The pressures of the job, one source tells Maclean’s, led Ford to drift into substance abuse problems early on in his term as mayor, when he stopped listening, came into work late or not at all, ceased alerting his office to his whereabouts, and refused to be accompanied by handlers from his office.
Soon top aides began hearing that Ford was buying mickeys of alcohol, purchases he asked his lower-rung staffers to keep secret.
His mayoralty has unspooled according to its own unforgiving logic since then, and his options have now diminished to one between resignation and self-destruction.
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Already home to digital extensions of publications like Vice and brand materials for Red Bull and Georgio Armani, Issuu is slowly becoming one of the go-to places for publications to get their brand to readers. In terms of value, smaller publications and scrappy startups looking for a foothold may benefit from this update, thanks to discovery and thematic recommendations that could drive new readership.Among Canadian titles which use Issuu are Canadian Jeweller, Musicworks, Canadian Architect, Printaction, Canadian Restaurant & Foodservice News, Hardware Merchandising, Wine Country Ontario Travel Guide, Home Builder Magazine Canada, The Real Estate Book, Vancouver Island, City Life (Vaughan), Kawartha Life, In the Hills, Healthy Directions, Global Brief, U of T Magazine and Canadian Author.
Brandie Weikle new EIC at Canadian Family magazine
She has in the interim been editor of healthzone.ca and parentcentral .ca at the Toronto Star (both discontinued) and, most recently, the digital director at House & Home Media.
As news brands continue to believe in their content imperative, they dilute their equity by using cheap-content tricks to build volume and by handing their brand value to advertisers to replace lost ad revenue. Marketers help publishers milk those brands. And the public? We’re smarter than they think we are. We’ll understand when news organizations become paid shills. We understand that marketers would still rather force-feed us their messages than simply serve us.--Jeff Jarvis (Buzz Machine), writing on Medium.com about falling into the trap of native advertising, erasing the distinction between ads and editorial.
"Delving more deeply into the year-end print report, the [ABM] data reveals that only two vertical segments – agriculture and travel/events – showed an increase in both ad pages and total revenue in 2012. Another six of the 22 total verticals included in the survey managed to grow print ad revenue even as total ad folio shrank. The remaining 14 verticals saw aggregate print ad pages and revenue decline. That’s over a total of 6,044 business magazines currently published in the United States."(The data is compiled from a number of sources; for instance, print ads provided by Inquiry Management Systems, trade show data by the Center for Exhibition Industry Research and digital information from the Interactive Advertising Bureau. Historical charts and data are published on the Business Information Network page of the ABM site.)
60.5% of B2B CEOs surveyed in January said they expected business conditions to be even better next year, while 37% were neutral and 2% negative.
Monday, May 27, 2013
Metro, the weekday freepaper with city editions across Canada, has undergone a redesign of its front page and some inside sections. (It was necessitated by a recent slimming of the paper's trim size.) The redesign was carried out by K9 Design, known for its work on a number of magazines such as Alternatives Journal and East Coast Living.
K9's creative director Norm Lourenco explained that they moved the masthead to the very top of the page and made the logo bigger, getting rid of the sky bar. The keys were moved directly below the masthead and new elements added like like a “web-call-out” and social media cues to help drive readers to the web site.
Metro Canada editor-in-chief Charlotte Empey (one-time editor of Canadian Living magazine) said
When we changed the web width of our paper, we needed a compelling new front page design that would compensate for the inch of editorial space we lost – and contribute to increased pick up and pass along rate."
|David Lewis & Tommy Douglas|
photo: Horst Ehricht
Ehricht was, among other things, director of photography at Maclean's magazine from 1965 to 1972 and a prolific freelancer for publications ranging from Time, Life and Sports Illustrated to The City (Toronto Sunday Star) , Reader's Digest and Chatelaine.
