Monday, November 29, 2010
"We are pleased to report our first profitable quarter. The recent additions of television and radio to our existing Zoomer - oriented magazine and web assets, positions us perfectly to ride the surging demographic wave which is the Zoomer market." said Moses Znaimer, President and Chief Executive Officer of ZoomerMedia Limited in a release.
...There is little doubt that the next generation of magazine company executives is confronting a media landscape in which the margin for error is far smaller, and uncertainty about whether readers and advertisers will remain loyal is more palpable than ever.One of the themes in the article is that most of the executives are talking about "fair value", by which they mean perhaps there will be fewer buyers, but those will be willing to pay more for good, original journalism and other content.
Friday, November 26, 2010
According to a story in the Regina Leader-Post, the magazine put 2,000 copies on sale at a price of $10 about two weeks ago, featuring photographs from the Saskatchewan government archives, which publishes the magazine. These include a picture of the 1934 Riders wearing leather helmets and some shots from the 1950s with quarterback Frank Tripuka demonstrating "correct football technique".
In their search for Rider content, magazine staff also unearthed recordings of the team's homecoming after the 1951 Grey Cup in Toronto.
"The team lost the Grey Cup (to Ottawa) that year, but they came back to this amazing reception from the people of Regina and Saskatchewan," said Charabin. "They wouldn't allow the players to leave the stadium until every single one of them got up to the mic and said something. Some of (the players) were feeling a little bit sheepish because they hadn't won, and yet they were being celebrated like this."
Fans can make arrangements to listen to the recordings at both the Saskatoon and Regina offices of the Saskatchewan Archives Board.
"To me, that's an amazing document to have," said [publication coordinator Nadine]Charabin, "and it speaks to the Rider tradition of people celebrating the team and being there thick or thin."
Torstar Corp., the Globe and Mail and the publishers of La Presse (Square Victoria Communications Group) have capitalized Canadian Press Enterprises Inc. which takes over the entire operations of the service.
“CP is a very important national institution,” The Globe’s publisher and chief executive officer Phillip Crawley said Friday. “The government was right to recognize that this needed special support.
The co-operative’s board will now be replaced by a board consisting of two representatives for each of the new owners; including Mr. Crawley, Toronto Star publisher John Cruickshank, and Guy Crevier, president of Gesca and president and publisher of La Presse. The new board will have its first meeting on Monday.
Working together as an ownership team guarantees that CP will be able to continue its tradition of delivering quality content across Canada in the years ahead,” Mr. Crevier said in a statement.
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Creators coalition takes out full-page ad demanding changes to C-32 copyright bill
"The legislation is unacceptable. There's still a chance to do the right thing. There's still a chance to get copyright right. Don't do it for us. Do it for Canada."
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Founding editor of Design Edge Canada magazine leaves to join design firm
It's not all that hard to subscribe to magazines in Canada, really
"Joyce Redding of Toronto is pleasantly overwhelmed by the convenience of ordering magazine subscriptions this year for her extensive family and friends," [says the release]. Ordering magazine subscriptions in Canada has been a challenge - sometimes it's hard to find magazines that ship to Canada; in the past she had to order Canadian magazines separately from publishers.Funny, we weren't aware that subscription services for Canadians were such a challenge, what with the Rogers magazine service (marketing both Canadian and U.S. titles) and the Magazines Canada services for print magazines (including their current buy 2, get 1 free promotion), plus their digital newsstand project in collaboration with Zinio.
-- Marty White, Principal of Online Magazine Marketing, in the webinar this week (one of a series presented by Magazines Canada) called The Path to Your Client's Sweet Spot. (White is scheduled to teach a 7-week course about online ad sales on the web at Ryerson's Chang School for Continuing Education starting January 13.)"One of the most common things I hear particularly from magazines in Canada is "What do we do when we don't have traffic? We have a low circulation, a modest circulation, we can't compete with some of the big search engines, or we can't sell on CPM." But it really comes down to relevance. If I'm an advertiser and you can tell me you have a 1,000 people of a particular type that absolutely fits my category, irrespective of what else I do, I'm going to be interested. And it helps foster that conversation."
