Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Rogers Communications seeks to sell 8 digital and print assets in a package deal

Rogers Communications Inc. is seeking a buyer for a package of eight of its digital and print magazine assets, including Maclean’s, Canadian Business, MoneySense, Today’s Parent, Hello! Canada, Flare and Chatelaine’s French and English editions − as well as its custom-content group according to a story in the Globe and Mail.

The company is looking for a comprehensive deal, including all of the publishing assets on offer, rather than selling them individually.

The Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce has been retained to manage the sale.
The magazine sale process comes after Rogers Media laid off 75 full-time employees in June, reducing the size of its digital content and publishing staff by a third. Rogers said at the time that the cost-cutting was designed to keep its publishing business “sustainable.” If a sale were to occur, Rogers would still be in the digital publishing business, largely with websites and apps related to its broadcast businesses, such as CityNews and Sportsnet. Rogers faces challenges seen across the industry, as growth in digital advertising has not been sufficient to make up for steep declines in print revenues.

According to information Rogers provided to potential buyers, the magazines had $12-million in print advertising revenue last year, and $9.5-million in digital ad sales; print circulation accounted for $16.5-million in revenue while digital circulation was roughly $600,000.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Matthew Holmes leaving as president and CEO of Magazines Canada

Matthew Holmes, the president and CEO of Magazines Canada, a role he has held since January 2016, is leaving by the end of August. Holmes will be returning to work in post-secondary education heading up government and industrial relations at Queen's University. A search is underway for his replacement, led by Scott Jamieson, the chair of Magazines Canada and the hiring committee plans to fill the position by fall 2018. 

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Advanced Feature Writing with David Hayes

David Hayes is known as not only an excellent magazine freelancer but also an excellent teacher of those who wish to emulate him. His evening course at Ryerson University's Chang School, Advanced Feature Writing (CDJN 118), is intensive, focussed on getting real story ideas published in real magazine markets. Several students each term sell what they write. Expect to hit the ground running and to keep up the pace for 13 weeks, starting Thursday, September 13, 6:30pm. Sign up now.   

Read more about the course on Hayes's own blog:

Monday, August 06, 2018

Mag world view: UK Print ads up; Hearst departure; Eddies and Ozzies; NatGeo reorganizes, top 3 out


Tuesday, July 31, 2018

SABEW shucks "American" and emphasizes a new, global focus

The Society of American Business Editors and Writers has rebranded, dropping the "American"reference (at least in part in deference to the fact that the association expanded into Canada in 2010) and unveiling a new name (and logo) to represent its wider ambitions, becoming the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing.
“The logo better communicates what SABEW stands for today,” said executive director Kathleen Graham. “We’ve used visual elements to emphasize our forward-thinking mindset, and digital and global expansion objectives.
SABEW presents an annual business awards competition among professionals and students.
It  recently become more focused on press freedom. To that end, it has issued statements and created events and training highlighting the importance of journalism, including the principle that fact-based reporting is necessary for the health of robust democracies.

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Friday, July 27, 2018

Magazines Canada relocating as of August 1

After many years on Adelaide Street West, Magazines Canada will be relocating effective August 1st. The new mailing address is 555 Richmond Street West, Suite 604 Toronto, ON M5V 3B1. Phone number will remain 416 504-0274  

Note: The single copy distribution warehouse, which is in Brampton,  is NOT moving.

Mag world view: Digital Guardian eclipses print; Israeli mag fires cartoonist; Troy Young takes over at Hearst; Facebook loses 20% in a day

Friday, July 06, 2018

Spacing magazine partnership with City of Toronto creates a pop-up shop

Spacing magazine,which demonstrated that retail can profitably augment publishing when it launched a store in 2014 at 401 Richmond Street, has partnered with the City of Toronto to create a pop-up shop on a prime corner where visitors enter Nathan Phillips Square.

The store, which is clearly aimed at the tourist trade, is right on the corner of Queen West and Bay. It is open Wednesday to Saturday 10 - 6 and will be an obvious go-to place to get that branded Toronto T-shirt.


Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Mag world view: Quartz sold to Japan; Funding journalism; Hunger for print; Content for voice assistants

Saturday, June 23, 2018

enRoute editor Jean-Francois Legare named editor of the year by CSME

Jean-Francois Legare of Air Canada enRoute was named editor of the year at the annual Editors' Choice Awards presented June 21st  at a social held in Toronto by the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors (CSME). It was the first time a custom magazine editor had won the honour.  Style at Home, Canadian Living, Western Living and Vancouver Magazine also took home a couple of awards each. 
Here is the full list of winners:

  • Magazine of the Year, Small Circulation: Vancouver Magazine, Anicka Quin
  • Magazine of the Year, Medium Circulation: Western Living, Anicka Quin
  • Magazine of the Year, Large Circulation: Canadian Living, Erin McLaughlin
  • Magazine of the Year, Trade: Precedent, Melissa Kluger
  • Magazine of the Year, Custom: Air Canada enRoute, Jean-Francois Legare
  • Best Tablet: Style at Home, Chris Bond
  • Best Web Editorial:, Kaitlyn Funk
  • Best Front of Book: Canadian Living, Erin McLaughlin & Western Living, Anicka Quin (*Tie)
  • Jim Cormier Award for Display Writing: Style at Home, Erin McLaughlin
  • Best Art Integration  Winner: Style at Home, Karen Paddon
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    Former Canada's History publisher named to board of National Capital Commission

    Deborah Morrison, the former publisher of Canada's History magazine and, most recently, president and CEO of Experiences Canada, has been appointed to a four-year term on the board of the National Capital Commission of Canada. The appointment is effective June 25 and was made by the Minister of Canadian Heritage, the Honourable Mélanie Joly.


    Thursday, June 21, 2018

    A picture worth quite a few words

    [This post has been amended]
    TIME Magazine's July 2 issue will be a photo illustration incorporating a photo of U.S. president Donald Trump and a two-year old Honduran girly weeping as her mother was detained in McAllen, Texas. The little girl's photo was taken by John Moore, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer for Getty Images.
    “This one was tough for me. As soon as it was over, they were put into a van. I had to stop and take deep breaths,” Moore told TIME Tuesday, describing his reaction to the scene...“All I wanted to do was pick her up. But I couldn’t.”
    [Correction: "TIME Magazine issued a correction on Friday for a photograph previously said to depict a two-year-old Honduran child being taken away by U.S. Border Patrol agents. 
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    Tuesday, June 19, 2018

    Mag world view: Grow or go up in smoke?; 22 MPA lessons; Maine finds new owners; News on social media falls; American Media buys teen & celeb titles from Bauer