Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Some Quebec honey is not what it seems or says, according to Protegez-Vous magazine

The magazine Protegez-Vous, published by Options Consommateurs in Quebec has reported that one third of honey they tested was of lower quality than promised. 11 of 36 products tested were safe to eat but were flawed or violated Canadian and international honey standards. Various brands, for instance, had sugar added or were overheated, the magazine said in its June issue. Five products has a botanical origin different than advertised on their labels. 

The proprietor of Three Acres summer honey, Liliane Morel, firmly denied any wrongdoing  in an interview with CTV News:
“We promise that we have never, ever done anything wrong, that you are getting a quality product from the bottom of our hearts,” she said.“We have no problem having our honey tested. The problem is that we've been accused of putting sugar in our honey which is totally not true. 
Morel said she was flabbergasted by the Protegez-Vous test, completed in a lab in France. Each honey underwent two tests: one for added fructose and an MRI to confirm the ingredients.“We know what we do and we know what we do not do and add sugar to our honey is definitely not something that we do or will ever do,” she said.

CSME Editors' awards finalists announced

The Canadian Society of Magazine Editors (CSME) has announced the shortlist of finalists for the 2017 Editors' Choice Awards. The winners will be announced on June 7 at the CSME Awards and Social, 5:30 pm at The Pilot, in Toronto, 22 Cumberland Street. Along with the category winners,  winners will be announced for awards for Best Front of Book, the Jim Cormier Award for Best Display Writing and Best Art Integration and CSME’s highest honour, the Editor of the Year Award.
Kirstine Stewart will deliver a keynote address about staying ahead of the curve in our ever-changing media environment and cultivating innovation in your team. As Chief Strategy Officer for Diply, a content platform with more than one billion monthly views, and the former Vice-President of Media at Twitter, Stewart has consistently been at the forefront of media’s evolution. She is also the author of the national bestseller, Our Turn.
The award finalists are…

Best Magazine, Small:
– This Magazine
– BC Business
– Vancouver Magazine

Best Magazine, Medium:
– The Hockey News
– Cottage Life
– Best Health

Best Magazine, Large:
– The Kit Compact
– Style at Home
– ELLE Canada

Best Magazine, Trade:
– Precedent
– Ignite
– Professionally Speaking

Best Magazine, Custom:
– Air Canada EnRoute
– Fairmont Magazine
– Bombardier Magazine

Best Tablet Edition:
– ELLE Canada
– Style at Home
– The Hockey News

Best Web Editorial:

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Quote, unquote: Partnering with a disruptor

Airbnb is a travel disrupter, and with Airbnbmag, we will disrupt the travel-magazine category with a publication unlike any other on newsstands today. By partnering with Airbnb, we are able to serve their global community and provide readers with the most inspiring and most real-life travel stories, experiences and tips. The world of travel has changed. Technology has changed. People’s needs have changed. There is a new travel consumer whose needs and interests weren’t being served in the current media landscape.
-- Joanna Coles, chief content officer at Hearst, quoted on the company's website about the benefit they see of partnering with Airbnb on a new newsstand magazine.


Monday, May 15, 2017

British newsstand distributor Comag's owners Hearst and Condé Nast bail out

The future is quite uncertain for Comag in Great Britain as a major newsstand distributor. Its two, principal owners -- Hearst UK and Condé Nast Britain -- have withdrawn. Comag has a 23 per cent share of the UK newsstand market.

Hearst UK publishes 24 magazines and website titles, including: Good Housekeeping, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Esquire, Red and Men’s Health. It owns 65 per cent of Comag.

Condé Nast Britain publishes 16 magazines and websites including: Vogue, GQ, Tatler, Wired and Vanity Fair. It owns the remaining 35 per cent of Comag.

The announcement, reported by Press Gazette, that the two partners were to "withdraw" was made without elaboration, other than that there would be some unspecified consultation with staff, clients and suppliers.


