- Video Equipment Orientation and Practice is to be run by Patrick Earley, a Leo-award-winning cinematographer.Thursday, October 3, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m, Room A310, Langara College.
- Editing and Uploading to the Web is run by Vancouver-based filmaker Stephen Gillis. Thursday, Oct. 10 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Room A226, Journalism Dept, Langara College.
Monday, September 30, 2013
Calgary's Avenue magazine chronicles three pillars of a successful city
|One idea was the importance to students of alternative |
transportation and daily exercise
Avenue magazine of Calgary has developed a close relationship with the University of Calgary's environmental design faculty and the results of a year-long research work they shared is reflected in this year's annual Big Idea issue about what makes a successful city.
In a release, the magazine said the overarching idea for this year's issue bubbled up at last year's launch.
“In talking with the Environmental Design faculty, we became very interested in the idea that the three cornerstones of a liveable city are education, health care and design,” said Avenue editor Käthe Lemon. “When these three elements come together, the city thrives. And so this is what we decided to explore in this year’s Big Idea. We’re encouraging our readers to get together with others and integrate the concepts into their own communities.”Content was previewed throughout the year in a series of blog posts.
Friday, September 27, 2013
York University has served notice of defamation against Toronto Life magazine
The notice, which is preliminary to an actual lawsuit, names Toronto Life Publishing Ltd. and freelancer Katherine Laidlaw, who wrote the story.
A statement from York president and vice-chancellor Mamdouh Shoukri says the article presents "a wholly distorted picture of women's safety" on the campus, making "sweeping and misleading generalizations that foster an atmosphere of fear in the York community and beyond and cause undue reputational and other damages to the University."
"On its cover, the magazine suggests that York’s campus has been the site of a disproportionately high number of rapes. This is patently false.
"The article also characterizes the campus as a “hunting ground for sexual predators,” using language that is inflammatory and baseless.
"Distorting and misrepresenting facts may help to sell magazines, but it does nothing to address the serious issue of sexual violence."Toronto Life Publishing Limited has declined to respond or comment.
Taking home the most awards was Prairie Fire, winning all categories in the art and literary group. Football Manitoba's new publication The Huddle won for best cover photography and best single issue consumer title. Canada's History won for best column or department and best digital initiative. A complete list of winners.
Covet is a recently launched (spring 2012) controlled circulation homes publication describing itself as "modern living with a Prairie twist".
Next Issue was a joint venture formed in 2009 by five leading U.S. publishers -- Condé Nast, Hearst, Meredith, NewsCorp, and Time Inc.-- a digital subscription service that offered unlimited access (only in the United States) to online magazines for a monthly flat fee. (It's sometimes called the "Netflix of magazines".)
Now it has been announced that Rogers has joined as a partner with the U.S. enterprise and has created Next Issue Canada . And it would seem it is so committed to the idea that Ken Whyte has been appointed president of the new venture, relinquishing his role as head of Rogers Publishing Limited and its consumer and b2b magazine portfolio. He had been named to the job in June 2011, succeeding Segal, after a steady rise.
Whyte and Melissa Rogers (daughter of the late owner of the company Ted Rogers) will take seats on the board of Next Issue. A story in the Globe and Mail quoted Whyte as saying Rogers had made an "eight digit investment" and was an equal partner in the venture. The U.S. partners will see it as a way of gaining access to all of Rogers's digital channels through its broadcast, sports and other internet properties.
