Thursday, August 17, 2017

Douglas Kelly named president of St. Joseph Media

Douglas Kelly is now president of St. Joseph Media (SJM), succeeding the retiring Douglas Knight. Kelly, who has been senior vice president of Strategic Content Labs a custom content division he set up when he joined the company three and a half years ago. 

Previously he had been editor-in-chief and publisher of The National Post. Reporting to Tony Gagliano, executive chairman and CEO of St. Joseph CommunicationsKelly will also be joining SJC’s executive leadership team. He will continue to lead Strategic Content Labs, along with his duties as president of SJM. 

As well, the announcement of Kelly's appointment said VP & group publisher of women’s brands, Jacqueline Loch, will be working with Tony Gagliano to "identify and bring enterprise-wide business opportunities that could include SJC’s other major divisions, Content and Printing," a role added to  her current responsibilities.
“There is great untapped potential in going to market with an unparalleled range of services offered by SJC’s, Media, Content and Print divisions,” said Gagliano.
Kelly was quoted in the release announcing his promotion that “The Media Group has adapted well to date, but the business model must continue to evolve as we find new ways to meet the diverse demands and needs of our audiences and clients.’’ 

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

SkyNews making the most of rare solar eclipse

SkyNews has put a special 4-page insert into its Sept/Oct issue, which is on newsstands since August 8, just before the August 21 solar eclipse which is tracking across the mid-U.S. They're also binding in special solar-safe viewers in those newstand copies (subscribers got theirs in the July-August issue.) 
"To promote these bonus items, we stickered the newsstand issues and we’re running an eclipse on the cover once again," says Janice McLean, the art director at SkyNews told Mastheadonline. "This is generally our Astrophoto issue, but we do have one story running in the main issue about future eclipses, which gave us the opportunity to run an eclipse image and coverlines on the full run of the magazine.”

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Fall continuing education opportunities at Ryerson's Chang School

While the 7-credit certificate program in Magazine and Website Publishing at Ryerson's Chang School has been discontinued, the courses offered definitely carry on. Tune up your skills and interests in the fall term, with courses starting the week of September 11 (204 starts September 9). Taught by some of the best instructors around. 
  • CDJN 112 - Magazine and Website Publishing
  • CDJN 113 - Magazine and Website Editing
  • CDJN 117 - Writing for Magazines and the Web
  • CDJN 118 - Advanced Feature Writing
  • CDJN 119 - Magazine Copy Editing
  • CDJN 122 - Advanced Magazine Editing
  • CDJN 201 - Magazine Advertising Sales and Marketing
  • CDJN 204 - Layout Software for Magazine Editors
  • CDJN 207 - The Online Publishing Toolkit


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    Mag world view: Condé Brooklyn-bound; PopSci soars; Newsstand reform; Email prevails

    Quote, unquote: Creating a premium reading experience

    “The magazine is thicker, the quality of the paper is better, there are more pages. Print is very important to us and to our readers. We are declining in frequency, and increasing the number of digital articles, but we wanted to communicate that print is still a very important premium part of our offering.”
    -- Adi Ignatius, editor-in-chief of Harvard Business Review, explaining in Folio: how the publication has decreased frequency, interspersed digital "Big Idea" specials in the intervening months. Fewer than a dozen readers cancelled as the result of the change. 

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    Monday, August 14, 2017

    Events celebrate the launch of Atlantic Canada's The Deep long-form online magazine

    After almost a year of planning, the Nova Scotia launch is about to happen for The Deep Magazine, Atlantic Canada's online publication featuring long-form journalism. The official launch party is to be on Tuesday, September 12, 7 - 10 pm at the Lot Six Bar & Restaurant on Argyle Street in Halifax. It follows an August 24 launch in Fredericton, New Brunswick at 7 pm at The Picaroons Roundhouse.

    The Deep was announced last September and a crowdfunding campaign successfully reached $18,500 after shooting past its $15,000 target and has now raised $19,038  from 321 backers in order to launch the online, long-form journalism site for Atlantic Canada. The venture will start by publishing one big story a month in 2017: "sweeping, ambitious, can't-put-them-down Atlantic stories that will stand toe-to-toe with the best magazine writing and reporting found anywhere."

    Friday, August 11, 2017

    Celebrating help when and where it's needed; the Travelling Consultants Program

    One of the most successful professional development ventures in the Canadian magazine sector is the longstanding Travelling Consultants Program from Magazines Canada. (Of course I'm biased since I've been one of those consultants many times over the years.) 

    MC member magazines in good standing get to spend a day in their office with a seasoned industry professional, tuning up aspects of their business. It's free to Canada Council-funded members and it is a modest $350 fee for all other members. It happens every fall and this year's deadline for application is August 31. There are a limited number of consultations in this subsidized program, based on funding, and so it's first-come, first-served once funding is confirmed.

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    Thursday, August 10, 2017

    British current affairs mags have strong year-over-year sales

    Current affairs magazine sales in Britain have shown significant growth in the ABC figures for the first half of 2017, according to a story in Press Gazette.

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    Thursday, August 03, 2017

    Halifax mag polls readers about favourite beer(s)

    Halifax magazine is running a beer poll, asking its readers to share their favourites, making themselves eligible for a free year's subscription. The magazine has always has an interest in beer, having recommended 150 different ones last year in HalifaxMag.com. Now they're asking for nominations for the best beers in HRM (Halifax Regional Municipality) and in Nova Scotia.

