doesn't hurt, such as a recent cover story featuring actor George Clooney.  

The magazine started out as a publication called The Clansman, which was created by Angus McQuarrie as a program and promotion for the first international gathering of the clans to take place outside of Scotland in 1987.It was the foundation on which Celtic Life and its digital cousins was built. McQuarrie is still publisher. 
“The one thing that stands out amongst the people we reach and those who follow us, is their pride in their heritage and culture,” Angus told Scotland Now.
 The print distribution of the magazine is 201,000 copies, 6 times a year and the website and social media claim to reach over 1 million people a month. Research shows that 43% of its readers are in the U.S. and 36% in Canada with most of the remainder in Scotland, Ireland, Wales, the U.K., Europe, Australia and New Zealand. A one-year print sub in Canada costs $24.95; a 1-year digital sub is $14.95.

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Wednesday, September 03, 2014

BC Business and Vancouver are finalists
in Webster awards

Two Vancouver-based magazines are finalists for the Jack Webster Business, Industry and Economics Award:
  • Matt O'Grady, the editor of BCBusiness,  for "High Hopes" (see right) about the commercialization of marijuana
  • Frances Bula, of Vancouver magazine, for "The Modern Drive-Through", about the boom in food trucks
The Webster Awards, which cover all media, honour British Columbia's best journalists and the winners will be announced at a dinner on Wednesday, October 29 at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver hotel.

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