Friday, December 23, 2011
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
"There’s now no question that 'social' means 'Facebook.'" And if you want to be in front of consumers, you have to figure out a way to be in their Facebook news feed."
Labels: social media
Doubtless, Péladeau’s anti-CBC campaign is at least partly ideological. What unites the differing editorial stances of his English and French properties, apart from their visceral dislike of the public broadcaster, is a populist, free-market ideology of lower taxes and less regulation. Though it has its own public sector connection: roughly 45 per cent of Quebecor Media Inc., Quebecor’s media group, is owned by Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, the province’s pension manager funded in large part by taxpayer dollars.(As readers of this blog will know, Quebecor is the publisher of the largest group of French language magazines in Quebec, in addition to its holdings in daily and community newspapers, TV and cable.)
Finkle, who represents about 120 writers across the country ... is frustrated by both the shrinking magazine and newspaper markets and by how writers are being squeezed out of revenues generated by new digital platforms....
“No one is fostering and paying talent in this country,” he says. “And there are really very few places left to publish long-form stuff.” Unlike Byliner, Finkle also intends to focus on local stories, at lengths and depths that newspapers and magazines can’t realistically accommodate.
Finkle can imagine publishing, say, a controversial story about a Bay Street law firm that would potentially be downloaded by tens of thousands of lawyers taking the train home from work, with each reader actively contributing to the writer’s bottom line. “It’s subversive,” he says. “It’s an entrepreneurial opportunity that magazine writers haven’t had before. If you can make $40,000 on a story, that’s a game changer.”
Thursday, December 15, 2011
"When health related stories crest the top of the fold, we want the stories to be based on evidence, not whimsy," says a release from the organization....
"Our experts are ready and able to answer journalists’ questions and connect journalists with the evidence on issues in Canadian health policy. The experts were chosen based on standing in the health policy research/academic community, publishing record, ability to communicate in lay language, the absence of lobbying affiliations, and region. EvidenceNetwork.ca understands the time constraints that journalists labour under and has asked each of the experts to respond to media inquiries within a two hour timeframe, whenever possible."
Labels: professional development
MagNet magazine conference gets a new look
The logo reflects the future-focused evolution of Canada's magazines. With its spinning circular motif, the image suggests the change that is a part of growth, while the strong vibrant colour accents embody the excitement MagNet generates annually among delegates and in the industry in general.
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
One of the frustrations I’ve had with running this site is it’s never been more than a sideline. My day job has always been elsewhere, meaning I couldn’t jump on news quickly, or devote time to longer, reported pieces. I’ll now be able to do that, and a lot more, too. One of the best parts? The vast majority of the work I produce is going to be available free of charge. And that work will be produced in conjunction with the great and knowledgeable people at Poynter.
Magazines Canada to develop research program for the industry
"Magazines Canada works to foster an environment where new magazines are nurtured, established magazines are supported and skills are developed. Its originating and continuing purpose is to promote the value of the sector wherever, whenever and however Canadian content is consumed." [emphasis added]
But it focusses on lawbreaking by contractors, employees and city bureaucrats specifically about snow-removal, activity that results inevitably in higher costs for the public for clearing the city's streets.
“It’s a silent law that you don’t go bidding on a sidewalk contract in Montreal,” [a source] said. “You’re gonna end up in the river.”The full story is available to subscribers and single copy buyers (the magazine is on the newsstands starting Friday 16th), but some of the key findings are enumerated on the magazine's website.
“It’s clear that collusion isn’t limited to the construction industry,” says Maisonneuve editor-in-chief Drew Nelles. “This groundbreaking investigation into snow removal is a wake-up call: the Quebec and Montreal governments need to take bid-rigging seriously, or taxpayers will continue to fund crime and corruption.”[Update: Selena Ross has told J-source how she got the story and how it all started out by her wondering why so many pedestrians had been killed by snowplows in Montreal. One question led to another.]
Labels: investigative journalism
Monday, December 12, 2011
Magazine world view: Life after plagiarism? hottest launches et al; the name game; class warfare
- Is there life after plagiarism and fabrication? Not for Stephen Glass (10,000 Words)
- Number of journalists in jail jumps by 20 per cent (Jon Slattery)
- 2011 hottest magazine launches of the year, hottest editor, publisher, design director, & hottest reinventions of the year (min & Mr. Magazine)
- Where am I going to find 100,000 names? (Audience Development)
- Google launches Currents app with over 150 publishing partners
- Britain's press are fighting a class war, defending the elite they belong to | George Monbiot (Guardian)
Labels: world view
The percentage of students in grade 3 who report they “like to read” has dropped from 75% in 1998/99 to 50% in 2010/11 and the number of students in grade 6 who “like to read” fell from 65% to 50% during the same period.
