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15 October 2020,    

Michael Hollett’s next magazine venture

 Michael Hollett, former owner of Now is launching a new publishing venture next month, reports FYI Music News. Nextmag, billed as a magazine for people who don’t read magazines, will be a glossy four-colour monthly targeting 20-somethings in Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto.

15 October 2020,    

Alberta Magazine Awards looking for judges


The Alberta Magazine Awards program is seeking professional editors, writers, publishers, photographers, art directors, designers and illustrators to add to its roster of judges for the 2021 awards season. This is a volunteer position. If you're an industry professional and interested in this opportunity, please fill out this form:


Category submissions will be ready for judges’ viewing by Feb. 1, 2021. The deadline to receive scores is March 1. 

15 October 2020,    

N.W.T. teens receive $25K for youth magazine


Inuvialuit youth-focused title, Nipaturuq, recently received $25,000 from Canadian Roots Exchange to keep publishing a magazine that began as a school project, reports the CBC.  

 Founders and childhood friends Cassidy Lennie-Ipana and Mataya Gillis launched the magazine a year ago, after a school visit to Ivvavik National Park, and are now set to publish their fourth edition after getting great feedback from the community.

9 October 2020,    

Canadian Evergreen, new cannabis publication


Black Press Media in Western Canada last month launched, a new age-gated cannabis-focused news and lifestyle website for adult consumers.

Produced by expert cannabis writers and Black Press Media journalists across B.C., Alberta and California, the site provides content for industry professionals, investors and consumers It also features the use of cannabis for recreation, socializing and generally improving quality of life.

9 October 2020,    

Ontario invests $5 million in book and magazine publishers

Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries
Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries
 The Ontario government is investing nearly $5 million in grants to help independent book and magazine publishers access new markets. The funding will be used for business development, to increase participation in virtual activities and events, to develop business strategies, and to support innovative business practices.

The announcement was made last week by Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries during an event in Toronto. The government approved 95 grants to businesses to support the recovery of the province’s culture industry through Ontario Creates, an agency of the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries.

9 October 2020,    

Google commits money for newspapers


Google is committing to giving publishers US$1 billion to create and curate content for a new product the company is calling Google News Showcase. The move comes amid longstanding tension between Big Tech and media organizations. Publishers argue they aren’t properly compensated for their premium coverage that appears in Google search and Google News.


In a blog post, Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google and its parent company Alphabet, wrote there is “more to do” to support journalism. He noted the company’s programs to support publishers: the Google News Initiative, which funds news organizations and the Digital Growth program, that targets small and midsized publishers.

3 October 2020,    

Honours for Ryerson Review of Journalism


The Ryerson Review of Journalism (RRJ) recently received several awards or honourable mentions at this year’s Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) Student Magazine Contest.


The RRJ won the award for the Online Magazine category. Catherine Abes, Hannah Alberga, Emily Latimer, and instructor Carly Lewis were the staff recognized with this award.


“Show of Hand” by Julia Simioni finished in second place in the Articles-First Person category. Simioni wrote about what it’s like living with a hand tremor.

3 October 2020,    

Hearst invests in print magazines


Hearst Magazines is making a multimillion-dollar investment to enhance the quality of its print products with larger formats, higher-quality paper, and higher editorial ratios, reports Publishers Daily, a newsletter from U.S.-based Media Post.

“Magazines are a tactile experience, and quality production is important to our readers, our creators and the marketplace,” said Hearst Magazines Chief Content Officer Kate Lewis.

The initiative, called Premium Print, features the following:

3 October 2020,    

Facebook penalizes publishers, new research reveals


A new study, Facebook’s Penalization Algorithm Revealed: How Facebook Secretly Penalizes Publishersreveals that publishers are routinely being penalized for posting at the “wrong” frequency. And most publishers are completely unaware.

The research analysis was carried out by data scientists at Echobox, an AI-powered social publishing platform, in August 2020 and is based on more than 250,000 unique Facebook posts. The report found that Facebook algorithms, whether directly or as an indirect consequence, penalize publishers for posting either too frequently or too infrequently. Main findings include:

1 October 2020,     TORONTO

Canadian Online Award Entries Extended To October 9th

Canada's most prestigious and oldest awards for online publishing
Canada's most prestigious and oldest awards for online publishing
 The Canadian Online Publishing Awards has extended the deadline for this year's entries to Friday, October 9, 2020 at the request of several publishers because of  Covid-19.  The COPAs are entering its 12th year and has become a badge of honour that showcases Canadian digital content.The categories this year includes a COVID -19  News Category, that is free to enter (use promo code free). The cost to enter is $75 with a special discount for small publishers of $50.

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