"The Next Issue platform is the future of magazine content consumption. It was the first all-you-can-read subscription digital magazine service, serving up the world's best magazines in a format that enhances what readers love about magazines: the sensory experience, the stunning visuals, in-depth content and the discovery of the unexpected," said Whyte [in a release]. "Next Issue Canada delivers added value with an all-you-can-read experience. It retains the best of print while making the content come to life vividly, giving readers a more personalized, interactive experience. As a result, the magazine of today is even more powerful than the magazine of yesterday."
|Ken Whyte to head|
Next Issue Canada
In the release, Rogers said the exclusive partnership with Next Issue Media would be made available free for a two-month trial exclusively to Rogers wireless and cable customers on tablets (iPads, Android devices and starting October 15; it would then be rolled out to all Canadians December 15 and give subscribers unlimited access to more than 100 Canadian and U.S. titles for one monthly payment of $9.99 for all monthly magazines ($14.99 for all weekly publications such as Maclean's). And Rogers titles will be available to U.S. Next Issue subscribers.
Initially, Next Issue Canada will be an English service, with a French version to follow in 2014.
It remains to be seen how quickly digital editions will be taken up by Canadian subscribers. Right now, the three leading titles are Canadian House & Home with 11,000, Readers Digest with 6,700 and Maclean's magazine with 5,600 (less than 2% of its print and newsstand sales).
Thursday, September 26, 2013
Les Affaires launches special design issue, part of 85th year celebration
“This special edition shows that design can have a far-reaching impact in the world of business,” says Géraldine Martin, Associate Publisher and Chief Editor, Les Affaires Group. “To help us create this totally design-focused issue, we organized a panel discussion with key people in the industry. This in fact led us to more informed and engaged thinking about the future Champlain Bridge. Which is why Les Affaires got involved and decided to act as a unifying force in this issue.”
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Canadian Freethinker magazine editorial says dying with dignity is blocked by "archaic morality"
Freethinker contributor Doug Thomas writes about accompanying a friend, who suffered from multiple, debilitating and terminal illnesses, to Switzerland, there to receive the help from the organization Dignitas to die as and when he wished.
As I write this, I have just returned from a trip to Switzerland made specifically to help my friend, Henry Rempel, complete his life with dignity. He had known for a long time that he would spend his final days helpless to carry out the normal basic functions we all take for granted. Since he suffered from rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, prostrate cancer and COPD, his concerns had come true....Read more »
Mag world view: Esquire ed talks; What a mag is; Dr. Who favoured; innovation byproduct; brain study; webinars everywhere
- Esquire At Its Best: David Granger, the Editor Behind the Magazine Talks About Print, Digital and the Future of Journalism. (Mr. Magazine)
- Settling the Great 'What Is A Magazine?' Debate (Dead Tree Edition)
- Wired Named min's Marketing Team of the Year (Folio:)
- NME to experiment with online charges (Guardian)
- Doctor Who and Only Fools and Horses voted Radio Times readers' favourites (Guardian)
- Webinars, Webinars, Webinars — How Do We Evaluate This New and Increasingly Pervasive Option? (The Scholarly Kitchen)
- There’s one good thing about the newspaper industry decline — more innovation is happening (paidContent)
- Bauer Media brain study finds single brand cross-platform campaigns pay off (Media Week)
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Magazines Canada to host FIPP World Congress in Toronto in 2015
It will be the first time that the International Association of Periodical Publishers (FIPP) based in London and New York, has held its marquee event in Canada. Its members include the largest and most prominent magazine media companies and the leading national magazine media associations.
Chris Llewellyn, president and CEO, FIPP, said:
“2015 is a special year for FIPP, our 90th birthday, and the 40th World Congress, and it’s fitting that we continue taking the Congress to new countries. Toronto will be a fabulous host city, it’s the cultural, financial, and entertainment centre of Canada, one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the world, and is home to our colleagues at Magazines Canada, one of the most active and creative of magazine associations representing more than 2,000 magazine media brands. All in all the 40th FIPP World Congress promises to be a very special experience and event.”Mark Jamison, CEO, Magazines Canada, said:
“We are pleased and privileged to welcome FIPP’s 40th World Congress to Toronto in 2015. A milestone! And like our magazines, Canada guarantees excitement. ”The Congress is expected to bring 1,000 delegates and inject over $3 million into the Toronto and Ontario economy.