"In a career spanning over four decades, award-winning photojournalist Ehricht took tens of thousands of photos that appeared in leading newspapers and magazines throughout North America and Europe," said a release from the gallery]. The Aird exhibition focuses on four key themes in this body of work: Kensington Market in the 1950s; Homesteading in Alberta in the 1960s; the 1967 Detroit Riots; and Politicians and Personalities. From Lester Pearson to Oscar Peterson and Marshall McLuhan to Bobby Hull, this last category includes some of the biggest names ever to emerge from Canada."Ehricht studied photography at Ryerson Polytechnic, graduating in 1955 to work as a freelancer. In 1991, the National Archives of Canada acquired Ehricht's entire collection of works in black & white -- 450,000 of them. He won the lifetime achievement award of the Canadian Association of Professional Image Creators (CAPIC) that same year.
Sunday, May 26, 2013
Ontario Arts Council literature officer lasted less than two months in the job
The abrupt departure may be considered puzzling, even alarming, to the many nationally and regionally important cultural magazines based in Ontario which depend on the OAC for part of their operating funding.
"According to OAC director of communications Kirsten Gunter, program deadlines and assessment panels remain on schedule," said Q&Q. "Details about interim management of the office will be released over the next few days."According to the OAC's announcement of his appointment on April 4, Schellenberg had been freelancing as a publishing consultant in New York, and as an editor, teacher and writer. Before that, he was associate publisher at Alfred Knopf Canada from 2003 to 2011 and senior editor at Penguin Canada from 1998 to 2003.
[Update: The job has been posted by the OAC.]
Saturday, May 25, 2013
The national Frank, based in Ottawa, was a spinoff of a Halifax-based biweekly regional publication which started in 1987 and has continued since in both print and subscription-based online form.
“I think things have changed," Bate told the CBC. "The zeitgeist has changed, it’s more like it was in the early ‘90s when Mulroney was in office. People are fed up with the Tories. I think there is an appetite for satire and muckraking scandal sheets like Frank. So I’m optimistic.”
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Frank Giustra, best known for involvement in mining and for building Lion's Gate Entertainment, became involved with the project because he had in recent years begun to invest heavily in locally sourced food and buying up high-yield farmland all over Canada. Giustra was introduced to the publishing opportunity by Gary Ross, the former editor-in-chief of Vancouver magazine.
The person looking for backing for her vision was founder Ann Marie Gardner, who is Modern Farmer’s editor in chief and has based the magazine out of farm-ringed Hudson, New York, two hours north of Manhattan but still close enough to tap all the comforts of the planet’s media centre. Modern Famer’s rich, considered aesthetic and resemblance to high-end print media brands like Monocle, GOOD and Dwell are no coincidence. Gardner was a founding editor of Monocle (launched by Canadian-born Tyler Brule).
“The audience for this magazine is me,” says Giustra. “I wanted to help create something that didn’t exist. I love to cook, I’d like to know where ingredients come from. People like me, in a certain manner, care about how animals are raised and are more suspect of processed foods every day.” He says the audience is growing and increasingly insatiable. And he’s right—the 100,000-copy run at $7.99 per issue of the inaugural edition is sold out in retailers like Whole Foods in Canada and the U.S. and the company is doing a second printing of No. 1 next month to meet demand.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
The hope is to use the money it raises to pay some of the addition production costs such as paper and printing and that the difference between the $18,000 and what it really costs will be covered by selling the magazine/book in newsstands and in booksellers as well as online. So far, about $4,100 has been pledged.
"We know you love our past features, but we also want to make the print version a new experience. Which is why we want to photograph new spaces, bring you updates on past homeowners and novel DIY projects and food and drink ideas for entertaining."Like many such enterprises done through indiegogo.com and similar sites, contributors get varying rewards depending on the amount pledged. For $30 or more, they get a copy of the publication delivered to their door. For $1,000 (if it's in the Toronto area), their home will be featured in a CG photo shoot. For $2,000 they can get a full page advertisement in the book.
