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16 January 2018,     TORONTO

Retail Magazines Sales Study Released


Retail Magazine Sales Remain Strong
Retail Magazine Sales Remain Strong
A new national survey of shoppers and retailers conducted for Magazines Canada found that Canadians of all ages enjoy browsing for and buying magazines on shopping trips. The study shows that actual consumer behaviour around magazine reading and buying makes a compelling business case for magazines at retail. Retail stores that have maintained magazine space and selection report that they have maintained sales. 

16 January 2018,    

2018 Business Media Leadership Summit January 22 & 23


The challenges facing B2B publishers will be discussed in the upcoming 2018 Business Media Leadership Summit being produced by Magazines Canada. This two day conference will be held on January 22 and 23 at Kingbridge Conference Centre, King City, just north of Toronto.

The keynote is Paul Andrews, Chief Revenue Officer of PennWell a Tulsa, USA based publisher with over 150 business-to-business magazines and newsletters in 12 vertical markets. A panel in day two will list the Top Ten Money Making Ideas that is a must attend for any publisher.

11 January 2018,     TORONTO

Today's Bride Sold to Newcom


Newcom Media Inc. (formerly Newcom Business Media Inc.) acquired Today’s Bride and its related titles from Family Communications Inc. This represents the first foray into the consumer world for Newcom .Don Swinburne and Brian Baker were looking to retire and sold their Parenting division to the staff. "I felt that the Bridal industry is as low-risk as you’re going to get in terms of entering a new market,” said Joe Glionna, President, Newcom. “We changed our name, removing “business” about a month ago . I’ve got to start thinking about selling newsstand copies.

21 December 2017,    

Cover of the Week - House and Home January 2018 Issue


The January 2018 issue of Canadian House & Home is a winner!


On Friday, December 8th, Canadian House & Home had their annual Trends Breakfast event at the Royal York Hotel in downtown Toronto.


21 December 2017,    

The Digital Santa is Going to be Late this Year

If you bought online this year Santa may be a little late to get that gift under the tree as there are reports that shipments are delayed due to the high volume of online orders.

I personally bought  a gift online on Amazon during Black Friday Sales and was promised a December 8 delivery date and it is now somewhere in the postal system as it was sent by USPS/Canada Post. Two other online purchases came within a week though. I guess this is a side effect of online purchases at Christmas time. 


We at Masthead would like to wish you a joyous and peaceful Christmas this year even if Santa is a little late this year.



20 December 2017,     TORONTO

Real vs Sponsored Content - 80% of middle school students can’t tell the difference

Digital perceptions of online content by students of what is real, sponsored and fake were surveyed by Stanford’s Graduate School of Education. Students (7,800) were asked to complete an online survey of Slate magazine’s website and to evaluate three different sections - a traditional advertisement, a news story, and native advertisement. The study also looked at social media postings to see if students could determine it was authentic or fake.



14 December 2017,    

TC Media sells 12 of its newspapers to Groupe Lexis Media inc.


It look like the year-end corporate changes are still not finished as TC Media, sold 12 of its publications to Groupe Lexis Média Inc., a company owned by Mr. Elie Akoury and Mr. Frédéric Coutureon on December 12, 2017. 

In total, 75 employees of these various publications and 16 employees from TC Media's Production team are transferred to Groupe Lexis Média inc.

11 December 2017,     MONTREAL

Marcoux of Transcontinental Inducted into Women's Hall of Fame

Isabelle Marcoux Chair of the Board of Transcontinental
Isabelle Marcoux Chair of the Board of Transcontinental
 Isabelle Marcoux of Transcontinental has been inducted into the Women's Executive Network Hall of Fame.  She has been recognition as one of Canada's 100 most powerful women. Also in  light of Isabelle Marcoux's professional and philanthropic accomplishments."I am sincerely honoured to join the ranks of the Women's Hall of Fame," said Isabelle Marcoux, Chair of the Board of Transcontinental Inc. "I am proud to ensure the continued growth of TC Transcontinental. This recognition reflects positively on Transcontinental as a whole. Moreover, This honour is a testament to my sustained commitment towards the advancement of women into executive and board member roles. 

11 December 2017,     TORONTO

North America's Oldest Magazine Names Editor/Publisher

Jocelyn Bell new editor/publisher United Church Observer
Jocelyn Bell new editor/publisher United Church Observer
 The Board of Directors of Observer Publications Inc.has appointed  Jocelyn Bell as the new Editor/Publisher of The United Church Observer. The magazine’s Managing Editor since 2006. Both of her parents are United Church ministers; her first paid assignment as a student journalist was a freelance article for The Observer.Bell holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont., and a Bachelor of Journalism degree from Ryerson University in Toronto. She has experience in the newsrooms of several major daily newspapers including the Toronto Star and the Hamilton Spectator. Prior to joining The Observer, Jocelyn was editor of Childview magazine. 

4 December 2017,    

Cover of the Week: Weddingbells Magazine releases first-to-market bridal cover shot exclusively on iPhone

An industry first, Weddingbells’ upcoming Spring & Summer 2018 issue features a cover and editorial images captured entirely using an iPhone 8 Plus. The cover was shot by fashion photographer Alvaro Goveia, and the issue also includes a “real wedding” which the magazine commissioned Toronto-based wedding photographer Barb Simkova to capture on iPhone 8 Plus.

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