The single copy is available on select newsstands and in some bookstores for $15. A one-year subscription to the twice-a year Public is $20.
Labels: cultural magazines
Labels: cultural magazines
If I did not recognize the land described in Discover Canada, that was the volume’s intention: to drive a wedge between old Canadians and new Canadians; between me, who did much of my schooling in Canada, and my partner, who arrived here as an adult; between the liberal, statist, internationalist culture of the past and what the authors hope will be the conservative, decentralized, militaristic culture of the future.He says that the Canadian tradition of opposition to militarism is censored in a document which mentions war 35 times but makes one, grudging reference to peacekeeping and where a spread about the rights and responsibilities of citizens is "emblazoned with photos of happy soldiers".
"Discover Canada is not so much Canada for Dummies as Canada for Spartans." [he says]
While the number of physicians using a print publication declined from 98% in 2009 to 97% this year, the MMS found that use of media publications’ websites increased from 43% in 2009 to 48% this year.
More than half of all survey respondents (58%) agreed that medical publications are a valuable source for information on prescription products – second only to medical meetings (62%) – while 70% agreed that they are a valuable source of information for patient treatment (again trailing medical meetings at 73%).
Right now, the weekly magazine achieves about a 60 percent cumulative delivery rate between Friday and Saturday with the Postal Service. The remainder of subscriber copies arrive sometime between Monday and Wednesday-the latest arriving almost a week after the issue ships.
By partnering with a major newspaper and/or a private carrier, the magazine has a guaranteed Friday delivery by 6 am.
"I don't have a budget to increase my costs, I can tell you that."
MSLO retained Blackstone Advisory Partners to "review and respond" to potential offers for "strategic partnerships," including a sale to another publisher or media company, private equity buyout, or joining forces with foreign partners to boost overseas sales. Other potential high-growth areas include boosting merchandise sales through big-box retail partners.
At the same time MSLO also appointed Lisa Gersh as the company's new president and COO. Gersh, a co-founder of Oxygen Media, who served as president and COO from 1998-2007, will eventually transition into the CEO spot as well. Thus, MSLO is finally filling the spot left vacant by the departure of Wenda Harris Millard in 2009.
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Since emerging from bankruptcy, Reader’s Digest Association has not been able to right itself [said FT]. In the last 10 months of 2010, the company lost $30m on $1.45bn in revenues.RDA's Canadian subsidiary Reader's Digest Association (Canada) Ltd. publishes print and web properties of Reader's Digest, Selection (the French equivalent), Best Health magazine and Our Canada.
While the work at AMPA is never done, I feel like I've done all I needed to do to set the organization up for a long and successful future. Early on, I dealt with some dark financial times, which was important because it taught me to be frugal and creative about how to stretch a dollar. Now we are more fiscally secure than we've ever been. And, after seeing Andrew's hard work in my stead, I'm even more confident the good work AMPA does can and will carry on. Unfortunately, it won't be Andrew who will carry the torch moving forward (he has some exciting plans of his own!), but I'm sure we will find another capable and passionate individual to continue down this path.Posting for ED position
If you are eligible for the Aid to Publishers component of the Canada Periodical Fund, you should be aware that support to publishers will be delayed in 2011—and the delay could be quite substantial.
In the 2010 "transition year" (the first year of the CPF), publishers were notified of the amount they would receive and cheques started to be delivered starting in mid-June. In 2011, cheques are not likely to be mailed to publishers before August or September and the first payment publishers receive will be for only 75% - 80% of their final allocation. There are several reasons for this delay:
- This is the first year in which all magazines were required to fill out full applications. Each had to be assessed by the Department: extensive and time-consuming work.
- The budget for the CPF was only finalized in March of 2011, when the federal budget was tabled.
- The budget was further delayed by the federal election.As a result, Department of Canadian Heritage officials have only recently been able to move the payment process forward. It is now expected that publishers will receive payment later in the summer—probably in August.
Also, as a result of these factors the Aid to Publishers payment will be broken into two parts. While the full budget of $75 million has been allocated to the program, $15 million of that funding was announced in the recent budget and further steps have to be taken to secure Parliamentary approval before it can be distributed. In the interest of expediting payment to publishers, officials will proceed with payment of the first 75% to 80% of the program this summer, and follow up with a second payment for the remainder, likely in January 2012.
"For those us of who care about the Christian scriptures," says Braun, "what are we to make of this mix of billionaire media tycoonery, allegations of phone hacking and bribery, and the Holy Word of God? What are we to make of the fact that every time we buy a Zondervan product we contribute to Murdoch’s mogul-dom, which includes a personal fortune that Forbes pegged at $6.3 billion last year.While enterprises like the Church of England are threatening to withdraw their investments from News Corp (in the CofE's case, $6 million), Braun promotes an idea he attributes to Geez editor Aiden Enns that Bible purchasers pay a self-imposed "tithe" or 10% "ethical compromise tax" on any purchase of a Zondervan/News Corp. title, giving the proceeds to some worthy local cause.
"As journalists, we believe in free speech and a robust free press and media. We also believe we have an overall duty to serve the public interest and the common good. The press should be fearless, exciting, entertaining, waspish, commercial and competitive.
"At the same time journalistic integrity must be respected, encouraged and protected from political, commercial and other pressures. Any reforms to press regulation should seek to strengthen the ability of journalists to report the news without fear or favour – and not further weaken it."