“The news in this report, that children in Ontario are losing their love of reading, is shocking. If reading scores are going up at the expense of children’s acquiring a love of reading we need to be very concerned. I hope policy makers take this as a wake-up call. After all, a love of reading underlies student achievement. It also opens the way for a life of pleasure and empowerment.
"Free choice in and out of school, a wonderful, abundant choice of reading materials and knowledgeable supportive teacher librarians are the best way to give children this joy. We seem to have forgotten why public education has such an important and fundamental role to play in our society—that of creating critical, thinking, empathetic citizens who have all the tools required to tackle the huge challenges that lie ahead. We believe that loving to read is the most important gift we can give our children."
Friday, December 09, 2011
Students pay their own way for northern package in current Ryerson Review
- The cover package is made up of four excellent articles about issues in Canada's north, a venture that was financed with about $10,000 of the students' own money. (If you don't believe it, on the inside back of the issue, they provide a detailed accounting of what they spent.)
- The issue contains an excellent article about Heather Robertson by Regan Reid that tells the story about Robertson's pivotal role in the successful class action on behalf of freelancers and against Canada's largest publishers, but also tells the almost-more-interesting story of Robertson's amazing career as a muckraking reporter and author.
- A takeout on Sun News reports on how provocation and subjectivity is growing an audience to the discomfort of the chattering classes.
[Disclosure: I am the coordinator of the separate Magazine and Website Publishing program in Ryerson's Chang School for Continuing Education.]
" The conversation about the value of reading is happening in the street. We’ll be there from Toronto, scattering what confetti we can in this international thoroughfare," Wolfe says in her first editorial.
Wednesday, December 07, 2011
Magazine world view: Exit at Avenue; USPS cuts 1st class delivery; J.C. and Martha; paper teeters
- Condé Nast partners with AdMeld in private digital ad exchange (Folio:)
- AVENUE Magazine staffers leave to form new lifestyle title backed by Jared Kushner (New York Observer)
- Simon Kelner heads new Journalism Foundation backed by the Lebedevs to promote free media (Jon Slattery)
- Shape Garners 400,000 sweepstakes entries via barcode (Audience Development)
- USPS cuts first-class mail delivery (Audience Development)
- Why coated paper prices look ready for a fall (Dead Tree Edition)
- Magazine newsstand sales to cease in overseas commissaries (Audience Development)
- 2011 circulation and audience development salary survey (Folio:)
- J.C. Penney invests $38.5 million in Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia (Folio:)
- PCC proposes wide-ranging shakeup of press self-regulation (Guardian)
- Future launches new design magazine (Press Gazette)
- Rankin launches new fashion and arts mag Hunger (Press Gazette)
- Tear down the wall between business and editorial! (MediaShift)
Labels: world view
Tuesday, December 06, 2011
Time Inc., with a collective readership of over 114 million readers, has the largest crossover of included publishers: its 18 brands are read in both print and digital forms by 30 percent of its demographic. 55 percent only use its print products, while 15 percent digitally access Time Inc. content.
“If an individual can’t say no to the technology being used for tracking or targeting, then the industry shouldn’t use that technology for behavioural advertising purposes,” she said.
“So, in the current online behavioural advertising environment, that means no use of web bugs or web beacons, no super cookies, no pixel hacks, no device fingerprinting and no to any new covert tracking technique of which the user is unaware and has no reasonable way to decline.”Photo: Reuters/Chris Wattie
"The Wine Access Canadian Wine Awards have become so much more than just another wine competition over the last decade," says Anthony Gismondi, Wine Access editor-in-chief [in a release]. "While it is an important annual snapshot of the state of Canadian wine, the results are far richer than any Polaroid or digital photo. Canadian wineries can use the CWAs to gauge their performance against the best this country has to offer. And many have performed brilliantly. This year, almost all of these wines improved for the better."
Schimke says Ogden Publications may be planning to cut the literary digest’s budget in half, down from $500,000 to $250,000. He tells Folio:, "I don't think it was an editorial quality decision, it was about the affordability. Having a satellite office in this day and age is hard."
Monday, December 05, 2011
For Stermer, the fact that Ramparts was located in California was crucial. Because the magazine wasn’t based in New York, it was never expected to succeed. For this reason, [Howard] Gossage said later, the Ramparts staff was like a troupe of dancing bears: Their technique was less important than the fact that they could dance at all. But those low expectations allowed Stermer to innovate, and he made the most of his liberty.
Stermer didn’t read magazines or the alternative press, so he had no preconceptions of what Ramparts should look like. Mostly he was guided by his UCLA professor’s dictum that the best design is never noticed. To emphasize the magazine’s message rather than its look, Stermer set every line of type—the captions as well as the text—in Times Roman. Drawing on local styles, especially those developed by San Francisco printers Edwin and Robert Grabhorn, he produced an elegant design that grounded the magazine’s explosive stories and irreverent tone.
