"It was definitely the most complex editorial I've done so far," said Juliana Schiavinatto, the executive fashion editor-at-large. "I wanted to ensure it looked current, yet still whimsical and timeless. My goal was to create something magical, cool and relevant. We embraced the Alice in Wonderland mantra: "We're all mad here!" and went for it."The issue features a virtual reality cover shoot, done 3D in collaboration with Canadian tech startup PCP VR of Toronto. Jacqueline Loch, VP & group publisher, TVA Group said “We know our readers are early tech adopters, and we are giving them more of what they want: from live cover shoots driven by social media to shoppable videos on mobile and, now, a virtual-reality September cover.”
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
"In the role of first audience officer, Laas will lead the IT and digital content team to aggregate audiences across all media properties to leverage their combined impact and engagement." [the announcement said]
As co-publisher, Zoomer Magazine, Laas will support Gord Poland, executive vice-president and chief operating officer and Zoomer’s veteran publisher, to grow the commercial success of the groundbreaking and award-winning lifestyle publication, which is published nine times a year and ranks as Canada’s largest paid circulation magazine for mature men and women.
Contributing to that decline was the TVA Group’s magazines segment which, though it reported a $1.2 million adjusted operating income in the second quarter, represents a 58.6% decrease in income compared to the same quarter in 2014. TVA Group attributes the decline in its Magazines segment primarily to a 20.2% decrease in newsstand revenues and a 10.3% decline in advertising revenues, partially offset by the adjusted operating income generated by the magazines acquired from Transcontinental Inc. on April 12, 2015.The company said it expected to see better contributions from the new titles in the 3rd and 4th quarter.
Monday, July 27, 2015
Magazine EIC news: Legaré takes over enRoute; Andrusiecsko takes over at Briarpatch
- Jean-François Legaré is now the editor-in-chief of enRoute magazine, Air Canada's inflight. He will oversee the monthly Air Canada enRoute magazine (including sister publications, the Air Canada enRoute edition and the Air Canada enRoute Inflight Entertainment Guide), alongside the brand’s expansive digital platforms, events, and award programs. He replaces Ilana Weitzman, who was EIC for seven years and has now been promoted to become content director, Air Canada Media, and editorial director, enRoute. Legaré was for a time the editor-in-chief of fashion and beauty brand Clin d’œil, where he managed the print magazine, iPad application, website overhaul, events and commercial ventures for the magazine before returning to enRoute in 2014.
- Tanya Andrusiecsko has been named as editor of Briarpatch magazine starting in September. She comes to Briarpatch with a background in feminist political sociology and Indigenous studies and a fire in her belly for fostering radical political discussions and independent journalism. Tanya moved to Saskatoon from Toronto in 2010 and settled into the warm and welcoming community she met through the leadership program Next Up and the feminist summer camp that she founded in 2014. Tanya is currently wrapping up a Master’s dissertation on the Swedish feminist party at the London School of Economics (LSE), but outside of the 9-5, she can be found scouting pizza, listening to podcasts, sitting in gardens, and catching up on Twitter.
Friday, July 24, 2015
Mag world: Digital mags not a break-out; FoI review; story of O; relaunch in the garden; "stores" story; 3 entrepreneurs
- MPA Independent magazine group elects Andrew Clurman as chair (Folio:)
- Survey: Digital Magazines Still Not a Break-Out Platform (Folio:)
- Cosmopolitan deputy moves to edit Heat (Press Gazette)
- Review to be held for Freedom of Information Act (Jon Slattery)
- The (other) Story of O, a double issue (Mr. Magazine)
- Universal Magazines relaunches gardening magazine Backyard & Garden Design Ideas (FIPP)
- Start-up Generation: Characteristics and Experiences of Three Entrepreneurs (The Scholarly Kitchen)
- Imagine Publishing launches new Real Crime magazine in the UK (FIPP)
- Shortlist Media appoints Chris Healy as commercial director (Media Week)
- The publisher ‘stores’ that drive commerce while preserving reader trust (FIPP)
- Youth focused digital publisher Junkee Media takes media agency sales in-house from MCN (PublishersAustralia)
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Thursday, July 23, 2015
Broken Pencil celebrates two decades of 'zining
Wrongful dismissal suit by
The Tyee EIC has been settled
Armstrong's statement of claim described the company's actions in firing her after she moved across the country to take over the top editorial job as “high-handed, malicious, arbitrary, or highly reprehensible”, but the matter was settled quite quickly.
Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.
The story is by Jonathan Goldsbie.
