Canadian Publishing Industry News
26 April 2017,    

A Facebook Live broadcast of a Q&A with Mélanie Joly at CAJ17 on April 28


This Friday, April 28 from 1:20pm - 2:20pm at the CAJ Annual Conference in Ottawa, one of the keynotes will be broadcast on Facebook Live that you can see on the CAJ Facebook page. This will be a Q&A with Mélanie Joly, the Minister of Canadian Heritage. 


25 April 2017,    

Inovva acquires circulation management firm Oyster Group


Inovva has acquired the Oyster Group, a Halifax-based company offering circulation management and fulfillment services. This acquisition complements Inovva’s web-based suite of publishing management tools that allow publishers to work from a consolidated database that tracks and monetize all activities, products and services. This includes magazine subscriptions, newsletter recipients, contest entries and event attendees. 

24 April 2017,    

The COPA 2017 Awards Categories have been released

The Canadian Online Publishing is now entering its 9th year. The COPAs produced by Masthead has decided to freshen up the categories this year, with a new division for Students/Schools and an emphasis on more content categories like Best 100-200 word Clickbait category. There will be new awards for investigative story, photo journalism, sports article, lifestyle article and company profile added to the mix of the awards this year. 



24 April 2017,    

Rise Publications Inc. launches Vitalize Magazine a personal wellness and lifestyle magazine


Rise Publications the publishers of Hoss Magazine has launched a new personal wellness and lifestyle magazine - Vitalize, on April 10 for the Metro Toronto GTA market. Vitalize‘s content will have stories on cosmetic procedures/medical advice, beauty, fashion, technology, health, lifestyle and events in the Toronto GTA / Southern Ontario. 

22 April 2017,    

Its Publishing Week in Canada - MagNet, Newspaper Day, CAJ17

Masthead nominates this week as Publishing Week in Canada as there are multiple events for the publishing industry happening in the next seven days. First off is Magnet April 25-28 from Magazines Canada, Newspaper Day by the Ad Club on April 27 and the CAJ Annual Conference on April 28-29 in Ottawa. The CAJ17 event has a Q&A with Mélanie Joly, the Minister of Canadian Heritage that should be on everyone’s list to attend. This is a sit-down conversation with the minister on the future of the news media industry in Canada. The session will be availble on Facebook Live on April 28 from 1:20-2:20pm.  Here is your guide on what is happening over the next week.



MagNet: Canada's Magazine Conference | April 25-28, 2017

This 4 day event has sessions for magazine publishers in print and online and is produced by Magazines Canada. Keynote speakers are Anna Maria Tremonti, Host of  The Current on CBC Radio One; Jane Francisco, Editor-in-Chief, Good Housekeeping; and John Wilpers, Senior Director/USA of Innovation Media Consulting. Masthead’s Scott Bullock will be speaking at the conference too!


20 April 2017,    

First Lady Wins $3 Million Judgement


According to , Melania Trump has won a $3 million dollar judgement (and an apology) from the Daily Mail.  “It’s far less than the $150 million Trump’s initial suit demanded, but still extraordinary that a First Lady earned a public retraction and payout from a media organization,”according to the post.


The judgement was handed down in London’s High Court.

The trouble was that the Daily Mail suggested that Melania Trump was a professional escort, or to be more blunt, was saying she was a hooker.

18 April 2017,    

Transcontinental Inc. sells 28 newspapers and 4 printing plants to SaltWire Network Inc. in Atlantic Canada


Transcontinental Inc. announced on April 13, 2017 the sale of its publication portfolio in the Atlantic region to SaltWire Network Inc., an independent local media group. The sale includes 28 newspaper brands and web-related properties and four printing plants. Privately-owned and locally led, SaltWire Network’s holdings include the leading newspapers in Nova Scotia (The Chronicle Herald and The Cape Breton Post), Prince Edward Island (The Guardian) and Newfoundland and Labrador (The Telegram). Approximately 650 TC Media employees in Atlantic Canada are part of the transaction and will receive an offer from SaltWire Network Inc. 

13 April 2017,    

Rolling Stone Settles Lawsuit


Rolling Stone magazine has finally admitted defeat, and has settled the defamation lawsuit brought by University of Virginia administrator Nicole Eramo.  The lawsuit stems from the now infamous, and debunked, Campus Rape Story, published in November of 2014.  A jury in a Federal court awarded Eramo 3 million dollars, which both Rolling Stone and the writer appealed in November of 2016.

Yesterday, a spokeswoman for Wenner Media, the parent company of Rolling Stone, said: “Rolling Stone, Sabrina Rubin Erdely and Nicole Eramo have come to an amicable resolution. The terms are confidential.”

28 March 2017,    

Dominique Ritter is the new Editor-in-Chief of Reader’s Digest as Robert Goyette retires.


Reader’s Digest has appointed Dominique Ritter to the role of Editor-in-Chief. Effective May 1, 2017, Ritter will succeed Robert Goyette, who is retiring after 30 years with Reader’s Digest, the past seven of which he served as Editor-in-Chief. 


“I’m excited to continue my work with Reader’s Digest as Editor-in-Chief,” says Ritter. “It’s difficult to imagine Reader’s Digest without Robert Goyette—he has been an exemplary custodian of this magazine and a thoughtful and reliable mentor. With the support of our exceptional editorial team, I will continue sharing inspiring stories with our readers, who are at the heart of what we do.”



27 March 2017,    

Canadian Newspaper Association (CNA) and the Canadian Community Newspapers Association (CCNA) merge.


Consolidation in the news media continues as the Canadian Newspaper Association (CNA) and the Canadian Community Newspapers Association (CCNA) has merged into one entity. This merger is a new industry association, which will now be known as News Media Canada. News Media Canada is now the national association of the Canadian news media industry, with over 800 members in every province and territory. A new logo and website is underdevelopment, but the new URL will be.

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