|Anne Kingston and Brian Bethune, co-hosts|
|Anne Kingston and Brian Bethune, co-hosts|
|Best of show: Steamworks Brewing Co. Imperial Red Ale|
|Lisa Feldstein bats right|
Don’t expect hushed tones and gravity. Hosted by [editor Daniel] Zomparelli and Cynara Geissler, the show promises standup comedy by Alicia Tobin and Cass Keeley, not to mention discussions of “everything from teen angst to Tiger Beat crushes”, as well as readings and performances by Dina Del Bucchia, Sara Bynoe, Curtis LeBlanc, Shannon Rayne, and many others. For your ticket—which will also land you a one-year subscription—go to the Cultch’s website.
"For publishers, ad blockers are the elephant in the room: Everybody sees them, no one talks about them. The common understanding is that the first to speak up will be dead—it will acknowledge that the volume of ads actually delivered can in fact be 30% to 50% smaller than claimed—and invoiced. Publishers fear retaliation from media buying agencies—even though the ad community is quick to forget that it dug its own grave by flooding the web with intolerable amounts of promotional formats."-- Frédéric Filloux in an article on Quartz about the rise of ad blocking software, now aimed at mobile and at native advertising, particularly in Europe. According to the article, 300 million people worldwide have downloaded ad blocking software and about half have installed it.
"Since the announcement of the transaction to sell our consumer magazines in Toronto and Montreal and the communication of the new vision for TC Media, I know that you were faced with uncertainty in this context of change," said Markle. "I want to personally thank all of you for keeping the focus on the brands and on the success of the business, with the same level of energy and professionalism for which you are recognized, despite this time of transition. I would also like to express my gratitude to Tom [general manager Tom Gierasimczuk, who is publisher of both magazines], who has shown tremendous leadership since his appointment and over the course of the past few months.
"As we say goodbye, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you, on behalf of the entire organization, for your daily commitment and dedication to building the reputation of these two prestige brands. Vancouver Magazine and Western Living have made our name a beacon for thousands of readers in Western Canada. The many prizes that were awarded to your brands, most recently at the Alberta Magazine Awards in March, are a tribute to your passion and dedication. You have been part of our family and have shared our values for many years, and it is with sadness that we see you leave TC Transcontinental.
"It's the end of a chapter, but certainly not the end of the story. May the future be one of both personal and professional growth for you all, and may you continue to thrive within the context of this new adventure."There is so far no word on the price of the sale. Staff of the Western Magazine Group were being briefed this morning.
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If USA Today were to shutter its daily print edition, it would become the second major U.S. newspaper to go online only, following the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, which went all digital with drastic personnel cuts in 2009....
Over the last decade, USA Today’s average weekday print circulation fell by half, from 2.22 million in the six-month period ending September 2004 to 1.08 million for the same period in September 2014, according to the Alliance for Audited Media, previously known as the Audit Bureau of Circulations.
[Update: In lieu of the awards, a Mini-Maggies, will be held to recognize this year’s winners. The Mini-Maggies will take place at 6:30 pm on May 28, at the Governor’s Boardroom at Bailey’s Restaurant in Winnipeg. There will be a cash bar, and the MMPA is requesting all attendees RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. All are welcome.]"There seems to be too many other things happening next week (which of course we were not aware of when we picked our date), which caused a time conflict. We will individually contact all those who booked, to discuss refunds."The Maggie winners will still be announced on May 28, but by email, web, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media outlets.
"The events are not cancelled, just postponed. The conference sessions will happen as single events, while the Maggies Awards will be moved to be a part of the golf tournament wind-up dinner on August 6 at Bel Acres Golf Club. We will arrange transport from the city for those who do not wish to drive."
|Tracy Chappell with her daughters Avery (l) and Anna|
As part of the Today’s Parent team for the last 14 years, Tracy had been around longer than anyone else, through many iterations and editors and roles. She was, in many ways, the soul of Today’s Parent. I’m not sure how we’re going to publish this magazine without her.Contributor Jackie Gillard talked about how Chappell was the editor of the very first print magazine piece she published.
