Tuesday, December 18, 2018

National Magazine Awards entries now open

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Submissions are now being accepted for the 42nd annual National Magazine Awards. Entries are accepted in 29 written & visual, editorial, best magazine and special categories. Gold winner in written & visual categories receive $1,000 cash prize; Digital content is eligible in most categories. Entry fees for most categories is $100

Deadline is January 18; the early bird rate is by January 11th. 

Back by popular demand, the Freelancer Support Fund allows freelance creators to submit their first two entries at the discounted rate of $50 per submission, or 50% of the regular rate if entries are submitted after the early-bird deadline.

If your magazines’ annual revenue is $200,000 or less, you’re likely eligible for the Small Magazine Rebate. This rebate is equal to one free entry.

The 2019 Digital Publishing Awards will feature 23 awards recognizing and rewarding Canadian digital publications and creators. Creators’ awards come with a $500 cash prize. Submissions for the 4th annual DPAs will open on January 2, 2019.

National Magazine Awards: B2B In addition to submitting for the NMA category of Professional Article, B2B journalists and publications are invited to enter the inaugural National Magazine Awards: B2B. Awards in 19 categories will recognize the work of business-to-business creators and editorial teams, with $500 cash prizes for gGold winners in creator-focused categories. Submissions open on January 3, 2019.

Friday, December 14, 2018

Ford government claws back money from the Ontario Arts Council.

About 10 years ago, Ontario's Culture Ministry announced a $5 million funding boost to the budget of the Ontario Arts Council. It brought the government's annual support of the OAC to about $60 million.
This week, the Conservative  government cut funding to the OAC by $5 million, dropping the base funding for 2018-19 to $65 million.
In addition. after barely a year in existence, the goverment has slashed in half the Indigenous Culture Fund from $5 million to $2.75 million in 2018-19. 
Go figure.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Writing for Magazines and Web for seriously interested in writing and selling mag articles

Writing for Magazines and the Web (CDJN 117) at Ryerson University's Chang School is an introductory evening course about the basics of conceiving, focussing, pitching, researching, structuring, writing and revising a full-length feature magazine story. It is intended for those with a serious interest in writing and selling non-fiction articles to print and online magazines. Participants are expected to read a wide variety of Canadian and American periodicals and to complete (for grading) four shorter writing assignments in addition to the feature. The 13-week Wednesday evening course starts January 16 6:30 to 9:30.
https://ce-online.ryerson.ca/ce/calendar/default.aspx?id=5&section=course&mode=course&ccode=CDJN%20117 

Mag and web publishing course provides a comprehensive overview

One of the foundation courses offered by the Chang School about magazine and web publishing is CDJN 112, due to start Monday, January 14th. It provides a broad overview of print and digital publishing with an emphasis on make the most of a fast-paced, dynamic environment. Each week concentrates on one aspect of the business (editorial, advertising, production etc.) and invited industry speakers  provide real-world insights. The main group project is creating a business plan that explores the various  aspects of the business.

https://ce-online.ryerson.ca/ce/calendar/default.aspx?id=5&section=course&mode=course&ccode=CDJN%20112

Saturday, December 01, 2018

The News Group wholesale arm to be sold to U.S.-based hedge fund

The News Group (TNG) owned by the Jim Pattison Group is to be sold to Chatham Asset Management in a deal expected to close by year's end, according to a story in Folio:

What it means is that control of about two-thirds of the North American magazine wholesale market (including its subsidary Comag Marketing Group, the national distributor for Hearst Magazines,  Condé Nast, and American Media Inc., among others) will pass into the hands of a New Jersey-based hedge fund. 

About 1,500 TNG employees will move under the umbrella of a newly-formed American News Group. Canadian operations and TNG Merchandising were excluded from the sale and will remain as part of the Jim Pattison Group.

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Friday, November 30, 2018

MoneySense online magazine sold to Ratehub Inc.