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Wednesday, July 22, 2015
For the 7th year the magazine for Ontario lawyers has compiled data that is probably unavailable anywhere else and then ranked the firms by their hireback rates. You can imagine that this is of great interest to law students and law firms alike.
This year, they found that the hireback rates on Bay Street held steady at 77%. In other words, almost 8 out of 10 students who articled got associate jobs. But Precedent also found that the number of articling positions has fallen over six years by about 14%.
"Indeed, this confirms what most students probably feel intuitively: the recruitment battleground on Bay Street is more competitive than ever."[Disclosure: I am on the advisory board of Precedent, but have nothing to do with the editorial.]
What is unusual is for Toronto Life to publish the story online in two languages: English and simplified Chinese. In fact, this is the first time the magazine has done so.
Jennifer Pan曾是个好孩子，她聪明、刻苦、听话。可后来，她却雇了三个人去杀害自己的父母。谋杀行动一切按计划进行，唯一意外的是她的父亲没有死。Karen K. Ho讲述……
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Like many such stories (not just on Canadaland), principals named in the story refuse to comment. But a good deal of the post rests on quotes from former employees who say the magazine -- keen on developing sponsorship revenue -- has strayed considerably from its mission. Some of the harshest criticism is for André Préfontaine formerly the publisher, now Canadian Geographic's chief development officer*.
One of the quoted passages was from the former acting editor Dan Rubinstein, who left the job at the end of 2012, after four years as the managing editor. In an excerpt taken from his book Born to Walk he explains why:
"...(I spent) a decade as a magazine editor, cresting at the top post at a respected publication. Financial turmoil threatened to swamp the magazine industry. The non-profit where I worked responded by creating 'independent and objective' content in partnership with corporate and government backers...Our sponsors were determined to ramp up either public support or profits, and I was aiding and abetting their newspeak.
My dream job, which I had moved across the country to take, became a nightmare... A watchdog was opening the gate for the wolves."
Read more »
Monday, July 20, 2015
"We follow the same model that The Onion does which is throughout the week we write down headline ideas and then we bring all of them together to a pitch meeting and then we read out the headline ideas, and whichever idea gets the most laughs we develop into an article," [said Nick Zarzycki, founder and editor.]The magazine is now pursuing a national audience, but trying to do it in its own particular way.
"We're very wary of the fact that we're basically just copying the Onion model in Canada," Zarzycki said. "We're all beginners at this so I think it's a good place to start to imitate what you like.
"One way we've tried to develop our own style is to do what we like, which is silly jokes ... jokes that are little bit more absurd, a little bit sillier than you would find made on The Onion and on The Daily Show for example.Our favourite fake headline so far is "Vancouver ranked the most city in the world."
Audio of CBC story
Tommy Craggs, the executive edtior and Max Read, the editor-in-chief, said the removal was an indefensible breach of the firewall between editorial and business interests. Craggs memo to staff noted that major advertisers such as Discover and BFGoodrich were either putting their advertising campaigns on hold or pulling out entirely. He said that the management decision showed that "the true power over editorial resides in the whims of four cringing members of the managing partnership's Fear and Money Caucus."
Read said the decision to remove the post was an "absolute surrender of Gawker's claim to 'radical transparency'".
"I am able to do this job to the extent that I can believe that the people in charge are able, when faced with difficult decisions, to back up their stated commitments to transparency, fearlessness, and editorial independence. In the wake of Friday’s decision and Tommy’s resignation I can no longer sustain that belief. I find myself forced to resign, effective immediately."
Right now, CSME is trolling for collaborators and people who want to take part -- the expectation is that selected mentors and mentees (likely a more senior and more junior editor) would meet every two months. If you're interested, write to firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, July 16, 2015
Shades of Iran
"Many of these magazines you will not see on the newsstand racks because they are focused on local people and their activities (Horse Country, the Cottager for instance), or they focus on a niche readership: Geez, Rhubarb, Border Crossings are examples," says MMPA executive director Linda Hazelwood.There's a direct Facebook link to the offer (which is for new subscribers only) http://on.fb.me/1O7iiGD and a Twitter link https://twitter.com/Manitobamags/status/621343306711232513.
