Friday, March 30, 2012
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Google already has a paid content product, Google One Pass, that lets publishers sell digital subscriptions, but Google Consumer Surveys is different because it doesn’t require customers to purchase subscriptions or log in.
“This is market research that is self-serve but has the same qualities of a high-end platform,” said Paul McDonald, product manager.
- Atlantic Magazine Article
- Carol Moreira - Nova Scotia Open to the World - Halifax, NS - A Place to Think.
- Jon Tattrie - Halifax Magazine - Halifax, NS - Justice Delayed.
- Sara Jewell - Saltscapes Magazine - Bedford, NS - The Circle of Life.
- Atlantic Magazine Best Cover
- Atlantic Business Magazine - St. John's, NL - The Rise of Generation Plus - March 2011.
- East Coast Living - Halifax, NS - Back to Life - Winter 2011.
- Halifax Magazine - Halifax, NS - Going to the Big Leagues - October 2011.
- Atlantic Magazine Best Profile Article
- Alec Bruce - Atlantic Business Magazine - St. John's, NL - The Beautiful Dreaming of Wadih Fares.
Jack MacAndrew - Saltscapes Magazine - Bedford, NS - Snowbird by Birth.
Jessica Burns - Halifax Magazine - Halifax, NS - Brain Candy.
- Enterprise Reporting -- Print
- Tim Bousquet - The Coast - Halifax, NS - Peter Kelly's Failure of Will.
- Arts Reporting, any medium
- Rob Antle - Atlantic Business Magazine - St. John's, NL - Stage Fright.
Magazines Canada congratulates the Government of Canada for reaffirming its investment in the Canada Periodical Fund and the Canada Council for the Arts.
"We are pleased that Finance Minister Flaherty and Minister Moore have continued their commitment to the newly designed Canada Periodical Fund as an important driver of economic activity and the creation and circulation of Canadian content across multiple platforms," said Mark Jamison, CEO of Magazines Canada.
"Further, we congratulate the Government on its decision to sustain support for the Canada Council for the Arts—our most important agency of support and guidance to the broadest community of arts and cultural activity in Canada, including our arts and literary magazine creators."Some $191.1 million is being cut in heritage programs over the next three years. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, which falls under the purview of heritage minister James Moore, will lose $115 million in funding over the next three years. The National Film Board will see its budget cut by $6.7 million over the same period while Telefilm Canada will lose $10.6-million The Canada Council for the Arts, the National Gallery of Canada and national museums will not see any budget reductions.
“Godengo and Texterity have complementary expertise, specializations, and cultures, and together we’ll offer a level of functionality and flexibility to clients that is well beyond anything currently in the marketplace,” said Stilson in a release. “The publishing industry has been looking for a true partner that can meet the full scope of needs in cross-platform digital and mobile integration, and now it has one.”
“With the scope of expertise and capabilities that our combined organization has, we now have products and services to meet the needs of the more than 18,000 magazine publishers in the market,” said Scholz. “We bring together a wealth of professional experience in management, engineering, sales, project management, customer support, and finance. There’s no question that we’re poised for dramatic growth.”
"Part of the good news here is that paid digital for us is growing very quickly," said John Loughlin, exec VP and general manager at Hearst Magazines, which publishes titles including Seventeen, Esquire and Cosmopolitan.Seventeen magazine, for instance, has 38,167 paid digital circulation in the 2nd half, slightly less than 3% of its paid circulation of 1.3 million.
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Almost all of this revenue is coming from in-app purchasing. For February the top 5 grossing Newsstand apps were The Daily, NYTimes for iPad, New Yorker Magazine, National Geographic and Cosmopolitan.
