At more than 120 pages, Gourmet Quick Kitchen will feature classic recipes from the magazine as well as new content like photographs, kitchen tips and eight full menus with wine pairings.
A spokesperson declined to say what Gourmet Quick Kitchen’s exact distribution will be but says the model is “based on efficiency and a smaller print run.” The issue will carry a $10.99 cover price.
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
- To increase the base budget of the Canada Council for the Arts by an additional $30 million per year for each of the next four years; this would bring the base to $300 million by 2015 and
- To invest $25 million in strategic international market access and development initiatives.
Monday, August 30, 2010
The course emphasizes what is called literary journalism, which combines journalism's concern for solid reporting and factual accuracy with many of the dramatic techniques of fiction. At its best, this kind of feature writing holds readers' interest, entertaining them while simultaneously providing the depth and context necessary to understand complex issues and events or capture the essence of a profile subject. There will be short writing assignments as well as one longer feature, which must contain some or all of the elements of the course: evidence of on-the-scene reporting, a narrative arc consisting of a well-crafted beginning-middle-end, character development, the use of dialogue instead of (or in addition to) traditional quotation, the use of symbol to support theme, etc. Students are expected to come to the first class prepared to discuss story ideas and move on quickly to writing a query letter.If you're new to magazine and web writing, consider instead Margaret Webb's course Writing for Magazines and the Web, which begins September 15. Many students take Margaret's course and then David's.
[This is a self-interested promotional message since David and Margaret are colleagues and I, too, teach at Ryerson as part of the same night school program; my is course called Magazine and Website Publishing (starting September 13) which is an overview dealing with the business aspects of making magazines on paper and online.]
Labels: professional development
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Friday, August 27, 2010
I have missed you all so much, and with Müdd we can adore all things fashionable and glamorous together. Müdd Magazine's premiere issue exemplifies all that we represent, it is a platform for our core values: sophistication, style and culture. We are not afraid to publish articles about Somalia's government alongside high-fashion couture photo shoots. We believe that a modern audience is as interested in the world's issues as well as committed to celebrating the beautiful, creative and opulent.Represented by Dodd Media Group, the magazine for the time being offers only static on-page ads, though it is promising interactive opportunities in future. A full page ad is $9,000, according to the media kit. There is no information available about actual or expected readership and there seems not to be any plans for a print version.
Thursday, August 26, 2010
"We've certainly seen a number of experiments that are going on that are clearly trying to preserve the journalistic values while at the same time doing the necessary innovation," Mr. Smith said. "The boundaries of what's permissible and not permissible are going to be explored."-- Douglas Smith, executive director of the Punch Sulzberger Executive News Media Leadership Program at Columbia University, quoted in an article by Nat Ives in AdAge headed: The Ad/Edit Wall Worn Down to a Warning Track. Ives says that the question for print has become less about whether to cross the boundary between editorial and sales and more about how best to do it.
[UPDATE If this is a case of stockphoto-itis, it is worth looking at a post from a year ago by freelance visual artist and instructor Charles Apple about the use of stock photos on the covers of the most mainstream magazines. In the case of the image on the TIME magazine cover shown, the photographer says he got $30.]
Heeb Magazine has never been about making Jewish “cool.” What we are big believers in, however, is making Jewish fun. We believe that in a world in which Jewish periodicals outdo themselves in attempting to highlight just how endangered Jews are, there should be one Jewish media outlet that actually makes its readers smile. So whether online, or in print, we like to think that we can all still have a little fun—and don’t worry, Ahmadinejad will still be waiting when we’re done.
Magazine covers were eligible if they appeared on issues dated from June 1, 2009, to May 31, 2010. Beginning September 1, the 72 finalists will be posted on Amazon.com for 30 days. Customers will vote for their favorites in 12 categories, then choose the Cover of the Year from the 12 winners. The winners will be announced on October 3 in Chicago at the American Magazine Conference, the premier meeting for industry leaders hosted by MPA and ASME.
My experience is that the most appealing story badly presented will outsell the dullest story displayed dynamically. In this respect, content is indeed king. I’m not sure if these ratios hold for service magazines, but for business or news magazines, the best cover subject will outsell your worst by a factor of 4-5—even more if you have the flexibility to increase draw when you know for sure you have a once-in-a-decade winner. Variations of two to one are not uncommon in a typical year. In this regard, the biggest mistake editors make is putting the most important, rather than the most appealing, stories on their covers.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
"It's an unprecedented coalition of the entire mailing industry," James Cregan, MPA's executive vice president/government affairs, tells AD. "In the past, a lot of rate change cases have been matters of different types of mailers and classes of mail fighting each other over who's going to pay what, but this is really the first time in history that everybody has joined together and supported one united effort."