Mag world view: Diversifying enthusiasm; Making free pay; Oprah is 15; More news from Facebook & Twitter
- How The Enthusiast Network is Diversifying Its Revenue (Folio:)
- Making free pay: seven lessons from media businesses that stopped charging (Guardian)
- 15 Years And Counting – O, The Oprah Magazine Celebrates The Major Milestone -- Interview With Lucy Kaylin, Editor-In-Chief (Mr. Magazine)
- Mel Scott becomes first chief revenue officer at Mail Brands (Media Week)
- Newsonomics: When news companies are no longer built to last (Nieman Journalism Lab)
- Egmont Publishing launches Star Wars Adventures Magazine in the UK (FIPP)
- New Pew data: More Americans are getting news on Facebook and Twitter (Nieman Journalism Lab)
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"Looking ahead, print publications will become something that a core of people (not just a tiny majority) continues to desire. Readers will continue to value the experience of holding a print magazine in their hands; these publications will become increasingly identified as a luxury rather than an everyday item. In the next few years, I predict that print publications will be categorized as affordable luxury items, which puts them in a whole different group—and it’s a good group to be in, as luxury consumption has not seen the dire drops that other sectors have seen, even throughout the Great Recession."
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
The privately held, Toronto-based company, with a staff of fewer than 50 producing seven periodicals and annuals had received some additional funding from investors last year, but the tap was apparently turned off quite suddenly.
“We were surprised,” says Scott Birke, group editorial director for SBC Media. “We underwent a refocusing last year to offer more options to our partners and advertisers.” The initial realignment involved a heavier digital content approach. Under the reinvestment, SBC’s publications went through a restructuring and had one year to grow the business. “We were moving in a positive trajectory. So it came as a surprise when they withdrew their support earlier than we thought,” admits Birke. He told Transworld Business that though there has been some interest in buying individual publications, he didn't see SBC continuing as a company.
Monday, July 13, 2015
IBT Media, which bought Newsweek in 2013 with plans to revive it from a web-only operation, apparently concluded Newsweek Europe was never going to sell enough advertising to cover the costs of its claimed 70,000 copies circulated in 40 countries.
Terry Sellwood retiring from Cottage Life Media; Penny Caldwell named publisher, Michelle Kelly, editor
He is currently president and chief operating officer of Cottage Life Media, one of the country's most important and innovative independent publishers.
[Update: Penny Caldwell, the editor of Cottage Life magazine has been appointed publisher and Michelle Kelly, current executive editor, assumes the role of editor.]
His career started in circulation (about which he became expert) and now he is concluding a run of 15 years working in increasingly important roles at Cottage Life (now a division of Blue Ant Media). Come the end of August, he will be making his 10th trip to the Nevada desert and the Burning Man festival (which he adores, not just as a guitar player). Only this time he won't be coming back to work.
"Without wishing to denigrate the complex and fabulous analysis undertaken by the market research experts in our industry, in my short time as a market research manager when working on new projects I discovered that whatever the question, the consumer’s answer was consistently the same: 'We’d like more of what we have already please, only can it be a bit better and a bit cheaper.'"
Wednesday, July 08, 2015
The biggest growth in the number of deals was 40% in exhibitions and conferences and 32% in mobile media and technology.
Consumer media and technology (which includes consumer magazines) saw a 9% increase in the number of deals year-over-year, while B2B media and technology saw 27% fewer deals. (Click to enlarge)
Unfortunately, there is no comparable data available for the Canadian market. But the trends are likely similar.
Tuesday, July 07, 2015
"This is an opportunity I just couldn't pass up," said Brace. "When you look at the mix of assets, the Rogers 3.0 plan and the digital disruption that's transforming the media industry, this is a tremendous opportunity. Keith has done a terrific job repositioning the media business so now it's my job to use the assets we have and work with the senior team to bring Canadians the content they want, where they want."Brace will be responsible for managing and growing the $1.8 billion media business, including consumer and trade magazine publishing, broadcast, Sportsnet, the Shopping Channel and ownership stakes in the Toronto Blue Jays, the National Hockey League and Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment.
Monday, July 06, 2015
Mag world view: Scratch scratched; Jamie rolls out; NME gives it away; Print & independent thinking; Launching Plugin
- Scratch magazine toed the line between 'servicey and intellectual'. That was one reason it didn't make much money." (Nieman Lab)
- Jamie magazine launches in Hungary, Poland and Greece (FIPP)
- After 80 per cent circulation drop in ten years, NME print edition to go free (Press Gazette)
- B4B launches Slovenian tech Plugin Magazine in English and German (FIPP)
- Independent thinking shows that print can still deliver success (Guardian)
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"When I sold it, I told the new owner, 'Remember, SPIN is not a music magazine.' And he nearly fell off his seat, because he just spent $43.5 million buying what he thought was a music magazine. But SPIN was really a magazine for young people making the transition from adolescence to young adulthood.... Music has been the glue and the soundtrack, but it’s not the magazine. Those young people who read it for music also care about sex, relationships, the economy, politics, where they live, what they eat. It is about the things that interest the age group. Over time, it mutated to a very, very music-centric magazine and it stopped being an instigator of provocative social commentary."