Magazine world view: NatGeo tops; Fine Cooking's brand audit; NR knocks down paywall
- NPR pushes digital sponsorships (MediaDailyNews)
- National Geographic among leaders in media brands (MediaDailyNews)
- Tumblr hits 20 billion total posts (Mashable)
- Longlists announced for 2012 George Orwell Prize (Jon Slattery)
- Taunton’s Fine Cooking Magazine Opts for a 'Brand' Audit (Audience Development)
- USPS Seeks 'Soft Landing' For Downsized Employees, Donahoe Says (Dead Tree Edition)
- Haymarket Sells Majority Stake in Racer Magazine (Folio:)
- Forbes Retools Its Luxury Spinoff ForbesLife (Folio:)
- Charlotte Church article in People could be defamatory, judge rules (Guardian)
- Vitality Publishing sells Attitude magazine to new company (Guardian)
- Reports: Emap selling car data biz CAP but keeping mags (Press Gazette)
- The New Republic Tears Down Its Pay Wall (Mediagazer)
- Mandarin-English luxury magazine boosts revenue for Observer Media Group (Nieman Journalism Lab)
- This American Life’s retraction of the Mike Daisey story set an online listening record (Nieman Journalism Lab)
Labels: world view
Sheridan illustration grad show to be preceded by day-long "Illustrationism" conference
"Everything has changed. A visual world needs a visual language; a language that can cast a light into the darkest corners showing us a way forward. That new language is Illustrationism," say the organizers.
"engage in creating images that demonstrate the value of illustration (great concepts, flexible ideas anything that makes you engage) and post these to #illustrationism through twitter and Facebook. The images will be posted to our web site to create image collages that express the power of illustration."
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
"With the intense competition these days, I’m so glad I’m not a design grad just starting my career. I’m not sure I could do it to be totally honest. So when I speak with young designers, many of whom seem to have been coddled and carry themselves with a sense of self-entitlement these days, I give them the straight goods if they ask."
"The collapse has hit every major category of newspaper ads, beginning with the categories most vulnerable to online competition -- the classifieds -- but then quickly extending to the other traditional mainstays of the newspaper business, national and retail advertising," the story said.Total classified revenues fell 71%, automotive 79%, national ad revenues 53% and retail revenues 46.4% over the six years. While newspapers' online revenues grew 167% or over the same period, it is estimated that overall online ad revenues were twice that, growing 338%.
Monday, March 26, 2012
"We believe that ebooks, or more specifically, singles -- reads between 5,000 and 30,000 words -- are a tremendous new platform for our writers....We have commissioned our own original work. This will allow us to get time-sensitive stories out much more quickly than the production schedules of magazines that still carry long-form writing can allow."
- Finkle plans to market long-form journalism by the piece, online
- Could Amazon soon be marketing long-form journalism?
Friday, March 23, 2012
Magazine world view: Variety on the block; are e-books plateauing?; Endangered indy journalism
- Variety up for sale (Wall Street Journal)
- Regional Title Introduces Mag-Branded Retail Outlet (Audience Development)
- Are E-Book Sales Reaching a Plateau? (Dead Tree Edition)
- Custom content market spend up to $40.2 billion (Folio:)
- Richard Desmond to shed about 70 editorial jobs (Guardian)
- New acting editor at Harper's Bazaar (Press Gazette)
- WSJ Can Change Digital Subscriber Price On The Fly Says Court (paidContent)
- ‘No independent journalism any more’ says ex-Al Jazeera reporter (Future of Media)
- I can’t stop reading this analysis of Gawker’s editorial strategy (Nieman Journalism Lab)
Labels: world view
"It's just going to be in terms of what is considered the best quality stuff we had that week, not necessarily the most popular stuff we had that week."It is probable that the new digital weekly will carry material selected from all of its various editions, including the Canadian one.
"Our estimates are that there around 3 million people in the U.S. with NFC-enabled smartphones," Mr. Bolain said. "We know it's a pretty small pool, but we need to do something more interesting in print to make it a little more of an interactive experience for those people who want it."
"These fact-checking interns, hired for a six-month stint, earn very little glory and no pay, but are vital to the work of the magazine."-- Rachel Giese, senior editor of The Walrus, writing on the magazine's blog about the value of the magazine's interns, describing them "for my money, the four most important people on The Walrus editorial team." She was reflecting on the recent news about the US public radio program This American Life, which was hoodwinked by actor-writer Mike Daisey into broadcasting a story they were later forced to retract about Apple's manufacturing processes in China.
Thursday, March 22, 2012
The change to the magazine complements changes and investments that the passenger rail company is making to its services and facilities. Editor- in-chief Luc Boulanger said in a release
“We have reworked the graphics grid under the direction of Benoit Martin who, among other things, is the artistic director of M and XY magazines, so as to allocate more space for graphic elements, which gives the publication a far more compelling personality. We’ve also streamlined the information management to make the magazine more enjoyable to read.”
