Wednesday, June 27, 2012
"I think of copyright law as a fence – a pretty, nicely constructed, non-threatening fence. And a fence is a structure designed to define property. A fence is not, in fact, a series of holes through which folks can figure out ways to trespass on property. By concentrating too much on the holes, and how one might use them to trespass, C-11 risks making the pretty fence of copyright completely irrelevant."-- John Degen, testifying Tuesday before the Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce about Bill C-11, the Copyright Modernization Act, recently passed by the House of Commons. Degen, a writer, poet, novelist and outspoken copyright activist, is also literature officer of the Ontario Arts Council (though he was careful to say he was speaking only for himself). He was formerly executive director of the Professional Writers Association of Canada (PWAC).
Magazine world view: ABM+PPA; Imagine launches into space; mag festival in Edinburgh
- Association of Publishing Agencies (UK) rebrands as Content Management Association (CMA) (FIPP)
- Sport magazine wins magazine cover of the year at PPA awards (Jon Slattery)
- Periodical Publishers Association (PPA) launches international magazine festival in Edinburgh (FIPP)
- Serendipity Media (Australia) to launch print and digital Thai versions of Vogue in 2013 (Vogue)
- Lessons Learned From Indie iPad Magazine Publishers (MediaShift)
- Imagine Media (UK) to launch All About Space magazine
- The man behind Flaunt (Mr. Magazine)
- Hearst launches private ad exchange (Audience Development)
- Are You Swapping Analogue Dollars for Digital Dimes? (Folio:)
- ABM forms strategic alliance with UK's PPA (Folio:)
- Fired Johnston Press journalists help to set up rival newspaper (Guardian)
- Can Women's Health shake up a struggling category? (Media Week)
Labels: world view
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
The San Francisco-based company has hired investment bank Montgomery & Co. to manage the process, with one source saying that the company is seeking between $50 million and $100 million. No idea yet if there is buy-side interest at that price.Among its ventures, Zinio Canada partners with Magazines Canada in its Digital Newsstand, whereby dozens of member magazines make digital replica editions available, both by subscription and single copy.
Zinio raised venture capital in the early part of the aughts, from brand-name firms like Apax Partners, New Enterprise Associates, North Bridge Venture Partners and Commonwealth Capital Ventures. But those firms all sold their stakes (for very little) more than five years ago to a real estate and hotel magnate named David Gilmour, who currently serves as the company's executive chairman.
[Update: Folio: reports that Zinio put out a statement saying, indeed, that it has retained a merchant bank to "facilitate capital raising strategies and discussions."
"While the company has been engaged in similar discussions in the past," [it said] "Zinio has never had a stronger vision, strategy and roadmap to engage the right set of potential partners."]
Monday, June 25, 2012
Friday, June 22, 2012
Student award being established in memory of Ryerson teacher, journalist and editor
Charles was a highly respected, indeed loved, colleague and friend as a writer, editor and teacher. To know more about him, here is the obituary written by Michael Posner that was published in the Globe and Mail.
Charles Oberdorf Memorial Award[If you have difficulty with the online link* above, the following can be typed into your browser: https://ruonline.ryerson.ca/ccon/new_gift.do?action=newGift&giving_page_id=23
c/o Maureen Sheridan, Associate Director of Development
The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education
350 Victoria Street, CED 613
Toronto, Ontario M5B 2K3
Thursday, June 21, 2012
"Indigo Books & Music, which owns the bookstore, had been seeking a “significant” reduction in rent from the store’s owners, citing a downturn in business. And while the lease on the iconic property near Yonge and Dundas Sts. doesn’t expire until December 2013, the property is already in play," said a story in The Toronto Star.
“The decision to not renew the lease at the end of 2013 was based on a thorough review of every facet of our World’s Biggest Bookstore business,” Indigo spokeswoman Janet Eger said in emails to the Star.
“In the meantime, we’ll be working towards a seamless transition for our valued customers and employees, the details of which are being finalized.”
In a statement regarding the decision to fold the magazine, Dow Jones & Co. editor-in-chief Robert Thomson said in a statement: “It’s clear that the volatility of markets and asset classes has increased the need for rapid delivery of personal finance intelligence, so we will be expanding our team and presence on the Web.”
