Thursday, April 28, 2016

Kim Pittaway to receive 2016 Outstanding Achievement Award at the national mag awards

Pleased to see that Kim Pittaway is to receive the 2016 Outstanding Achievement Award from the National Magazine Awards Foundation. She earned it, as a journalist, editor, teacher and mentor. One of her nominators, Joyce Byrne, the publisher of Avenue Calgary and the current president of the NMAF said
As a mentor, Kim has inspired my own path in magazine publishing with simple advice: Get involved, volunteer, mentor a young person, have an opinion, lead an organization.
Pittaway, who was managing editor, then editor, of Chatelaine as well as a prolific freelance magazine writer, now lives in Nova Scotia and is a faculty member of the journalism and MFA programs at King's College in Halifax.

This award, recognizing career excellence and service to the Canadian magazine industry, is the highest honour that the NMAs make and Kim joins a select company of recipients (blush, including me). It will be presented at the awards gala on June 10 in Toronto.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Mag world view: Scoop closes mags; union-busting; Mr. Mag; top women in media

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

2016 Emerge Media Awards presented at gala event produced by Guelph/Humber

The 2nd annual Emerge Media Awards, produced by the student of the University of Guelph/Humber , were presented Monday evening in Toronto.

The event crosses all sorts of media lines, from such things as written word to public relations, from multimedia to radio, from video to advertising and photography -- all areas of study offered at Guelph/Humber, although entries are welcomed from media students across the country.

The first place winners in each category were:
Full list of EMA 2016 winners
[Disclosure: I was a judge in one of the categories]

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Monday, April 25, 2016

Entries open for CMC's magazine
marketing awards

Entries are now being accepted for the CMC Awards for magazine marketing professionals. This year there will be outstanding achievement honoured in the following categories:
The awards will be presented at the MagNet industry conference in Toronto on June 8 

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Friday, April 22, 2016

ROB magazine, MoneySense, Alberta Venture and Maclean's win SABEW business awards

[This post has been updated] The results of the 2nd annual Best in Business awards program for the Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW) were announced Thursday. Magazine-related winners were:
  • Long-form featureCharles Wilkins -- The Deep -- Report on Business magazine
  • Multimedia: Mark BrownRomana KingStefania Di Verdi and Mike Shoss --Best Deals in Real Estate --  MoneySense
  • Commentary: Jason Kirby -- Maclean's
  • Profile: Omar Mouallem -- Alberta Venture

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

"Not dead, just transformed"; Ricepaper mag discontinues print edition

Ricepaper magazine has discontinued its print edition after 20 years of publication. The Vancouver-based magazine focuses on Asian-Canadian literature and will continue to do so, only online. The publication began as a newsletter for the Asian Canadian Writers' Workshop (ACWW) and has published prominent Asian-Canadian writers such as Wayson Choy, Kid Koala and David Suzuki.
“We’re not dead, We’re just transformed,” founder Jim Wong-Chu told The Georgia Straight. “We’ve been around 20 years.That’s a long legacy. We’re transitioning online, we have a whole group of editors working on the online thing, and in two to three years, they’ll see if the switch will focus on that medium.”
Wong-Chu attributed the decision in part to competition from other platforms for attention and a lack of funding.
“A lot of [funding] was disappearing because you were dealing with the Harper era and they’re cutting, cutting, and cutting. $20,000 disappeared this year—a large component of what keeps the magazine running,

“We spend 60 percent of our time trying to fund-raise and write grants just to keep it afloat, which is way off-balance, as opposed to serving the community; you can only put in so much content.

“We decided that it was not cost-effective and we didn’t want to get to the point that we were pushed out,” Wong-Chu says. “So we decided to get out before we were pushed out.”
The online version will have video interviews, podcasts and even an ACWW archive. 


Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Nature Conservancy quarterly magazine launched

Have just caught up with the newly launched magazine of the Nature Conservancy of Canada (spring 2016), which is a handsome promotional vehicle for the organization and its work. The managing editor is Christine Beevis Trickett, director of editorial services who lives in Calgary. She also edits Landlines, the blog of the NCC. 
"It seemed only fitting that...transformation should be the theme of our first issue. In these pages you'll read updates on some of our projects from coast to coast, how our volunteers are helping maintain or improve some of our landscapes and how poetry and words have the ability to generate real change and connection," she said in her editor's message. 
There are a number of magazine-y connections. The cover story is about adjustments to climate change in the habitat of the Whitebark pine; it is written by freelance writer and editor Allan Britnell, who is also president of the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors. 

And another piece is a short profile of Dirk van Loon who several years ago donated part of his oceanfront property near Port Joli on the south shore of Nova Scotia to the NCC. He operates DvL Publishing (Rural Delivery, Atlantic Forestry, Atlantic Horse and Pony, Beef and Sheep) out of Liverpool, Nova Scotia. 


Derek Decloet leaves Rogers Media after two years and rejoins Globe and Mail

Derek Decloet is rejoining the Globe and Mail after two years as head of content for Rogers Media. Decloet was with the Globe from 2003 and will now be resuming a role as editor of Report on Business (ROB) and executive editor of The Globe and Mail. He replaces Paul Waldie, who is returning to London.  

During his previous time at The Globe, Decloet won the Stanley McDowell prize and the National Magazine Award for business writing, plus another four NMA nominations.

His role at Rogers Media was to lead the editorial operations of their consumer magazines  including  Maclean's, Canadian Business, Chatelaine, MoneySense and Sportsnet   Magazine and setting a new digital direction for them. 