Friday, July 03, 2015
The Slate Plus paywall for the daily online magazine is $5 a month or $50 a year. Metered access means casual readers can get 5 articles a month for free. The principal argument for the change, however, is that domestic U.S. advertisers are not interested in supporting international readers. Julia Turner, the editor-in-chief of Slate, explains:
Our U.S.-based sales team sells primarily to domestic advertisers, many of whom only want to reach a domestic audience. This may sound provincial, but there are decent business reasons for it: Maybe the car company buying ads on our site doesn’t sell the model it’s advertising in your country. Or maybe the marketing strategy where you live is different. Whatever you think of the logic, the fact is inescapable: Many U.S. advertisers won’t pay us to reach readers outside of the United States.The magazine says it has no intention of launching a domestic paywall "at this point".
Thursday, July 02, 2015
SkyNews has been published by SkyNews Inc. since 1999 when the National Museum of Science and Technology, which launched it, sold it to editor Terence Dickinson and circulators Greg Keilty and Colleen Moloney.
They describe it as "the only popular, English-language science magazine for adults published in Canada." It also publishes the website SkyNews.ca and a monthly e-newsletter.
Keilty and Moloney are stepping down from their respective roles as publisher and associate publisher. Dickinson in planning to step down as editor next year, though he has agreed to remain as editor emeritus and continue to contribute his own column thereafter.
"One of my distinct pleasures in the past two decades has been gathering an all-Canadian team of astronomy writers, photographers, illustrators, designers and editorial experts to steer a steady course for SkyNews," said Dickinson. "Our readers have supported us as the magazine has doubled in size since its founding. I am absolutely delighted that The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada will be moving into the driver's seat as we head into the next two decades."James Edgar, the Society’s National President said
“This is a monumental event, one that bodes well for our Society and for SkyNews,” said . “The acquisition of the magazine ensures that our long-standing relationship will continue far into the future, a relationship that we have seen increase in several dimensions over the past few years. This can only mean an improvement to member benefits, plus it provides a new way for us to grow our public outreach. We are most pleased that Terry Dickinson has agreed to remain with SkyNews as Editor Emeritus. His presence ensures that the flavour and thrust of SkyNews remains as a quality Canadian astronomy publication.”Keilty said
“Launching a new magazine and finding the readers to support it is a gamble.... We were able to tend it and grow it and now it's 20 years old, already quite a long life for a magazine, and is now the only popular-level adult science magazine published in English Canada. Passing this treasure on to the RASC pretty well guarantees that SkyNews will celebrate a 40th anniversary as well.”There were no financial details provided. Sky News's current circulation is about 25,000, published 6 times a year. Just under 5% of this is in the United States. Average single copy sales per issue in Canada total about 8,700.
The RASC also publishes a bi-monthly magazine called the Journal, an annual Observer's Handbook and Observer's Calendar, and a monthly e-letter called The Bulletin for members.
Vancouver magazine editor-in-chief
John Burns is leaving
In a memo to staff today, publisher Tom Gierasimczuk said
"His seven years with Western Media Group have positioned the Vancouver brand to be the envy of city magazines across the country."The Western
Mag world view: Berita quits mags; good launch news; Harvard charges; Last New Single Copy; AI cooking app
- One of oldest publishers in Malaysia, Berita, pulling out of magazine business (Malaysiakini)
- A Revival In the Business of New Magazine Launches… (Mr. Magazine)
- Added value: How Harvard Business Review thinks it can add subscribers while getting more expensive (Nieman Journalism Lab)
- Magazine Industry Growth Slows (Folio:)
- Meet the man who has trained more British journalists than anyone else (Guardian)
- John Harrington sends out final issue of The New Single Copy after 19-year run (Folio:)
- How Does the University Press Remain Relevant? (The Scholarly Kitchen)
- What Scribd’s growing pains mean for the future of digital content subscription models (Nieman Journalism Lab)
- IBM and Bon Appétit's artificial intelligence cooking app (FIPP)
Labels: mag world view
Wednesday, July 01, 2015
It was one of 100 new appointments to the country's highest civilian honours made by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, the Governor General of Canada on July 1.
Knight is also chair of Magazines Canada and is co-chair of the FIPP World Congresshttp://www.magazinescanada.ca/fipptoronto, an international magazine media conference being hosted for the first time in Toronto in October. He is vice-chair of the Writer's Trust of Canada and a member of the board of the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards Foundation.