Friday, July 29, 2016
Duncan Hood now editor of Report on Business magazine
Hood is well-known in magazine circles as former director of personal finance and editor of MoneySense at Rogers Publishing, as editor-in-chief of Canadian Business magazine and as a senior editor at Maclean's.
He moved to The Globe as deputy director of editorial products for ROB in May 2015, led a reworking of the Globe’s strategy for editorial newsletters and the launch of the new Globe Investor newsletter and the new real estate hub, which opened for business in April and garnered nearly 2.4-million page views in its first two months.
The story was about the death of Catherine Campbell and ban was on all evidence presented at a preliminary hearing. Christopher Calvin Garnier is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Campbell, who had served as a Truro police constable for six years before her death.
“It was published before the ban,” Douglas said. “We put the story on the website at 9:30 or 10 o’clock in the morning on July 11 and that publication ban didn’t go into effect until later in the morning or even the afternoon.”*The Halifax Frank is a separate publication from the Ottawa-based Frank.
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Beth Hitchcock steps in as editor-in-chief of
House & Home
"Beth estimates that she’s written 75+ design articles in the last five years. Related skills include: knowing the difference between a kilim and a dhurrie, reciting the Farrow & Ball paint deck by heart and spotting Eames knockoffs at 50 paces."Suzanne Dimma had been the home design director for St. Joseph Media's Wish, Gardening Life and Canadian Family in 2008 when she took up the position of editor at Canadian House & Home.
Quote, unquote: Grandma, what a big e-audience you have
“In the same way that a year ago everyone and their grandmother had a podcast, now everyone has an email newsletter,” he said. “They’re a way to reach people beyond publishing content on your website, and there is an audience of people who prefer to get stuff this way.”-- David Topping, digital strategy and product manager for St. Joseph Media, talking with Marketing magazine about The Hunt, a new email newsletter about real estate from Toronto Life magazine.
Mag world view: Guardian slips £73.3m; Amtrack to launch mag; M&A deals go up; Time's new group GM
- Guardian financial results: £173m pre-tax loss, digital revenue down, £73.3m gone from investment fund (Press Gazette)
- Amtrak to Launch Magazine in Re-Branding Effort (New York Post)
- The New European to continue publishing after making profit (Guardian)
- Publishing's Invasion of the Monitor Lizards (Dead Tree Edition)
- Report Finds Increase in M&A Deals in B2B, Consumer Media (Folio:)
- Time Inc. Adds New Group General Manager Position (Folio:)
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PETS Magazine changes owners after 30 years and moves to New Brunswick
According to a post on Mastheadonline, the new owners are David and Sharron Dorman.
“Our goal is to give pet owners a one-stop shop for information on keeping their beloved pets happy and healthy,” David Dorman said. “We plan on complementing the high-quality magazine and its proud 30-year history with an expanded digital presence, and we look forward to taking PETS Magazine to the next level.”The magazine currently distributes through veterinary clinics and has a readership of 70,000.
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
St. Joseph scoops two key players from ELLE Canada; Noreen Flanagan takes over at FASHION
Noreen Flanagan, until now the editor in chief of ELLE Canada has been appointed editor in chief of FASHION magazine. She will be responsible for the brand across all platforms, including print, digital, social, video and branded events.
Flanagan's tenure at ELLE Canada included being named editor of the year by the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors (CSME) and the title was also named magazine of the year for 2015. Among numerous innovative co-branded multi-platform initiatives reported in a release were ELLE Canada Closet and the first “shoppable videos” in the Canadian magazine market. She also launched the first live cover shoots, the first ELLE Canada drone fashion shoot and the first cover shot in virtual reality, all of which garnered international media attention.
Steven Kawalit is appointed to the role of digital director, women’s brands, overseeing St. Joseph's portfolio of women’s brands across all digital and mobile platforms, including FASHION, Men’s FASHION,
“We are delighted to welcome Noreen and Steven to St. Joseph Media. They will be integral to the transformation of our women’s brands, leveraging the insights and growth pioneered by Strategic Content Labs,” said Douglas Knight, president of St Joseph Media.
Both Noreen and Steve will report to Jacqueline Loch, vice-president & group publisher, women’s group (who herself only recently joined St. Joe's), and are starting with the company on August 8.
|Final issue, no. 299|
The team for the humour magazine said Monday on Facebook that the “grand adventure” had ended, citing the bankruptcy of their distributor last year and large printing costs, coupled with a sharp decline in advertising revenues.
The team also affirmed that alternatives to the termination of their activities were “envisioned and seriously studied, but did not lead to adequate and concrete solutions.” They said they worked hard over the course of the past two years, to help Safarir thrive, grow and renew itself.The monthly magazine's name was a play on the words "safari" and "ca fait rire"(it makes you laugh".)