The process didn’t move quickly, but with the help of the CMG’s lawyer, Sean FitzPatrick of Cavalluzzo Hayes Shilton McIntyre and Cornish, Pearson reached a settlement with Rogers and she’s pleased with the outcome, as was Canadian Writers Group and Rogers. It marks an end to a long and frustrating story, but it’s one that proves writers can, and should, fight for what’s rightfully theirs.
|The team behind Black Tutu (l to r) |
Katie Madziak, Lauren Parsons, Coco Brecht and Emily Doer
“The fair itself is always a lot of fun,” said Emily Doer, a member of the four-person group behind the young women’s publication Black Tutu Magazine. “Groups work together to make their magazine concept come to life. There are always a lot of prizes, and a chance to meet the creative team...We have some really innovative and trendy magazine concepts.”
The magazine industry is in a strong position to embrace sustainability given print products are fully recyclable and can be printed on environmentally friendly papers. The Compendium is a starting point to get the ball rolling towards a more sustainable magazine publishing industry.The initiative is supported by the Magazine Association of BC (MABC), the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association (AMPA), the Manitoba Magazine Publishers’ Association (MMPA), Magazines Ontario, the Atlantic Magazines Association (AMA), the Ontario Media Development Corporation and was developed in collaboration with Canopy, an environmental not-for-profit organization working with publishers to protect forest, species and climate. A French version of the compendium is also available.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
- Alisa Smith (author of The 100-mile Diet) on how to take memoir to a whole new level
- Bill Tieleman (organizer of the anti-HST campaign) on organizing winning campaigns
- Meeru Dhalwala of VIJ's excellent Indian restaurant on writing an inspired cookbook
- Christopher Grabowski on basic photographic theory, history and technique
- Sean Holman on investigative journalism and finding stories hidden in public records
- Kai Nagata giving a two-day do-it-yourself documentary workshop
- Phillip Smith, the digital publishing expert on how to find, understand and present public data
Labels: professional development
We think 10 articles a month, plus free access to our home page, strikes a better balance between visiting and subscribing. Most of our readers will continue to enjoy their Times experience without interruption. At the same time, the change provides us with an opportunity to convince another segment of our audience that what The Times has to offer is worth paying for.
The nytimes.com site had about 48 million unique visitors worldwide in January.
Steven Brill, who runs RR Donnelley's Press+ metered access solution for newspapers, was quoted by Poynter.org saying that maybe 1% of readers will "hit the meter" and 20% will pay. A metered system that takes such facts into account means that publishers don't have to make a hard-edged choice between free and fully paid access. Brill says the sweet spot can be defined as where readers "are not angry, not surprised" about being asked to pay.
The new prototype requires publishers to report the number of unique browsers or devices accessing their digital magazines, as well as total visits and average visit duration. The reports will also call for greater detail on print and digital magazine subscriptions and single-copy sales.At the same time it approved the new digital reporting format, the ABC board also announced it would require larger magazines to report on an issue-by-issue basis to ensure more timely data. This would come into effect January 2013.
Labels: circulation. ABC
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Gone are the days when that was a simple explanation. When faced with the question “What do you do?” at the top of the class, I had a difficult time answering.
What I do has morphed from what used to be a more simple, hands-on affair where the majority of my time was spent planning a single publishing schedule for each magazine, negotiating print contracts, booking in film for advertisements, maintaining deadlines and sorting out print budgets, to something I can’t explain in a way that has anyone comprehending how I spend my time or what I do exactly.
And they also glaze over.
Or drift into a lolling slumber.
The technology we use today resembles nothing we used 10 years ago or even 5 years ago. In fact, it is changing so rapidly, it’s hard to stay on top of it.
If you want to learn more, Kim is to teach her 13-week evening course in Magazine Production at Ryerson University starting Tuesday, May 1. It's on the menu of courses offered in the Magazine and Web Publishing program at the Chang School of Continuing Education at Ryerson.I find, as someone who sits in the middle of print and digital publishing, that due to my experience with print, it is up to folks like me to help our publishers sort out the mess that has become publishing, where two worlds are colliding that up to now have not spoken the same language.