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Mag world view: 5 GQs; Complex deal; Mag cup more than half full; PopSci departures; bullshit in the good sense

MediaEdge launches two new digital products to augment restaurant and foodservice magazine

Business media publisher MediaEdge Communications has announced the launch of two new digital products -- a new website and e-newsletter RestoBiz Bytes as extensions of print magazine Restaurant and Foodservice News (CRFN). 

The twice-a-month e-newsletter has a circulation to over 22,000 foodservice and restaurant owners and operators. The print magazine will continue to be produced 6 times a year with an annual circulation of 70,000 and a total readership of 280,000.
"We are very excited to be in this active and ever-changing space, and are equally proud of the print and digital products and events that we offer the foodservice and restaurant industry," says Chuck Nervick, senior vice president at MediaEdge Communications.

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Former mag editor Dan Rubinstein has been shortlisted for Kobo Emerging Writer prize

Dan Rubinstein, now a freelance magazine writer and editor, is one of the shortlisted finalists for the 2nd annual Kobo Emerging Writer prize for non-fiction. His book Born to Walk: The Transformative Power of a Pedestrian Act, was published in April 2015 by ECW Press, Rubinstein has among other gigs been editor of unlimited and Alberta Views and was managing editor/acting editor for Canadian Geographic, as well as a sportswriter for Canadian Press and Associated Press. 

Pulitzer prizes awarded to The New Yorker

For a hundred years, there have been Pulitzer prizes awarded for journalism, but until last year magazines were not eligible; no magazine brands won that first time around, but this year The New Yorker won for feature writing for Kathryn Schulz's July 20 story, "The Really Big One," about an impending massive earthquake striking the Pacific Northwest and Emily Nussbaum, was honored with the Pulitzer Prize for criticism.
"This year’s results are simply astounding––and a source of immense pride," wrote The New Yorker editor David Remnick in a memo to staff. "This is a day of celebration at The New Yorker, first and foremost for these writers, who are so deserving."


Monday, April 18, 2016

Rogers Communications has 2% growth in Q1, but media division struggles with ad climate

Rogers Communications reports that in the first quarter of 2016 that it had 2% growth overall, driven by 5% incrase in Wireless revenue. Operating revenue was $3.245 million, compared with $3.175 million in the same period in 2015. The company declared a 48 cent-per-share quarterly dividend.

In the media division, which includes some 50 consumer and trade magazines, but the results are combined in the company financials with the Toronto Blue Jays, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment and rights to the NHL, television properties (CITY,OMNI, The Shopping Channel and Sportsnet) and radio (55 stations across Canada). Operating revenue decreased 3%, "primarily as a result of lower advertising revenue" in conventional broadcast television, publishing, and radio, This was partly offset by higher sports related revenues. However, media operating losses for the quarter were 53%.

Media Financial Results

3 months ended March 31
(In millions of dollars,
except margins)
20162015% Chg

Operating revenue448464(3)
Operating expenses497496-

Adjusted operating loss(49)(32)53


Founder of St. Joseph Communications dies
at age of 98

The founder and honorary chairman of St. Joseph Communications, Gaetano Gagliano, died last Thursday at the age of 98 and his funeral has been held. In his career, he started a small printing business in his Toronto basement and grew St. Joseph Printing into one of the largest privately held printers in the country.  With the purchase of Key Media in 2002 St. Joe's became a publisher of some of Canada's best known magazines, including Toronto Life, Fashion, Canadian Family and Quill and Quire.The company now produces print and online marketing materials for many large Canadian retailers, including Walmart Canada and Sears Canada.


Friday, April 15, 2016

First full year of Vividata research shows magazine readership steady; more digital reading

The results have been released of the first full-year study of Canadian consumer magazine and newspaper readership by Vividata and it demonstrates, not surprisingly, that magazine readership remains strong, with 70% of Canadian adults  reading magazines, comparable to levels of five years ago.  And the trend to reading on digital devices continues to grow.  Never before measured is that almost half of magazine readers are now reading on a digital device. 
The research organization was founded in 2014 as an amalgamation of NADbank and the Print Measurement Bureau (PMB). The study results were based on the first full year of fieldwork of the combined organization, looking at 117 publications (73 magazines, 44 newspapers) in  a survey of 38,000 consumers across Canada from January to December 2015. The amalgamation was, at least in part, in order to allow measurement of blended and unduplicated readership results for both print and digital.

Among the other findings are that 
  • 7 out of 10 digital readers are now reading on a a mobile device at least part of the time.
  • A surprising 60% of millennials (18-34) read magazines; 16% only on a digital device; 37% only in print; almost half, both
  • Totally not surprising is that (adults 50+) remain heavy readers of magazines and newspapers
The following are the current top 10 in English and French in total net print and digital readership:

Top 10 English ('000s)

Reader's Digest 4492
Cineplex magazine 4184
Canadian Living 3834
People 3487
Canadian Geographic 3439
Chatelaine 3200
CAA Magazine 3047
Maclean's 2193

Top 10 French ('000s)

7 Ingredients 15 minutes 1428
7 Jours 1234
Bel Age 851
Chatelaine (Fr) 791
Chez Soi 745
Clin d'oeil 737
Cool! 704
Coup de pouce 631
Derniere heure 621
Echos Vedettes 582

Vividata overview of results and methodology for both magazines and newspapers.

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