Labels: mailing rates
Since 1977, Lees has won eight medals, two gold and six silver and been nominated 10 times at the National Magazine Awards for stories in magazines including Toronto Life, Cottage Life and Canadian Geographic, according to a close friend. Some of his more recent features were “Eels on Wheels” for The Walrus and “A Fish in the City” in On Nature.[UPDATE: Here is a list of the two gold and six silver National Magazine Awards Lees won.]
Lees is survived by his wife and sons. Memorial visitation is Tuesday, August 31 from 1-2 p.m. at the Mount Pleasant Visitation Centre, 375 Mount Pleasant Bld., Toronto. In lieu of flowers donations can be given to the Conservation Foundation of Greater Toronto, 5 Shoram Drive, Downsview, Ontario M3N 1S4.
An officer on a stolen bicycle call "has no business checking the gun registry," he says, and insists the "worst thing" is to have officers told there are no guns registered to an individual or household because they could "let their guard down."
Readers will be entertained by a look at the drive-in movie theatre, a summer stalwart that's making a comeback as a magical family entertainment option. The magazine also helps readers find the best summer road-trip burgers, the country's biggest gathering of twins, and hidden treasures with just a GPS device and a little sense of adventure.
"We welcome this exceptional new partnership and the opportunity to build on the heritage of both the GEICO Direct program and the GEICO brand," says Totem SVP Business Development Joseph Barbieri.
Labels: custom publishing
The catch is that each poem must incorporate “35” somehow or somewhere in the submission. It could be that a poem is 35 lines or 35 stanzas or it could be that literally the number “35” is used or written out, or included in the title. All we ask is that if the use of “35” is not immediately obvious, for example each line is thirty-five words in length, that you include a note in the entry explaining how you have used the requisite number. Although we will award no extra points for being tricky, we are definitely open to innovation.Entries are $24 each, which includes a one-year subscription. First prize is $500 plus paid publication. The deadline is November 1.
CV2 is also in the middle of a coast-to-coast reading tour. This week it was in Toronto and is due in Halifax Sunday, September 5 and Vancouver October 16. There will also be a Winnipeg reading, not yet confirmed.
“Ultimately if there are tax dollars being used to support the printing of publications those Canadian tax dollars should be spent in Canada. This opens the door for that not to happen, for those dollars to be spent outside of Canada.”
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Magazine world view:Penthouse grows; black liquor; kids today; fewer freepaper closures
- Penthouse publisher again ranked fastest-growing (Folio:)
- Former RBI editor to head new magazine (Folio:)
- Apologies to Liza Minnelli, From The New Republic (New York Observer)
- Congress and paper companies covet 'Son of Black Liquor' funds (Dead Tree Edition)
- Slow-down in closures of free newspapers (Guardian)
- Budget cuts force library closures (Utne Media Blog)
- Time Inc's paid content head Monica Ray moves to Condé Nast (paidContent)
- Guardian's U.S. CEO Caroline Little stepping aside (paidContent)
- The kids are alright: How news organizations can tap the vast potential of younger consumers (Nieman Journalism Lab)
- The kids are alright, part 2: What news organizations can do to attract, and keep, young consumers (Nieman Journalism Lab)
Labels: world view
“The additions are intended to more effectively serve the changing needs of its members as well as help them capitalize on advances in technology that have presented new opportunities for magazine media companies.”Just last year, battered by the recession, MPA laid off 14% of its staff. It's not known how many, if any, layoffs are associated with this consolidation of senior executive positions.
Labels: Magazine Publishers of America
The industry we knew and loved will not turn around, nor rejuvenate. It has fundamentally and irreversibly changed. Our hope and the salvation of our revenue stream is in creatively adapting and joining the future of information distribution, instead of, at best, jousting at paper windmills. The new magazine business will do just fine with or without the romantic semantics of what constitutes a magazine.
"Private sales are a natural complement to LOULOU's digital service," says Claude Galipeau, SVP & GM, Digital Media, for Rogers Media [in a press release]. "Private sales are about convenience, and the excitement of acquiring high-end designer brand apparel merchandise at real deals. We are excited to bring the Beyond the Rack shopping experience to our online audiences."