"By announcing further details of his iPad magazine in New York, Branson is making an explicit move of his tanks onto Murdoch's lawn," [the story said]The new, as yet unnamed, magazine is being led by Branson's 29-year-old daughter Holly and is to be edited by Anthony Noguera, former editor of Arena, Zoo and FHM.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
"That the National Assembly recognizes the crucial role of content creators and the importance of IP [intellectual property] in the economic model of arts and culture in Quebec;
"It endorse the concerns of the arts, especially music and literary publishing, and asks the federal government to change the current Bill C-32 as it involves authors rights to assure Quebec creators of full recognition of their rights, adequate protection against illegal copying of their works, application of the principle of private copying, and therefore ensuring income to the value of their intellectual property. "
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
By some estimates, Quadrangle peaked and began to decline after the acquisition of Alpha Media, publisher of lad mags Maxim, Stuff and Blender, from Dennis Publishing for $245 million. This highly leveraged transaction, coming not long before the global credit crunch, resulting from the subprime mortgage meltdown, soon went sour.
Stuff and Blender were closed amid steep declines in ad pages, Kent Brownridge resigned his post as publisher in August 2008, and in November 2008, creditors including Cerberus Capital Management and Credit Suisse revealed that Alpha had violated debt covenants. In July 2009, Alpha and its sole remaining title, Maxim, were handed off to Cerberus after Quadrangle couldn't make scheduled payments servicing a $100 million loan from Cerberus.
Two royal wedding commemoratives rushed out by Rogers Publishing
It's a romantic, good-news story, though not without the tragic undertones of Diana's fraught marriage and her untimely death under the glare of insatiable media attention. William's and Kate's marriage, scheduled for spring or summer next year, is Britain and the world's new hope for a happy ending.
- The couple: How they met and the hearts they broke; The long eight-year courtship; The ring.
- The families: The royals and the Middletons. The unpredictable brother, Harry; and Remembering Diana.
- The wedding :Everything from bets on the dress to the music (and the colour of the Queen's hat on the big day). Plus, a sneak peak at the Canadians who are most likely to make the invitation short list.
- The history: A10-page photo album of previous royal weddings. And the five Queen Catherines before Kate. (Not one of them had it easy.)
- The future: The houses, the jewels and the glass coach for her wedding day (seriously) versus the job: the charity grind, the public appearances, the pressure to produce an heir and the endless scrutiny.
- Prince William: We look back on the extraordinary life of the man who will rule with Kate by his side
- Kate Middleton: With insights into Kate's childhood, we reveal how the outgoing girl from an unassuming background grew up to win the heart of a prince
- William and Kate's love story: From the moment they met to becoming college sweethearts and then soulmates, we tell their epic tale of true love
- Prince Charles and Diana: Remembering the last "wedding of the century"
- Kenyan paradise: An exclusive peek inside the place where William proposed to Kate (and the note they wrote afterwards)
- Royal love nests: Where the newlyweds will lay their heads
- Bridal Jewels: a trove of historic gems that Kate may wear on her wedding day
- Here comes the bride: Designers share sketches of the gowns the bride might choose for her big day
- Kate's look: From casual chic to gala glamour, her style will be copied around the world
As climate change opens up the Northwest Passage and makes mineral and oil extraction a more viable option, the question of Arctic sovereignty is going to become more contentious. Prof. Grant's book is a delightfully accessible and detailed history of North American Arctic sovereignty issues, and will provide an excellent backbone for discussion and debate.RSVP is requested to SEJpubnight[at]saunderseditor[dot]com or on Facebook
|Digital composite image from issue 1, by Gary Campbell|
"One of my favourite pages in any magazine is the contributors' page. So I enlisted the help of of friends and acquaintances and tried to create something where the contributors page was the magazine, where you learn something about the personality of the people whose work you're reading. It's as much about the mix of people as it is about the mix of stories. An issue of Aggregation works if the mix leaves you feeling like you were at a great dinner party."
"The fact of the matter is that the mode of reading that a magazine represents is a mode that people are decreasingly interested in, that is making less and less sense as we forge further into this century, and that makes almost no sense on a tablet. As usual, these publishers require users to dive into environments that only negligibly acknowledge the world outside of their brand, if at all -- a problem that's abetted and exacerbated by the full-screen, single-window posture of all iPad software. In a media world that looks increasingly like the busy downtown heart of a city -- with innumerable activities, events and alternative sources of distraction around you -- these apps demand that you confine yourself to a remote, suburban cul-de-sac."Comments on this will, as always, be welcome.
