MastheadOnline News RSS MastheadOnline RSS en-us Thu, 05 Aug 2021 10:23:59 UTC Thu, 5 Aug 2021 10:22:14 EST Future plc launches Canadian division Tue, 3 Aug 2021 09:53:52 EST     Future plc, the global platform for specialist media, is launching a Canadian division as it seeks to expand across the Atlantic.             Future Canada, based in Toronto, will add more local content, products, and entities to its offerings from 160 titles, to capitalise on data which shows more than 11 million unique monthly users in Canada already enjoying its brands, the company said. Star Cineplex magazine coming soon Tue, 3 Aug 2021 02:06:13 EST     Star Cineplex magazine will release its first issue on Aug 7 with distribution in the Saturday Star, online, and to all Scene members across Canada, reports News Media Canada. Print copies will total 350,000, while digital content is expected to reach more than 7 million impressions. Damn Magazine relaunch Tue, 3 Aug 2021 22:22:16 EST     Damn Magazine, an online pub that covers music news, is adding print issues to its mix. Editor Emily Kennedy was inspired to make the move when she heard a radio show encouraging Canadians to write letters to seniors during the pandemic. She decided to make a magazine for them. The 2021 COPA Judging Panel - The Who's Who's of Canada in Digital Publishing Thu, 22 Jul 2021 20:23:23 EST   The COPA’s have become the tip of the spear for the Canadian digital publishing industry to help promote Canadian talent to the world. The COPA’s is now the largest Digital Publishing Awards program in Canada.   The 2021 COPA Judging has now been released on the COPA website and there are over 90+ judges this year along with 30 new ones to help determine who is the best in Canada. The COPA Judges is a volunteer panel and has participation of all geographic regions in Canada. Some of the new judges this year are shown below and they offer a blend of expertise that includes digital publishing, podcaster, art director, photographer, marketer, publisher, editor, journalist and academia. Industry Participation from all sectors is growing each year.   Fashion now has Flare Tue, 13 Jul 2021 03:23:55 EST     St. Joseph Media is merging Fashion and Flare to “bring you all things fashion and beauty plus the hot takes on all the big topics that matter,” according to a company release.             Four years ago, Flare stopped printing and pivoted to building a strong online audience with a stronger focus on culture – political explainers, relationship issues or recaps of the latest Bachelor drama. Last year, Fashion also transformed from a traditional women’s magazine to a fashion and beauty brand for all ages, sizes, genders, ethnicities and orientations.              Federal government program supports journalism Tue, 13 Jul 2021 22:35:22 EST     The federal government announced in late June a program to support the production of quality journalism, with funding allocated through the Canada Periodical Fund and the Local Journalism Initiative.             The Canada Periodical Fund will see $21.5 million in 2021-22 to assist free, digital and small-circulation magazines and weekly newspapers. As well, $10 million will be allocated in 2021-22 to allow a top-up for all eligible periodicals under the Aid to Publishers component.            The federal government also announced $10 million over two years (2021-22 and 2022-23) to the Local Journalism Initiative to hire more journalists in underserved communities.          You can read the full release here. Postmedia posts profit in third quarter Tue, 13 Jul 2021 02:21:37 EST     Postmedia’s latest financial results for the three months ended May 31, show that revenue for the quarter was $111.7 million, compared to $112.4 million in the same period last year, a .6% drop.  Declines were primarily due to decreases in print advertising revenue of $3.2 million or 7.8%, and print circulation revenue of $3 million or 6.4%. Total digital revenue increased by $4.7 million or 21.6% with digital advertising revenue up 22.6%. Torstar and Enthusiast Gaming partner for new platform Tue, 13 Jul 2021 21:36:06 EST     Torstar Corp. and Enthusiast Gaming have formed a joint venture to create an online news platform aimed at Gen Z communities in English-speaking countries around the world. The new AFK platform will adopt a tone and format that’s similar to online video games like Fortnite and Call of Duty.             The platform is expected to go live in September. AFK—a gamer term for “away from keyboard”—and represents Enthusiast’s strategy of engaging the gamer crowd with a variety of content while they’re not playing. Paul Deegan new CEO of News Media Canada Tue, 13 Jul 2021 20:59:00 EST   Paul Deegan News Media Canada, the national association representing print and digital news media in Canada, has appointed Paul Deegan as president and CEO.             In his role, Mr. Deegan will be accountable for the day-to-day operations of News Media Canada and for providing a broad range of programs and services to its members. He will also be accountable for News Media Canada’s critical policy files and advancing its positions on a range of important policy matters facing the news media industry, including taxation, employment standards, recycling, freedom of information, privacy, and copyright, as well as threats to the industry posed by unregulated digital players such as Google and Facebook. News Media Canada critical of Google licensing deal Fri, 25 Jun 2021 09:46:01 EST     The announcement that Google has reached a deal with eight publishers, in which the tech giant will pay for news contents, has prompted News Media Canada to call on the federal government to level the playing field and enable all news media to negotiate collectively for compensation.             Google announced it will launch a product called Google News Showcase this fall and pay news organizations for access to content, give media companies the ability to sell advertising around their stories, and sign up new subscribers. This is part of an initiative from Google parent, Alphabet Inc., and its US$1 billion commitment to global media. Skies re-open; magazines close Fri, 25 Jun 2021 09:47:03 EST     Airlines are taking to the skies again, but many in-flight magazines are being grounded for good. Earlier this month American Airlines announced it would no longer produce American Way, its in-flight title for more than 55 years. Instead, the airline will focus on enhancing digital content to entertain passengers.             This follows on earlier announcements that both Delta Air Lines and Southwest Airlines, both of which removed magazines from flights as a precaution early in the pandemic, will not bring the titles back. Bill C-10 passes the House Tue, 22 Jun 2021 03:45:22 EST     BillC-10, which aims to regulate programming distributed by media streaming services and social media platforms, received approval in the House of Commons. The bill is scheduled to go to the Senate next, but whether it gets there is uncertain. If an election is called later this year, the bill is dead. New Indigenous Reporters Network Tue, 22 Jun 2021 23:18:57 EST     Journalists for Human Rights (JHR) and the Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) are launching the Indigenous Reporters Network, a first-of-its-kind program designed to support and empower Indigenous journalists from coast to coast to coast. The Canadian Association of Journalists is a professional organization with more than 900 members across Canada. The CAJ's primary roles are public-interest advocacy work and professional development for its members. Police chief sues Ottawa Life Magazine Tue, 22 Jun 2021 02:57:56 EST     Ottawa Police Chief Peter Sloly has filed a defamation lawsuit against Ottawa Life Magazine claiming it falsely portrayed Sloly as a corrupt, incompetent liar in an article published in March. The story was first reported in the Ottawa Citizen.             Sloly is asking for $150,000 in damages and a court order to remove the content from the internet, claiming the article is malicious, false, and part of a “bizarre campaign” to ruin his reputation. The 2021 COPA Categories have been Released. Thu, 17 Jun 2021 06:44:36 EST   The COPAs enter their 13th year in 2021 and the COPAs has grown into the largest Digital Awards program in Canada. One of the COPA’s mandates in to provide a forum for all publishers in Canada to participate to reflect the nation’s multicultural diversity. The best way is to allow them is let them  enter for free. In 2020, this was provided via a COVID news category to help publishers participate in what was a very challenging year. In 2021, it has been expanded two include two categories - the "Best Feel Good Story” and "Best Multi-Cultural" story. Also new in 2021 are the Best Webinar and Best Virtual Event categories. BusinessWire has also come back as returning sponsor in 2021.