MastheadOnline News RSS MastheadOnline RSS en-us Sun, 17 Jan 2021 13:12:37 UTC Sun, 17 Jan 2021 08:10:41 EST Torstar acquires ScoreGolf mag and digital assets Fri, 15 Jan 2021 15:03:06 EST     Torstar is partnering with specialty golf retailer, Golf Town, to acquire ScoreGolf magazine and its digital media assets. ScoreGolf, founded in 1980, is the largest-circulation golf publication in Canada. The magazine is known for its rankings of the top 100 golf courses and top 59 public golf courses in Canada. It also produces television and video content.   Postmedia revenue slides 25% in first quarter Fri, 15 Jan 2021 18:00:44 EST     Postmedia reports that its first-quarter revenue was down 25.4% from the same quarter last year due to a significant impact from the pandemic. Revenue in the quarter ended November 30, 2020, dropped to $116.9 million from $156.7 million, a decrease of $39.7 million. The company booked $6.6 million related to Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy. NMAF call for awards entries Thu, 24 Dec 2020 02:02:49 EST     The National Media Awards Foundation is calling for entries for the Digital Publishing Awards, the National Magazine Awards and the National Magazine Awards: B2B.   The call for entries for the Digital Publishing Awards, which consists of 25 categories, is open now until January 29, 2021, with the early-bird rate in effect until January 22, 2021. Alberta Magazine Awards entries is open Thu, 24 Dec 2020 00:57:44 EST     The Alberta Magazine Publishers Association (AMPA) is calling for entries to its Magazine Awards. The awards program has been expanded to include one showcase category for writers and one magazine achievement award category to recognize print and digital magazines.   Best covers of 2020 reflect major themes of difficult year Mon, 21 Dec 2020 07:52:24 EST   Vogue Italia illustrated cover focuses on sustainable magazine production As we approach the end of this difficult year, reflection about its impact abound. Creative View, a UK-based brand for the creative community has released its picks for the best magazine covers of the year.     According to the writers: “This year has been one where nobody has known what is around the corner, and it’s forced us all to pause, take stock and reflect. It’s a collective behaviour that has manifested in magazine covers that have in many ways felt quieter, giving breathing room for images to speak for themselves.”   Cover themes range from sustainability to isolation, forest fires, coping in the face of hardship, to social justice.   Have a look at the arresting covers. St. Joseph Media takes over ad sales for former Rogers properties Mon, 21 Dec 2020 16:45:51 EST     St. Joseph Communications has announced that as of January 1, it will take over direct advertising sales for the print and digital properties it acquired from Rogers Sports & Media last year. The brands include Maclean’s, Chatelaine (English and French) HELLO!, Today’s Parent, Flare, and Canadian Business. COPA 2020 Winners to be announced on February 4 in an Re-Invented Digital Event Tue, 22 Dec 2020 02:02:50 EST   The COPA 2020 Winners will be announced on Thursday February 4, 2021 for 12 Annual COPA Awards that will be held in a digital venue this year. This re-invented COPA digital event will have an innovative approach to your typical Zoom call meeting. Each attendee will have the own personal avatar to virtually walk the venue and can go on the stage to receive their award.  The event will enable attendees to network and party together as you can send over drink emoticon and start a chat or go into room with for a group social with video.  There will also be speakers from Business Wire and Happyfication for journalists, content creators and publishers.The COPAs will have an After Party activity on a Paradise Island for you to party with your team. Tickets are $30 each. For more information CLICK HERE New independent journalism organization launched Sun, 13 Dec 2020 07:22:03 EST     Press Forward, a new national association that aims to unify, elevate and advocate for independent journalism organizations across Canada, was launched recently. Founding members include The Sprawl, La Converse, the West End Phoenix, The Discourse, The Tyee, The Narwhal, the National Observer, The Coast and Village Media.   “Press Forward is first and foremost about reinvigorating the relationship between readers and news organizations—a crucial component of developing sustainable business models for journalism,” says Emma Gilchrist, editor-in-chief at The Narwhal and chair of Press Forward. Media Central to buy Lazarus Bleau Sun, 13 Dec 2020 07:22:13 EST     Media Central Corp. is planning to acquire Lazarus Bleau Inc., a media and marketing company for $2 million, according to a company press release.   The move will add two new publications to Media Central’s umbrella: The Travel Magazine, a North American travel publication distributed through The Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, and The Wall Street Journal; and On the Go, a lifestyle commuter title distributed across the Greater Toronto Area.  Postmedia updates 80+ community newspaper sites Sun, 13 Dec 2020 17:59:44 EST   The new Kingston Whig Standard site In a move touted as a support to community news, Postmedia recently relaunched more than 80 community newspaper websites.   “We know readers come to us for information that matters to them and news about their community and region is their top priority,” said Lucinda Chodan, senior vice president editorial, Postmedia. “This investment in our community websites supports local journalism, and brings our readers, local businesses and communities closer together.” St. Joseph Media launches Anne Kingston Memorial Fund Sun, 6 Dec 2020 07:22:40 EST Anne Kingston  St. Joseph Media has launched a memorial fund with Carleton University to honour Anne Kingston, who passed away in February of this year after a battle with cancer. Kingston was a senior writer and columnist at Maclean’s magazine. Prior to her 14 years at Maclean’s, she also held senior writing and editorial positions at The Globe and Mail, the National Post and Saturday Night. To honour her legacy, The Anne Kingston Memorial Fund will provide opportunities to students at Carleton’s School of Journalism to contribute to the They Were Loved project. Ad recovery to take two years after 10% decline in 2020 Sun, 6 Dec 2020 07:22:49 EST  Global advertising spend is set to recede by 10.2% to a total $557.3 billion this year, according to the latest report from the World Advertising   Research Centre (WARC). Covid19 has wiped $63 billion of revenue from the global advertising market this year, a decline that is double the rate of the Great Recession after accounting for inflation.   Not surprisingly, traditional media accounted for nearly all the decline, with magazine posting a 25.4% hit. Cinema was down 46.5%, newspapers 25.5%, radio 18.4%. It was the worst performance in WARC’s 40-year history. COPA 2020 Finalists Announced Tue, 1 Dec 2020 15:38:46 EST   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. New Editor in Chief at Elle Canada Wed, 25 Nov 2020 13:07:37 EST 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.   Scott Jamieson Magazines Canada Volunteer of the Year Wed, 25 Nov 2020 07:23:42 EST 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.”