Canadian Publishing Industry News
11 February 2024,    

The Winners of the 15th Annual COPA Awards


The COPAs saw a change in the landscape this year as branded content showed that they compete with with high quality journalism! The big winner this year was York U Magazine that garnered 8 COPAs including the Top Ranked Entry.

The COPA had new winners that included Ambitions Magazine,, Canadian Women’s Foundation, Hamilton City Magazine, Hockey Canada, Mental Health Commission, Metrolinx, The Breach, The Ottawan, The Sarnia Journal and The Vintage Seeker. 

Another new entrant Red River College Polytechnic garnered 2 Gold and a Silver in the Academic Category. UBC won a Gold for best Photo Journalism in the Consumer category that show that great work is being created in schools. York University ’s Film school won Best Video in the Academic Category. You can see all the results here

7 February 2024,     VICTORIA, B.C.

BC Book & Magazine Publishers Got $600,000


To help B.C.’s book and magazine publishers address challenges and give the broader publishing industry the support it needs to thrive in the future, the Province is providing $600,000 over three years.The Association of Book Publishers of BC administered the first portion of the funding ($200,000) in 2023. The next two years, Creative BC will administer the second portion of funding ($400,000), aimed at book and magazine publishers.

7 February 2024,    

40 years of Macintosh: Revolutionized Publishing


Apple Macintosh revolutionized publishing
Apple Macintosh revolutionized publishing
Marks 40 years since the Apple Macintosh’s release, and the beginning of its transformation of creative and publishing industries around the world. Released in early 1984, it was the first successful desktop computer with a graphical user interface – icons, buttons and menus – and saw the transformation of computer use from an area dominated by developers and code boffins, to a tool that creatives could use to display and edit their visual work.The WYSIWYG – What You See Is What You Get – feature, which meant, for the first time,

7 February 2024,     TORONTO

University of Toronto Press Acquires Journals From Dougmar Publishing


U of T medical journal publishing division
U of T medical journal publishing division
University of Toronto Press (UTP), Canada’s largest university press and leading academic publisher, has acquired four journals from Dougmar Publishing Group: the Journal of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, the Journal of Mental Health and Addiction Nursing, the Journal of Endoluminal Endourology, and the International Journal of Men’s Social and Community Health. As one of the few university presses publishing medical journals, this acquisition signals UTP’s continued commitment to expanding its health and science lists which currently include esteemed publications such as the Journal of the Association of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Disease Canada and the Canadian Liver Journal.

7 February 2024,    

Guide to The Power of Press Releases


A Use Case Guide on Leveraging the Power of Press Releases
A Use Case Guide on Leveraging the Power of Press Releases
Cision has released a guide to Press releases.Press releases help you control the narrative about your brand. They’re authoritative.They help your advocates, influencers and stakeholders separate the facts from the noise. And they’re the go-to tool for launching new products, sharing big news and celebrating successes. All of us—including journalists, influencers and editors—are deluged with news, instant messages, alerts, email, social posts and there’s no end in sight.

1 February 2024,    

Monotype Type Trends report

 Monotype has released its Type Trends report, examining the movements shaping the creative community, informing branding, and driving design today and into the future. The 11 concurrent trends identified by Monotype explore how today’s dramatically digitized lifestyle collides with an equally strong yearning for something tangible. Further, the report demonstrates how brands are utilizing cutting-edge font technology to meet the potential of today’s modern devices,

20 January 2024,     WARSAW POLAND

"Printing Press" The Board Game

Who thought publishing could be a game.
Who thought publishing could be a game.
"Printing Press", a new board game has been announced by Portable Games based on the legacy of Johannes Gutenberg, which will released to retailers in March this year. In this game, players will immerse themselves in the process of 16th century publishing. Players will plan out publications using plates, frames, and printing cards to fulfill customer specifications.

17 January 2024,     VANCOUVER,B.C.

Black Press Restructuring With New Ownership


One of the largest privately owned media companies in Canada,
One of the largest privately owned media companies in Canada,
Black Press Ltd. says it has entered creditor protection under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act.Along with the CCAA proceedings, it has entered into a sales agreement to Canso, Deans Knight Capital Management Ltd. and Carpenter Media Group through a support agreement and term sheet.Black Press Media intends to continue to operate its 80-plus local news publications — online and in print — as well as its lifestyle magazines

16 January 2024,     MUNCTON NEW BRUNSWICK

New Arabic Newspaper For Atlantic Canada

Ali Ettarnichi is also the founder of Atlantic Arabic TV
Ali Ettarnichi is also the founder of Atlantic Arabic TV
 The new regional newspaper Arabic Atlantic was created to fill a gap for the growing Arab community in Atlantic Canada. It was founded by Ali Ettarnichi of Muncton New Brunswick who also created Atlantic Arabic TV. The first issue of Atlantic Arabic, a full Arabic publication, hit the shelves across the Maritimes. The monthly paper includes local and regional news,immigrant success stories and cultural pieces. The publication can be found online, but also printed copies.

16 January 2024,     OTTAWA

Beyond AI:A Law That Needs Reform


Book industry associations warns of lack of effective copyright protection.
Book industry associations warns of lack of effective copyright protection.
For the book industry, Canada needs to move quickly to close existing loopholes in its legislation so that it stops unfairly depriving rights holders of legitimate revenues from the use of works in certain educational institutions. This priority is supported by the Coalition for the Diversity of Cultural Expressions and by the international book federations, all of which are outraged that Canada is not meeting its international obligations to authors.

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