Friday, December 15, 2017

Red Point partners with Calgary Economic Development to launch annual

Red Point Media Group is launching a new, annual magazine called Invest Calgary, focussed on the business sector in Alberta's largest city. It's being done in partnership with Calgary Economic Development. The publishing team is Joyce Byrne and Pritha Kalar. The annual will distribute 135,000 copies and a full-page ad is $6,750. The launch issue is 84 pages, perfect bound and allocates 16 pages to advertising. 

“We are pleased and honoured to have played a partnering role in bringing Invest Calgary to life,” says RedPoint President & CEO Pete Graves [in a release]. “There is so much to say about Calgary today, and Calgary Economic Development really understands that, so we were able to pack a ton of compelling information into the publication. People who are not from Calgary will read this magazine and see what’s possible by being part of this incredible community. And Calgarians themselves will read it and be surprised and delighted at all the amazing things happening in their city.”

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Purple (erm...ultra violet) is the Pantone colour of the year

Pantone's 2018 Colour of the Year is ultra violet, which it describes as “provocative and thoughtful,” noting it “communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us towards the future."

The annual unveiling of the COY is part-promotion, part conversation-starter. The formal name of the colour on the chip is 18-3838-Ultra-Violet .

Ultra Violet is “multi-faceted,” says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute and author of numerous color books, including most recently The Complete Color Harmony, Pantone Edition. “It’s a little complicated, which we feel is one of [the color’s] appeals. It’s not easy, not chili pepper red and all hot and dancy.” It’s this complexity that Eiseman believes will attract designers to the color: “Designers invariably get purples,” she says. “You talk to people on the street, though, and they’re more skeptical. That’s why we think designers will like it: you do have to have a conversation about” Ultra Violet and its uses.

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Mag world view:Pop-up Domino; Favorite 2017 mags; Gawker crowdfund relaunch?; Print is here to stay


Monday, December 11, 2017

BC magazine Cannabiz to report on growing marijuana market

Glacier Media is tomorrow launching a glossy business-to-business print magazine called CannaBiz -- mostly circulating in BC -- that reports on business opportunities in the impending legalized marijuana business in Canada. The editor is Glen Korstrom (looking over proofs, above) and the new publication is a companion to Business in Vancouver

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Sanati named best content director at the annual Pearl awards

Maryam Sanati, the editorial director of Strategic Content Labs at St. Joseph Media was named best content director at the annual Pearl Awards administered by the Content Council. 

Sanati, a former editor in chief of Chatelaine magazine, who also worked for The Globe and Mail and Report on Business magazine, was cited for her work with consumer media brands such as Toronto Life, FashionWhere Canada and Canadian Family and most recently for leading a team of writers, editors, art directors and visual artists in creating a dynamic range of content across 50,000 square feet of exhibition space at the National Music Centre, in Calgary. 
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Friday, December 08, 2017

Outgoing UC Observer editor Wilson uses final column to thank his writers

David Wilson's final column as publisher and editor of the UC Observer in the end was a thank you to a writer whose first person story about health care has caused a good deal of talk. 

Catherine Gordon of Toronto wrote about her own struggle with breast cancer and the almost eerie coincidence that her sister in California was struggling with the same thing at the same time; their respective financial burdens were much different, however. And Gordon let Wilson know that as a result of her article, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders's staff had contacted her about filming an interview for a documentary as part of his campaign to get single payer health coverage in his country. 

Wilson's final column as editor said, in part:
"Thirty years ago, I was drawn to The Observer because it was a mission-driven magazine committed to fostering a healthier and more just world. As editor and publisher for the past 11 years, I’ve had the privilege of broadening the scope of the magazine while holding fast to those principles — and to do so in the company of extraordinary colleagues to whom I owe an enormous debt of gratitude.  
"Catherine Gordon’s story was shaped by the values that inform just about everything we print in The Observer. We still speak to a mainly United Church audience, but it’s extremely gratifying when people outside our immediate sphere see merit in what we do — doubly so when people like Bernie Sanders reach out in common cause."
 Wilson is being succeeded in January by Jocelyn Bell.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Quote, unquote: Local papers didn't have to die

"Perhaps that's the saddest thing here. The local papers were ignored and left to die. The soul of local, small-town journalism in our country is being laid to waste because there are few good ideas about how to make a paper. Without anyone to cover the story, nobody would know even if there were."
-- Dave Bidini, publisher of the West End Phoenix, a monthly community paper published, in a Globe and Mail opinion piece about the swap-and-closure by Torstar and Postmedia Toronto. 


