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17 May 2021,     VANCOUVER

New media venture to focus on community news


J-Source reports that a new Canadian media company focused on community news launched earlier this month. The new venture, Overstory Media Group, plans to start 50 community outlets and hire 250 journalists by 2023.
It already has 10 publishers in B.C. on its roster, including Capital Daily, Vancouver Tech Journal, Fraser Valley Current, Burnaby Beacon and Decomplicated.

17 May 2021,     CALGARY

AMPA releases 2021 finalists


The Alberta Magazine Publishers Association has announced the 2021 Achievement and Showcase Award finalists. A full list of nominees is available online. Highlights include:

Magazine of the Year:

ALBERTA: Alberta Views, Edify, IMPACT

BRITISH COLUMBIA: Folklife, The Tyee, Western Living

MANITOBA: Canada’s Local Gardener, CV2, Prairie Manufacturer

SASKATCHEWAN: BlackFlash, Briar Patch, Industry West

17 May 2021,    

NMA finalists announced


The 2021 National Magazine Awards nominees have been announced. The National Media Awards Foundation says it received submissions from 160 publications across Canada, or more than 1,000 entries.

More than 110 volunteers whittled the list down to 210 finalists. On June 11th, the winners will be revealed during a virtual ceremony on Facebook hosted by Sandra E. Martin. Gold winners in writing and visual categories will receive a $1000 cash prize.

17 May 2021,     CALGARY

Alberta magazines conference open


Registration is open for the Alberta Magazines Conference 2021, taking place online on June 2 and 3. The conference features keynote presentations and deep-dive multi-track sessions.

Pricing for the conference is $50 for one day or $85 for both days for AMPA members, and $75 for one day or $105 for both days for non-members. This year, member pricing is extended to Magazines Canada, Magazines BC and AQEM members.

28 April 2021,     VICTORIA

Portal turns 30


Vancouver Island University’s student-run magazine, Portal, is celebrating its 30th birthday with its largest issue ever at 108 pages.

The title began life as The Stump and was produced by VIU’s creative writing club. In 1991, the name was changed to Portal and it became a student-run magazine. Today, it’s a full-colour publication with national distribution and is a member of Magazines Canada.

28 April 2021,     NEW YORK

NYT retires “Op-Ed”


After coining the phrase and using it for half a century, The New York Times is retiring the term Op-Ed, another victim of the digitization of the paper. The first Op-Ed page, named because it ran opposite the editorial page, appeared in 1970. It was meant to showcase ideas and arguments from any points on the political, social and cultural spectrums, and to discuss public problems.

28 April 2021,     MONTREAL

Elle Decoration Canada debuts


Elle Decoration Canada, sister title to Elle Canada, recently released its first issue, showcasing inspiring interiors, avant-garde trends, design hotspots and pro tips from Canadian and international creators.

    Elle Decoration Canada is published by KO Media, publisher of Vero since 2015. In 2019, the company bought Elle Quebec and Elle Canada.

    The new issue appeared on the stands and on Apple News+ on April 19. Copies are also available to order on the KO Media site.

22 April 2021,     TORONTO

Realscreen names Andrew Jeffrey news editor

Andrew Jeffrey
Andrew Jeffrey

Realscreen, a Brunico-owned brand that covers the non-fiction/unscripted screen content industry, has appointed Andrew Jeffrey to its editorial team as news editor.

Jeffrey comes to Realscreen after most recently working for the CBC in Edmonton, where he was a reporter and associate producer. Prior to the CBC, he worked as a reporter for the StarMetro Calgary.

19 April 2021,    

Zoomer Media leads in women employment


The Globe and Mail has identified Zoomer Media as one of the top employer of women in its annual survey of gender diversity. Amid hundreds of Canadian corporations, the newspaper identified seven with significant numbers of female executives, where an average of 44% of the leadership roles were held by women.

Zoomer Media claims 64% of women executives which puts it behind only four other companies nationally and number-one among all public traded media companies.

19 April 2021,     TORONTO

Postmedia achieves $700,000 Q2 profit; 21% revenues drop


Postmedia reported $700,000 in net profits in its second quarter, ended February 28, compared to a 21% revenue slide. Revenue for the period totalled $106 million, down from $134.2 million at the same time last year, before COVID-19. Its profit compares to a net loss of $12.8 million last year.

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