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Magazine world view: Baltimore facelift; digital reporting; no-print day; 40% prefer print
- Baltimore Magazine gets a facelift (Folio:)
- Hearst re-launches "Elle Accessories" title (Folio:)
- LinkedIn will connect with a federal judge after privacy breach (paidContent)
- The Scary Underbelly of Digital Magazine Sales Data Reporting (Audience Development)
- Toshiba's No-Print Day As Popular As a Turd in the Punchbowl (Dead Tree Edition)
- Majority of Users Pay for Tablet Content (Folio:)
- How to judge the magazine cover of the year (Roy Greenslade) (Guardian)
- Open access is the future of academic publishing, says Finch report (Guardian)
- Research finds 40% of magazine buyers prefer print (Press Gazette)
- Time Out ups digital e-commerce offensive with a trio of appointments (Media Week)
Labels: world view
Monday, June 18, 2012
- Sean Rossiter was named winner of the Lifetime Achievement award (see earlier post)
- Trade magazine of the year was Alberta Oil, published by Venture Publishing of Edmonton. Alberta Oil was recently named magazine of the year in the Kenneth R. Wilson awards for business-to-business publications.
- Best online magazine was The Tyee.
- Magazine of the year for Manitoba was Geez.
- Magazine of the year for Saskatchewan was Grain.
- Gold awards for writing:
- Alberta/NWT, Eighteen Bridges, Chris Turner, "Bearing Witness"
- BC/Yukon. Vancouver Magazine, Timothy Taylor, "Blood Brothers
- Manitoba, Western Living, Shel Zolkewich, "Hooked"
- Saskatchewan, The Crow, Kent Morrison, "The La Loche Project"
Labels: Western Magazine Awards
According to McKenzie, declining sales and the cost of rent are prompting the closure of the business. He noted clientele is “totally different” today than it was when the store opened.
“The only people buying magazines are in their 40s and 50s,” McKenzie said. “If it’s young and hip, the magazine itself, the young and hip are buying them. And there’s niche titles too.”
[Update: A story in the Vancouver Sun notes that many magazine retailers have had to diversify, selling other goods and obtaining things like Canada Post franchises. Kent McKenzie made the following observation about the customers:
Meanwhile, consumer mentality has also changed. “In the old days, people would rip a page out of a magazine and steal it,” McKenzie said. Today, “they’ll take an iPhone picture and not think of it as stealing. I’ve said ‘No, you can’t take a picture.’ and they’ll say “Yes you can, I have it here. It turned out fine!’”]
Lisa Tant out as EIC of Flare; now publisher of Hello Canada magazine
"Traditional ideas about what is opinion and what is news, what is advertising and what is editorial, and the separation between content makers and consumers, are evaporating each day. Those consumers will decide where the line is drawn, not those of us who are vested by belief or self-interest in the old order.
"The numbers show that these audiences have an appetite for advertising," said Pam Horan, president of the OPA. "Now it's time to take advantage of it with the capabilities the platform offers, not just transferring print ads to the tablet."
Friday, June 15, 2012
"We know 85% of people who buy a Zinio digital magazine subscription have never had a subscription to that magazine in the print world. So these subscribers are all new blood for publishers. The content-discovery model seems to be very interesting to our consumers and driving a tremendous amount of our commerce. We also know that more than 20% of the Zinio audience, tens of millions of people, are actually accessing the same magazine on three different platforms—meaning a smartphone, a PC or Mac, and a tablet."-- Jeanniey Mullen, Global Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer Zinio, speaking to eMarketer.
Thursday, June 14, 2012
"We thought long and hard about it, and in our view, we felt that this is a highly stylized, curated experience," said Huffington Post executive editor Tim O'Brien, who gave several reporters a preview on Tuesday afternoon. "We feel it's a premium product and it deserves to carry a price with it in order to access all the value we're giving people."
The Literary Press Group of Canada has been given verbal notification that James Moore, the Minister of Canadian Heritage, has overturned the decision to end funding for its sales force, which serves 47 Canadian owned and controlled literary book publishers from seven provinces.
At this time we are awaiting more formal confirmation, but this is the news we needed to move forward and bring the 200 Canadian-authored books entrusted to us this fall to readers across the country.
We remain grateful for the support that the Department of Canadian Heritage has provided for this endeavour since 1992. This government’s commitment to the arts rings through best when everyday Canadians are prepared to step forward and demonstrate how much they mean.
We are grateful for the overwhelming public support we received from Canadian readers, writers, publishers, and industry colleagues. We look forward to bringing you the best of Canadian literary writing for years to come.