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Big box impact on neighbourhoods theme of This Mag film series, panel and issue launch
The panel will follow a screening of WAL-TOWN, a National Film Board-produced film by Sergeo Kirby looking at the business practices of mega-retailer. Panellists will include journalist John Lorinc (Spacing, Globe and Mail), Dominique Russell, organizer of Friends of Kensington and Shahil Thomas, who works with the Metcalf Foundation on Resilient Neighbourhood Economies. The moderator will be This Magazine editor Lauren McKeon.
The magazine issue is an annual survey of Canadian companies This says have been up to no good.
“It’s about holding 50 companies to account and about digging that hook in real deep and not letting go, watching and observing and saying ‘we know you did that,’” says McKeon.The event takes place at the Tranzac Club, 292 Brunswick Ave, Toronto and doors open at 6:30 p.m. $15 includes the screening and a copy of the issue.
"It wasn't a decision we made lightly,"said Suzanne LaBarre, the online content editor of PS. "As the news arm of a 141-year-old science and technology magazine, we are as committed to fostering lively, intellectual debate as we are to spreading the word of science far and wide. The problem is when trolls and spambots overwhelm the former, diminishing our ability to do the latter.
"That is not to suggest that we are the only website in the world that attracts vexing commenters. Far from it. Nor is it to suggest that all, or even close to all, of our commenters are shrill, boorish specimens of the lower internet phyla. We have many delightful, thought-provoking commenters."She said that comments sections
"tend to be a grotesque reflection of the media culture surrounding them [and] the cynical work of undermining bedrock scientific doctrine is now being done beneath our own stories, within a website devoted to championing science."
"When you have a bejeweled hammer that has worked very well for 25 years, everything around you looks like a nail."-- David Carr, writing in the New York Times about the effects of Vogue's Anna Wintour throwing her weight around as artistic director of Condé Nast, a new position she was given in March.
In an editorial, managing editor Jeremy Runnalls says that schools are only beginning to respond to changing corporate conditions, although MBA program rankings are done by a number of magazines in Canada and elsewhere, such as Canadian Business, Maclean's, Financial Times and The Economist.
"Each ranking is slightly different, but they all end up rewarding programs that place graduates in the highest-paying jobs possible".
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Monday, September 23, 2013
Now, the CJF is stepping back somewhat and the work of the organization will be spread out to various journalism schools and support is being sought from a wider variety of sources. According to an open letter from Christopher Waddell, director of the school of journalism and communication at Carleton University:
The project started as a collaboration among the country's leading journalism schools and organizations, managed and underwritten by the Canadian Journalism Foundation. While the Foundation will continue to provide substantial support, we are restructuring the project so that the various elements of J-Source and ProjetJ will be housed in and supported by several journalism schools. The English editorial centre will be at Ryerson University in Toronto, the French equivalent in Quebec City under the aegis of Université Laval; the publishing and business centre of the entire project will at Carleton University in Ottawa. In addition, there will be regional or specialized bureaus at journalism schools such as King's College in Halifax, UBC in Vancouver, Mount Royal University inRead more »
Friday, September 20, 2013
"We're celebrating with this feast of a book that serves up some of our favourite deliciousness from our blog and issues," says editor Jessica Duffin Wolfe on the magazine's blog. "Designed by Ali S. Qadeer and printed by Coach House Press in Toronto, Tasting Menu is both smart and pretty. Chatty and fascinating dinner guests gathered between its letterpress covers include celebrated TRB contributors Dylan Gordon, Meghan Davidson Ladly, Shawn Micallef, Matt Rader, David Ritter, Brett Story, Moez Surani—and you, if you like."[Update] The anthology will be sold for a special WOTS-only price of $10, but will be higher later (TBD).
|The new look|
[Below, you'll find a video where Adams and Muzzerall discuss the redesign.]
Along with a stronger and more modern cover flag, there have been considerable additions and changes to the content.