Monday, July 25, 2016
“A large proportion of our partners’ magazines are earning more from institutional subscriptions than they are from app sales in iTunes. It is an important market, not to be neglected,” said managing director of Exact Editions Daryl Rayner.The company scans archived editions into a searchable database and offers premium subscriptions for a fee to institutions, schools, corporations and universities around the world. Such access can cost a university up to £800 a year. Last month it launched digital archives for Opera magazine (over 800 issues since 1950) and Geographical (94 issues since 1935). Other titles it is working with include: Gramophone, The Literary Review, Hali, Prospect, Dazed & Confused, The Numismatist, When Saturday Comes, The World of Fine Wine and Resurgence.
Nova Scotia–based Kate Beaton was awarded Best Humor Publication for Step Aside, Pops: A Hark! A Vagrant Collection (Drawn & Quarterly), also a compilation of comics originally published on the web, lampooning various historical figures and events.
Tamaki and Beaton’s publisher, Drawn & Quarterly took home an additional award for Best Anthology for the Tom Devlin–edited Drawn and Quarterly: Twenty-five Years of Contemporary Cartooning, Comics, and Graphic Novels.
Vietnamese-born Dustin Nguyen won the Eisner for Best Painter/Multimedia Artist for Image Comics’ Descender, written by Toronto’s Jeff Lemire.
Friday, July 22, 2016
Down the street, so to speak, there is the longer-established HA&L magazine (Hamilton Arts & Letters), founded in 2008 by Paul Lisson, Fiona Kinsella, Peter Stevens and Vikram Bondai. The biannual magazine is devoted to presenting new literary works, graphic novel excerpts, exploratory writing, poetry, literary non-fiction, and the work of visual, audio, and film artists. It is operated by a collective who are dedicated to producing a high-quality arts and letters publication, and are committed to supporting an innovative and burgeoning arts community. It is the co-founder of the Short Works Prize for Hamilton-area authors. It is sustained by a paid membership of about 100 individuals. (HA&L had the distinction of being the first digital literary magazine funded by the Ontario Arts Council. )
Thursday, July 21, 2016
Year to date, the 29% decrease in revenue were primarily a result of lower conventional advertising revenue in the first quarter of 2016. [Click to enlarge]
"The guide provides detailed promotional strategies, insightful personal testimony and plenty of other useful resources to help award winners and nominees best leverage and optimize their National Magazine Awards."In addition to the guide, the foundation has released a webinar that grew out of a discussion in November called the Winners' Circle (which I moderated) and in which three NMA winners–Penny Caldwell of Cottage Life, Matthew Blackett of Spacing and Katherine Laidlaw of The Walrus–shared their best practices on how to capitalize on their recognition of winning a National Magazine Award.
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Neville Gilfoy of Progress Media Group has died
Gilfoy received the Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement in 2006, the highest honour that can be bestowed by the National Magazine Awards Foundation.
As a veteran of the industry he was a passionate advocate for the revitalization of Atlantic Canada's economy. He spoke frequently about it and wrote about it in his own and other publications. He was Chair of the Atlantic Provinces Chambers of Commerce, the Greater Halifax Partnership, the Atlantic council, and the Dartmouth General Hospital’s Capital Campaign and was awarded an honourary degree as doctor of civil law from Saint Mary's University. He was the Honourary Consul of France for Nova Scotia, where he works closely with senior officials of the French government in Canada.
[Update: Visitation at St Peters Church, 10 Maple Street Dartmouth, from 2:00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 p.m. on Friday, July 22. Funeral at St. Peters church as well, on Saturday, July 23 at 10 am with reception to follow in the church hall. In lieu of flowers, donations in Neville’s memory may be made to Dartmouth General Hospital Foundation. Online condolences by visiting www.dartmouthfuneralhome.ca.]
Death notice, Dartmouth Funeral Home
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
But advertiser support that was expected/anticipated has been slow in coming and, given that Vangool is a one-woman show, she lacks the resources to sell even the "calling card" ads for small creative businesses in the back of the magazine. She told her readers in her regular e-letter:
"Just think about how advertising and sponsored posts and paid content have changed over the past 7 years... As a single person on editorial, design and marketing duty, I simply don't have the time to craft content for advertisers (nor do I want to be influenced in that way). So I've decided to remove ads from UPPERCASE altogether. Freeing up more time for me, and more pages of content for you."The decision came soon after she recently took a week off.
"It wasn't a complete break, but enough of time away from my laptop and work worries to return with some fresh perspectives and new ideas (oh no! more ideas! ha ha)."
|Leslie Chudnovsky and Luke Anderson|
This year's winners are Leslie Chudnovsky and Luke Anderson who have devoted their lives to advocating for a more inclusive and accessible city. Anderson created the StopGap Foundation, which provides ramps to street level businesses in Toronto and across Canada in order to overcome the "one-step problem" that restricts access to people with mobility issues. Chudnovsky has worked since 2000 as an organizer for Supporting Our Youth (SOY), a support program for queer and trans youth operated out of the Sherbourne Health Centre in Toronto
The Jane Jacobs Prize celebrates individuals who contribute to the fabric of Toronto life in unique ways that exemplify the ideas of urban visionary and activist Jane Jacobs. The award was created in 1997, financed by Avana Capital and it 2014 Spacing took over the administration of the award and the selection of its winners.
