Canadian Publishing Industry News
5 October 2017,    

Cover of the week: Sports Illustrated gets into Politics


The latest issue of Sports Illustrated has gotten into politics.   I give SI credit for not shying away from controversy…controversy typically helps sell magazines.  Therefore, it deserves to be the Cover of the Week. However, I’m just not sure the gamble is going to pay off for Sports Illustrated this time on newsstands, in the USA, although it probably will here in Canada.

28 September 2017,    

Cover of the week - Vanity Fair's " Wild About Harry"


The October 2017 issue of Vanity Fair is the Cover of the Week.

For fans of the popular Netflix show Suits, this cover will be irresistible.  Ditto for Royal Family addicts. The local Toronto actress is sure to help them sell lots of magazines.

28 September 2017,    

CMA CASL Survey - Make your Voice Count


The federal government is conducting a statutory review of Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation that began on Sept 26. The Canadian Marketing Association (CMA) has put together a survey to get industry feedback to voice their opinions on this act. The CMA has been working with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and several other partners over the past decade to voice the opinions of business about CASL.


25 September 2017,     TORONTO



The finalists for the 2017 Canadian Online Publishing Awards has been announced. They are posted on the COPA website at this link. The winners will be announced on November 13 at the COPA Awards event that includes a State of Digital Seminar: What can legitimate publishers do to compete against the ad tech community.” moderated by Martin Seto , COPA Producer. 



Date: Monday, Nov. 13

State of Digital Seminar: 4-6 pm 

COPA Cocktail reception – 6-7:30pm (buffet food, cash bar)

COPA Awards Event – 7:30-10pm

Place: DoubleTree by Hilton Downtown, Toronto

Cost: Awards Ticket $75, Seminar Only $35


Ticket Link

#mastheadmag, # COPAwards

15 September 2017,    

Cover of the Week: The Walrus - Escaping America

The October 2017 issue of the Walrus is the Cover of the Week. This grainy black and white cover shot, of what appears to be a terrified and desperate soul fleeing the United States, is compelling.

The headline:  Escaping America…is Canada really a safe haven?

11 September 2017,    

Is this Another "Hail Mary" from Postmedia to Stay Relevant?


Who would imagine that these two companies could work together but they have. Postmedia Network Inc. publishers of the National Post, Financial Post and Sun chain of newspapers will feature content from Rogers’ magazine titles  Chatelaine, Flare, Today’s Parent, and MoneySense in a new newspaper section titled Life by Design. 


10 September 2017,    

Jessica Johnson Named Executive Editor of The Walrus


The Walrus Foundation announced the promotion of Jessica Johnson to the new combined role of Executive Editor and Creative Director of The Walrus from Senior Editor. "We've retired the role of editor-in-chief and have created a new role -- Executive Editor and Creative Director -- to reflect what the organization needs now," said Shelley Ambrose, executive director of The Walrus Foundation and publisher of The Walrus." 

8 September 2017,    

ZoomerMedia’s The New Classical 102.9FM merges with On The Bay Magazine


This is a first for the media industry where a radio station and magazine merge together as one and may not be the last time this happens. Masthead sees more consolidation like this in the future where a radio station is becoming more magazine like and a magazine offer more audio content. We predict the websites will become one in the future during this merger. On The Bay, based in Collingwood, ON is a regional lifestyle magazine published quarterly for the 20 towns and villages of Southern Georgian Bay with 50,000 readers and 300 advertisers. ZoomerMedia owns and operates CFMO-FM – The New Classical 102.9FM out of Collingwood reaching listeners throughout Southern Georgian Bay, including Barrie, Owen Sound, Midland, Orillia, and much of central Ontario.


8 September 2017,    

Virtual Paper discontinues their flash based digital service for magazine publishers


It has been learned that Virtual Paper, a digital edition solutions company based in Montreal, will stop support for their flash based digital edition service as of December 31, 2017. This will cause a lot of problems to all the magazine publishers that have been using their software to produce the digital editions of their magazine. This development means publishers will have to reproduce the archives of their magazine and absorb the extra costs to do it plus find a new solution going forward. It seems quite unfair to leave your customers like this.

8 September 2017,    

Canada News Wire (CNW) is now called Cision


Cision a global media intelligence company with its head office in Chicago acquired Canada News Wire in June 2016 and it has operated as a separate division for the past year. CNW will now be called Cision as part of a global rebranding effort. According to a posting by Kevin Akeroyd, CEO; “From now on, you’ll hear us saying that Cision’s Canadian distribution services are powered by Canada Newswire. This is a change in logo and language only – all other aspects of our distribution offerings, including our reliability and credibility with media, remain in place.“ Cision solutions include PR Newswire, Gorkana, PRWeb, Help a Reporter Out (HARO) and iContact brands. 

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