Monday, August 23, 2010
"What’s at stake is not a simple matter of opinion about whether injection sites are a good idea. It is (1) an exhaustively-documented attempt by elements in Canada’s national police force to create a bogus “academic” argument against Insite. Then (2) an attempt by senior RCMP officers to reverse course and atone for that burst of academic vandalism. And finally, (3) a decision from the RCMP’s highest echelons — or from someone in government outside the RCMP — to stifle the belated atonement, instead letting the sham record stand. The first part of that story has been told before. The rest is new, and devastating."
Labels: investigative journalism
Labels: professional development
Edmontonians magazine brought back from the dead by controversial publisher
“I had an exciting and fulfilling 21 years… now I am thrilled to see another generation take on the challenge and continue a legacy of excellence.”
This is not the first time that Cedar Publishing and its owner, Mohamad Najmeddine has clashed with the authorities. In June 2008, the Crime Stoppers Organization filed a claim against the company for using their logo, making it hard for the independent organization to raise money. Apparently Cedar and Crimestoppers had agreed in 2004 to publish a magazine in partnership, but the arrangement was terminated in February 2007.
Crime Stoppers is asking for $500,00 for loss of donations and goodwill and $250,000 in punitive damages. Najmeddine, in his statement of defence, argues that Crime Stoppers reneged on its contract and appropriated his clients by starting their own magazine called "Crime Stoppers and you...Making a difference."
"Only fact-checkers from legacy media probably miss the quaint old procedures. But if the Web has changed what qualifies as fact checking, has it also changed what qualifies as a fact? I suspect that facts on the Web are now more rhetorical devices than identifiable objects. But I can’t verify that."
Labels: fact checking
Sunday, August 22, 2010
- Just because it was sent, doesn't mean you have to read it
- If it's old and hasn't been added to or followed up, it probably doesn't matter anymore
- So, how to sort through the pile and save only what's necessary?
- Sort your messages by sender, use shift-click to select batches and press delete.
- And how do you deal with what's left?
- There are only two categories: things you can handle in two minutes or less; and the rest. For the former, sort your messages by date with the oldest first (that is, in ascending order). Start reading. If you can deal with it in two minutes or less, do so with a reply of no more than two lines. For the latter, set yourself a deadline and reply to the person with a brief message such as "I'll get back to you about this by next Tuesday". Then put the item on a to-do list.
Saturday, August 21, 2010
“[They’re] sucking the oxygen out of the one room and filling up some bright balloons in another. And the room they’re sucking the oxygen out of is the ongoing arts groups that have supported the development of all kinds of arts and cultural activities in the province for many years, and they’re dedicating money to this three-year program that perpetuates the feelings that were generated in the Cultural Olympiad. Well, in our view, you get more culturally and artistically if you support the kinds of ongoing activities that foster the arts in a more broad sense than that. The priorities aren’t quite right.”
If ever a cherished Canadian public figure had feet of clay, it was Peter Gzowski [says the review by Terry McLeod, who is the co-host of CBC Winnipeg's Information Radio and who was a producer for Gzowski's Morningside program from 1988 to 1993.]
Many of us knew the late great broadcaster and author as a massive talent. And, no surprise, biographer R.B. (Rae) Fleming charts chapter and verse the story of Gzowski's path to that success in this thorough and revealing effort.
What is surprising, however, is Fleming's revelation of Gzowski's flaws and the price that he, and those around him, paid for them.
"Peter's Canada of small town and essentially good-hearted white people had long ago been replaced by a cosmopolitan, polyglot urban nation," he writes.
"What Peter represented was nostalgia for a self-confident decent and compassionate Canada that had all but vanished except in the memory of his listeners."
Friday, August 20, 2010
Magazine world view:Shelter checkup; app think tank; print and mobile; web death & hype
- Shelter magazines: The good, the bad and the survivors (Folio:)
- Marketing services drive B2B publishers' growth (eMedia Vitals)
- Cygnus acquires three manufacturing brands (New York Observer)
- Hearst launched mobile app "think tank" (Folio:)
- Loaded: its rise and fall (Guardian)
- Attitude owner tables bid for Loaded magazine (Press Gazette)
- Beyond the barcode: combining print and mobile platforms (Folio:)
- Ads boost brings new confidence to magazines business (Brand Republic)
- Who owns your e-book of 'War and Peace'? Probably not you (MediaShift)
- The web dies, the hype lives: What Wired left out of its eulogy (Nieman Journalism Lab)
Labels: world view
The Canadian edition's weekly circulation has increased about 11% in the first half of 2010, according to ABC data and is now 120,000, of which 74,000 are single copy sales. According to the spring results from the Print Measurement Bureau, the magazine has 637,000 readers (which is significantly fewer than the magazine claimed in 2009 (based on a commissioned survey) that it had more than a million readers a week.)