Covet Garden has been publishing online, monthly, for about two and a half years from its base in Toronto.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Mag world view: Chocolate & peanuts; 16 title swap; USPS down $1.9B; Google BFF?; Tumblr?Trust us; B2B digital circ
- Open door: The readers' editor on ... why chocolate and peanuts left a sour taste (Guardian)
- Bonnier, Source Interlink exchange titles; 16 change hands (Folio:)
- Publishers propose own draft Royal Charter for the independent self-regulation of the press (Jon Slattery)
- USPS Loses Another $1.9B in Q2 (Audience Development)
- Time Inc.’s All You Launches M-Commerce Pilot Program (Folio:)
- Digital Circ On the Rise for BPA Member Titles (Audience Development)
- MPA Rolls Out Pilot Program For Digital Measurement Standardization (Folio:)
- How Google Is Becoming the Magazine Industry's New Best Friend (Dead Tree Edition)
- A Tale of Two New Magazines:” (Mr. Magazine)
- Yahoo swears it isn’t going to screw up Tumblr — but how realistic is that promise? (PaidContent)
- How is algorithmic objectivity related to journalistic objectivity? (Nieman Journalism Lab)
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Boreal forest agreement talks break down
Canopy, in particular, said virtually nothing had been accomplished in protecting threatened woodland caribou. It said, in effect, that its logging partners had been dragging their feet.
The agreement in principle, when it was announced in May 2010, expressed a hope to reconcile the need for wood and wood products, such as magazine paper, and the need for protecting endangered habitat and wildlife. There was an initial agreement to suspend logging on 29 million hectares of boreal forest (an area the size of Italy) representing about 66% of boreal forests in a broad swath across Canada. In return, the conservation groups agreed to suspend their "Do Not Buy" campaigns led by Canopy (formerly Markets Initiative), Forest Ethics and Greenpeace.
Resolute Forest Products said that it was disappointed the participants (which included 19 forest companies) couldn't come to an agreement in what the Forest Products Association of Canada described as the largest, most complex deal of its kind ever reached anywhere in the world. Resolute said that it had made a series of proposals, including setting aside 204,000 hectares of Northwestern Ontario forest for conservation and 12% or 692,000 hectares of Quebec forest.
Jeff Magnusson, who co-owns the chain with John Devona and Mark Smith, has been managing the Fredericton store for nine years, he and Devona designed it when they moved from a location down the street in 2004.
“Our idea at the time was to get away from the convenience store end—tobacco was getting trickier and we wanted to offer a different experience....We’re specialists and proud,” Magnusson says.Read's joins a select club of other recent winners of the retailer of the year award, including Book City (Toronto Danforth), McNally Robinson (Winnipeg), Spruceland News (Prince George, B.C.), Mags & Fags (Ottawa) and Atlantic News (Halifax, NS).
Monday, May 20, 2013
"The weekly is a way for us to bridge that gap and give more to the digital subscribers, who are missing a lot of great stuff online. By giving them more great stuff—right now $20 gets you the monthly, the Weekly and the Big Black Book—we'll hopefully retain more of them, and attract more new subscribers," [said Granger]
"There are different kinds of timeliness," [said Koehane.] "The monthly is all about anticipating what is going to be on people's minds or creating stories of such originality that they create their own news. Esquire Weekly will be able to be a little more reactive. It will be very timely. The ideal is to create stories and designs that meet the editorial and design standard of the monthly, but do so at the velocity of the Web."The new tablet edition is free to digital subscribers and available on demand for 99 cents from the App Store.
We have written here before about the disgraceful behaviour of publishers who leave their subscribers in the lurch after a magazine is closed or goes out of business, for whatever reason.
In November 2011, the magazine Holmes was suspended by its publisher Dauphin Media Group of Mississauga. Holmes has been a collaboration with the Holmes Group, within which Holmes's team supplied editorial and Dauphin did the publishing side, including fulfillment of subscriptions.
Various anodyne statements were made by both Dauphin and the Holmes Group about making things right for subscribers, but in the end nothing happened. Dauphin went bust (after a disastrous and still curious deal with the National Football League) and the Holmes Group now says it's too expansive to refund subscriptions or arrange at least for a substitute publication. It has effectively washed its hands of responsibility.
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Wednesday, May 15, 2013
According to a story in Adweek, Black has announced he is moving to Hong Kong to work for a Swiss publisher Edipresse, which produces high-end society magazines.