-- author and blogger Nicholas Carr, staking out one side of the interesting Economist debate about the impact of the internet on the quality of journalism.If we can agree that the internet, by altering the underlying economics of the news business, has thinned the ranks of professional journalists, then the next question is straightforward: has the net created other modes of reporting to fill the gap? The answer, alas, is equally straightforward: no.
The internet is improving journalism by driving towards zero the costs of getting it to people, and by vastly reducing the capital requirements for quality production. This has opened the market to more players, allowing more ideas to be tried.
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2011 has seen a continuation of a previous trend, which saw both losses and gains concentrated in a relatively small number of titles. In the first half of the year, 73 titles of the 212 tracked by the PIB saw ad pages increase or decrease more than 10%, with the rest experiencing smaller changes.
Specifically, 33 titles saw ad pages decline 10% or more in the first half of 2011, while 40 grew 10% or more. Sixty-nine titles saw ad pages grow less than 10%, and 59 experienced ad page declines of less than 10%.
|Enns with current, and previous, booklets
"It's meant to be refreshing," explains editor Aiden Enns of the tiny 16-page illustrated Beginner's Guide to Contemplation included in the summer issue of the Winnipeg-based Christian activist magazine.
"In the context of the magazine, that's bound like a book, out pops this little book that is light and easy to read."
"My intention with the contemplation (booklet) is to help people who are struggling with prayer because they abandoned the faith of their youth. But they still want to do something spiritual," says the B.C.-born-and-raised Enns, who co-founded the ad-free magazine in 2006.
"This book gives them the permission to be still, be creative, and simply breathe and to know that they are there."[photo: Joe Bryksa, Winnipeg Free Press]
"We are proud to have become About.com's exclusive representation firm in the Canadian market" said Andrew Osmak, vice president business development for the new media and digital solutions group at Transcontinental Media in a release. "The combined power of trusted expert content and user-centric sites is what makes About.com an ideal environment for Canadian marketers to successfully engage consumers online. We are pleased to grow our presence in digital advertising representation with such premium brands and extend these new opportunities to our business collaborators".
Marc Goldberg, senior vice president of business development at About.com added "Transcontinental has an impressive footprint and extensive sale expertise in Canada. The solid relationships they have built over the years with Canadian marketers and their strength in multiplatform sales played a key part in our decision to give them full rights to our advertising inventory. We look forward to innovative, exciting executions through integrated marketing campaigns for Canadian advertisers, helping them connect with consumers at the moment of need."
“We want to better serve our audience and our advertisers by expanding our reach to cover the broadest possible range of our consumers’ interests and needs,” he says.
“I am thrilled that Blue Ant is partnering with Cottage Life and Quarto’s other great brands and to be a part of growing these franchises to a whole new level," said MacMillan. "Al Zikovitz had developed a great company, a loyal following and consumer brands that have tremendous appeal to a broad cross section of the population.”
“Through our alliance with CDS Global, publishers can now leverage their existing print accounts to drive increased digital subscriptions, offer print-digital bundles and cross promote related titles for greater profitability,” Nick Bogaty, director of business development for digital publishing at Adobe, says in a news release.[Disclosure: CDS Global is an advertiser on this blog.]
The study said the number of women using magazine websites had risen 40% in the past two years and the number of readers of high-end glossies had risen 43%.
However, readers saw print and digital versions as distinct entities offering different experiences, as 82% of the total sample believed websites would not entirely replace print.
Just 6% of respondents now only read the printed version of a magazine, while 75% of print readers said they also accessed their brands on other platforms.
Digital platforms have become an accepted way to access magazine brands, with 39% of glossy readers accessing digital magazine versions regularly, and 22% now accessing content via apps, the Vogue study suggested.
The study found that 77% of glossy magazine readers now use magazine websites at least once a month, with more than 29% using these sites at least once a week.
Stephen Quinn, publishing director of Vogue, said: "Where once it were imagined that digital might kill print, it has instead heightened the level of engagement the reader has with her magazine of choice."
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"This news came around the time of a statement by Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty warning cultural institutions that they could no longer rely on federal funding. While MABC has always operated with this reality in mind, we are frequently placed in a position where we must begin (and in some cases complete) projects before learning the review committee’s decisions on our applications, making it extremely difficult to plan strategically for the organization's future."
"The Toronto Star is pleased to enter into this agreement with The Onion," said John Cruickshank, publisher of the Star and president of Star Media Group, in a release. "It is an agreement that benefits both companies and provides the Star's business-related teams with another publication to offer to audiences in the Greater Toronto Area."
"Toronto has long been one of the Top-10 cities for The Onion's online audience," said Steve Hannah, president and CEO of Onion, Inc. "I think it's the perfect place for The Onion and A.V. Club to make their first foray outside the United States. Toronto has a tradition of great comedy as well as being a really smart, cosmopolitan city that has a natural audience for our pop culture coverage as well."Recently The Star bought the startup digital beauty and wellness magazine The Kit, relaunched its street paper Eye Weekly as The Grid and redesigned and relaunched Toronto.com.
"This special double issue...presents scientists and artists alike with a unique opportunity to observe what happens when two solid, award-winning magazines smash into each other like a pair of star-crossed atoms—and the charm and magic that live at the intersection of the arts and sciences."