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17 September 2021,     TORONTO

The Narwhal launches new Ontario bureau


The Narwhal is launching a three-person environmental journalism bureau in Ontario this month. The new team will be led by bureau chief Denise Balkissoon, an award-winning journalist who joins The Narwhal after serving as executive editor of Chatelaine.

            Rounding out the Ontario team will be reporters Fatima Syed and Emma McIntosh. Syed has reported on the pandemic for Toronto-based non-profit news outlet The Local and hosts the Canadaland politics podcast The Backbench. McIntosh worked previously as an investigative reporter at the Toronto Star and most recently as Queen’s Park reporter at Canada’s National Observer.

17 September 2021,    

Media Startup treats reporters as social media influencers


From the “new journalism model” file, comes this story:

Puck News is a new media company that aims to cover the four centers of power in the U.S.— Silicon Valley, Hollywood, Washington, and Wall Street. The venture built on two concepts: that journalism shouldn’t be free, and that journalists need to be more like social media influencers.Its founders are veterans of New York media, chief executive officer Joe Purzycki, and editor-in-chief Jon Kelly.

16 September 2021,     TORONTO

New Canadian Business relaunches in October


The first print issue of the new Canadian Business will hit newsstands on October 4, with the updated website launching the same week. The title is expected to have a quarterly frequency, with two issues this year, and then move to four issues next year. Issues will be distributed on national newsstands, with additional copies mailed to subscribers of Maclean’s and Toronto Life.

16 September 2021,     TORONTO

Ryersonian renamed


Ryerson University has renamed the Ryersonian, the Journalism school’s newspaper. The 70-year-old publication, where many an aspiring young journalist cut their teeth, will now be called On The Record. The university previously changed the name of the Ryerson Review of Journalism, to Review of Journalism.

2 September 2021,     TORONTO

Canadian Jewish News re-launches


Canadian Jewish News, the largest Jewish news organization in Canada will rebrand as a digital-first platform after shutting down operations in April 2020, the company announced last week. It’s the second relaunch for the 61-year-old non-profit, which previously shut its doors in 2013 before gaining enough community support to restart operations within a year.

2 September 2021,     TORONTO

New editor at Pulp & Paper Canada


Sukanya Ray Ghosh has been named the editor of Pulp & Paper Canada, national brand for the resource/heavy equipment sector published by Annex Business Media. She joined Annex in 2020 as the associate editor of Canadian ContractorCanadian Rental ServiceGlass Canada and Fenestration Review

2 September 2021,     TORONTO

Ryersonian To Be Renamed


Ryerson University recently accepted all 22 recommendations of the Standing Strong (Mash Koh Wee Kah Pooh Win) Task Force, including changing the university’s name.  In addition to the name change, the task force, which has been working for the last 10 months, recommended sharing materials to recognize the legacy of Egerton Ryerson, and providing more opportunities to learn about Indigenous history and Indigenous and colonial relations.

24 August 2021,     MONTREAL

IGA Takes Majority Stake in Ricardo Media


Ricardo Media and IGA have formed a new partnership. IGA has invested in a majority stake in the media company and its various business lines—magazine, TV shows, online, books, stores, restaurants, and food. IGA and Ricardo have a longstanding relationship
            Ricardo Media will continue to operate in its current form. Co-founders Ricardo Larrivée and Brigitte Coutu will remain in their leadership positions and employees are expected to keep their positions.

24 August 2021,     TORONTO

SJC Media mags now on Apple News+


Current and back issues of all St. Joseph Media titles, including Chatelaine (English and French), Toronto Life, Maclean’s, Today’s Parent, Fashion, and Ottawa Magazine are available on the all-you-can-read app.
            While it offers many articles for free Apple News also carries paywalled content that requires a subscription. Evolved from Texture, which launched several years ago, Apple acquired it in 2018 and turned it into Apple News+ offering more than 300 magazines, newspapers and publications for $12.99 per month.

9 August 2021,     TORONTO

Collective negotiation needed for digital legislation: NMC


News Media Canada, which represents hundreds of print and digital titles that employ 3,000 journalists across the country, has issued a statement about the Government of Canada’s release of its What We Heard report on the consultations for new legislation on digital platforms.

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