Perhaps the most prolific of his kind, Black made his reputation working on publications like Rolling Stone, Esquire and The New York Times Magazine, but also titles like Reader's Digest and the National Enquirer. He embraced digital technology, working on sites like MSNBC.com and Bloomberg.com and helping create a digital publishing platform, Treesaver. In 2012, he received a lifetime achievement award from the Society for News Design.
Yet the U.S. print industry declined, and with it, the money for Roger Black redesigns. Black gave up his gracious New York apartment. "The old studio ideas of going around the U.S. and designing newspapers and magazines is not a good business anymore," said Black (who's as upbeat as ever, even when he’s talking about how grim the magazine business has become). "I’ve had this a lot—'Let’s get Roger!’" Black paused for effect. "‘He’s so expensive.’"In a New York magazine profile of Black, cited when he received the SND lifetime award, writer Michael Wolff said
“We (the general reader) expect magazines to look the way Roger makes them look. Roger has created a standard. … A Roger design helps you deal with your insecurities. Roger moves you to where you want to be. At the front of a newsstand. At a power lunch. At the heart of pop culture.”
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Among the publications reporting the most total digital subscribers was CFO, which averaged363,311 digital copies per issue for the six-month period. Other titles high on BPA’s list in terms of average digital circulation included Chief Executive China with an average of 336,333 digital copies; PM Network with 309,478; The Journal (101,179); and PT In Motion (73,818).[click on image to enlarge]
Mag world view: iLove freepaper; legal claims against media; long-form engagement; tabs and customer service
- Women's fashion and beauty monthly iLove to launch next month with 700,000 free circulation (Press Gazette)
- Amid women's mag closures, journalist launches new title [Libertine] with 'depth and intelligence' (Press Gazette)
- New survey on legal claims made against media (Jon Slattery)
- The Customer Service Implications of Tablet Editions (Audience Development)
- The Great Gatsby: UK press break reviews embargo (Guardian)
- German online publishers’ anti-adblock campaign backfires (PaidContent)
- New York Times v Washington Post – a tale of two strategies (Guardian)
- Politico Takes Paywall Baby Steps with Six-State Experiment (Folio:)
- It’s not about how long-form your content is, it’s about engagement with the reader (PaidContent)
- What the Bloomberg scandal tells us about the media business (Nieman Journalism Lab)
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"As I look back I am amazed and humbled by the incredible people I discovered along the way. It started with an idea and a plan, and the creative mind of Sharon Syverson, adding the talented Neville Palmer photographer and writer and amazing editor, Pat Fream.”
“Darlene was an easy choice for her colleagues,” said Mark Jamison, CEO of Magazines Canada. “She is both a respected industry leader and a generous mentor.”Storey, who has taught at the Magazines Canada school for circulation for many years, also sits on the association's Direct Mail, Canada Post and Stewardship committees. She teaches Magazine Marketing and Circulation as part of the Magazine and Web Publishing program at Ryerson's Chang School.
Storey directs the circulation of St. Joseph Media publications Toronto Life, Quill & Quire, Where Vancouver, Where Calgary, Where Toronto, Where Ottawa, Fashion, Men’s Fashion, Canadian Family, Weddingbells, Mariage, Glow, Pure and Ottawa magazine. Prior to joining St. Joseph Media, Storey worked as Group Circulation Director for Transcontinental Media (now TC Media), overseeing Canadian Living, Homemakers, Madame, Style at Home, Elle Canada, Canadian Home & Country, Canadian Gardening, Outdoor Canada, Canadian Home Workshop, Vancouver Magazine, Western Living, MORE magazine, The Hockey News and the IT Trade publications.
The magazine, which is #1 in Canada in terms of paid circulation, now has 800,000 unique monthly visitors to its redesigned chatelaine.com website. According to a company release, the magazine has 40,000 followers on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter and has 33,000 monthly visits to its tablet edition.
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Known best as the star of the international hit comedy series, Little Mosque on The Prairie, Zaib Shaikh has worked across Canada as an actor, director and producer. He starred in Deepa Mehta’s latest film, Midnight’s Children, adapted from the novel by Salman Rushdie. He co-produced Long Story Short: CBC Turns 75, hosted by Martin Short. He co-wrote, directed and co-produced the Gemini Award winning television film, Othello, the Tragedy of the Moor. His other television work includes lead or guest starring roles in Metropia, Da Vinci’s City Hall, Book-a-boo, Murdoch Mysteries and The Dead Zone.