Rogers Communications Inc. has sold its MoneySense online-only magazine to Toronto-based Ratehub Inc. The deal is to close December 1. As a story in the Globe and Mail points out, this is the first (and only) one of eight magazines put up for sale  in the summer as a package including the company's custom content group. Rogers apparently had an understanding to sell seven titles (save for MoneySense) to the publisher of The Hockey News, but that deal collapsed a few weeks ago. 
Rogers will continue to produce MoneySense content, sell advertising and operate the website until the end of January in order to assist with the transition. Most of the content on the site is created by freelancers; no Rogers employees are moving as part of the acquisition.
Ratehub makes most of its money from affiliate marketing, but MoneySense is expected to continue to rely on standard online advertising to a great extent.  

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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Mag world view: Glamour gives up regular print; Sat Eve Post puts 200 year archive online

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

A\J changing its tagline


In a subtle branding shift, A\J Alternatives Journal is changing its tagline in 2019 from what it had been "Canada's environmental voice" to “A Home for Canada’s Environmental Voices.
” We know that no single media outlet, environmental science department, eNGO or corporate player acting alone can tackle the intractable problems facing the natural world in Canada and beyond, [says editor in chief Andrew Reeves in a note to subscribers and supporters.]
"That’s why, as A\J approaches its 50th anniversary in 2021, we believe it’s time to rethink how we’re acting in support of Canada’s environment.
"And, more importantly, who we’re acting alongside. That’s why we here at A\J have decided to do our part to strengthen Canada’s environment by transitioning from our old mantra as “Canada’s environmental voice” to a role more befitting our founding mandate to make complex ecological issues understandable."

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Mag world view:Breaking China's fashion; Tracking guys; Guardian model pays off; 17 cuts frequency; New York to paywall itself

Monday, November 12, 2018

First Time, now Fortune sold off

Meredith Corporation has sold Fortune magazine for $150 million in cash in a deal that will close by year end. The sale comes just a week after that of Time magazine for $190 million in cash.  These two major titles were part of the acquisition of Time Inc. by Meredith earlier this year and the sell-off two other important titles, Sports Illustrated and Money, are expected imminently.  Meredith has said that it was in particular unloading four titles titles didn’t align with Meredith’s core audience of American women.

Chatchaval Jiaravanon, Thai business tycooon and owner of Fortune Media Group Holdings Limited of Bangkok bought Fortune as a personal private investment; according to a story in Media Post, he intends to grow the brand's digital capabilities, geographic expansion and editorial team.  
“Our vision is to establish Fortune as the world’s leading business media brand, with an always-on reach and global relevance:” Jiarovenon stated. He believes “the demand for high-quality business information is growing,” which will lead to profitable growth for both the publication and its events branch.  
Tech billionaire Marc Benioff and his wife Lynn Benioff bought Time

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Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Toronto Life special edition features city's 100 Best Restaurants

Toronto Life has revealed its list of the City’s 100 Best Restaurants. The list will be featured in The City’s 100 Best Restaurants special edition, which is on newsstands today (November 6). Subscribers will receive the issue in addition to their regular monthly copies.
Toronto Life's no. 1
"At the top of the list is chef Patrick Kriss’ Alo, located at Queen and Spadina [said the magazine in a release.]. "The fine-dining restaurant, now three years old, seems to be improving with age: it’s home to one of the most singular restaurant experiences in this city, or any other." 
“There’s so much depth in Toronto’s restaurant scene right now that choosing only 100 was a real challenge,” said Alex Baldinger, Food Editor of Toronto Life. “But when it came to naming the No. 1 restaurant, our assessment was unanimous. Alo is thoroughly deserving, and consistently exceptional.”
The top 10 are
  1.  Alo (163 Spadina Ave., Toronto)
  2.  Edulis (169 Niagara St., Toronto)
  3.  Sushi Kaji (860 The Queensway, Toronto)
  4.  Actinolite (971 Ossington Ave., Toronto)
  5.  Jacobs and Co. (12 Brant St., Toronto)
  6.  Buca Yorkville (53 Scollard St., Toronto)
  7.  La Banane (227 Ossington Ave., Toronto)
  8.  Brothers Food and Wine (1240 Bay St., Toronto)
  9.  Canoe (66 Wellington St. W., Toronto)
  10.  Quetzal (419 College St., Toronto)
[The full list is available online at torontolife.com/TL100.]

In addition to the top 100 Restaurant list, the special issue also includes rankings of the city’s 30 best bars, 10 amazing out-of-town restaurants and 120 excellent wines.

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