- Hello! Canada ME Ciara Hunt promoted; Madrid lets her run own show now
- Here's your hat, what's your hurry? Hello! dumps its Canadian management
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
While the standoff centers on one publication for now, just about any other brand that makes photos of the rich and famous their stock in trade is watching nervously from the sidelines. Whatever deal they strike could set the terms of trade for the industry going forward.
"I do think it's an important moment as far as the photo-agency business model," said Jill Stempel, New York bureau chief for World Entertainment News Network, which on Tuesday was considering joining the agency alliance. "We need to take a stand."
A People spokeswoman refused to comment beyond offering the following statement: "The People iPad application launch date has absolutely nothing to do with photo agencies."
"They realized that in most cases People.com was not making ad revenue or subscription money off extended use of their photos," said Brandy Navarre, vp at X17, a photo agency that plans to negotiate separately from its unified front of competitors. "But when you're talking about paid apps supplemented by advertisements, that's something different altogether."
The fear that traditional media is so shrouded in about digital media is misplaced. It is absolutely ridiculous. To me, it's like a farmer being afraid of his shovel. It's a tool. The Internet is an amazingly powerful piece of equipment for creative people to use. As long as traditional publishers are afraid of it, their lunch is going to be continuously eaten by younger, more creative people. I'm not younger, but I'm creative. Believe me, I can create a very powerful print company -- and augment and expand it digitally. But you have to do more than just replicate your print pages.-- Bob Guccione Jr., in an interview about the new restaurant magazine called Viaggio (published by super chef Mario Batali and his business partner Joe Bastianich) [from MediaDailyNews]
The opportunity also exists for people who do purely Internet media, without the need to do a print component. Digital doesn't need print. Print needs digital in the same way that once color was available, publishers had to use it.
"But in order for this tradition of mendacity to be tolerable, the deception has got to be at least somewhat plausible. Instead, too often, Stephen Harper's government starts with an ideology that most Canadians do not share and works backward — mixing in spin, argument and transparent justification to arrive at a-wink-and-a-nudge public policy."
"Clement isn't a halfwit, but he's sometimes required to play one on TV."
"This is like saying the army is worthless as job training because so few go on to paramilitary work after their discharge.The point is about the experience acquired, not the industry in which it's used. Anyone with even a passing knowledge of farm work can tell you it involves a wide range of useful skills, from welding and metalwork to logistics and computer skills. More important, the prison farms taught work and social skills to people who were often woefully unprepared to hold down any sort of job — things like teamwork, personal responsibility and reliability."
|New look PROFITguide.com|
"PROFIT has always highlighted the voices of entrepreneurs who've overcome common management challenges and achieved business success, because nothing resonates more with business owners and managers than the experiences of their peers," says Ian Portsmouth, Editor and Associate Publisher. "Through its blogs, videos, podcasts and resources, PROFITguide.com provides a timely and accessible source of peer-tested knowledge for anyone who manages, owns or wants to start an entrepreneurial business."The site also features the complete PROFIT 100, HOT 50 and W100 rankings and the content of PROFIT Magazine.
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Cameron, who started out in journalism as a food writer for the Toronto Star and later wrote for the Globe and Mail and Saturday Night magazine, won the Crime Writers of Canada Arthur Ellis Award for The Last Amigo: Karlheinz Schreiber and the Anatomy of a Scandal and had a bestseller with On the Take: Crime, Corruption and Greed in the Mulroney Years.
To realize the revenue potential, Next Issue Media recommends that publishers “create new interactive products; offer a large library of cross-sold interactive titles; develop innovative subscription packages; find mutually beneficial partnerships with leading OEMs; carefully define future advertising standards and metrics; and fundamentally rethink internal workflows, capabilities and organization.”There is a downloadable PDF of the full text of the white paper from Oliver Wyman.
Labels: web and print