"Getting excited about a Contents page is kind of a magazine-geek thing to do, but it’s one of my favourite parts of the new design. The page is clean, reader-focused and makes bold use of photography—it embodies everything we’re trying to do with the new look," says Adams.
|The old look|
Concurrently, the magazine's website has been refreshed and made responsive so that it will display on any device. To celebrate the launch, the magazine has a scavenger hunt promotion. The letter "H" is hidden in various ads; readers who send in pictures of these spots are eligible to win a weekend a weekend for two at the Delta Halifax, dinner and tickets to the Neptune Theatre's production of A Christmas Carol in November.
Thursday, September 19, 2013
We know you will be completely wowed by what each designer and chef will come up with,” says Patty Baxter, East Coast Living publisher. “We are excited to work with these design and culinary professionals to present this event in Halifax.”
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
It is the result of a collaboration between TC Media and the eponymous Véronique Cloutier, a Radio-Canada TV and radio personality, and will have a distribution of 120,000 copies on newsstands.
[Update: TC Media says demand is such it had to go into a second printing, adding 35,000 newsstand copies to its original 120,000 press run.]
“After hours and days of work, I can finally unveil my magazine! What a delight! Working on the first issue was a highly enriching experience for me and I want to thank the fabulous team at TC Media for their collaboration and support in this magnificent adventure,” said Cloutier in a release.The first issue features Cloutier herself, below a logo stamped in bright silver. The publication is primarily aimed at women, with special sections such as Nos buzz, Femmes club, Psycho and Carnet pratique.
"The pros who help Véro in her daily life will also reveal their secrets: her stylist, makeup artist, trainer and mother will each have regular pages in the fashion, beauty, health and home entertaining sections of the magazine. Men will also find content that appeals to them in the Planète hommes section."In addition to its newsstand print copy, the magazine will be available by late September in an iPad version. Readers will be able to subscribe to the four issue of VÉRO only in the tablet version.
While the magazine bears Cloutier's nickname, the actual ownership, publishing and content creation rests with TC Media. When the project was first announced in March, Cloutier was described as "muse-in-chief". The magazine is actually steered by Sylvie Poirier, former editor-in-chief of a number of high-profile women's magazines such as ELLE Québec.
Canadian Health & Lifestyle retools look and content for October issue
The strategy behind the revamped pub is to make health and wellness more accessible to Canadians, says Thompson in a release. “We’ve added new experts, who answer readers’ questions on everything from diabetes to PMS to skincare.
“As well, we’ve enhanced our beauty and wellness sections to be more service-based, offering lots of tips and product selections to help readers navigate the drugstore aisle.”
Sylvain Bédard takes over as VP and group publisher for TC Media's business mag group
Bédard had already been responsible for the business magazine publishing group, including Affaires PLUS, Commerce, PME, Vision Durable, Force, Finance et Investissement and Investment Executive. An economist, he joined TC Media in 1988 as director of its book division and later moved to become editor and later associate publisher of Finance et Investissement.
Saskatchewan's Briarpatch marks 40th
|Briarpatch magazine celebrates its 40th anniversary|
by gathering 40 years of staff on stage
Among well-known names to be nominated for the best overall companion website are Chatelaine, Maclean's, spacing, todaysparent.com and Torontolife.com.
Best online-only publication websites included Hazlitt, RedNation Online, Torontoist, tuja wellness and What's Really Good magazine.
