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22 January 2021,    

20 magazines fold in B.C. since pandemic began

Recently BIV, which covers busines intelligence for B.C., had a look at how cultural and creative industries have fared during the pandemic, including publishing.

About 20 B.C.-based magazines have folded since the outset of the pandemic, while 300 to 325 remain in business, says the publication.

22 January 2021,    

New survey on diversity, inclusion in magazines

The Alberta Magazines Publishers Association and the Magazine Association of B.C. are partnering to administer a Canada-wide survey on diversity, inclusion and equity in the magazine industry.

The survey is being conducted in English and French with magazine publishing companies and individuals across Canada including owners, publishers, staff, contractors and freelancers. 

20 January 2021,     NEW YORK

Vogues given in to internet


Vogue has given in to the internet and changed its Kamala Harris cover.

The fashion bible caused quite the internet dust-up when it published a cover portrait of the then-vice president-elect in casual jeans and converse sneakers. Sources from the Harris team were said to be blindsided by the choice, claiming Vogue had agreed to use a more formal image of the first female vice president in a corporate-chic powder blue suit. Vogue had released that image as a digital cover.


20 January 2021,     MISSOURI

60 titles launched in U.S. in 2020

2020 was not a good year for media. Yet even with a pandemic, some positive-thinking publishers ventured to launch new titles, according to Samir Husni, director of the Magazine Innovation Center at the University of Missouri, or more commonly known as Mr. Magazine.


15 January 2021,     TORONTO

Torstar acquires ScoreGolf mag and digital assets


Torstar is partnering with specialty golf retailer, Golf Town, to acquire ScoreGolf magazine and its digital media assets. ScoreGolf, founded in 1980, is the largest-circulation golf publication in Canada.

The magazine is known for its rankings of the top 100 golf courses and top 59 public golf courses in Canada. It also produces television and video content.


15 January 2021,     TORONTO

Postmedia revenue slides 25% in first quarter


Postmedia reports that its first-quarter revenue was down 25.4% from the same quarter last year due to a significant impact from the pandemic. Revenue in the quarter ended November 30, 2020, dropped to $116.9 million from $156.7 million, a decrease of $39.7 million. The company booked $6.6 million related to Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy.

24 December 2020,     CALGARY

Alberta Magazine Awards entries is open


The Alberta Magazine Publishers Association (AMPA) is calling for entries to its Magazine Awards. The awards program has been expanded to include one showcase category for writers and one magazine achievement award category to recognize print and digital magazines.


24 December 2020,     TORONTO

NMAF call for awards entries


The National Media Awards Foundation is calling for entries for the Digital Publishing Awards, the National Magazine Awards and the National Magazine Awards: B2B.


The call for entries for the Digital Publishing Awards, which consists of 25 categories, is open now until January 29, 2021, with the early-bird rate in effect until January 22, 2021.

22 December 2020,     TORONTO, ON

COPA 2020 Winners to be announced on February 4 in an Re-Invented Digital Event

The COPA 2020 Winners will be announced on Thursday February 4, 2021 for 12 Annual COPA Awards that will be held in a digital venue this year. This re-invented COPA digital event will have an innovative approach to your typical Zoom call meeting. Each attendee will have the own personal avatar to virtually walk the venue and can go on the stage to receive their award.  The event will enable attendees to network and party together as you can send over drink emoticon and start a chat or go into room with for a group social with video.  There will also be speakers from Business Wire and Happyfication for journalists, content creators and publishers.The COPAs will have an After Party activity on a Paradise Island for you to party with your team. Tickets are $30 each. For more information CLICK HERE

21 December 2020,     TORONTO

St. Joseph Media takes over ad sales for former Rogers properties


St. Joseph Communications has announced that as of January 1, it will take over direct advertising sales for the print and digital properties it acquired from Rogers Sports & Media last year. The brands include Maclean’s, Chatelaine (English and French) HELLO!, Today’s Parent, Flare, and Canadian Business.

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