Labels: professional development
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
"The recent success of Nuit Blanche, for instance, breeds a paradox: in one night, the number of visitors often surpasses the attendance at major art institutions for an entire year.Read more »
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
“Mobile advertising is still a small market but it’s soaring in North America. Between 2010 and 2011 the segment grew by almost 149% in the U.S. and 109% in Canada,” says Michael Paterson, a partner in PwC’s Canadian Entertainment & Media practice. “Given the amount of time consumers are spending on their devices outside of making phone calls, it’s glaringly apparent how much of an opportunity this advertising medium is.”
- Internet ads beat out TV ads by 2014: Canadian spending on internet advertising will overtake TV advertising by 2014 and be 23% larger by 2016.
- Video games overtake consumer books: spending on video games will overtake spending on consumer and educational books in Canada this year, to be almost 20% larger by 2016.
- Music: Canadian spending on music rose 2% in 2011, the first gain in many years, thanks to the growth in the concert and music festival market and a slower decline in recorded music spending. As a result, and due to increased spending on digital music, overall spending will increase from now through to 2016 at 4.1% CAGR.
Former Quad Graphics president named GM of Reader's Digest Canada
Monday, June 11, 2012
"Burned out, out of money, out of ideas… seduced by salaries, comfy offices, book deals, old lefty cash and minor celebrity status, some of the most prominent early heroes of our leaderless uprising are losing the edge that catalyzed last year’s one thousand encampments. Bit by bit, Occupy’s first generation is succumbing to an insidious institutionalization and ossification that could be fatal to our young spiritual insurrection unless we leap over it right now. Putting our movement back on track will take nothing short of a revolution within Occupy."
"In its own sweet way, our movement is now moving beyond the Zuccotti model and developing a tactical imperative of its own: Small groups of fired up second generation occupiers acting independently, swiftly and tenaciously pulling off myriad visceral local actions, disrupting capitalist business-as-usual across the globe."
"Advancing through your model career means walking hazardous runways while dodging objects thrown by hostile crowds and playing touch-screen wackamole during “photo ops” as the paparazzi attack," says the Ad Age report.
"In each city, your model avatar (three female models and one male are available) faces unique challenges, all aimed at capturing those escapist model fantasies.
“It’s fun and sassy,” said Juliana Stock, senior director marketing and product development at Condé Nast.
"Make no mistake, we're savages at heart. Tens of thousands cheered as Christians were thrown to the lions for sport in ancient Rome, and families travelled miles by wagon in the 1800s to watch public hangings. Now we can satisfy that natural morbid curiosity from the comfort of our homes."
The winners of the contest get free travel to Montreal, a VIP pass to the Pop Montreal festival September 19-23, 2012 plus accommodation at a bed and breakfast and, not least, fall publication in the magazine (with full honorarium).
The deadline for submissions is July 1. Each entry is $25.
"We are looking for writing that makes ears ring and throats hoarse. So if you can bring the rock heat with poetry and/or short fiction, it’s time to break some hearts and/or scare some parents."The judges are Ken Babstock for poetry and Melanie Little for fiction. Full contest rules and regulations can be found at popmontreal.com and matrixmagazine.org/litpop.
Friday, June 08, 2012
High quality print magazines are still a key part of the publishing business, but it is not the only one. The Internet has made every publisher a possible television producer, radio broadcaster, blogger and website developer. Users now also demand that publishers provide them with the content they want, in the format they want, at anytime of day.Panellists include: Sean Cranbury, a publishing and communications expert; Nick Jones, a digital strategy consultant; Nikolay Malyarov, vice-president of NewspaperDirect; Kate Reid, head writer at The Thinking Ape; and Christine Pilkington, CEO of Crisp Media.
Labels: professional development
Labels: line extensions
Awards night in Toronto went smoothly and sweetly
- Congratulations to the Magazines of the Year in each awards program: Maisonneuve was a surprise winner in the NMAs, and Alberta Oil the unsurprising winner in the KRWs.
- Holding the two events in one evening was not a problem; in fact, it went seamlessly well, with the KRWs emptying out into the reception that then preceded the NMAs. Kudos to the organizers who clearly anticipated what could be done.