Tracy Chappell was one of a few certified diamonds in a sea of cubic zirconium. I hope her infinite love and grace holds her family tight right now and carries them through the horrific tragedy of losing their extraordinary mother, wife, daughter, sister, and aunt. She inspired so many, not just with her work, but with her entire essence and inner light.
"Rolf and I have decided that we need to retire," said Priesnitz. "I turn 65 in two weeks (yikes); Rolf turns 68 in July and has had three strokes. So we're starting to look for people to take over some or all of what we do."On the Life Media page the message was similar:
"We have been publishing magazines since 1976 and it is time for us to retire. But we would like to see the business continue. So we are entertaining proposals to purchase or otherwise take over one or all of the Life Media publications."It seems most likely that successors will come from within their loyal readership, people who subscribe not only to the publications, but to their principles. The trick will be finding someone who has the editorial and publishing skills to carry on the work of almost 40 years.
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They tripled the size of the newsroom, opened bureaus in Washington and New York, and reinvigorated the organization's investigative muscle. During their tenure, Mother Jones has won three National Magazine Awards, two for general excellence.
In 2013 the co-editors were the recipients of the prestigious PEN American award for editing; the judges wrote: "Mother Jones under Jeffery and Bauerlein has been transformed from what was a respected—if under-the-radar—indie publication to an internationally recognized powerhouse…whose writers and reporters often put more well-known and deep-pocketed news divisions to shame."
"Clara and Monika are visionary leaders who have set a new standard for cutting-edge nonprofit journalism," said board chair Phil Straus. "The board of directorsAs part of the reorganization, Maria Streshinsky, the editor-in-chief of Pacific Standard (and, prior to that, managing editor of The Atlantic), will join as deputy editor. Aaron Wiener of Washington City Paper will join as a senior editor in the Washington bureau, and Russ Choma of Open Secrets and Max Rosenthal of Public Radio International become staff reporters.
looks forward to working with them on the next stage of our growth."
|Best cover; July/August 2014|
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“We reach half the adults in the U.S. I wanted somebody who can mine data, understand it, and help us market our products as well as helping advertisers market their products through our vehicles.”-- Time Inc. CEO Joe Ripp, announcing the hiring of the company's first chief data officer, J. T. Kostman.
"The Ontario Government has recognized the value of Ontario's magazine media as a contributor to the development of smart jobs in a digital economy," said Mark Jamison, Magazine Canada CEO. "Magazines Canada and its members will encourage other provinces to study this initiative."
Photographer Chris Nicholls leads all visual nominees with 5 nominations for his work in Fashion Magazine and WeddingBells.
"Average monthly email volumes received by Cloudmark customers in Canada declined by 29%, but the percentage of received email that Cloudmark assessed as “spam” actually increased, albeit by an insignificant amount (from 16.5% to 16.6%). In other words, the proportionate impact of the legislation for Canadian recipients has been as high or higher on “legitimate” traffic as it has been on true “spam”.
"The implication appears to be that some Canadian organizations are abandoning email as a public communication platform instead of attempting to comply with CASL’s stringent consent and content requirements and facing the risk of substantial penalties for non-compliance. [For reference, see previous posts on CASL compliance issues here, here, here, here, and here.] One might wonder whether that was the outcome hoped for, from a law which states its purpose as being to promote the legitimate use of electronic means to carry out commercial activity.
"CASL does seem to be having a greater impact on Canadian spam aimed at other countries. Cloudmark’s data indicates that outbound international spam traffic declined by 37%. The report does not suggest any reason for the disproportionate impact on foreign traffic."
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"Still, association publishers continually have to battle to maintain print, often pressured by boards and finance officers to convert to go digital-only to save on printing and postage expenses."Print isn't cheap,the article acknowledges, but has some undeniable value: