Canadian Publishing Industry News
2 July 2020,     TORONTO

Call For Entries - Canadian Online Publishing Awards

 

The 2020 Canadian Online Publishing Awards Call for Entries opened on Canada Day this year on July 1. The COPAs are entering its 12th year and has become a high profile industry showcase of Canadian publishing and has become a badge of honour for all the winners. 

2 July 2020,     NEW YORK, NY,

Ban of Facebook Ads to Stop the Spread of Hate

 

 

In response to Facebook’s repeated failure to meaningfully address the vast proliferation of hate on its platforms, six organizations today announced a new campaign, #StopHateforProfit, that asks large Facebook advertisers to show they will not support a company that puts profit over safety. ADL (the Anti-Defamation League), the NAACP, Sleeping Giants, Color Of Change, Free Press and Common Sense have created a coalition of the nation’s most storied civil rights organizations calling for some of the world’s largest corporations to pause advertising on Facebook during the month of July 2020.

22 June 2020,     TORONTO

Access Copyright Appeals Decision To The Supreme Court

 

Represents Publishers and writers
Represents Publishers and writers
Access Copyright filed an application with the Supreme Court of Canada for leave to appeal the  decision of the Federal Court of Appeal in the legal action between the organization and York University. Access Copyright claims The Court of Appeal’s decision has the potential to irreparably harm creators and publishers by increasing the complexity and cost for them to receive compensation

19 June 2020,     CHICAGO

Covid-19 and Paper

 
The COVID-19 pandemic has raised questions about the lifespan of the virus on a variety of surfaces, including paper and paper-based packaging products. Some service providers are capitalizing on consumer uncertainty by suggesting or requiring that their customers go paperless for safety reasons.There is no proof of this.  A study published in the May 2020 issue of The Lancet reported on the stability of Covid-19 (SARS-CoV-2) on various surfaces in different environmental conditions.

18 June 2020,     TORONTO

Network For Online Advertising For Newspapers

 

 
News Media Canada has announced the launch of the Maple Network Exchange (MNE), a first-of-its-kind initiative for the organization. MNE offers premium Canadian advertising inventory to Canadian marketers, governments and businesses through a convenient self-serve platform. The platform provides end-to-end transparency on media dollars, using credible Canadian sites.

16 June 2020,     NEW YORK

Magazines In Canada Report

 
Statista has come out with a report "Magazines in Canada ". In general, the magazine market in North America is declining. The number of magazine readers in Canada have been decreasing since 2014, falling from 17.2 million down to 15.9 in 2016. In the same period, revenues from newsstand sales sank by over 79 million U.S. dollars. A reason for this decline could be that consumption among younger audiences is lower than that of older generations.

16 June 2020,     TRONTO

Homes Publishing Sells Renovation Contractor

 

 
Renovation Contractor magazine has been acquired by Annex Business Media, Canada’s largest business media company. Purchased from the Homes Publishing Group, the brand will be added to Annex’s light construction media group. The group included Glass Canada, Canadian Rental Service, Fenestration Review, and Canadian Contractor, and is led by publisher Danielle Labrie.  
 

16 June 2020,     ENGLAND

Editors To Be Replaced By AI Software

 
According to the British Guardian dozens of journalists have been sacked after Microsoft decided to replace them with artificial intelligence software. Staff who maintain the news homepages on Microsoft’s MSN website and its Edge browser  have been told that they will be no longer be required because robots can now do their jobs. Around 27 individuals employed by PA Media – formerly the Press Association

1 June 2020,     TORONTO

NEW COVID-19 News coverage category for the 2020 COPAs

 
 
The 2020 COPA Entry Rules have been posted and it will include this year a special COVID-19 news coverage category that will be free to enter by any any online publisher. The COPAs have adapted this year’s awards to reflect the current times as many publishers are seeing a soft advertising market. 

 

There is hope for a sharp rebound in advertising for all the publishers, but we are experiencing the sharpest economic contraction of our generation that will be followed by an uneven recovery according to the BDC. It may take in the form of a “V”, “U” or “L” shape highlighting best and worst case scenarios. We are hopeful for a “U” shape recovery in the advertising market by the fall, but some may experience a “L” shape depending on the industry sector. The COPAs will become a valuable instrument to help promote the industry as the ecomony rebounds..

29 May 2020,     HARROWSMITH, ONTARIO

Harrowsmith Launches Harrowsmith Radio

 
Harrowsmith moves into radio
Harrowsmith moves into radio
Harrowsmith magazine has announce the launch of Harrowsmith Radio, arriving at community and campus radio stations across three provinces (British Columbia, Ontario and Newfoundland and Labrador) as of May 20, 2020 — with more stations coming on board over the next several months. Harrowsmith is all about “Make. Grow. Sustain. Share.” And that’s exactly what community radio is about too, making this a perfect fit. Community media is growing. According to the National Campus and Community Radio Association, an average of 3 to 5 new stations launch each year.

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