Sunday, February 18, 2018

New digital literary magazine TOK to be
launched in April

A new digital magazine -- TOK -- is to launch officially in April. It's an outgrowth of Disapora Dialogues, which has a long record promoting emerging writers, playwrights and artists. 

The magazine project will rely at first on fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry and drama created under the auspices of the Diaspora Dialogues mentoring programs.  The new venture is being led by Helen Walsh, until recently the publisher and president of the Literary Review of Canada, and the founding director of Spur, a national festival of politics, art and ideas.
"We see TOK as the logical extension of the work we’ve done over the past decade and a half. In a world whose reading habits have changed, the publishing landscape irrevocably altered, we’ve designed TOK to be a fluid, responsive network. A way to showcase and support writers across backgrounds and styles. And we’re committed to collaborating with partners across literary, artistic and community realms, to do our bit in fostering a non-zero-sum culture."

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

MagNet conference registration now open

Registration is now open for MagNet 2018, the national industry conference April 25 and 26th at The Courtyard Toronto Downtown, 475 Yonge St, Toronto.

A complete program is live now at

Information about pricing:

New this year are "global intensives" with FIPP President James Hewes, what makes the BBC's Good Food brand so successful across platforms from publishing director Chris Kerwin, and MPA's President Linda Thomas Brooks talking about what makes magazines the most powerful medium for advertisers.

Especially for arts, literary and cultural magazines is the Arts & Literary Magazines Summita full-day deep dive into the inner workings of cultural magazine publishing from coast-to-coast. 
Magazines Canada is offering rebates for MagNet expenses to members in good standing that have annual circulation under 25,000, covering over 50% of travel costs and 50% of session fees. Bursaries are limited, so visit to apply now!

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Mag world view: Map to success; re-re--relaunched Trump mag; Hearst layoffs; Building a symbol

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Finalists for magazine achievement
announced by AMPA

The Alberta Magazine Publishers Association (AMPA) has announced the achievement award finalists for 2018. These awards recognize vision and  innovation demonstrated by individuals. 

  • Achievement in Publishing -- Joyce Byrne, group publisher for RedPoint Media & Marketing Solutions
  • Editor of the Year -- Jaelyn Molyneux, executive editor of digital content for Avenue Calgary.
  • Volunteer of the Year -- Allan Lacey, the treasurer of AMPA
  • Best New Magazine -- League, the publication of the League of Landscape Photographers
Finalists for Magazine of the year are:
  • Avenue Edmonton
  • Eighteen Bridges
  • New Trail
Finalists and winners will be celebrated at the 2018 Alberta Magazine Awards Gala on Thursday, March 8 at the Carriage House Inn in Calgary. 

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Maclean's covers provocatively highlight the pay gap between men and women

If the mark of excellent editing is to involve readers, then the current newsstand issue of Maclean's achieves both. The magazine has two different gender-specific covers intended to provoke conversation about the roughly 26% pay gap between men and women. One cover price is $8.81 for men; the other $6.99 for women. Readers can pay whatever cover price they want 
"After years of stasis, pay equity is having its moment as the next beat in the cadence of the #MeToo movement. Our hope is that these dual covers stir the kind of urgent conversation here that is already happening elsewhere around the world."
The initiative is a real credit to the editors and the art directors and we look forward to the reader response. 

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Monday, February 05, 2018

Leadership of Newsweek shown the door

Wow. Just wow. 
The top 2 editors at Newsweek and two senior writers have been fired, according to BuzzFeed's Craig Silverman. 
Bob Roe, the editor in chief, and Kenneth Li, the executive editor, were both let go today, along with senior politics writer Celeste Katz and senior writer Josh Saul. 
Sources also tell BuzzFeed News that staff in the magazine's New York office are withholding work until they get more information from company executives. 
This follows a recent raid in the New York offices of parent company Newsweek Media Group by the Manhattan District Attorney; BuzzFeed News revealing that a top editor, Dayan Candappa, was fired from a previous job over sexual harassment allegations; and that sister publication the International Business Times has been engaging in ad fraud.

Finalists named for AMPA showcase awards.

The finalists for the Alberta Magazine Awards 2018 showcase have been released. The event is to be held March 8 at the Carriage House Inn in Calgary where the ultimate winners in 20 categories will be announced. 
Finalists for Magazine of the Year, Best New Magazine and the recipients of Achievement in Publishing, Editor of the Year and Volunteer of the Year will be announced Thursday, February 8.

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Friday, February 02, 2018

Quote, unquote: Advertising will decline 30% in next 5 years

“We are so disrespecting people’s time that they are spending more and more time in advertising-free environments.... We don’t value their time. You’re asking me to give you my time for less than minimum wages, which is not worth my time.” 
--  Publicis Groupe’s Rishad Tobaccowala predicts that  the amount of advertising reaching consumers over the next 5 years may decline 30%. [He spoke during the opening session of CIMM’s Cross-Platform Media Measurement & Data Summit in New York City Thursday afternoon.] From Media Daily News


Mag world view: Back to a letters section; Alphabet's bilions; 'what makes a community?; Readers are not lists


Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Mag world view:"I don't use it myself"; rethinking mag definition; print book sales up; adding AI for ads; robots take over