- Whether this will happen this way next year is an open question. Every KRW program came with a questionnaire about the event and its future direction. If enough people fill them out and send them back, the Canadian Business Press and Magazines Canada will know better what works and what doesn't for the business-to-business crowd. Some of the possibilities can be read between the lines of the questionnaire, including the possibility of once again holding the KRWs at a separate venue (the Old Mill was mentioned). I suppose it will not be a question of programming or autonomy, but of money.
- The controversy (if that's not too strong a word) about the perceived treatment of b2b mags as second fiddles was met head-on by the emcee, Tom Gierasimczuk (editor of Marketing) and defused with humour. The crowd was smaller than in previous years, but it's not clear whether this was a result of the economy or a boycott.
- The emcee of the National Magazine Awards, Ralph Benmergui, seemed strangely detached, even querulous. Or was it just me?
- The NMAs are notoriously a noisy event, with people drifting about and talking more loudly as the evening wears on, something that no emcee is able to manage. However it was interesting that you could have heard a pin drop as Heather Robertson, the recipient of the outstanding achievement award, stood and simply told a story about her university days, eliciting a good deal of warmth from people in the room who may not be very familiar with the outstanding achievement of the so-called "Robertson case". Yet by not talking about the 13-year odyssey, instead about her introduction to journalism (and a long career as a freelancer, editor, author and advocate), she held the crowd in the palm of her hand. (Nice introduction, by the way, by freelancer David Hayes.)
- Perhaps we need to have a small workshop on acceptance speeches. It's acceptable for people to say just "thanks" and even to be nervous, but it's not very gracious to say "I suck at this". Saying thank you is a learnable skill.
- This year's NMAs had nominees who are brand new on the scene. Not surprisingly, The Grid won multiple times (and hooted its approval at every mention). The new Rogers's Sportsnet not quite so much, but I'll bet that's not the case next year when it has a full year's issues under its belt.
- Could we somehow manage not to hold the CAJ Journalism Awards on the same night as the NMAs and KRWs? Or, for that matter, the Griffin poetry prize. Coordinate your calendars, people.
- How did the change to a Thursday night work out for you? From my perspective, it took away the festive feel of a typical Friday evening.
- I suppose as a media sponsor I shouldn't say this, but there are not enough other sponsors of individual prizes in either awards program. The Globe and Mail and Reader's Digest notable exceptions. We need to step up and do a better job of supporting our own events.
Thursday, June 07, 2012
“We believe that this decision is seriously misguided and has the potential to irreparably damage literary publishing in Canada. It just isn’t good public policy to fund the production of books and attack their connection to readers in the most destructive way possible.”
“The change was prompted by the member feedback,” says Glenn Hansen, president and CEO of BPA Worldwide. “We had hit close to 700 sites and we have nearly 2,000 members. The question to the other 1,300 was what’s preventing you from doing this? Some had said they were using other analytics providers. The two that were named more often than not was Google Analytics and Omniture.”So, beginning July 1, BPA will allow use of other web analytic tags: Omniture SiteCatalyst and/or Google Analytics. The decision came after comparative analysis of test results.
CMC ACE Awards announced
- Audience Development Effort
- Zoomer - "Sponsored Subscriptions" (Marisa Latini)
- Consumer - Online
- The Hockey News - "Email Renewal Series" (Doris Chan, Yen Duong and Jason Patterson)
- Consumer - Offline Promotion
- Canadian Geographic - "Direct Mail" (Nathalie Cuerrier, Canadian Geographic,Darlene Storey, St.Joseph Media,Rui Costa, St. Joseph Media, Laura Heward, St.Joseph Media, Marlene Yaworski, MGY Design)
- Caren King Award
- Olena Dingeldein, Rogers Publishing Limited
- The 2011 Marketer of the Year award
- Jason Patterson, TC Media
- Terri DeRose Scholarship (announced earlier this year)
- Kamila Priehodova
Labels: ACE Awards
Wednesday, June 06, 2012
Spacing magazine and Outdoor Canada win big at CSME Editors' Choice awards
|Matt Blackett of Spacing, Susan Antonacci of Canadian Living, Patrick Walsh of Outdoor Canada, Graham F. Scott (former editor) and Lauren McKeon (current editor), This Magazine.|
This Magazine took top honours in the small-circulation category for the third year in a row, while Canadian Living won in the large-circulation category. Today’s Trucking got the nod as the Trade Magazine of the Year. The award for Best Web Editorial (fewer than 150,000 unique visitors) went to Canadian Art and this year’s honour for the Jim Cormier Award for Display Writing was taken by Explore
"Magazines are considered "print," and many media planners/buyers want nothing to do with analog media. Many clients feel the same way. I often hear, "I want my target consumers to start a dialogue with my brand." That's fine, but the best way to achieve this is to create a compelling idea and reach customers on multiple platforms -- magazines, tablets, TV, social media, mobile, PC, events, etc."-- Mark Brownstein, writing in a column for Ad Age about the 82% of U.S. population reading one or more magazines a month, a loyal, not-to-be-ignored loyal readership.