Brûlé says he's selling more than 70,000 copies of Monocle at £6 each. According to ABC, who audit these things, 11,000 sell at newsstands and 2,000 by subscription in the UK, while the rest go abroad.
Last year he founded a 24-hour digital radio station which seems to want to be a baumkuchened*-up Radio 4 and although it has not yet achieved anything like the depth, you can hear the aspiration. Add a biannual newspaper and a global chain of shops selling the accessories for a Monocle-based life, and you get a picture of the Brûlé empire.
It's all based on a philosophy that runs counter to prevailing thought in the media. "It didn't make sense to us to give away our journalism for free. But we did have to think: 'How do we add value online?' We started with video then it became radio, but it couldn't replicate what we were doing in print."
Labels: magazine profiles
Monday, March 19, 2012
Quote, unquote: Technology and uncertainty driving magazine innovation
"Rapid technological development and an uncertain economic background are the driving forces behind the huge amount of experimentation being undertaken by magazine media companies."-- Chris Llewellyn, president and chief executive officer of FIPP, commenting on a report published this month called Innovations in the Magazine World 2012, which reported on everything from scratch 'n' sniff covers and an ad that works as a bottle opener to a magazine designed to be carried like a handbag. [FIPP is the worldwide magazine media association -- Magazines Canada is a member]
Magazine world view: Hearst pushes e-singles; Ebony retools; Stylist likes intelligent women
- It's official: HGTV to be the next Hearst book (Multichannel News)
- Hearst expands line of mag-branded "e-singles" (paidContent)
- Editor's retool of Ebony magazine back on track (Chicago Tribune)
- Industry Dive Raises $400K in First Round (Audience Development)
- Printed Magazines or Digital Magazines: Do We Have To Choose? (Dead Tree Edition)
- Stylist's Lisa Smosarski: 'We want to speak to women intelligently' (Guardian)
- Tyler Brûlé: the man who sold the world (Guardian)
- Pizza With a Side of Attitude: The Rise of Snark Online (MediaShift)
- Rick Santorum Opposes Birth Control, 'New Yorker' Rejections (paidContent)
Labels: world view
Labels: professional development
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Click magazine has exclusive distribution deal with Future Shop
It is complemented by Clickonline.com, apps for iPhone and Android and episodes of web-based Click TV that accompany each issue. A full-page ad in the magazine is $9,750. A sample digital issue of its launch magazine is available.
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
“The legacy business with BPA is print media, but it’s slowly transforming to be audits of a brand and not just the print channel,” says CEO Glenn Hansen. “What will remain is the auditing of a brand’s distribution channels, including print."
“We are now expanding our business and taking a step back and saying that we are not circulation auditors but assurance providers, which opens us up—there’s a much larger audience for things that need to be third-party assured.”
Monday, March 12, 2012
The 2011 winner [for the long form] was Melissa Martin for "La lang di Michif Ta-pashipiikan" (Winnipeg Free Press); runner-up was Stephen Kimber for "Is Corey Wright the Wrong Man?" (The Coast); honourable mentions: Beverly Akerman for "Six Pixels of Separation" (Grain Magazine); Mark Cardwell for "Getting Away with Murder" (Canadian Lawyer); Terri Perrin for "All in the Family" (InFocus Magazine); Mark Witten for "Heal or Harm?" (Today's Parent)]
The 2011 winner [for the short form] was Beverly Akerman, "Woman's murder exposes need to raise age for gun ownership" (The Toronto Star); Runner-up: L. D. Cross, "How to Get the Money You're Owed" (PROFIT Magazine); Honourable mentions: Karen Virag, "The Naked Truth About Raw" (The Tomato) and Mark Witten for "Brainwashed" (The Walrus)
Prizes [for either award] are:
- First Place: $750 and certificate. (Divided as follows: $500 in cash and a year's free PWAC membership worth approx. $250. Note: If the prize winner is not eligible for PWAC membership, he or she receives the $500 in cash and forfeits the free membership.)
- Runner Up: a year's free PWAC membership (if eligible) and certificate.
- Other finalists: a certificate.