Monday, November 22, 2010
"An independent judging panel will select the recipients based on a story proposal or “pitch” and an accompanying budget for travel costs and other reporting expenses," says the CFI in a release. "Stories may be told in print, broadcast, online or mixed media. The students retain up to $1,500 of the award as a stipend."
- The Fall Cottage Life show (it also has a spring show)
- Canadian Home Workshop show
- Explore Adventure & Travel show
- Outdoor Canada show
The magazine article certainly stands on its own as a very compelling piece of journalism, shining a light on how the most vulnerable members of the Attawapiskat First Nation — young children — are caught in the the morass of federal bureaucracy. The film takes the story over the top.
Friday, November 19, 2010
|Julie Doucet illustration from the issue|
“On the 20th of November we’ll be launching a special Quebec-themed edition of the magazine in Montreal," [Taylor told blogger Jeet Heer.] "We’ll have a laptop at the party and some lucky Quebecker will press the button and send the issue — which features Gil Courtemanche, Leonard Cohen, Julie Doucet, Maddie Thien, Rawi Hage, Oscar Wilde, Alain de Botton, Raymond Chandler, and a lot of translated Quebecois writing.”The magazine is published by book publishers Hamish Hamilton and seems to come out whenever Taylor can manage it. It is sent as a free pdf to about 15,000 people who have signed up to its mailing list.
If you're in Montreal, the launch is at la Maison des Ecrivains, 3492 Avenue Laval starting at 7 p.m. Maybe you can be the one to push the button.
Rogers consumer publishing names Steve Maich as group publisher of business magazines
Steve came to Rogers 6 years ago as national business columnist and over the next 5 years served as senior editor, deputy managing editor, and finally, as executive editor of Maclean’s. In July 2009, he moved to Canadian Business as editor, part of a new management team that enacted a very successful redesign and relaunch of the country’s oldest and best-selling business publication.
Julie came to Maclean’s in 2006 as Associate Publisher. In 2009 she added Canadian Business, Profit and MoneySense to her responsibilities. Under her leadership, we have seen the brands grow and I look forward to seeing her in action on a larger portfolio [said Whyte].
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Baron "made the Guide a great farm magazine and helped us all in our careers," Harold Dodds, former editor of the Guide's sister book Canadian Cattlemen, said in a separate email.
[He] was raised in Ottawa and graduated from the University of Guelph's Ontario Agricultural College in 1949, entering farm journalism first at Toronto-based Farmer's Magazine and then moving to Winnipeg in 1952 to become assistant editor of the Guide.
There's been a flurry of comment in the U.S. about the inadvertent revelation by a New York Times executive that the paper raised its rates and no one apparently noticed. According to a story on Slate,
The assistant managing editor for new products and strategic initiatives at the New York Times made a minor strategic error last week. On Nov. 10, Gerald Marzorati blurted out at a Times panel discussion on digital media that the paper had "north of 800,000 subscribers paying north of $700 a year for home delivery" who "don't seem to know that." During the recession the paper raised the home-delivery rate 5 percent, Marzorati said, but only 0.01 percent canceled. "I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that they're literally not understanding what they're paying," Marzorati said. "That's the beauty of the credit card." (He meant not the credit card itself but rather its use by the Times for automatic subscription renewals.)The truth is that, with a little work (not unlike hunting down the best rate offered for hotel rooms or airline fares)those credulous souls could have the paper for half that. As Slate senior writer Timothy Noah says
"I feel a little bad sharing this information at a time when newspapers—even the mighty New York Times—are struggling to stay solvent. I am a lifelong Times reader and onetime Times employee. I love the product, as we longtime subscribers tend to.
But it doesn't sit easy with me that the Times' most loyal readers—the people who love the paper so much that they figure they'll pay whatever they have to—end up paying twice what they have to simply because it doesn't occur to them that the good Gray Lady is playing them for suckers."
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
"It's a win-win for everyone: readers appreciate relevant content written by their peers, and our co-op students get a taste of the exciting world of journalism," says Ed Conroy, Publisher,The Magazine.
"You can't cut out stuff from the Internet or iPads and put it on your wall or locker. Our style is very visual and not so much based on breaking news, so we complement the Internet nicely.""
