Best of the season; see you next year
D. B. Scott
"The new logo represents the Canadian magazine industry, and aspires to instill pride in the nominees and winners. Magazine visuals, have been done to death. The Canada Goose, illustrated with feathers like pages, represents many aspects of the awards: the Canadian content, the leader of the flock, the best, the winner…it’s a bird in flight – it’s all good.”
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“Our iPad editions are yet another way TC Media is expanding its multiplatform offering, allowing current and new readers to enjoy our award-winning magazines,” commented Pierre Marcoux, Senior Vice President, Business and Consumer Solutions.“Readers can expect to find the same inspiring and relevant content we have always offered in our print editions with exciting interactive features tailored for iPad.”Current subscribers to the magazines can access a selection of issues with their existing subscriber information. Through the new app, single issues can be purchased for $C3.99 and annual subs C$19.99.
Newsstands are crowded with year in review issues, but this isn't your standard year in review coverage. There will be no best hook-ups and break-ups of 2012. We don't care what's hot or not hot! No newsmakers, trendsetters or one's to watch. You will not see the words "baby bump" anywhere. We promise! No best movies of 2012! Worst movies of 2012! Movies you should have seen in 2012, but didn't!
What you will find are stories about rights, the people and places that don't have them, but should. These are the stories you need to read. Stories about the lawsuits companies are using to muzzle environmental activists. A report on that other B.C. pipeline. An investigation of Nunavut's suicide crisis. You'll find all these stories, and more, in our first-ever Year in Review issue.
Stewardship Ontario publicly agreed that the proposed 2013 magazine rate was unfair and, as a result, worked within the Steward organization to find a solution [Magazines Canada said in a bulletin to members]. The rate situation is made even more egregious because Canadian publishers are paying for foreign publisher recycling. Foreign magazines contribute nothing to the financial operation of the Blue Box system despite contributing an estimated 30%+ of total magazine tonnage. It is called "free riding" and it is simply wrong. In addition to the fee reduction, Stewardship Ontario will undertake more studies on long-term fee impacts and free riders for use in 2014 rate discussions.
"Over the last four-plus years, one of the true pleasures of this job has been working with so many talented and creative contributors across Canada. I will miss that immensely. I’m proud of the work we have done together, and I have learned so much about the craft of magazine-making through your professionalism, patience and passion."
"More and more, we are seeing the detrimental effects of bullying in our school system," Field wrote. "These magazines, which are displayed prominently at every checkout, are a very real form of bullying."Global News published the full text of his letter and Mark Boudreau, Director of Corporate Affairs for the Atlantic Region said:
"I can assure you that it is definitely not our intent to upset customers while shopping in our stores," Boudreau said. "All magazines entering our stores are based on an authorized list with titles that we approve based on sales performance in the marketplace as well as popularity among various demographic groups....We will continue to be diligent in reviewing our policies on these types of materials entering our stores, but in the meantime, we have removed the issue of the magazine from all our Dominion stores in Newfoundland," he said.
Macfarlane, The Walrus editor and co-publisher, said [in a release] the judges were “impressed by the quality and breadth of the entries we received, and we’re pleased that Ross will be working with The Walrus to produce the kind of high-quality, long-form journalism that our readers have come to expect.”
Ross, 29, grew up in Ottawa and has been a general assignment reporter with The Herald since June 2011.
In Halifax, she has reported on such topics as health care, gender issues, domestic violence and the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children.
"The Canadian Writers Group has had a front-row seat on early negotiations – some might say tugs-of-war – between writers and publishers over single-length e-book rights. In this series, I’d like to focus on the negotiations our agency has had around these issues on our writers’ behalf with the Toronto Star, Toronto Life and the Walrus. I will also share some insights about our experience publishing e-books on behalf of our writers. I am doing so to help spark a conversation around these issues and in the hope that my experience will help writers considering publishing e-books independently – or those who have been approached by publications wishing to publish e-books of their work – make informed decisions."
"Blaming a lazy or partisan public for politicians’ lies seems more than a little odd, especially since there are people whose job it is to hold politicians accountable: Those people are called “journalists.” And if they do not make politicians pay a price for lying, those politicians are not likely to stop any time soon."-- Fairness and Accuracy in Media (FAIR)'s Peter Hart in his critique of Michael Scherer's October 15 cover TIME magazine cover story about political lying.
“It’s exciting to see the change this year’s Ancient Forest Friendly Award winners are spearheading in their industries,” says Canopy’s Campaign Director Amanda Carr. “These companies are showing their competitors, customers, and advertisers what real sustainability and environmental leadership look like.”
"We feel the value is in our content more than the format so that’s why we set the digital to be the same as print and we plan to test the uptake of a print and digital bundle at a higher price."-- The Economist's senior vice-president-head of circulation Michael Brunt, quoted by Audience Development about the magazine's decision to unbundle print and digital. A reader can now get a print or a digital sub for $127 or both for $160. He says about 10% of their file is paid, digital-only circulation, but they are now noticing that a quarter are taking digital-only, a quarter print-only and half are taking the print-digital bundle.
“The acquisition by Blue Ant will provide strategic extension and expansion of the Cottage Life brand, positioning it for continued success in the rapidly changing media environment,” said Al Zikovitz, CEO, and President, Cottage Life Media Inc. (Zikovitz will continue to lead the company.) "It will give our readers and our advertisers increased media options that feature coast-to-coast interests."
“We are excited to have the outstanding team at Cottage Life join Blue Ant Media and we look forward to continuing to build on the strong equity of this treasured brand,” said MacMillan, CEO, Blue Ant Media. “Our goal is to be leaders in content creation and distribution and this allows us to leverage broadcast, digital and publishing to engage a targeted audience across all platforms.”Blue Ant Media owns specialty channels Travel+Escape, Bite TV and AUX TV along with four premium, commercial-free channels Oasis HD, HIFI, eqHD, radX and their companion websites. Blue Ant Media’s digital publishing division produces daily content for its web and mobile sites and recently launched AUX Magazine, a monthly music tablet magazine.
“We’re creating a vehicle to really extend that brand promise of live better, and a magazine with deep content is the way to do it,” said Jacqueline Loch, vice-president of Rogers’ Content Solutions group. “It’s a believable, credible way to get engagement with consumers.”There are plans to produce a French edition starting before the end of 2013 and an iPad version. There will be the usual ancillary items such as a dedicated microsite, an e-newsletter and e-blast and branded social media.
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“These successes are the result of the outstanding work done by the Coup de pouce team, and particularly the one of its Editor-in-chief by interim and content development director, Sylvie Poirier, who guided the project with great skill from the very beginning,” said Lise Paul-Hus, Publisher and Vice President, Consumer Solutions, Montreal for TC Media. “We are very proud to see that we were able to change while remaining close to our female and male readers. It is a great mark of their loyalty and trust in us.
“There’s the challenge of creating a new brand, of being known by enough people. It’s not easy to have a mass audience of any kind today.”-- Amy Mitchell, acting director of Pew’s Project for Excellence in Journalism, in relation to announced closure of The Daily tablet magazine.
"Unpaid internships are not an isolated issue. They’re one of many forms of free labour flourishing in the most celebrated quarters of the creative industries: citizen journalists contribute photographs, articles, and commentary to large, private news organizations; unpaid reality television participants replace paid actors on scripted programs; and professional writers work for free for large, profitable corporations. The cumulative effect of serial internships and zero-wages is the devaluation of labour, wage depression across the labour market, and the acclimatization of a generation of indebted workers to hustling from gig to gig with few expectations of their employers."-- from an article in the November-December issue of Briarpatch magazine.