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25 January 2020,     TORONTO

Canadian Society of Magazine Editors Shutting Down

 
The Canadian Society of Magazine Editors (CSME), a Toronto-based national non-profit organization, announces the closure of its operations, effective immediately. 
In January 2020, CSME board members, who serve as volunteers, voted to bring operations, including accepting memberships and hosting events and the yearly awards, to an end. Chris Bond, CSME President.

25 January 2020,     TORONTO

Hockey News & Sports Illustrated Team Up

 

 
 Sports Illustrated ( SI) and The Hockey News – are joining forces to launch a dynamic, multimedia experience for consumers across North America. To be launch this spring, covering the sport of hockey on a national and local level, across print, digital, video and audio. SI and The Hockey News will expand their offering to launch co-branded team sites for every NHL franchise, joining the more than 90 current local offerings from SI.

22 January 2020,     TORONTO

Publishers Blast Canada Post On Expanding Flyer Distribution

 

Key income for community news is flyer distribution
Key income for community news is flyer distribution
News Media Canada  a national advocacy group for print media has blasted Canada Post’s plans to expand its retail flyer distribution and is calling on the federal parties to block what the group calls unfair competition. Unlike Canada Post, newspapers that distribute flyers do not have access to lockboxes in apartments and condominiums.
“We don’t mind fair competition, but this is using taxpayer dollars and an unfair advantage to deliberately undercut private business,”

18 January 2020,     TORONTO

Media Classified Buys City Parent from Metroland

 
Media Classified Corporation has acquired City Parent, Metroland Media's monthly parenting and lifestyle magazine.  For over 25 years, City Parent has provided parents in the GTA and SWO area with articles that cover tips and tricks for every age group, parenting self-care, product reviews for both children and adults, family-oriented events, amenities and education facility information.

16 January 2020,     OTTAWA

Postal Strike Not Before June

 
Arbitrator in CUPW negotiations granted six-month extension. The Minister of Labour has agreed to extend the arbitration process by six months, to June 30, 2020, at the request of the arbitrator.  Arbitrator Elizabeth MacPherson, whose mandate was set to expire on December 31, 2019, now has until the end of June to deliver two new collective agreements between Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW-Urban and CUPW-RSMC).

13 January 2020,     TORONTO

Postmedia Total Revenue Down But Digital Is Up

Postmedia's flagship publication
Postmedia's flagship publication
Postmedia  had a $3-million loss in its first quarter with total revenues declining  8.5 per cent from a year earlier and with print advertising having the biggest decline  .Total  revenue was $156.7 million for the first quarter  ending  Nov. 30, down from $171.3 million a year earlier. Digital advertising revenue was up 11.1 per cent and total digital revenue rose $2.8 million to $35.6 million

10 January 2020,     TORONTO

Hakai Magazine is the Big Winner of the 2019 COPA Awards

The winners of the COPAs for 2019 were awarded last night over a 10 course dinner party event at Dim Sum King in Toronto that saw Hakai Magazine win 6 Gold and 3 silver. Hakai Magazine is based in Victoria, BC and explores science, society, and the environment from a coastal perspective. HuffPost Canada won 6 medals with 3 Gold and 3 Silvers. Bell Media won 5 with 2 Gold and 3 Silver. The event was broadcast live on Twiiter through the #mastheadmag and #COPAwards hashtags

Who was the Best of the Best?

 

The best of of the best competition from all the entries saw the following results for the Best of CanadaGold was won by Hakai Magazine for Best Digital Content for their investigative article on Human Smuggling and Silver went to Local Love /United Way.

The Gold for Best Publication was awarded to a surprise winner Fête Chinoise an entry in the new Ethnic Media Division, an upscale lifestyle publication for the Chinese community. Silver was won by Vancouver Magazine.

2 January 2020,     TORONTO

NOW Magazine Sold to Media Central

38 year old NOW Magazine
38 year old NOW Magazine
Now Magazine, Toronto's  alternative news weekly, has been bought by Toronto-based Media Central with the intent of building a chain of alternative papers across North America . Now publisher Alice Klein, who will be staying on as Chief Editorial Strategist,thanked the magazine’s readers in an open letter. NOW Magazine reaches 510,000 average weekly unique readers in Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area. NOW generated Revenues of over $4 million. 

2 January 2020,     TORONTO

ZoomerMedia Announces a Deal With St. Joseph

 

Canada's largest consumer magazine publisher
Canada's largest consumer magazine publisher
ZoomerMedia  announced today that its  subsidiary, Darwin CX , has signed a deal to provide its cloud-based subscription management technology to St. Joseph Communications. Darwin, a software-as-a-service platform, will serve St. Joe's iconic suite of magazine brands, including Toronto Life, Maclean’s, Chatelaine, and Hello! Canada. In addition to fulfillment, Darwin will power St. Joe's acquisition and retention efforts through its  customer experience orchestration and AI

2 January 2020,     TORONTO

Readership Study On Print Ad Engagement

Study on ad engagement across all media
Study on ad engagement across all media
A new study conducted by Totum Research on behalf of News Media Canada has found that printed newspaper ads engage Canadians more than any other medium, print or digital. Specifically, the findings published in the 2019 Local Newspapers: Engaged and Connected Report reveal that advertisement engagement for print newspapers is nearly two times higher than other media formats, which includes television, radio, digital newspapers, magazines,social media and online searches.

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