Monday, June 04, 2012
GOOD appears to be exploring a community-based publishing system with a public beta site described as “a platform for 21st century citizenship” that includes aggregation (GOOD Finder) and a tool for mobilizing locally (GOOD Maker).
"I think there’s fear out there that Calgary is rich, successful and sophisticated, and Toronto doesn’t want us to be the hotbed of culture that we are. They deal with it by slapping the old cowboy hat on us."
- The Birth of a Typeface: Changing a Modern Classic, and Understanding Type Design for Magazines with Christian Schwartz, Partner, Commercial Type
- What It Really Takes to Get Paid for Digital Content with Kevin McKean, Vice President and Editorial Director, Consumer Reports
- Multi-Platform Publishing: Breaking Down the Print Paradigm, and Talking in Code: 10 Lessons from the iPad -- James B. Meigs, Editor-in-Chief, Popular Mechanics
- Engaging the Influential: Creating an "Ideas Community" -- Nick Blunden, Global Managing Director and Publisher, the Economist Online
- Tumblr: The Hot New Social Media Tool for Magazines -- Mark Coatney, Media Evangelist, Tumblr
- Building Brand the Bonnier Way --Gregg Hano, Senior Vice President, Corporate Sales and Technology Group, Bonnier Corporation
- Inside Data Intelligence: How Canadians are Reading Online -- Brent Lowe-Bernie, President, Media Metrix Canada, Comscore
- The 35th annual National Magazine Awards
- The 58th annual Kenneth R. Wilson Awards (for business-to-business magazines)
- The Editors' Gala, presented by the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors (CSME)
- The Writers' Awards, presented by the Professional Writers Association of Canada (PWAC)
- The PWAC Awards
- The Magazines Canada luncheon at which the volunteer and retailer of the year awards are handed out
The Danforth store, managed by Patricia Magosse, is the quintessential Book City: great books, great remainders and, in a small, efficient space, a spectacular selection of magazines. Somehow in this ever-changing retail landscape, Book City has found the right combination of factors to survive. Obviously this includes having a great location, a hands-on, knowledgeable staff and carrying a good selection of Canadian magazines.
Sunday, June 03, 2012
Ralph [Emerson McGinnis] from Put A Egg On It,[a New York-based food zine he publishes with Sara Forbes Keogh] the man behind the The Little Magazine Coalition, explains,
‘It’s going to be a loose association, but with the hope of creating a professional organization that can teach and assist about things most of us have to figure out through trial and error. Even people experienced as magazine employees are often lost when figuring out how to distribute, sell ads and promote. Our first meeting is going to be a discussion about who are the best distributors for small magazines; our methods of online sales and tracking of subscribers. Practical stuff.’
Saturday, June 02, 2012
Writer Mark Witten offered a survey of the latest developments in this field [said a release], which is employing genetic tests to determine how doctors deal with breast cancer, how they prescribe drugs for heart disease or mental illness, and how blood transfusions are performed. His detailed and engaging account, “Drugs Made to Measure”, draws on the cases of patients who have been helped by this new approach....
“Personalized medicine is often discussed in abstract terms, which might lead people to expect too much or too little,” says CHR president, Patricia Guyda. “Witten has provided a significant public service by explaining it in clear, practical terms, so readers can understand what is actually a very exciting dimension of medical treatment.”
Friday, June 01, 2012
“The idea of getting the magazine on the iPhone is something we’ve wanted to do for a long time, because our readers are a perfect audience: They’re traveling, they’re at the gym. This is a great way for them to dip into the magazine content to reference a workout at the gym, for example."
"Since the adoption of Law 88 on waste in June 2011, the editors have taken the time to calculate the amount of the bill they will pay, retroactive to 2010. And it makes their hair stand on end," she said.
[photo: Patrick Woodbury, LeDroit]