Mag world view: Gibbs new Time ME; Penthouse files for bankruptcy; Guardian launches style mag; Marie Claire turns 25
- Nancy Gibbs to be 17th managing editor of Time (MediaDailyNews)
- Penthouse Magazine Parent Company Files For Chapter 11 (Folio:)
- Johnson Publishing Gets Credit Infusion (Folio:)
- Time Out chief executive Aksel van der Wal to stand down (Guardian)
- Guardian launches style magazine The Fashion (Guardian)
- Pinterest chases away Sprint, others from “pin” trademarks — “Pindle” out of luck (paidContent)
- Hearst to launch 99p Esquire Weekly tablet edition (Media Week)
- Marie Claire turns 25 with bumper UK issue (Media Week)
- Percentage of people who go online with their phones doubles (Poynter)
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Digital technologies have put the very definition of advertising and marketing up for grabs. Now, when a marketer asks for a new campaign, the response from the team is literally a question mark. “What kind of campaign?” “Which agencies should we ask for guidance?” “What do all these technology companies do?” “Is anyone right?” “Is everyone right?” “How do we measure success?” Every campaign, if it can even be called that, begins with a blank slate. There are just too many ways it could go.-- Randall Rothenberg, president and CEO of the Interactive Advertising Bureau, writing in Adweek.
Google, which accounts for about a third of worldwide online ad revenue, is developing an anonymous identifier for advertising, or AdID, that would replace third-party cookies as the way advertisers track people's Internet browsing activity for marketing purposes, according to a person familiar with the plan.
The AdID would be transmitted to advertisers and ad networks that have agreed to basic guidelines, giving consumers more privacy and control over how they browse the Web, the person said, on condition of anonymity.Google not only is the clear leader in online advertising, it also now has one of the most popular browsers, Chrome. Its major competitor, Apple and its Safari browser, has always blocked third-party cookies and had its own ad identifiers for IOS.
"There could be concern in the industry about a system that shifts more of the benefits and control to operators like Google or Apple," said Clark Fredricksen of eMarketer, which tracks the digital ad industry.
"Restricting third-party cookies isn't going to make relevant advertising go away; it just hands more power to big companies," said Zach Coelius, CEO of ad technology firm Triggit.
It's not just a question of paid versus unpaid in many fields (and not just in magazines where unpaid internships are commonplace) but what the true educational value is. While employers may argue that mentoring an intern represents a cost to the company, universities are increasingly wary of being party to exploiting their students, displacing regular employees or failing to observe labour laws.
The Canadian Association of Career Educators and Employers, representing university career centres as well as businesses, issued an official statement in the spring of 2012 advising members against posting unpaid internships unless these met a set of criteria reflecting common labour law standards and ensuring educational value. This was after members started noticing “a significant jump” in unpaid internship postings and “in spaces that traditionally had only been paid,” says CACEE’s executive director Paul Smith.For instance, at Ryerson University, about 20 per cent of students still choose unpaid placements, often because they are so keen on working in a particular niche, and even though universities may make such work experience optional as part of course work or a degree. The key is structuring them properly, says the story, having clear policies and monitoring them (something that critics of routine and serial internships often say doesn't happen).
Still, universities should think twice before adopting blanket policies that ban the posting of unpaid internship positions outright, says Nancy Johnson, senior director of student learning and retention at Simon Fraser University and an associate editor of the Journal of Cooperative Education and Internships.
Doing so means “you’ve eliminated an awful lot of learning opportunities for students, some of which they may be happy to do unpaid,” especially in the not-for-profit sector, Dr. Johnson says. Her university does not allow the posting of unpaid internships with for-profit companies but does allow them within the voluntary sector.
[illustration by Leif Parsons]
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Quote, unquote: Toasting a launch
THE NON-CONFORMIST Fresh rhubarb-fennel bulb syrup with a shot of gin, topped with soda. $7-- the signature handcrafted cocktail served Wednesday, September 25 5 - 8 pm at the pop-up bar at 401 Richmond Street in Toronto to launch the next issue of FUSE magazine. (Non-alcoholic version leaves out the gin.)
BBC to launch monthly
Antiques Roadshow magazine
Nicholas Brett, director of publishing at BBC Worldwide, said: “The birth of a new BBC magazine is always exciting and this one is going to be very special. Antiques Roadshow is one of the most loved BBC programmes with a huge, passionate and knowledgeable fan-base. We’re confident Kelsey will make them a magazine they’ll love and value.”