That seems to be the case with the November issue of Esquire, which features a cover image of Minka Kelly, described as the "sexiest woman alive". Yet, according to a story on Mashable, four weeks after the magazine was on the newsstand, the iPad version has yet to appear on the Apple store site.
The problem? The issue is simply too risque for the App Store, one source familiar with the matter told Mashable.. The publication has submitted a revised version it expects to be approved in the next few days, around the time the December issue is slated to hit the App Store.
An executive at Hearst said that Apple has not, in fact, communicated at all to Esquire since the issue was submitted to the App Store, despite multiple entreaties — nor that the publication has submitted a revised version.In a New York Times interview with Apple's head of worldwide product marketing, Phillip W. Schiller, he said that Apple has purged "an increasing number of apps containing very objectionable content" that drew customer (mostly female) complaints, although mostly not from well-established, bigger titles such as Playboy or Sports Illustrated.
The bad news is that this is probably the final straw for Cooks Source. We have never been a great money-maker even with all the good we do for businesses. Having a black mark won't help...and now, our black mark will become our shroud.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
|Allan Casey (Canadian Press)|
Allan Casey of Saskatoon, took the non-fiction prize in the Governor General's Literary Awards for his first full-length book Lakeland: Journeys into the Soul of Canada (Greystone Books).
a feature in the October issue on the threat to the South Saskatchewan river from climate change and water demand.
Interviewed by the CBC, Casey said that on his tour of lakes large and small, remote or otherwise he found that access to nature was rapidly becoming the preserve of the wealthy, with access tightly controlled.
- Beckie Fox, editor of Garden Making
- Doug Wallace, editor of The Kit and
- Tammy Thorne, editor of dandyhorse
Reader's Digest Canada amalgamates print and online advertising sales teams
According to a release from the company, Nancy Bradshaw, previously associate publisher for Reader’s Digest and Sélection, is being promoted to the position of group director, sales and marketing solutions.
"In her new role, Nancy will be responsible for media sales of all brands in all platforms, for the marketing solutions group and for research and database," the release said.Michelle Kellner, previously associate publisher, Best Health and Our Canada, has been promoted to the position of director, integrated marketing solutions, "responsible for managing the marketing services and ideation teams in developing creative and winning solutions for clients".
The restructuring and promotions are apparently a reflection of RD's concentration on multi-brand, multi-platform sales.
“As today’s consumers and business leaders become harder to reach in meaningful ways, magazines more than ever have powerful stories to tell,” said Gary Garland, Executive Director of Advertising Services at Magazines Canada. “They engage, they connect communities and they sell. Member support of these new ad campaigns will remind the advertising community and industry influencers that magazines are not only open for business but a must-buy.”
Monday, November 15, 2010
Sassy, which ran from 1988 until 1996, brought Pratt together with her teenage protege. Gevinson was born the year before Sassy ceased publication, but she became familiar with the magazine through back issues and blogged about the need for a similar title for her generation.
Pratt found out about Gevinson's admiration for Sassy and sent the young blogger an email. The pair eventually met in person and hashed out the idea for "a magazine for an audience of wallflowerly teenage girls."
According to Gevinson, the new project won't be an attempt to recreate either of Pratt's other glossies.
"Of course, it won't be Sassy (or the rebirth of Sassy, or Sassy 2.0) and nor do we want it to be … The world has changed a bit in the past 15 or so years and that whole Internet thing happened, and this world calls for something different," Gevinson wrote.
Deb Trepanier named publisher of Where Toronto
[Update: Trepanier is filling a job that was vacated by the resignation of former publisher Andy Cook,who left St. Joseph Media to become group publisher at George Media, the Mississauga company that publishes a family of digital-only business magazines: The Canadian Business Journal, The International Resource Journal, The African Business Journal, The American Business Journal, and The Australian Business Journal.]
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Magazine guy by day, lounge singer by night; Terry Sellwood makes his debut
"Some of you will have been fortunate enough to have enjoyed Terry's skill with guitar and keyboard. For those of you who have not you are in for a treat," says Kaluski.
From the late 1940s until the mid 1970s he worked at Oxford University Press, then one of the primary publishers of poetry, educational and non-fiction books in this country. During Owen's tenure as chief editor and manager, OUP published, among many other titles, Margaret Atwood's early volume of poetry, The Animals in That Country, as well as Modern Canadian Verse, ed. by A.J.M. Smith.