Sunday, May 14, 2017

Jonathan Kay has resigned as EIC of The Walrus

Late Saturday, Jonathan Kay resigned as editor-in-chief of The Walrus magazine, according to a post from Canadaland

His departure is attributed to the recent storm in the Twitterverse over "cultural appropriation". Kay was one of a dozen senior people from the media establishment who were -- in jest or in mischief -- attaching their name to the creation of an "appropriation prize". (It was the result of a furor over a column written by Hal Niedzviecki in the magazine of the Writers Union of Canada magazine; he resigned his position as editor. [See earlier post.])

In a pair of clipped tweets Sunday morning Kay said:
"I've done something that's going to make the twitterverse *very* pleased...." and "And if anyone needs me today, I will be in the cheap seats, watching the Jays. Phone blissfully off."

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Quote, unquote: The strategy? Make
the magazine better

“Magazines can be fantastically successful, but don’t go on doing the same thing you were doing five years ago or ten years ago. You need to create the product that your readership wants. Too many magazines are being diverted by publishing houses focusing too hard on the digital aspect. I think they would see much better sales if there was greater focus on the magazine.”
-- Mark Hedges, editor, Country Life magazine, in an article from Press Gazette


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Editor of Write resigns for writing column promoting "cultural appropriation"

Hal Niedzviecki
Hal Niedzviecki has resigned from his position as editor of Write, the quarterly magazine of the Writers' Union of Canada (TWUC) as the result of furious criticism of an opinion article he wrote in its latest issue. In it, he said that he rejects the notion of "cultural appropriation" and went so far as to encourage writers "to imagine other peoples, other cultures, other identities" and compete for the "appropriation prize".

Other contributors to the magazine and to the particular issue (which was themed mostly with articles from indigenous people) were outraged and said so on social media, noting that their articles were specifically against cultural appropriation, which involves taking over creative or artistic forms, themes, or practices by one cultural group from another. An example of the furor was a Facebook post by Helen Knott, a TWUC member and a contributor to the issue. 
“I am seriously disgusted that someone would use the Indigenous issue of Write as a jump point for a case for cultural appropriation on the backs, words, and reputations of the Indigenous writers featured in it. It’s not enough that we are finding our voices, reclaiming our ability to tell stories, and having to heal to tell these stories. But people want to tell them for us.” 
TWUC issued an apology which said, in part 
"The (article) offended and hurt readers, contributors to the magazine and members of the editorial board," said the union, noting the magazine is intended "to offer space for honest and challenging discussion and to be sincerely encouraging to all voices." 
"The union recognizes that intention is not enough, and that we failed in execution in this instance. We remain dedicated to honouring the very hard work we have set ourselves, and to taking responsibility for systemic wrongs in which we as an institution with a place in helping to define Canadian culture have participated."
Niedzviecki, who is also an author and founder and editor of Broken Pencil magazine says now 
“I started out kind of flippantly and I think that I failed to recognize how charged (the term cultural appropriation) is and how deeply painful acts of cultural appropriation have been to indigenous peoples,” he told the Toronto Star
“Sometimes the things that you’re trying to convey aren’t being conveyed in the right way.” He hoped that, in the future, the writers he worked with “would be willing to talk to me and dialogue with me about why it happened.” 
“I’m certainly going to be thinking about this incident in the future when I write. At the same time I think it is important that we engage with each other, that we speak respectfully to each other about our differences of opinion. I don’t think we want to have a chill on expressing ideas,” he said.

Vote for best magazine cover of the year must be cast by May 18

The People's Choice for best cover of the year, selecting from 10 finalists, is open for voting through May 18 and the winners will be announced on May 19 on Twitter @MagAwards
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Annex Business Media buys three b2b titles from Annex-Newcomb LP

Annex Business Media has acquired OHS Canada, Pipeline and Autovision magazines from Annex-Newcom LP of Toronto. 

The purchase of the three titles all-but wraps up the partnership created to manage the acquisition of Glacier's Business Information Group (BIG) in early 2015. (Announcements are expected in the next week about three further titles that would allow Annex to move into new industrial sectors.)

The staff of the three magazines will be joining Annex. 
Autovision is a luxury and fleet automobile magazine with a unique distribution model to target C-suite and high net-worth individuals and fleet buyers across Canada. OHS Canada is Canada’s leading occupational health and safety magazine. Pipeline is Canada’s occupational health and safety online resource dedicated entirely to the oil and gas sector.
“These are established brands with experienced teams and deep connections in their industries," said Ted Markle, Annex COO. "They also fit well with many of our existing businesses. Safety is a central issue in all the business sectors we serve, while our unparalleled reach into Canada’s business elite is a natural fit for Autovision.” 
Annex Business Media is Canada’s largest and fastest growing business-to-business media company, with almost 60 brands and diversified revenue streams that spans print, digital, video, email, research, book distribution, commercial printing and events.  
Annex, in partnership with Newcom Business Media acquired 67 trade publications, related websites and digital assets from Glacier Media Inc. in January 2015, giving it more than 100 properties. Some of these included titles bought by Glacier in 2011 in a purchase from Rogers Publishing Limited. Previously, it had acquired some 14 magazines from the breakup of CLB Media, such as Canadian Security and Canadian Electronics.  And, in 2013, Annex bought  PrintAction magazine from Youngblood Publishing. 
Since then Annex has been both adding and divesting individual titles to its portfolio depending on perceived strategic fit.  For instance, in February 2016 it sold two of its metalworking brands --Canadian Metalworking and Canadian Fabricating and Welding -- to U.S. based FMA. And last October it bought Blue Line an independently owned law enforcement magazine .


Tuesday, May 09, 2017

12th | Arbutus, new travel and style magazine to be launched in and for BC

A new, biannual travel and style magazine is hoping to be launched in British Columbia to celebrate the province and its many picturesque attractions. 12th | Arbutus is being helmed by founder and creative director Luke Ehman, who says he was inspired by his late father, James, who shared his passion for exploring unknown territories, thrill-seeking adventure and unpacking history.The magazine's content would cater to both locals and tourists. The magazine is intended to be 144 pages, though its success depends on a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign. The fundraising goal is $28,000 by the end of May. 
“We highlight a number of shops and places and people – 33 Acres and sit down with the owner(s), Litchfield the Shop, Strike Mvmnt, a stay in Haida Gwaii and background on Haida culture, an Air bnb in Railtown, A stay on Galiano Island, a stay story in Tofino, a hike in Chiliwack (Mt. Cheam) and various other places.”
The magazine would also feature stories of places around the globe where BC natives travel or intend to travel, such as Oahu, Hawaii.

Monday, May 08, 2017

Magazine winners announced in 2016 Atlantic Journalism Awards

The winners of the Atlantic Journalism Awards have been announced May 6 at a gala reception at the St. John's NL Convention Centre. Here are the magazine-related gold and silver winners:

Atlantic Magazine Article
  • Gold: Bob Wakeham - Saltscapes - Bedford, NS - Over the top b'ys.
  • Silver: Hugh McKervill - Atlantic Salmon Journal - Chamcook, NB - Reflections from the river; Stephen Kimber - Atlantic Business Magazine - St. John's, NL - Film noir.
Atlantic Magazine: Best cover
  • Gold: At Home on the North Shore - Pictou, NS - Winter 2016: Merry & bright Kingshead house lights up with Christmas spirit.
  • Silver: At Home on the North Shore - Pictou, NS - Summer 2016: Knocking on summer's door; Halifax Magazine - Halifax, NS - December 2016: Building boom.
Atlantic Magazine: Best Profile Article
  • Gold: Cary Rideout - Saltscapes - Bedford, NS - Making the chips fly.
  • Silver: Crystal Murray - At Home on the North Shore - Pictou, NS - At home with Troy and Jennie Greencorn ; Wade Kearley - Atlantic Business Magazine - St. John's, NL - CEO of the year.
Enterprise Reporting: Print
  • Silver: Deborah Carr - Saltscapes - Bedford, NS - Can we save our salmon; Jacob Boon - The CoastHalifax, NS - Continuity errors
Feature: Print
  • Gold: Lezlie Lowe - The Coast - Halifax, NS - Before the murder and after: the life of Tyler Richards.
  • Silver: Stephen Kimber - Atlantic Business Magazine - St. John's, NL - Can you spot the security threat?
Commentary: Any Medium
  • Silver: Trevor Adams - Halifax MagazineHalifax, NS - Why honour Edward Cornwallis?

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Friday, May 05, 2017

TNG acquires magazine sales and distribution arm of Ingram Content Services

The consolidation of magazine  sales and distribution in Canada and the United States is continuing, this time with the acquisition of the Ingram Periodicals LLC's magazine business by TNG GP [formerly The News Group], according to a release. TNG, which operates throughout North America, is a division of  The Jim Pattison Group. headquartered in Vancouver. With the purchase, TNG will expand its title availability, particularly international editions. Ingram will retain the other divisions in its Ingram Content Group which deal with book distribution, library services, print-on-demand and digital content publishing.
“Ingram is a well-respected organization servicing the needs of its clients,” said TNG president David Parry. “Their magazine delivery methodology is considerably different than TNG’s current model and this acquisition will position our company to meet the service needs of an ever-changing market place.” 
“Ingram Content Group has invested in people, strategies, technology and services to help content reach its destination,” said Shawn Everson, chief commercial officer at Ingram Content Group. “TNG is well positioned to serve these customers, and we’re looking forward to their continued success in the magazine industry.”
Along with Hudson News, TNG remains  one of the last few major single copy wholesalers available to magazine publishers.

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Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Inovva acquires Halifax-based Oyster Group

The Oyster Group, a Halifax-based circulation management and fulfillment company, has been acquired by Inovva, which specializes in web-based data management tools for magazine subscriptions, newsletter recipients, contest entries and event attendees. Oyster Group and its founder Faith Drinnan have been serving magazines in Canada and the United States since 1979. 

Drinnan intends to retire soon and Jennifer Taylor, her vice-president, client services becomes director of accounts at Inovva. The company's main offices will remain in Halifax. 

"This is very exciting news," says Inovva president Brinda Luckoo in a release. "The Oyster Group has an excellent reputation in the publishing industry and we are very keen to bring their expertise to our clients. They are well known as a dedicated, hard‑working group of professionals who have been helping publishers build their paid subscriptions for some 25 years." 
"We spent quite some time looking for the right buyer," says Drinnan. "Inovva has the personnel, the skills and the vision to ensure ongoing growth for the business we started in 1992. The company shares our values and commitment to both clients and staff. Plus, they have the most extensive range of traditional and digital offerings in Canada."
This was the second such acquisition this year.  In January, the company purchased Publish2Profit, a Calgary-based technology company that offers online sales and accounting solutions specifically tailored to the needs of magazine and periodical publishers.

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Mag world view: Intern to EIC; world's oldest library; IBT rebrands; 100 daze of Trump; Goop launch

Monday, May 01, 2017

Canadian Media Guild members sign first collective agreement with VICE Canada

CMG Bargaining Committee at VICE l.-r.:
Raffi DerGhazarian, Happy Pharwaha, Justin Ling,
Maggie McCaw, Deb Hong and Federico Carvajal
Staff at VICE Canada have ratified their first, three-year collective agreement that provides them with better pay and benefits, pay equity and measures to protect editorial independence. They were represented by the Canadian Media Guild. Immediate salary increases range from 2% to up to 52.5%, with an average of 9%, based on a salary grid negotiated over the past nine months. 
"This first contract sets us on the right path here as workers at VICE," said Maggie McCaw, a member of the CMG negotiating committee. "We organized because we all agreed that the long hours, creative passion, and professional experience we were investing here were not being recognized fairly by management. This agreement ensures that everyone at VICE will be paid fairly for the work they do and will be treated with respect across the board – from interns all the way up to managing editors. It is an agreement that all of VICE staff and management can be proud of."
The Canadian Media Guild represents over 5,000 members across Canada, including employees at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation / Société Radio-Canada, The Canadian Press and Pagemasters North America, Thomson Reuters, the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, TVO, TFO, Corus, VICE, Zoomer, AFP and in private radio, as well as freelancers.

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