Simon Shaw, series editor of Antiques Roadshow, added: “We are thrilled to be working with Kelsey on this exciting collaboration. Our viewers are always fascinated to know more about the stories behind the objects featured on Antiques Roadshow and a dedicated magazine is an ideal way to deliver behind the scenes secrets to enhance their enjoyment of the show.”The Kelsey Media website says that there have been 702 programs made at 534 different venues, including 11 countries abroad; a total of nine million objects have been brought to be valued of which 20,000 have been filmed.
The BBC sold its magazine division in 2011 for £121m and many of its titles have been published since by Immediate Media. According to a story in the Guardian, Kelsey Media now publishers more than 40 specialist consumer magazine titles including Aeroplane Monthly, Ships Monthly, Practical Poultry, Mini World and Tractor and Machinery.
Monday, September 16, 2013
Print Measurement Bureau and NADbank boards agree to merge organizations and studies
PMB has long been the accepted standard for readership and purchase information about Canadian magazines. NADbank has been primarily concerned with readership and purchase data for newspapers. A memorandum to members of PMB says that the boards of the two organizations have agreed -- subject to approval at special membership meetings -- to proceed with a proposal made by TNS, the research supplier to both. First data is expected to be available in the new, combined format in early 2015.
"The proposed new study builds on the strengths of the PMB and NADbank studies which are both internationally recognized as Gold Standard in their field," [said the memorandum] "The new study will contain all the information currently in the PMB and NADbank studies including data on the digital footprint of print vehicles. This will be achieved with no sacrifice of data quality, but with substantial savings through fieldwork efficiencies and the use of advanced data techniques such as congruent fusion and data calibration.
"Further, the new combined study is designed as a platform to allow for broader research guidance for PMB members in areas such as media engagement, path-to-purchase data and linkages to external databases."
It's presented in print form and in a tidy website (teasing, but paywalled) and its coverage is both deep and broad, in areas of the economy, arts and books, environment and -- above all -- politics. Consider the current issue, which gives enough space to five, informed observers to look at the significance of Quebec's Charbonneau Commission into corrupt practices in Quebec municipalities, principally in Montreal. Then it dives into examining if government financed health care can be sustained. And goes halfway round the world to ask if Bangladesh is really experiencing a "Bengal Spring".
Many of the contributors are, while not household names, familiar to serious readers. Such as Bob Chodos, the managing editor and former stalwart of the long-late and lamented Last Post magazine (see an earlier post); Reg Whitaker; Eric Hamovitch; Garth Stevenson; Linda Cardinal; Henry Milner and John Richards (the publishers).
The magazine is on most good, particularly independent, newsstands but subscribers are as important to it as any other magazine. Samples of every article are available on the website, as are those from past issues, but the full text of the meaty editorial only comes to subscribers.
There is a special deal being offered for a limited time,making the whole magazine available on a 30-day free online trial (click on the relevant button). So you can rummage around in the current and archived issues as much as you want and then decide that this is something worth supporting with a subscription: $48 for two years print and online; $36 for two years (online only).
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TC Media exits Halifax market, sells weeklies and distribution to Chronicle Herald
"As difficult as this decision has been, I believe it is the right thing to do to move our business forward and ultimately strengthen our position in Atlantic Canada," says Julia Kamula, senior vice-president, local solutions, Atlantic region and Saskatchewan, TC Media in a release.
"When the guy who ruined the Internet with banner ads tells you that a new kind of advertising might destroy journalism, it tends to get your attention," [says Carr.]McCambley thinks native advertising may damage the longstanding contract between consumer and media organizations (what we used to call readers and publishers). Ads mimicking the style and format of journalism and nestled among real stories; sometimes labelled, more often not, gain attention and engagement. (They're what we used to call "advertorial" but even more closely integrated with content.)
“I completely understand the value of native advertising but there are a number of publishers who are allowing P.R. firms and advertising agencies direct access to their content management systems and allowing them to publish directly to the site. I think that is a huge mistake.
