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1 December 2020,     TORONTO

COPA 2020 Finalists Announced

 
In a bit of good news for the publishing industry in Canada for a change, The Finalists for the Canadian Online Publishing Awards (COPAs) were announced today on their website. The COPAs has finalists in 4 divsions this year - Academic, Consumer, Business to Business and News Media.

25 November 2020,     TORONTO

Scott Jamieson Magazines Canada Volunteer of the Year

Scott Jamieson, COO, Annex Business Media
Scott Jamieson, COO, Annex Business Media

Scott Jamieson, COO Annex Busines Media has been named Magazines Canada Volunteer of the Year for 2020.

Jamieson has 30 years’ experience in B2B media, served as Chair of the board of Magazines Canada from 2017–19 and is currently past chair, and is a former board member of the KRW Awards as well as the BPA Magazine Advisory Board. He is also a KRW Gold Medal award winner.


 “I can’t think of anyone more deserving of this recognition,” said Melanie Rutledge, Executive Director of Magazines Canada. “For years, Scott has contributed his time as an advisor and mentor to others. He is a champion of B2B magazines and magazine professionals, and of the Canadian magazine industry.”

25 November 2020,     MONTREAL

New Editor in Chief at Elle Canada

Joanie Pietracupa, new Elle Canada EIC
Joanie Pietracupa, new Elle Canada EIC

Joanie Pietracupa has taken over lead duties as editor in chief at Elle Canada, in addition to her existing editor-in-chief roles at Vero and Elle Quebec. She took on the new title a few weeks ago after the departure of Vanessa Craft for TikTok in early October.
 

Pietracupa has been with KO Media, publisher of Elle Canada, for almost four years. Prior to that she held positions at LouLou and at TVA Publications.
 

Earlier this year, Elle Canada shuttered its Toronto office and eliminated four positions.

 

25 November 2020,     TORONTO

Study examines how to build sub-driven business

 

 
A new report, Towards Your North Star, looks at the common challenges faced by publishers as they attempt to build subscription-driven businesses, and offers pathways for overcoming them.

According the report, volume metrics, the cornerstone of advertising-based revenue streams, need rethinking. Publishers with a volume-driven mindset have to shift to value-driven one. The report has been produced by FT Strategies, a subsidiary of UK-based Financial Times. Some common challenges include:

25 November 2020,     TORONTO

Stamina Group Launches WanderEater magazine

 
 Stamina Group Inc. is launching WanderEater magazine that explores the top wanderlust destinations across Canada and around the globe, centered around the foods we crave.

 

20 November 2020,     OTTAWA

Open Canada names new editor

Michael Petrou, editor of Open Canada
Michael Petrou, editor of Open Canada
Michael Petrou, professor in Carleton’s Department of History and School of Journalism and Communication, has been named the new editor-in-chief of Open Canada, a digital publication that focuses on global affairs.

20 November 2020,     VANCOUVER

More cuts for Postmedia in B.C

 

 
Postmedia is instituting more cuts at the Vancouver Sun and The Province newspapers telling staff it wants to reduce salary expenses by 15 per cent either through voluntary buyout programs or layoffs. No information was released about how many employees the cuts would affect.

6 November 2020,     NEW YORK, NY,

Online subscriptions surpass print at New York Times

 

 
The New York Times is reporting it added 393,000 paid digital-only subscribers during the third quarter of 2020 and said revenues from online-only subs surpassed its print revenue for the first time ever.

 

   The newspaper also reported that revenues from subscriptions grew 12.6% to $301 million, even as ad revenues dropped by 30% to $79 million in the quarter.

6 November 2020,    

TVA magazine revenues down $10 million in 2020

 

 
TVA Group reported last week that its magazine revenues for the third quarter declined slightly to $12.6 million from $12.7 million a year ago. For the nine-month period ended on September 30, magazine revenues fell to $32.9 million from $42.9 million. Total operating revenues for the company fell to $119.5 million for the third quarter, a drop of $6.1 million from a year ago

 

 

6 November 2020,     TORONTO

Stephen Longmire leaves PrintAction

 

 
Stephen Longmire, the long-time national sales manager and associate publisher of print-industry title PrintAction has left that position and moved to a new post as national sales manager for an equipment distributor.

 

 

Longmire had been with PrintAction, published by Annex Business Media, for 13 years and was responsible for all sales across the publication’s

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