"We are thrilled about this acquisition," stated Peter Legge, CEO and Chairman, Canada Wide Media Limited. "Real Weddings is a quality local magazine and a natural complement to our company. Real Weddings is the largest regional wedding magazine in B.C., and we are proud to add it to our stable of products and excited by the growth potential this brand presents."
"I am excited to see Real Weddings magazine become part of Canada Wide's broad portfolio of consumer magazines. The magazine has been my passion for the last 11 years and I have been delighted to produce a product that has been instrumental in inspiring top-notch wedding events and providing the best local advertising platform for businesses wanting to reach the lucrative wedding market.
Friday, December 02, 2011
In the first issue of Canadian Industry Online, readers can access interviews with key business leaders and innovators, including W. Brett Wilson, BESTECH, Bishop Water Technologies, 1,000 Island Airboats, Canadian Chemical Technologies, ABB Ber-Mac, and Dutchman Industries. The magazine also features an exclusive interview with Google's Canadian Engineering Director Steve Woods and covers events such as the Toronto Board of Trade's energy panel discussion with Joe Oliver (Canada's Minister of Natural Resources).
The premiere issue of Global Renewables Online covers a large scope of renewable activity in geothermal, wind, and solar sectors. The magazine examines critical issues such as public awareness of renewable energy as well as the significance of emerging economies in the development of the renewables industry. Exclusives from REN21 (partners of the United Nations Environment Programme) and Alexander Richter, Executive Director for the Canadian Geothermal Association, showcase the importance of renewable energy as a part of the global economy.
- Digital magazines (such as tablet editions), companion websites of print magazine and online-only magazines will be eligible for entry in most categories, except Editorial Package and Print Magazine of the Year.
- There are two, new visual categories: Fashion & Beauty has been divided into two distinct categories. The new Fashion category is open to any fashion layout using photogaphy or illustration. The new Beauty category is open to any beauty layout using photography or illustration.
- Conceptual Photography has been renamed Creative Photography, with a revised definition.
- All illustrations larger than half a page must be entered in Illustration and all smaller than half a page in Spot Illustation.
- Definitions of Homes & Gardens and Photojournalism & Photo Essay have been updated.
- All visual categories
other than those for art direction(see comment) are open to all eligible digital magazines, though not web sites.
- The separate categories for emerging magazine talent -- Best New Magazine Writer and Best New Visual Creator -- will be continued, with a $25 entry fee and prize money of $500.
- Small changes have been made to definitions in written categories, particularly One of a Kind and Politics and Public Interest.
Labels: National Magazine Awards
Focusing on Canadian tattoo artists, body modification artists and alternative lifestyle, Xalt will be the first print magazine of its kind, shining the spotlight on Canada’s unique talent and striving to exalt artforms often considered to be fringe [said a release from publisher and editor April Cross].
From issue to issue, Xalt will offer readers - through in-depth interviews and stunning photography – an inside look at established and up-and-coming artists, as well as give them a taste of alt lifestyles, such as roller derby, punk etc. Also included will be fashion and lifestyle products.
Thursday, December 01, 2011
[Update: Coyne will be National Columnist for Postmedia News, which will put him not only in the National Post but in the entire Postmedia chain of daily papers starting in January.
He was a founding staffer at the National Post.
"It will be great to be in the National Post again, where I spent so many happy years before," Coyne said [in a Postmedia release]. "And it's an auspicious time to be joining Postmedia, which is on a roll these days, with columnists like Christie Blatchford, Stephen Maher, Michael Den Tandt, and the Post's John Ivison. It's good to see a newspaper company betting on quality, and it's even better to see them making a buck at it."
"We are thrilled to welcome Andrew back to the Post and to Postmedia. His thoughtful analysis and insight have made him a leader in Canada's public discourse.He is a tremendous addition to our team."
Penny Hicks promoted from ad director to publisher of Maclean's
Penny will be responsible for leading and championing Maclean’s both internally at Rogers Media and externally to various audiences and advertisers. She will manage a team of functional experts, including advertising sales and consumer marketing and will liaise with other centralized leaders in order to drive the various facets of the Maclean’s business. She will also work closely with Mark Stevenson, Editor of Maclean’s, on an editorial strategy that will ensure the continued engagement of our readers—so that we can continue to build on our circulation successes. For more than 10 years Penny has been employing strategic thinking to various roles in the media business with increasing responsibility and success. Most recently in her role as Advertising Director at Maclean’s, Penny has proven herself a passionate promoter of our magazines and the readers and audiences they serve. She’s smart and creative in the way she matches-up the strengths of our brands with the needs of our clients.