Currently, Zaib is in development with a variety of television and film projects under the banner of his production company, Governor Films. Recently he delivered a keynote at Harvard University’s 375th Anniversary, and he travels across Canada and the world speaking on the power of Arts and The Media as a platform to greater understanding between Eastern and Western cultures.Information about tickets (early bird discount deadline is Friday 17).
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Saltscapes wins best cover, Progress best article at Atlantic Journalism Awards
- Atlantic Magazine Article: Marjorie Simmins – Progress Magazine – Halifax, NS - To the Manor Born.
- Atlantic Magazine: Best Cover: Saltscapes Magazine – Bedford – Million Dollar Legs – January/February 2012.
- Atlantic Magazine: Best Profile Article: John DeMont – Herald Magazine – Halifax – Graham Day.
- Arts & Entertainment Reporting: Any Medium: Stephen Kimber – Atlantic Business Magazine – St. John’s, NL – Six Men, Two Dories and the North Atlantic.
There's a lot to come on the native side, and I'm glad the market is rallying around the idea, but really it's a natural evolution of doing a couple of things: Making the advertising fit more elegantly in the content experience, and making it more interesting and removing the friction from consuming it, which was always the problem with legacy advertising experience.Native advertising is apparently seen as a natural evolution of a thing rather than the mere application of a rebranding gloss to something that has long been with us; advertorial, or advertising that masquerades as editorial content. Apparently, too, there was perceived to be a friction present when reading advertising in traditional formats (say, in the pages of a Hearst magazine), now to be lubricated away by making advertising more interesting and integrating it more seamlessly with editorial content. This new, elegant and apparently, better kind of advertising (also contains lanolin) will give readers more value, by the mere act of making ads look more like editorial.
Now it's about putting something back in for the user. Give them value or you're dead. It's a natural evolution. I think it's all good and every publishing company is going to have to deal with it.
[*Another thing I found out when reading the interview was the Young got his start in the '90s at Montreal Mirror.]
Thursday, May 09, 2013
Magazine world view: Easy Living buh-bye; Bye ABM; Grazie, Grazia; Best price for e-books;
- Condé Nast scraps Easy Living magazine after eight years (MediaWeek)
- USPS Backs Off From Price-Hike Gambit (Dead Tree Edition)
- The New, New Database (Audience Development)
- Goodbye, American Business Media (Folio:)
- Grazia editor: magazines are still streets ahead of the internet (Guardian)
- Time Inc. Forms Strategic Alliance With Sprint Nextel Corp. (Folio:)
- Guardian Student Media Awards introduces data interactive category (Guardian)
- 'Out of Print' Doc Examines The End of Print Books and What It Portends (MediaShift)
- What’s the best price for a self-published ebook? $3.99, Smashwords research suggests (PaidContent)
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Wednesday, May 08, 2013
According to a story from the Province newspaper, he has been ordered by the Interior Health Authority to remove the plants from view or face a $575 daily fine. Health officials said that growing the plants in plain view amounted to "promoting tobacco and smoking to children".
While the plants were ostensibly grown to provide “shade” in a sunny front window, according to Chesney, he was really trying to do something else.
“I proved my point,” he said.
That point...is “that the laws are stagnant and designed by people out of touch with reality.”Comment Canada just published its first issue and charges $60 a year for a subscription. The 100-page first issue doesn’t carry any advertising. It describes itself as
"a crowd-sourced collaborative media hub with hundreds of pieces of cutting edge content per issue– much is sourced from local contributors online media portals and interviews, with editorial and research content produced by a small team of creative Kootenay-ites."
“You write it, we print it — that’s our slogan,” said Chesney [interviewed by the Province], who used to have an advertising agency.