With Robert Weaver, an acquaintance from university days, and others, including Kildare Dobbs and William Toye, he founded The Tamarack Review in 1956. Until its demise in 1982, Tamarack was the pre-eminent literary periodical in Canada. It published early stories by Alice Munro, Mordecai Richler and Timothy Findley.After retiring from OUP, Owen worked as a book reviewer and a freelance editor for magazines, newspapers and publishers including Saturday Night, The Financial Times and Hurtig. Predeceased by his former wife, Patricia Heighington and his son Trevor Owen, he is survived by his son, journalist Gerald Owen, his brother Trevor Owen and his extended family.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Massey College to hold an informal gathering for journalists
"The idea for the Press Club is simple and, admittedly, old-fashioned -- to provide a relaxed space for journalists and students to gather and chat. [says the announcement]"
"Every journalist who is not too stupid or too full of himself to notice what is going on knows that what he does is morally indefensible. He is a kind of confidence man, preying on people's vanity, ignorance or loneliness, gaining their trust and betraying them without remorse. Like the credulous widow who wakes up one day to find the charming young man and all her savings gone, so the consenting subject of a piece of nonfiction learns -- when the article or book appears -- his hard lesson. Journalists justify their treachery in various ways according to their temperaments. The more pompous talk about freedom of speech and "the public's right to know"; the least talented talk about Art; the seemliest murmur about earning a living."The talk and Q & A, will be followed by coffee, tea, cheese and a cash bar in the common room.
Its press release read like a suicide note.
Even when pages were not included in a buy, the U.S. News print platform gave the brand a unique and credible point of differentiation when up against Web-only properties. Now they are going head to head with sites that do online better than they do. It would be like a diner, located next door to a Five Guys, changing its menu to burgers only.
It’s not a technical issue, [NIM CEO Morgan] Guenther says, because “we’re ready to support Apple as well,” and he says he’s confident that will happen. But “Android is a very important tablet platform, and a very important platform for smartphones.”
Guenther wouldn’t disclose other details about his launch, but you don’t have to squint to read between the lines here. The takeaway is that Google has been flexible on the business issues that are important to the publishers that own his company. And that Apple’s not there yet.
The key split, still: Publishers want the ability to sell their tablet magazines directly to consumers, or at least to be able to access the data that iTunes collects when it sells them.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
TORONTO, Nov. 10 /CNW/ - The Toronto Star today published a story, in print and online, about an article that appears in Maclean's 20th anniversary university rankings issue (arriving on newsstands starting tomorrow). Online, the story appeared under the headline "Asian students being forced into university: Maclean's."
Without judgment of the validity of the Toronto Star's report, Maclean's would like to clarify that the subject of its own feature is not the same as the Star's. The Maclean's article discusses issues of racial balance at Ivy League schools and asks whether the same issues are relevant on Canadian campuses today. The subject of the Star's story is whether or not Asian parents are "pushing" their students into university.
One thing they quickly figured out: Smartphones offer a much different user experience than larger-screen tablet devices. Smartphones are very much utility-driven, with users often looking for specific information to help them complete an activity. Early research on tablets points to a "lean-back reading experience" that equates more with traditional magazine reading than with the task-driven Web.
“We look at each product as native to each device we’re going to use,” said Jerry Steinbrink, vice president of publishing for Consumer’s Union, the publisher of Consumer Reports, which recently released its new Mobile Shopper iPhone app and is developing additional apps for the iPhone, iPad and Android environments. “We work very hard not to deliver a magazine-like experience in something that isn’t a magazine.”
- Utility -- standalone consumer experiences related to shopping, cooking, travelling and so on. Examples include Mobile Shopper (Consumer Reports), Gourmet Live (Conde Nast), Cosmo’s Sex Position of the Day (Hearst), Shape Flat Abs (Rodale), Golf Digest Tips (Conde Nast), Time Out New York.
- Special issues -- usually based on extensive publisher archives of photos or articles. Examples include Life’s Wonders of the World Photography Book, Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, GQ’s Men of the Year, Golf Digest’s Hot List, Popular Science’s Tech Buyers’ Guide
- Feeds -- apps that pull RSS feeds from websites and feature breaking news, video etc. They are generally free and examples include Atlantic Wire, Sporting News, EW’s Must List, SI.com