“It is a very slippery slope and could kill journalism if publishers aren’t careful....
“You are gambling with the contract you have with your readers. How do I know who made the content I am looking at and what the value of the information is?”
Mag world view: Thai publisher reaches out; Time top ed gets govt job; ad page fall in B2B; keep topless, say Sun readers; Chilean clinic
- Publisher of Vogue Thailand expects to bring two more international titles (The Nation, Thailand)
- It's Time To Put the Content-Marketing Snake Oil Back Into the Bottle (Dead Tree Edition)
- Esquire Weekly not looking to 'present PDF on glass' says editor (Campaign)
- Time’s Top Editor Leaving for State Dept. (Folio:)
- Of editors and algorithms: Evan Williams on the future of media and Medium’s role in it (PaidContent)
- Ad Page Losses Mount for B-to-B (Folio:)
- Chile finds its voice in The Clinic satirical magazine (Guardian)
- Podcast: Mitch Joel on Rebooting Your Business, and Your Life (Scholarly Kitchen)
- Sun readers strongly support Page 3 topless models, says News UK boss (Guardian)
- Sponsored content makes headway in local markets (Nieman Journalism Lab)
- Fath Carter regrets doing interview with Sports Illustrated after being accused of making ‘unfounded’ statements (Poynter)
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Friday, September 13, 2013
The magazine was launched in 1995 by British publisher Felilx Dennis and followed almost to a fault the tried-and-true beer, gear and babes formula. It was put up for sale by the Alpha Media Group in March after significant declines in its print advertising. In 2012 it sold only a third of the ad pages it sold as recently as 2007. It cut its rate base and frequency and most of its problems were attributed to the rise of digital media in the men's adult category.
Darden was formed earlier this year by Cal Darden Sr., a retired United Parcel Service senior vp who has had a varied business career outside media. He currently serves as chairman and CEO of Darden Development Group, a real estate development firm, and sits on the boards of Target Corp. and the Coca-Cola Co. He was named by Fortune as one of the most powerful black executives in the U.S. Darden's son, stockbroker Calvin Darden Jr., was in the news several years ago when he pleaded guilty to stealing from securities firms and investors.
Maxim's new owner said he plans to extend the brand across cable, radio and music platforms. "Although the publishing industry has seen seismic shifts over the past several years, transmedia brands that engage consumers and advertisers on multiple platforms [are] significantly on the rise," Darden said in a statement.
“It’s an urban festival and the stars tend to dress accordingly. And the festival is littered with unsightly metal barricades and photo walls covered in logos — things we simply don’t want to feature in the magazine. It’s an important festival, but it’s an ugly festival.”-- An unnamed U.S. editor quoted by Global News, explaining why the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) got so little coverage in the major U.S.-based celebrity weeklies.
Thursday, September 12, 2013
A story in the New York Times said that she is ending her fractious partnership with backer Barry Diller who was not going to renew her contract and would be starting Tina Brown Live Media, focussed on building a conference business on the foundation of the Women in the World conferences she has been running for several years.
"It is unclear what Ms. Brown's departure means for the future of The Daily Beast. The Web site has lost millions of dollars since its inception, though Ms. Brown had projected that it would break even long before now. The executive, speaking on condition of anonymity because Ms. Brown was handling the public announcement, said it was unlikely the Web site would be closed.Read more »
"Ms. Brown said The Daily Beast "has given me some of the most exciting and fulfilling years of my professional life," adding that she was "enormously proud" of what the Web site had achieved."
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
The 90-minute open discussion will be on Thursday, September 26 in Toronto. People from nearby are encouraged to attend in person; from farther away, they may participate by teleconference. There are two topics for discussion, both of which are perennial in nature:
To find out more contact NMAF Special Projects Manager Richard Johnson richard.johnson[at]magazine-awards.com.