Tuesday, May 07, 2013
Summer Brick gives away the endings of writers' favourite books
Inspired by a rousing conversation about endings at The New Quarterly’s 2012 Wild Writers Festival, editor Michael Redhill introduced the idea of including a “Spoiler Alert” feature in our Summer issue. Brick editors invited a number of writers to give away the endings of their favourite books and write about what makes a great ending. The response was astounding, and the editors have been delighted by the variety of ways contributors approached the subject and the thoughtfulness of their submissions. “Spoiler Alert” will feature writing by John Irving, Francine Prose, Sheila Heti, Colum McCann, Geoff Dyer, C. D. Wright, Marina Warner, Jan Zwicky, Lawrence Hill, and more.The Summer 2013 issue (Brick 91) has sixty well known and emerging writers from around the world contributing including in-depth reviews by Di Brandt and Tom Mayer and essays by Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer, Isabel Huggan, Kilby Smith-McGregor, Toronto’s poet laureate George Elliott Clarke, and more. Editor and Governor General’s Award–winner Linda Spalding contributes a moving piece about a recent appeal in the murder case that inspired her to write Who Named the Knife.
The issue also features three interviews: Canadian novelist Madeleine Thien talks to Zimbabwean author and filmmaker Tsitsi Dangarembga; Julian Barnes and Mario Vargas Llosa discuss Madame Bovary; and Catherine Bush asks Ben Lerner about his recent novel, Leaving the Atocha Station. Lerner contributes a poem to the issue, as well, along with Jim Harrison, a regular contributor, and John Freeman, outgoing editor of Granta.
Monday, May 06, 2013
It recalls its struggles for funding -- its endless struggles for funding -- and how it has wrestled with whether it should be a Saskatchewan magazine with a national following or a national magazine with a Saskatchewan core. The issues it has confronted are a potent reflection of the changes that have taken place over the past four decades in Saskatchewan and in this country.
"Reflections on forty years of scraping by and thriving" appears in the May/June issue and it reflects the magazine's other tagline "Fiercely independent".
The magazine,which grew from a four-page newsletter put out by a welfare rights group in 1971, has had more than its share of problems with government, losing funding and charitable status in an effort to punish, or silence, it.
"There are two schools of thought," says longtime contributor and activist Clare Powell. "One is that government should be neutral and provide funds for magazines. The other is that if you’re reliant on government for funding, chances are that you’ll back off from criticism, which we never did, and we paid the price."
Sunday, May 05, 2013
"There’s something about investing your humanity, your eccentricity, your exuberance in the things you do. Why do people watch tightrope walkers? Not to see them get to the other side. It’s because they might fall. Not everything you do is going to be successful, but that’s part of the allure. It’s also what makes the work valuable: that you’re really present and invested in what you’re doing. That’s what the first issue of Wired was about."-- Wired magazine co-founder Louis Rossetto, in a really interesting history of the launch of one of the most interesting magazines created in the past thirty years. Rossetto and his business and life partner had created a plan to surf the wave of technology, which they predicted would be the rock 'n' roll of the '90s. Its debut was in January 1993.
Friday, May 03, 2013
“I foresee a future where there are no newspapers, unfortunately.I think digital technologies are going to ensure that that happens.”-- Laas Turnbull, the publisher and editor in chief of The Grid, the Toronto weekly magazine owned by the Toronto Star, quoted in the Spring issue of Spacing magazine in an article about the gradual disappearance of newspaper boxes from the streets of Toronto. However he says he thinks of the 400 boxes his paper uses as an important part of the streetscape and "the most significant marketing tool in our arsenal."
While most integrated media companies have traditionally built their sales departments to be platform-specific, with one team for TV, one for print, one for digital etc., Rogers’ new model addresses clients’ growing desire for integrated solutions, said Tomik.
“They just want to know how they can get in front of the consumer in the best possible way with the highest impact,” [said Jack Tomic, chief sales officer]. “More than ever before, integrated solutions are where it’s at.”The four team leads are Mitch Dent, executive vice-president, Rogers TV sales; Brandon Kirk, vice-president of sales, publishing; Linda McErlain, general sales manager, radio; and Gavin Roth, VP, multiplatform sales. They retain their platform job titles, at least for now. Another lead will be appointed in coming weeks, said Tomik. He said the benefits would be a simplified sales approach avoiding bombarding clients with pitches from various media properties and the company infighting that can result. No word yet on which team will service which agency or client.