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Monday, July 18, 2016
Already, according to a story in Publishing Executive, Martha Stewart Living has led the way as the first publication to go live via Facebook and a single broadcast about Easter egg decorating reached an audience of over 1 million and generated 14,000 user engagements. The company has created an entire studio in its New York City offices dedicated to new format production and it is also shooting live videos in Des Moines and Seattle.
“While many players are just starting to experiment with live video and virtual reality, Meredith already has its expertise and strategy in place and is executing against it,” said Melinda Lee, SVP/GM, Meredith Video. “Having the right technology is a critical part of our strategy, and something we are heavily invested in, from custom-built cameras to our state-of-the-art studios to the expertise we’ve developed within our 30-person video production team to create new, immersive experiences for our audience.”
He became a senior editor at the House of Anansi then was named in March 2013 as the Globe and Mail's books editor and, a year later, its arts editor.
Now he has jumped to the publishing side, so to speak, having been named publisher of McClelland and Stewart and vice-president of Penguin Random House Canada. As such, he is also responsible for Hazlitt, the PRH online magazine.
Thursday, July 14, 2016
There are similarities -- readers colour the outline image and upload the result -- and differences -- in Cottage Life's case, the cover is a sponsored gatefold while in Faith Today's case, it is the actual cover.
Faith Today readers' entries qualify them for a random draw for a devotional book. Cottage Life readers with their entry will be selected by a panel to receive a set of candles from the magazine's branded merchandise lineup.
The complete Faith Today issue is available online.
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
The news lifted the shares of both companies. Xerox had a market value of US$9.6 billion and Donnelly US$3.9 billion. Both companies have been struggling with the disruption of the physical printing world as a result of mobile and cloud-based services.
"The company (Xerox) been trying to turn itself around," said a story in Fortune, "shifting focus to software and services as corporate customers cut printing costs and consumers moved to mobile devices."The merger would be likely to result in parts of Donnelly being folded into the two Xerox-derived companies.
Monday, July 11, 2016
Jacqueline Loch to lead St. Joseph women's group; Lilia Lozinski leaving company
As a result of the decision it was announced that Lilia Lozinski will be leaving the company, stepping down from her role as senior vice-president women’s group since 2008, responsible for all of SJM's women's magazines.
Duncan Clark, vice president strategic development, will assume responsibility for the women’s group branded and custom events.
Loch has been vice president content solutions for the past 11 months, where she worked closely with Strategic Content Labs and St. Joseph’s portfolio of cross platform media brands.
Friday, July 08, 2016
Well, a recent posting on the magazine's blog reports it did better than that, and now has received more than $18,000 in donations and is within casting distance of $25,000. Many donations were "sustaining" which will provide the magazine with almost $500 more a month. As a result, it intends to double contributor rates by its November/December issue.
"You’ve set a clear expectation for us: you want us not only to survive, but to thrive." said Tanya Andrusieczko and Rhiannon Ward, editor and publisher. "The important work of seeking out and telling stories from the front lines of social struggles will shine brighter with fairer contributor pay and robust strategy to reach more readers hungry for brave journalism. Thank you for your confidence in us and for your commitment to grassroots media."
Thursday, July 07, 2016
Brinda Luckoo leaves Rogers Media and takes her circ skills to Equisoft
Luckoo was with Rogers for 15 years, there managing the circulation of some of the largest consumer and b2b magazine in Canada, including acquisition and retention activities for all consumer brands such as Chatelaine, Maclean’s and Hello! Canada. She was also responsible for the launch of Texture, the "all you can read digital subscription service. [Update: Luckoo was one of a number of people laid off in February by Rogers.]
At Equisoft, she will be responsible for overseeing the enhancement of, among other things, Publishing Elements, a suite of tools designed to help publishers and media companies to optimize their revenue streams and manage audience, content and subscriptions.
Tuesday, July 05, 2016
Despite offical government policy, commanders often refused to have "coloured" soldiers into their command. After considerable lobbying, a black unit was authorized in Nova Scotia. But the No. 2 Construction Battalion though it went to Europe, was tasked not with fighting, but bulding and repairing trenches, bridges and railways and doing forestry work.
Labels: cover story
Mag world view: Vice buys Garage; postal inadvertence; Vogue launches in Middle East; the power of mag covers
- Vice Media Purchases Garage Magazine (Folio:)
- There's Inadvertence, and Then There's Postal Inadvertence (Dead Tree Edition)
- Traders Magazine Acquired by Markets Media (Folio:)
- Vogue magazine to launch in the Middle East for the first time (Press Gazette)
- Update: At Least Six Staffers Let Go From Newsweek (Folio:)
- Archant launches pop-up paper to serve people who voted remain (Guardian
- Billboard: ThePower And Magic of Magazine Covers… (Mr. Magazine)
- Future launches three children's magazines in the UK (FIPP)
- Immediate Media launches Go Jetters magazine (FIPP)
Labels: magazine world view