Navigator publisher acquires Atlantic Boating and Atlantic Fisherman

Atlantic Boating magazine and Atlantic Fisherman have been acquired from Advocate Media Inc. by the TriNav Group of Companies of St. John's NF. TriNav already publishes Navigator Magazine and is a brokerage and yacht sales, marine design, insurance and financing firm. According to a story in the Chronicle Herald
Atlantic Boating magazine will now contain pleasure boat listings provided by TriNav's Ocean Yacht Sales, and will act as a connection for current and potential clients to Ocean Yacht’s sales network of pleasure boat and yacht brokers throughout Atlantic Canada. 
The company indicated that acquisition of the monthly Atlantic Fisherman, will complement industry coverage provided by Navigator Magazine. Atlantic Fisherman will continue with a particular focus on southwestern Nova Scotia.
A release posted on the Navigator website said
With the November 2017 acquisition of Ocean Yacht Sales, TriNav Director Trevor Decker said the company has been looking for avenues to complement its pleasure and commercial fishing boat sales and offerings and feels using well-known publications like Atlantic Boating and Atlantic Fisherman are perfect fits. 
“Both Atlantic Boating and Atlantic Fisherman have always been recognized and respected as excellent marine industry publications in Atlantic Canada. TriNav’s acquisition of these two titles from Advocate Media Incorporated allows us to combine the talents, expertise and resources of the TriNav Group of Companies, such as The Navigator, Ocean Yacht Sales and TriNav Marine Brokerage, to further enhance expertise, reach and offerings in Atlantic Canada and beyond. We are very excited to add these successful titles to our group,” Decker added.

Monday, January 22, 2018

AMPA conference speakers lineup announced

Registration is now open for the Alberta Magazines Conference and awards, March 8 and 9 in Calgary. The lineup of speakers has been announced, including
  • Jeremy Leslie, magCulture Studio UK
  • Kate Lesniak, publisher, BitchMedia
  • Amy Shellenbaum, online director, Popular Science
  • Penny Caldwell, former Cottage Life editor and publisher
  • Melanie Deziel, branded content consultant and speaker
  • Chris Baylis, president, The Sponsorship Collective
  • Anthony Licata, editorial director, Bonnier Lifestyle
  • Todd Hirsch, chief economist, ATB Financial
  • Brinda Luckoo, president, Inovva by Equisoft
  • Mark Marhorsky, creative director, Texas Highways
  • Paddy Harrington, founder, Frontier
  • Louis Delone, president, Whippoorwill Advisors
  • Devra Ferst, freelance writer and former editor at Tasting Table and Eater 
Early bird registration Thursday, February 15, 5 p.m. MST; regular registration Thursday March 1, 5 p.m. MST. Learn more

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Rogers severs joint venture with Vice Canada

Rogers Media Inc. announced Monday that it is ending its three-year-old, $100 million joint venture with Vice Canada to develop a production studio called Vice Studio Canada and money-television channel Viceland. According to a Financial Post story, 
Viceland, which lost $2.5 million in the year ended Aug. 31, 2016, according to the broadcast regulator, will stop broadcasting on Mar. 31. 
The move comes as no surprise, as Rogers’ three-year deal with Vice expired in October. Rogers’ wireless brand Fido subsequently dropped its Daily Vice promotions.
“In this crowded content universe and as audience habits change, we continue to evolve our strategy to deliver unique content to Canadians,” [Rogers said in the announcement]. “We will be actively exploring new content opportunities that appeal to a broad audience.”

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Friday, January 19, 2018

Bonnier Corp cuts 70 positions in the U.S. and converts five titles to all-digital

Bonnier Corp., the U.S. arm of the Swedish media company, has cut 70 positions, or about 17% of its U.S. workforce, according to a story in the New York Post. About 370 people will remain with the company. It has converted five of its print magazines to all-digital and reduced the frequency of foodie title Saveur to quarterly from six times a year.

Among the titles going all-digital are Wakeboarding, WaterSki , Sport Dive and motorcycle titles Dirt Riders and Baggers.

Adam Sachs, the editor-in-chief, photo editor Michelle Heimerman and creative director Richard Baker were among those laid off at Saveur.

Bonnier AB is a privately held Swedish media group of 175 companies operating in 15 countries. It is controlled by the Bonnier family.

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Mag world view: Rodale staffers laid off; Mags win digital ad challenge; 5 more journalists jailed in Turkey; Hungry Girl launched; New look Guardian


[Update] Brett Popplewell wins inaugural $10,000 Allan Slaight Prize for Journalism at The Walrus

[Update] The winner of the inaugural $10,000 Allan Slaight Prize for Journalism at The Walrus magazine is 
[This post has been updated] On January 17, one fortunate writer for The Walrus magazine will receive the $10,000 Allan Slaight Prize for Journalism. It is for the  most outstanding article published in The Walrus in 2017. The prize will support journalists in pursuing compelling stories of social import. The shortlisted stories are:
The prize is funded by the Slaight Family Foundation, which was established in 2008, in honour of Allan Slaight, a philanthropist who created Canada’s largest privately owned multi-media company, Standard Broadcasting, and was instrumental in bringing the Raptors (and the Air Canada Centre) to Toronto. Community works include having served as the chair of the United Way of Greater Toronto and the Shaw Festival. 

Listed magazine has been put on hiatus,
pending a sale

Advertisers in Listed magazine have been told by its publisher Marty Tully that it has been placed on hiatus after 8 years of publication. Listed, which launched as a quarterly and recently has been publishing 5 issues a year, is written for senior executives and board members of Canadian listed companies. 
Tully's message, in part:
I just wanted to let you know that Listed’s 2018 Mining issue has been put on hiatus.... 
I am currently looking for a buyer and will keep you posted. I have personally funded Listed and I do not regret one cent that has been invested. Listed has been a very rewarding experience, however it is time for me to find new champions to bring Listed to the next level. I am optimistic that someone will pick up the reins and regard the standards set to date as the starting point to bring Listed to the next level. 
I look forward to providing you with the news of Listed resuming its publishing schedule with the Spring issue.
The magazine's controlled circulation is to about 12,000, including 10,000 mailed to directors and C-suite executives and 2,000 distributed through Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounges.