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29 May 2021,     TORONTO

NMA:B2B Award winners announced


The National Media Awards Foundation announced its NMA:B2B winners across various digital channels, including Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, its own website and its e-newsletter.

Pivot, CPA was the big winner of this year’s awards with six gold medals, including Best Magazine, and two silver medals. Professions Sante took two gold and two silver.

Here are the other gold and silver winners

29 May 2021,     TORONTO

Mike De Souza joining The Narwhal as managing editor


Mike De Souza, has joined The Narwhal as managing editor. He is an energy and environment reporter whose work has been recognized by the Michener Foundation, the National Newspaper Awards, World Press Freedom Canada, and the Canadian Association of Journalists.

De Souza comes to The Narwhal from Global News, where he is currently the managing editor of enterprise and investigations. His journalism career has also included positions at Reuters, Postmedia, the Montreal Gazette and the National Observer.

27 May 2021,     TORONTO

News Media Canada calls for action on Facebook


Jamie Irving, chair of News Media Canada, has issued a statement calling on the federal government to introduce the long-awaited policy to allow publisher to negotiate fairly with Facebook and Google. 
        The statement follows an announcement by Facebook that it had reached short-term arrangements with a few media outlets. It reads, in part:“Yesterday's announcement…underlines the need for the government to follow through urgently on the commitment it has made to curtail the predatory monopoly practices of both Facebook and Google and level the playing field for Canadian news media.

27 May 2021,     TORONTO

Postmedia invests in Wise Publishing


Postmedia has made an equity investment for a minority position in Wise Publishing. The two companies will partner on various initiatives, such as more personal finance content and tools, and will seek to further build the MoneyWise brand. Wise Publishing is a personal finance publisher that runs websites and Traffic, according to the company, can exceed 10 million unique visitors each month.

27 May 2021,     TORONTO

Reno+Décor Magazine expands West


NextHome, a Canadian privately-owned real estate media company, which acquired Homes Publishing Group (HPG) in early summer of 2020, has announced that it is expanding its renovation and decorating title Reno+Decor to the western markets in the fall of 2021.

For over thirty years, Reno+Decor has focused on highlighting Canadian design, renovation, while drawing focus on architectural and décor trends."Content and distribution has focused on the Ontario market.

27 May 2021,     NEW YORK

Meredith launches Paw Print magazine


Meredith has announced a new title, Paw Print, to complement and to provide cat and dog lovers with useful pet care tips, information, resources and entertainment. About 1 million select Meredith customers will receive the new pub.

17 May 2021,     CALGARY

AMPA releases 2021 finalists


The Alberta Magazine Publishers Association has announced the 2021 Achievement and Showcase Award finalists. A full list of nominees is available online. Highlights include:

Magazine of the Year:

ALBERTA: Alberta Views, Edify, IMPACT

BRITISH COLUMBIA: Folklife, The Tyee, Western Living

MANITOBA: Canada’s Local Gardener, CV2, Prairie Manufacturer

SASKATCHEWAN: BlackFlash, Briar Patch, Industry West

17 May 2021,    

NMA finalists announced


The 2021 National Magazine Awards nominees have been announced. The National Media Awards Foundation says it received submissions from 160 publications across Canada, or more than 1,000 entries.

More than 110 volunteers whittled the list down to 210 finalists. On June 11th, the winners will be revealed during a virtual ceremony on Facebook hosted by Sandra E. Martin. Gold winners in writing and visual categories will receive a $1000 cash prize.

17 May 2021,     VANCOUVER

New media venture to focus on community news


J-Source reports that a new Canadian media company focused on community news launched earlier this month. The new venture, Overstory Media Group, plans to start 50 community outlets and hire 250 journalists by 2023.
It already has 10 publishers in B.C. on its roster, including Capital Daily, Vancouver Tech Journal, Fraser Valley Current, Burnaby Beacon and Decomplicated.

17 May 2021,     CALGARY

Alberta magazines conference open


Registration is open for the Alberta Magazines Conference 2021, taking place online on June 2 and 3. The conference features keynote presentations and deep-dive multi-track sessions.

Pricing for the conference is $50 for one day or $85 for both days for AMPA members, and $75 for one day or $105 for both days for non-members. This year, member pricing is extended to Magazines Canada, Magazines BC and AQEM members.

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