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19 October 2021,     NEW YORK,

The killing of newspapers


For a depressing review of the situation afflicting newspapers in the U.S., this story from The Atlantic lays it all out. The industry is essentially being gutted by Alden Global Capital, a hedge fund that has bought more than 200 newspapers across the US, most recently the Chicago Tribune.

             “What threatens local newspapers now is not just digital disruption or abstract market forces. They’re being targeted by investors who have figured out how to get rich by strip-mining local-news outfits.The model is simple: Gut the staff, sell the real estate, jack up subscription prices, and wring as much cash as possible out of the enterprise until eventually enough readers cancel their subscriptions that the paper folds, or is reduced to a desiccated husk of its former self,” says the magazine.

19 October 2021,     LONDON, UK

Rolling Stone magazine back in England after 50 years


Rolling Stone UK, dubbed the most important magazine launch in the UK for years, is re-launching five decades after then owner Mick Jagger closed it down. The title re-appeared recently with British band Bastille, singer Sam Fender, and Lashana Lynch, the first woman to take on take on the spy title of 007, on its three covers.

19 October 2021,     OTTAWA

Policy Options launches new journalism fellowship


The Institute for Research on Public Policy (IRPP) has launched the Accenture Editorial Fellowship on the Future of the Public Service. The fellow, journalist Kathryn May, will write for the IRPP's award-winning digital magazine Policy Options.

            The two-year fellowship will cover the social, economic, and technological challenges and opportunities facing Canadian public servants. These include the transition to digital government; post-pandemic shifts in workplace norms; the pursuit of equity, diversity, inclusion, and decolonization; and the modernization of hiring and training.

19 October 2021,     TORONTO

News Media Canada calls for level playing field


News Media Canada has developed a new ad calling on the re-elected Liberal government to honour its election promise to introduce legislation within 100 days and level the playing field between global platforms and Canadian news outlets.

            In a democracy, nothing is more vital than a healthy, vibrant local news media. But the threats from Big Tech are increasing every day.

12 October 2021,     TORONTO

Canadian Art closes


Canadian Art is closing up shop after 37 years of publishing due to its financial position and revenue loss resulting directly from the COVID pandemic. The board of directors announced the immediate closure on its website in early October.
            “After thoroughly exhausting all options to allow Canadian Art to survive, the Board began the process of pursuing a wind-up that would best maintain the organization’s charitable status, protect the stewardship of its cultural assets for the future, and maximize recoveries to stakeholders such as employees, landlords, trade creditors,” said the announcement.

12 October 2021,     TORONTO

Danielle Labrie takes over construction group at Annex


Danielle Labrie is the new group publisher of Annex Business Media Construction Group, which includes Glass Canada, Fenestration Review, Canadian Contractor, Canadian Rental Service, Rock to Road, Electrical Business, Energy Manager, and Crane & Hoist Canada. She is also joining Annex’s leadership team.

12 October 2021,     TORONTO

OHS Canada has a new publisher


Todd Humber
Todd Humber
Todd Humber is the new publisher of OHS Canada, Annex Business Medias’s occupational health and safety media brand. He assumes the role on Nov. 1

            “Workplace safety has always been a strong passion for me, and it’s an area where I have a lot of media experience,” said Humber.

3 October 2021,     TORONTO, ON

Last Chance to Enter the 2021 COPAs and be the Best


The 2021 COPAs deadline for entries has been extended until October 8, 2021, so you still have chance to participate in this year’s edition.

This year the COPAs expect a bumper crop of entries not seen since 10 years ago at the tail end of the Dotcom boom. Industry participating is increasing and the COPAs will be the most competitive in years as there are a lot new companies entering.

30 September 2021,     TORONTO

Canadian Lodging News now Stay Magazine

Canadian Lodging News is being re-launched as Stay Magazine: Canadian Hotel Intelligence by its new owners, Big Picture New Media.
     New issues are expected shortly, and Stay is billed as a publication for leaders, executives, investors, suppliers, and employees who need access to the most current and relevant insights about the hotel business.

28 September 2021,     TORONTO

NFT covers from NOW and Georgia Straight


Media Central Corporation is selling NFTs of nine iconic magazine covers published by NOW Magazine and the Georgia Straight. The covers feature Grimes, Drake, Seth Rogan and more Canadian artists that have defined Vancouver and Toronto’s arts and entertainment history, said a press release by the company.

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