Monday, November 27, 2017

Torstar and Postmedia swap and close most of 40 dailies and weeklies

The news released on Monday about the swap of some 40 daily and weekly titles in Ontario between Postmedia and Torstar -- and the imminent closure of most of them -- is a tragedy for small and medium-sized towns and cities. 

While the acquirers/swappers can rationalize the outcomes as just business, local news and information is taking a real hit. This kind of sweeping consolidation means that local content will not be replaced and readers will be taking a hit, as will the people who have been employed reporting and producing local news. 

Torstar says it expects the deal will result in cost saving synergies of between $5 and $7 million. It is not known what savings Postmedia expects to achieve. The Torstar closures, which are effective immediately, will affect 46 full-time and part-time employees; a total of about 250 full- and part-time employees will lose their jobs at the two companies as a result of the transaction.

The usual recent excuse -- that printed papers would be displaced or replaced by online versions -- is not even being suggested; essentially, the casualties are being attributed to failing business models, where declining advertising revenues means the publications have outlived their traditional business models. 

The dailies  St. Catharines StandardNiagara Falls ReviewWelland Tribune  and Peterborough Examiner will continue to operate.  Some longstanding titles are likely going to disappear as a result of the swap, such as the Barrie Examiner,  Orillia Packet and Times, the Fort Erie Times plus several dozen smaller community weeklies such as the 150-year old St. Marys Journal Argus. 

The same fate is true of Torstar freepapers under the Metro banner in Ottawa and Winnipeg, which Postmedia will likely close in favour of their own free-circulation weeklies. Torstar has in turn acquired freepapers 24 Hours Toronto and 24 Hours Vancouver. from Postmedia and will probably shut them down. 

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Friday, November 17, 2017

Mag world view: Jones to run Vanity Fair; Hanley Wood layoffs; All-Amazon; More reader revenue than ads

Quote, unquote: Overwhelmed, nagged readers

“Readers are overwhelmed: bewildered by the quantity of ‘news’ they see every day, nagged by intrusive pop-up ads, confused by what is real and what is fake, and confronted with an experience that is neither useful nor enjoyable.” 
-- Guardian editor-in-chief Katherine Viner, in a speech to staff, published in Press Gazette.  She warned that the dominance of the "duopoly",  Google and Facebook, was crushing the current business model supporting journalism as they “swallow digital advertising”.


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Canadian Online Publishing Awards announced

Winners of the Canadian Online Publishing Awards (COPAs) were announced Tuesday. The awards are run by Masthead magazine and the gold and silver recipients in the consumer category included a number of selected print and digital magazine-related entrants:

Best Canada 150 feature
  • Gold: Canada's Ultimate Story/Legion magazine/ Canvet Publications
  • Silver: Cottage Life/Blue Ant Media
Best blog or column
  • Gold: Maple Media Ltd.
  • Silver: Planete F magazine
Best service article or series (Consumer)
  • Gold: Vancouver magazine
Best lifestyle article or series
  • Silver: ELLE Québec
Best investigative article or series
  • Gold: UC Observer magazine
  • Silver: Hakai magazine /The Tula Foundation
Best interactive/infographic story
  • Gold: Canada's Ultimate Story/Legion magazine/ Canvet Publications
  • Silver: MoneySense/ Rogers Media
Best photo journalism
  • Gold: Hakai magazine
  • Silver: Vancouver magazine
Best video content
  • Gold: Hakai magazine
  • Silver: ELLE Canada
Best podcast
  • Gold: Canada's History
Best branded content
  • Silver: Cottage Life
Best social media content
  • Silver:
Best email newsletter
  • Gold: Canadian Art / Canadian Art Foundation
  • Silver: Hakai magazine
Best online campaign
  • Gold: CAA magazine / Totem
  • Silver: Clin d'oeil/ TVA Publications
Best niche website
  • Gold: Western Living magazine
  • Silver: Planete F magazine
Best service website
  • Gold: Coup de Pouce
  • Silver: Today's Parent
Full list of finalists and winners  in academic, business and consumer categories.