Canadian Magazine Industry News
24 July 2014,     NEW YORK

Barnes & Noble offers Canadians free magazines with NOOK app

 
For a limited time, NOOK Media LLC a branch of Barnes & Noble Inc., is giving Canadian’s who download its Nook app for Windows 8.1 five free popular eBooks and two top magazines.

“By providing bestselling eBooks and top magazines for free, new NOOK customers in Canada can start their digital libraries with some great content from the NOOK Store®, helping them to experience our unmatched reading platform,” said Colin Eustace, General Manager, Barnes & Noble S.à.r.l. “The NOOK App for Windows 8.1 provides innovative features and a robust catalog of local and international content, and customers in Canada can download it now in the Windows Store and start reading today.”

23 July 2014,    

More job cuts at Rogers Communications Inc.

Rogers Communications Inc has cut several hundred middle management jobs in what the company has dubbed Rogers 3.0, a plan that was announced in May along with the new management team.

We received the following statement in an email from Director of Public Affairs, Patricia Trott concerning the changes: 

“We are now in the midst of reorganizing to put in place the right structure to deliver on our plan, which will overhaul the customer experience and reaccelerate our growth relative to our peers.  As part of the restructuring we have reduced the number of Vice President and above positions by 15 percent and several hundred middle management positions have also been eliminated across the company including publishing. These decisions are never easy. The goal is to become a more nimble, agile organization with much clearer accountabilities. Savings will be reinvested in areas like training and systems to better serve our customers.”

21 July 2014,    

Professionally Speaking takes the lead at 2014 Tabbie awards

 PS's Honourable Mention for front cover
The 2014 Trade Association Business Publications International (TABPI) awards, better known as the Tabbie’s were announced and a significant amount of Canadian publications came away with some hardware.

There were over 450 entries this year, with nominations coming from the U.S., Canada, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and South Africa. The awards aim to showcase editors, writers and B2B publications as a whole that demonstrate excellence in their field.

In the Top 25 Best Single Issue category, Canadian Nurse’ s November 2013 issue came in eight place (Lisa Brazeau, Nahanni McIntosh, Joan Salton, Blair LeBlanc, Hector Palermo) and Wood Design and Building came in 25th for its fall 2013 issue (Theresa Rogers, Nicolas Heffernan, Sharon MacIntosh, Etienne Lalonde, Natalie Tarini, Katrina Teimourabadi).

17 July 2014,     TORONTO

It’s the end of an era for Toronto’s Maison de la Presse Internationale

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Maison de la Presse Internationale’s 99 Yorkville Ave. location will close its doors on July 22.

Cathy Ola, manager of the magazine and book shop started working at Maison de la Presse in 2003 when it was originally located at 105 Yorkville Ave.—now the location of the Hazelton Hotel.

“It’s the only French book store in Toronto, since Libraire Champlain closed down,” she said. “According to my loyal customers there’s nowhere else to go and get books and French magazines.”

17 July 2014,    

Spafax launches first issue of APEX Experience magazine

 
Spafax has launched the first issue of APEX Experience magazine, a publication that will provide content for the passenger experience industry with an emphasis on thought-provoking, intelligent and creative features.

The B2B magazine is being developed and published for the Airline Passenger Experience Association and is distributed worldwide to its members, however non-members will have free access to the digital version online.

16 July 2014,     SASKATCHEWAN

Independent magazine seeks funding on Indiegogo

First ever colour issue July/Aug.2014
Earlier this week, Briarpatch, a Saskatchewan based magazine, launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise $3,000 in order to continue publishing the independent non-profit publication.

The funds will help supplement its tightly stretched budget, ($15,000 annually in public funding) and allow the magazine to continue to pay freelance writers for work that will appear in the print version as well as online.

15 July 2014,     TORONTO

MagNet 2015 pushed back, FIPP World Congress takes centre stage

 
MagNet’s 2015 conference will be pushed back to 2016 in order to shine a light on the Canadian Magazine industry during the FIPP World Congress taking place in Toronto on Oct. 13-15, 2015.

Hundreds of delegates from dozens of countries will be attending FIPP, and Magazine Canada’s board of directors and team behind the MagNet conference have developed and integrated Canadian programming with international programming at FIPP 2015, instead of going forward with the annual conference.

10 July 2014,    

Ad recall in digital magazines on par with print

GfK MRI Starch Advertising Research has released a report stating advertisements in tablet versions of magazines have the same level of recall, on average as print magazine ads.

Although the report was done for the American market, it presents valuable information for Canadian publications in the wake of magazines going digital and/or having both digital and print editions.

The data also showed that tablets reach younger readers with high incomes and engagement. The average level of reader recall for print and digital ads in 2013 was 52% and the top noted digital magazine ads were recalled by over 80 % of readers—the same with print ads.

10 July 2014,    

PWAC to launch members only news brief publication

 
The Professional Writers Association of Canada (PWAC) is launching The Current on July 24, a news brief publication that will be sent by email to over 600 subscribing freelance writers every Thursday.

PWAC has teamed up with B2B digital marketing company MultiView for the project.

8 July 2014,     CANADA

Canadian post-secondary institutions receive CASE awards

 
Alberta’s Lethbridge College is one of nine Canadian educational institutions that received recognition from The Council for Advancement and Support of Education’s (CASE) 2014 Circle of Excellence Awards.

The Circle of Excellence awards showcases exceptional work in alumni relations, communications, fundraising and marketing and is open to those working at member colleges, universities, independent schools and nonprofits around the world.

Lethbridge’s Wider Horizons publication received a gold award in the Community College Magazine category.

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