Canadian Publishing Industry News
26 November 2021,     TORONTO

Zoomer Media revenues decline


Zoomer Media’s revenues declined to $48.9 million from $50.7 million in 2020, for the year ended August 31. Operating expesnses declined to $39.6 million from $40.2 million while net income dropped to $3.7 million from $4.6 million.

             Declines were reported for Zoomer magazine, On The Bay magazine, and Tonic magazine which Zoomer purchased in September 2020.

            For 2021, total revenues for the print operation declined 6.6%.

26 November 2021,     TORONTO

J-Source confirms 1,281 jobs lost due to COVID-19


J-Source has updated its COVID-19 impact on Canadian media. According to the latest numbers, 53 media outlets have closed permanently since March 2020, while 16 have re-opened after temporarily closing.

            Fifty-one outlets have cancelled some or all print editions, though no data is available on the number of publications that are resuming printing. In other data, 183 outlets have reported layoffs or job losses, and more 3,023 editorial and non-editorial jobs have been cut permanently or temporarily. J-Source has confirmed that 1,281 job losses are permanent.

            All results are available on a tracking map, the eighth iteration since the pandemic began. Check it out here.

26 November 2021,     LONDON, U.K.

Lush leaves social; looks at magazine


Are brands abandoning social media? Last week Lush Cosmetics announced it’s deactivating its Instagram, Facebook, TikTok and Snapchat accounts in an effort to address its consumers' mental health challenges, according to the company. This move will affect all 48 countries where the retailer operates. Lush sells skincare, haircare, and bath products, largely aimed at a younger female audience.

19 November 2021,     WASHINGTON

Obituaries takes centre stage


The Washington Post reports that obituaries are hot online commodities.  “A well-crafted obit for a prominent figure — blending history and biography, triggering nostalgia or perhaps even the reader’s own feelings of mortality — can attract enormous readership online,” according to the paper.  

19 November 2021,     TORONTO

Canadian Hillman Prize opens nominations


The Sidney Hillman Foundation has opened nominations for the 2022 Canadian Hillman Prize. Journalists or organizations that published investigative work in 2021 “in service of the common good” and leading to public policy change are eligible for the $5,000 award. The winner will receive a certificate at a March 24 ceremony in Toronto and be invited to attend the U.S. awards reception in New York (if conditions surrounding the pandemic permit).

19 November 2021,     PARIS, FRANCE

Google strikes deal with Agence France-Presse


Reuters reports that Google will begin paying Agence France-Presse for its news content as part of broad five-year partnership. This is one of the largest licensing deals struck by a tech giant under a new French law.

            New laws in France and Australia - fueled by media lobbying and public pressure - have given publishers greater leverage, leading to many licensing deals around the world collectively worth billions of dollars. The AFP accord follows France enacting a copyright law that creates “neighboring rights,” requiring big tech companies to open talks with news publishers that want a licensing payment.

19 November 2021,     TORONTO

Harassment of journalists is rampant


A recent survey by research firm Ipsos found that online harassment of journalists is prevalent and pervasive. The firm surveyed more than 1,000 journalists. 72% of respondents say they have experienced some form of harassment in the last 12 months.

Online harassment is the most common: one in three journalists and media workers experienced online harassment once a month or more frequently. One in 10 were the object of death threats against them within the same time period.

10 November 2021,     WASHINGTON

Why do readers cancel subs?

 In a bid to find out what drives news subscription cancellations, Neiman Lab polled its readers and asked them the question. More than 500 answered. The authors of the study acknowledge Neimans Lab’s readers are a “weird (great!, but weird) bunch” who are more into news than average citizens and more likely to pay for it.

10 November 2021,     OTTAWA

Access Copyright launches Creators Calling on Ottawa


Access Copyright is launching the Creators Calling on Ottawa campaign. On October 26, the federal government announced a new cabinet and the agency says now is the time to continue to urge the federal government to amend the Copyright Act so that creators and publishers are paid for the copying of their works by the education sector.


Over the last few months many creators have expressed urgency surrounding this issue by calling the office of the Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, emailing their MPs or participating in a book campaign Access Copyright launched earlier this year. The agency wants to take this to a new level.


Here’s what you can do:

10 November 2021,    

The 2021 COPA Finalists will be Announced on December 1

Digital has now become more entrenched in today’s society and the COPAs is riding this wave with this year’s entries. The industry is also going through a reset as ad tech companies business practices are now being scrutinized more than ever and being challenged by governments worldwide.

What can been seen as positive step for the digital publishing industry in Canada the 2021 COPAs has seen a bumper crop of entries.

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