“What we hope to do is smooth out that process in a dramatic and large-scale way so that we’re just easier to do business with, and that we integrate and work together internally so that instead of trying to ensure we make budget on a radio or television station, we’re trying to build advertising campaigns that work for the client.
“If you work for the client and make them happy, the result is pretty straightforward: They’ll do more business and spend more money with you.”
This year, the awards have two categories for Magazine of the Year -- professional and trade. The three finalists for professional are CAmagazine, Marketing and Up Here Business. The three for trade are Oilweek, Renovation Contractor and Salon magazine.
Among individual nominees, James Menzies leads all writers with 4 nominations for his work in Truck News, Truck West and Motortruck Fleet Executive (published by Business Information Group). Garnering 3 individual writing nominations are Alicia Androich (Marketing, Rogers Publishing Ltd.), Steve Bouchard (Transport Routier; Newcom Business Media), Jeff Buckstein (Statements; CGA Media) and Nicolas Mesly (Le Coopérateur agricole; La Coop fédérée).Nominees for the special award Best Issue of 2012 are National magazine, Precedent and University Affairs.
Complete list of finalists
The Gold, Silver and Honourable Mention awards will be presented at the Grand Banking Hall at One King West in Toronto, on Tuesday June 4, at the 59th annual Kenneth R. Wilson Awards gala, presented by CDS Global.
Thursday, May 02, 2013
"Legendary pioneers in the Western Canadian magazine industry, Paul and Audrey's long personal and professional collaboration in journalism and publishing makes them an ideal choice for this prestigious award," said the WMAF release. The LAA judges said, 'in recognition of contributing contributions, and at a risk of weakening individualism, but in celebration of lifelong partnerships, for the first time, and perhaps never to be repeated, the panel of judges recommends Paul and Audrey Grescoe for the 2013 WMAF Lifetime Achievement Award."
The nominees for the written, visual, gold awards and provincial magazine of the year categories have been released.
Nominated as best new magazine were Coast Mountain Culture magazine, Homes & Living Magazine, Vancouver and Interlake Arts, Life & Leisure.
Nominees for trade magazine of the year are
For best online magazine, the nominees are: BCLiving.ca, Swerve, Toque & Canoe and VitaminDaily.com
Regional magazine of the year nominees (from whom is selected the over all Western magazine of the year, are:
Up Here Business
Kootenay Mountain Culture Magazine
Sponsored by Government of Manitoba Ministry of Culture, Heritage and Tourism
Canadian Journal of Green Building & Design
Sponsored by Government of Saskatchewan Ministry of Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sport
Saskatoon HOME Magazine
Wednesday, May 01, 2013
Quote, unquote: Having your print and online, too
“In traditional media, the Internet was always used as a marketing tool for the print product and we’re trying to reverse engineer that.We’re primarily online because it gives us an opportunity to utilize all of the tools the Internet has to offer, but we do want to have print because it’s a great marketing tool—people love to have a print magazine.”
"Our research shows a disparity between the content that media companies serve to consumers and the content they believe readers want to consume," says Eric John, vice-president, digital services for AAM in a blog post.He says that publishers know that replicas are not ideal, but are struggling not just with costs and also feeling sceptical about losing control of their content to third-party apps. John quotes one publisher:
“With the value people get from our magazines—the quality of the design, the layout and the readability—we feel it’s important to have control and deliver the right kind of experience to our customers. We’ve done a little bit of testing, but haven’t really delved into it. It’s a new process for our titles, and there really isn’t a clear model that would make it attractive for us to put our content into some of these other applications rather than building our own.”
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Contending for best magazine cover are: Adbusters, Azure, Canadian Business, Maclean’s, Maisonneuve, Report on Business, The Grid, The Walrus, Up Here and Vancouver.
The most nominated article was “Building with the Brigadier” (Report on Business) by Greg McArthur and Graeme Smith, nominated in 3 categories: Business, Investigative Reporting and Politics & Public Interest.