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
"Hilroy cornered the market on lined “exercise books” for Canadian school-age kids. Remember those faint blue lines and how you had to learn to tame your squiggles between them? Some booklets — that’s what our teachers called them – had horizontal dotted lines running between the darker lines, to guide the dots over our “i”s, the lines through our “f”s and “t”s. Sadly, there was nothing below the line to guide the crazy-making mirror image tails of those “g”s and “q”s.
"Somebody should write a thesis on Hilroy’s role in 20th century Canadian handwriting. A kind of Foucauldian-homeroom-teacher mashup."
“I am very excited about the possibilities for expanding these world-class brands, along with the rest of our portfolio, as we prepare to become an independent company,” he added. Time, Inc. is set to spin off from parent company Time Warner in early 2014.American Express and Time Inc. have been in a strategic relationship for about 20 years and the transaction has been coming to boil for several months. Due to new banking regulations, Amex is no longer allowed to participate in non-core businesses such as publishing magazines.
The event will take place in Library Square, Vancouver, at Homer and Hamilton Streets.
Among the magazine-related exhibitors scheduled so far are:
- Editors' Association of Canada (BC Branch)
- EVENT magazine
- Geist magazine
- Magazine Association of BC
- Pacific Rim magazine and Langara Journalism Review
- PRISM International
- Ricepaper magazine
- Room magazine
- subTerrain magazine
Executive director Bryan Pike says the new name reflects the event’s expanded programming. Unlike one-day outdoor street festivals in Lethbridge, Toronto, Kitchener, Saskatoon, and Halifax, Vancouver’s multi-venue event will take place over five days, from Sept. 25–29.
The inaugural program puts the spotlight on Canadian poetry, with readings by Amber Dawn, George Stanley, bill bissett, Evelyn Lau, and Brad Cran. Pike says there will also be automated poetry vending machines located in various locations around the city.
A full schedule is available on the event’s new website,wordvancouver.ca.
Monday, September 09, 2013
Twenty-six per cent of b-to-b publishers reported they increased their spending in 2012 and 24% of consumer publishers. Fewer said they were cutting back, which was a trend in recent years.
Of those who plan to increase their investments in the coming year, 20% of consumer and 17% of b-to-b plan to increase in the range of 10 to 29 per cent.
"While print is still the dominant platform for revenue, not to mention readers, publishers are making significant investments in increasing numbers to overhaul their digital platforms to accommodate and facilitate mobile use."Some other highlights of the research:
- Print, by far, is still the primary delivery platform for paid content, with a mean of 92 percent of consumer publishers and 80 percent of b-to-b respondents.
- Only 8 percent of consumer publisher respondents say they offer paid Web content, while b-to-b publishers report slightly more than double the amount of paid content offerings.
- Only 4 percent of consumer publishers offer paid content on tablets, while 7 percent of b-to-b publishers do so. Smartphones are even less—only 2 percent of b-to-b and consumer publishers indicate this is a paid content platform.
- 87% of companies responding do their production and design work in house; 91% of b-to-b publishers do so.
- Ad portal system use remains steady, with about one-third of consumer publishers and a quarter of b-to-b.
The association says proposed changes in the legislation about recyling cannot work unless producers who are now required to pay 100% of the program costs also have control of those costs. Ontario publishers, it says, cannot simply be expected to write cheques.
"Under the new Act, producers must have decision-making authority over cost control equal to their responsibility to pay."Magazines Canada's submission about the proposed new Waste Reduction Act also revisits the issue of so-called "free riders" on the system, particularly including U.S.- and foreign-origin magazines which pay nothing to maintain the system in which they account for as much as half the contents of the typical blue box.
"Any new system must be better designed. Shortcomings in capturing producers cannot be made the responsibility of magazine publishers. Magazine publishers are very prepared to pay to recycle our own paper but they are not prepared to pay any longer to recycle magazines like Vogue, the New Yorker, InStyle or hundreds of other large foreign publishers who are much better funded competitors."Read more »