Monday, January 05, 2015

This was the year that was [Part One]: a look-back at 2014 in Canadian magazines

Here's a fairly arbitrary rundown on some of the stories that were published this year on the Canadian Magazines blog. [Today, January to June. Tomorrow: July to the end of the year.]
Sasha Emmons named EIC of Today’s Parent. Described by Steve Maich, gm of publishing at Rogers Media as “a natural leader and spokesperson”.
A new, twice-a-year literary food journal called Beer & Butter Tarts is launched in Toronto
Cameron Williamson named EIC of Flare
Toronto Life publishes a "clarification" about its October story about the fear of sexual assault at York University. York University subsequently agreed to a dismissal of its lawsuit against the magazine. 
John Intini named editor-in-chief of Sportsnet magazine, replacing Steve Maich, who was named senior vice-president and general manager of publishing at Rogers Media.
Matt O'Grady, who quit BCBusiness in a dispute about the publisher Peter Legge spiking an investigative story, was welcomed back. Legge said it was a misunderstanding. 
Joyce Byrne, longtime 2IC at Edmonton's Venture Publishing, moves to Calgary to become publisher of Redpoint Media's Avenue Calgary.
Benjamin News Group announced that the family owned centenary business was to close down in April. 225 people were to lose their jobs.
Clean up woman
Jane Francisco, the former  EIC of Chatelaine, wasted no time in redesigning and putting her personal stamp on Hearst's Good Housekeeping
Two into one
First, Canada's two biggest accounting associations merged. Then their two magazines merged. Result: CPA magazine
Group therapy
Rogers Publishing reorganizes with group publishers: one for current affairs; one for Quebec-based titles; one for fashion and beauty.
Squeeze play
TC Media closes down Fresh Juice, its partnership magazine with Loblaw. 
Globe-al style advice
Style Advisor, a twice-annual lifestyle supplement magazine is launched by the Globe and Mail
Nutty settlement
It took two years, but Patricia Pearson and Rogers Publishing came to a settlement about the use of her story on peanut allergies on 3rd party websites.
Mike didn't make it right
Dauphin Media, partner with TV handyman Mike Holmes in Holmes magazine, left town, stiffing its landlord and subscribers who had prepaid $500,000 in subscriptions. 
Cheapest talent
Rogers Publishing becomes the latest company to end unpaid internships in response to an Ontario government crackdown.
Designer donation
East Coast Living raises $20,000 with its Dine by Design fundraiser and gives the money to the NSCAD University design faculty.
We know where he came from
Graydon Carter, the editor of Vanity Fair magazine, was named to the [U.S.] Magazine Editors' Hall of Fame. He started out in the business by co-founding The Canadian Review in 1973.
Quantity, as well as quality
Next Issue Canada, the subscription service in partnership with big US publishers, said it had 45,000 paid and 20,000 people trying out a free trial. 
Outstanding Kim
Kim Jernigan, the longtime editor of The New Quarterly, was named to receive the Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement by the National Magazine Awards.
Intern solution
The Walrus found a way to work around the Ontario goverment's disapproval of unpaid internships (at least three of them) by having them paid by a donationd from the  Chawkers Foundation
An offer she couldn't refuse
Jacqueline Loch was lured away from Rogers Media to become VP and group publisher of all of the TC Media's English magazines. 
Neighbourly of them
The Editors' Association of Canada forms an international alliance with The American Copy Editors Society (ACES). 
Newsstand turmoil
Source Interlink, one of the largest magazine wholesalers in the U.S. goes out of business after Time Inc. dumps it.

BCBusiness and Retail News were magazines of the year at the Kenneth R. Wilson awards.
Glenn Morgan of Coast to Coast Newsstand Services Partnership received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Circulation Management Association.
Third-time's a charm
For the 3rd time, Penny Caldwell, the editor of Cottage Life, was chosen Editor of the Year by the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors (CSME).
Check the seat cushions
Benjamin News shocked its creditors by saying (after announcing in January that it would close) that, at best, they would only get 25 cents on the dollar.
Ten years was enough, apparently
David Beers, the founding editor of The Tyee, says he is stepping away from day-to-day management in order to concentrate on strategic opportunities to expand it and developing other independent media. 
Family troubles
Canadian Family magazine announces it is discontinuing its print version and going digital only.                                                   



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