"We have discovered (and it makes perfect sense) that while we are engaged in our core business, we have the happy collateral effect of providing the most credible and effective tourism brochure ever assembled for this region," they said it their letter in the front of the March-April issue.Exhibitors selling products onsite will be charged $1,500 for a booth, otherwise it is $1,000. An information kit and contract is provided online.
Thursday, March 08, 2012
Magazine world view: Cosmo digital soars; Sam's mag; BH&G gets pinterested
- Cosmopolitan hits 115,000 paid digital subscribers ( Audience Development)
- Sam's Club launches custom health title (Audience Development)
- Battleships or Motorboats: Which publishing model will thrive? (Dead Tree Edition)
- Better Homes and Gardens goes big with Pinterest (Folio:)
- Behind Bloomberg Businessweek's site redesign (Folio:)
- Study: Newspapers losing $7 in print ad revenue for every $1 earned online (Future of Media)
- NME to launch print edition in India (Media Week)
- The newsonomics of paywalls all over the world (Nieman Journalism Lab)
Labels: world view
Julie Osborne named to manage postal affairs and special projects at Rogers Publishing
She will oversee our magazine distribution business activities and will manage the significant costs related to those activities. This includes managing postal, ground and air delivery. Julie will also continue to manage special projects on our behalf, not only within Publishing, but also as we work with other Rogers Media divisions to fulfill our vision of being one integrated company.
"The aim of Globe Style Advisor is to illuminate the season's top lifestyle trends in a smart, visually dynamic way that both informs and inspires," said Sinopoli in a press release. "Whether it's fashion, beauty, decor or entertaining, there are prevailing currents that shape seasonal trends, many of them overlapping. Globe Style Advisor will lay these out for readers in a strikingly handsome package and advise readers on how to adopt and incorporate them into their lives from enticing product pages and sumptuous pictorial spreads to context-setting essays by our roster of leading trend writers."
Wednesday, March 07, 2012
"While major publications like The New Yorker, Wired, and Vanity Fair have innovated successfully in the tablet space, The Tempest will be this country’s first politics and culture tablet magazine," the founders say in a release.
“The Tempest is a natural development in the magazine world,” says co-editor James Burrows. “Until the tablet, the costs of launching an independent magazine were prohibitive. We expect to be the first of many new, young, and interesting magazines that take advantage of this space. Because we’re exclusively digital, The Tempest will feature the same high quality design consumers expect from print magazines but will also include interactive content, audio materials, and videos.“This city doesn’t need another magazine or newspaper covering City Hall. In every issue we will publish insights into how the city’s daily life actually works. A magazine for the Occupy generation, we ask what this moment demands in terms of its politics, its journalism, its music, its art, and its humour. Our focus is the city, but readers from around the world will appreciate our perspective.”
Tuesday, March 06, 2012
Friday, March 02, 2012
“Our small team has worked incredibly hard to bring Momentum Mag to the 100-page newsstand magazine that it is today,” said publisher Mia Kohout, quoted on the Bicycle Retailer website. “It is exciting to see the bike industry take more interest in city riding, commuting and, most importantly, women. We feel our publication is starting to show its potential as the leading lifestyle magazine in the cycling marketplace and we are even more excited about the path ahead.”Kohut said that the redesign of the magazine has increased advertising revenue 100% since March 2011.
Until now, according to the magazine's media kit, the magazine has distributed 15,000 copies in Canada and 25,000 in the U.S. The total newsstand draw has been 6,000. Its rate card is not available online.
Labels: single copies
- A place where it is sprayed at you faster than you can consume it;
- A world where there are just two profitable modes of operation: Faster, and more;
- A business where the accepted distribution strategy is one in which publishers are forced to drop their most valuable product into a cannon and fire as many rounds as possible at its audience, no matter whether they can even consume it (and, importantly, no way to tell whether they did consume it).
- Where no one is happy with the results.
"One answer, which I’ll present here in completely biased fashion, is to give control back to the consumers of this content. Let people take content with them, and they will soon value it more highly than if it is shot at them. Content creators will be rewarded with a longer social lifespan for the stories and videos they work so hard to create. And that ultimately lifts the value of a media brand. I believe this is actually possible."
"As we start to dig into consumption patterns, we see that users are controlling when and how they engage with content. It doesn’t mean there’s less of it, and the content is still being shot at us, but we now have tools to help capture this content and put it to use when the moment is right."