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    Mag world view: Tomorrow, the world for Time Out; Colouring is so yesterday; Trump takes swing at Golf Magazine

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    Toronto patio party presented by Canadian Society of Magazine Editors (CSME)

    The Canadian Society of Magazine Editors (CSME) is hosting its annual patio party; cocktails on The Pilot’s rooftop patio. It’s just $5 for members and $10 for non-members and that includes two drinks. All are welcome—editors, art directors, writers, social media coordinators and more. August 16, 2017 at 5:30 p.m., The Pilot’s Flight Deck rooftop patio, 22 Cumberland Street (near Yonge & Bloor).

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    Wednesday, August 02, 2017

    Annex Business Media acquires two new manufacturing titles


    Annex Business Media has acquired two new manufacturing titles -- Industrial Products & Process Technology and Process West -- both assets of Swan Erickson Publishing. 

    IPP&T addresses the process products and technology information needs of more than 24,500 process engineers, managers, consultants, purchasing agents and R&D personnel. Process West regionally serves a similar audience of over 10,500 processors in Western Canada.  




    Michael Swan, owner at Swan Erickson, is working with Annex for the foreseeable future to transition the brands.
    "This acquisition is a natural fit for Annex,” says Annex Business Media COO Ted Markle. “IPPT and Process West will give us a strong foothold in the important Canadian process industry, which includes oil & gas, mining, pulp & paper and food processing. These sectors are lynchpins in our manufacturing economy.   They are respected brands with a long history of success and they clearly complement our market presence with our existing manufacturing group." 
    Annex is Canada’s largest business-to-business media company, with 65 brands serving markets from agriculture and manufacturing to resources and professions. The private company’s growing list of offerings includes print, websites, e-news, e-marketing, events, webinars, video, research, printing services, book distribution, and data rental.

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    Tuesday, July 25, 2017

    Carrie Gillis new director of events at St. Joseph Media

    Carrie Gillis, until recently the associate publisher of Realscreen magazine (and before that of The Grid) has been hired to be the new director of events and experiential marketing at St Joseph Media. The position is within the custom content division.

    According to Doug Kelly the vice-president of Strategic Concept Labs, Gillis's job will be to capitalize on the demand for client based events and to create sponsorship and ticket revenue.

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    Tuesday, July 18, 2017

    Access Copyright prevails in "fair dealing" suit against York University

    Though it is but one step in what may still be extended litigation, it was heartening to see that after a long struggle, Access Copyright, the Canadian copyright licensing agency, won a suit against York University over copyright infringement. 

    It is a test case against York, but could well apply to other universities who took a button in the new Copyright Act and sewed a suit on it, essentially turning "fair dealing" provisions into a wholesale grab for the work of artists and other creators. 

    Universities have in recent years opted out of agreements with Access which required fees to be paid for copying digital and hard copies for students, according to a tariff published by Access Copyright. Universities have interpreted the regulations so broadly that writers and publishers had virtually no rights at all to control the use of their work that was deemed for "educational" purposes. 

    The guidelines adopted by various universities, including York, said that up to 10% of a given work could be copied, but it effectively meant much more. The result has been that Access, which previously has passed on a modest share of fees to creators, wasn't able to pay but a pittance. Justice Michael L. Phelan  of the Federal court said in delivering judgement,
    “The fact that the guidelines could allow for copying of up to 100 per cent of the work of a particular author, so long as the copying was divided up between courses, indicates that the guidelines are arbitrary and are not soundly based in principle.”
    “York has not satisfied the fairness aspect of the quantitative amount of the dealing. There is no explanation why 10 per cent or a single article or any other limitation is fair.
    "It is evident that York created the guidelines and operated under them primarily to obtain for free that which they had previously paid for.” 
    Here is a summary of the judgement.

    The full judgement can be obtained from the web site of the Federal Court.  


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    Quote, unquote: You have to laugh, or you'll cry


    “I’ve had a great response to the cover. I think the image allows you to look at a scary subject and laugh about it. People need a release and the laughter holds back the tears.”
    -- illustrator Andrew Rae talking to The Drum about the most recent Trumpian cover for the New York Times Magazine. (We particularly like the flight of the Twitter birds.)

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    Thursday, July 13, 2017

    Litmags' stories longlisted for this year's Journey Prize

    The longlist has been announced for this year's $10,000 Writers’ Trust of Canada/McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize for best short story by an emerging Canadian writer. (It should be noted how important literary magazines are in bringing these stories to  view.)
    • Lisa Alward from Fredericton, NB for "Old Growth" (The New Quarterly: Canadian Writers & Writing
    • Sharon Bala from St. John's, NL for "Butter Tea At Starbucks" (The New Quarterly) and "Reading Week" (PRISM international)
    • Patrick Doerksen from Abbotsford, BC for "Leech" ((parenthetical)) 
    • Sarah Kabamba from Ottawa, ON for "They Come Crying" (Room magazine) 
    • Richard Kelly Kemick from Calgary, AB for "The Most Human Part Of You" (Maisonneuve) and "The Unitarian Church's Annual Young Writer's Short Story Competition" (The New Quarterly)
    • Michael Meagher from Halifax, NS for "Used To It" (PRISM international)
    • Darlene Naponse from Naughton, ON for "She Is Water" (The Malahat Review)
    • Maria Reva from Vancouver, BC for "Subject Winifred" (The Malahat Review)
    • Jack Wang from Vancouver, BC for "The Nature Of Things" (The Malahat Review)
    • Kelly Ward from Toronto, ON for "A Girl And A Dog On A Friday Night" (Taddle Creek)
    A shortlist will be released on September 13, and the winner on November 14, at the Writers' Trust Awards in Toronto. The winner will receive $10,000; Finalists: $1,000. The publications that first published these stories are also contenders for a $2,000 prize made possible by McClelland & Stewart.
    The longlist of 12 stories are to be featured in The Journey Prize Stories 29, available in bookstores September 26. 

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