Canadian Publishing Industry News
17 August 2017,    

Douglas Kelly To Become President of St. Joseph Media replacing Douglas Knight


Douglas Kelly will immediately assume the position of President of St. Joseph Media, Tony Gagliano, Executive Chairman and CEO of St. Joseph Communications announced today. Mr. Kelly, who is currently SVP, Strategic Content Labs, at St. Joseph Media, takes over the position from Douglas Knight, who recently retired after leading the division for 10 years.

16 August 2017,    

Venture Publishing founded by Ruth Kelly has closed its business operations.


Venture Publishing based in Edmonton has ceased operations due to the passing in June of its founder and CEO Ruth Kelly. I had the pleasure of meeting her at her office and at Alberta Magazines Publishers Association (AMPA) conferences over years and she was a inspirational force in the publishing industry in Alberta. We are sadden by her passing and her legacy publishing company. Venture Publishing published Alberta Venture and Alberta Oil as their principal magazine titles.


14 August 2017,    

Cover of the Week - SkyNews "Eclipse" Cover


This just in from Janice McLean, Art Director at SkyNews magazine:


“There’s a total solar eclipse happening in North America this August 21st, the first visible from the contiguous United States since 1979 Because SkyNews is a how-to magazine, we give very specific news based on the months we publish, therefore July/Aug is a special issue about the eclipse.

You’ll see that we’ve flagged the event dramatically on our July/August cover, with all the major sell-lines and cover image touting the eclipse.

14 August 2017,    

CSME’s patio party!


The CSME is hosting their annual patio party for you to eat, drink and relax al fresco with fellow magazine folk. This year, they will be sipping cocktails on The Pilot’s rooftop patio. Register below (it’s just $5 for members and $10 for non-members) and  you will get your evening started with two drinks. All are welcome—editors, art directors, writers, social media coordinators and more. 

When: August 16, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.

2 August 2017,    

Cover of the Week - Justin Trudeau on the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine


Look who is gracing the cover of Rolling Stone magazine…our very own Prime Minister.  Looking young, handsome, and cool as usual. The iconic American magazine jealously wonders why they don’t have someone as hip as we do running the country.  

This one should sell well in Canada.

1 August 2017,    

Annex Business Media acquires assets from Swan Erickson


Annex Business Media has acquired the assets of Swan Erickson Publishing, which include Industrial Products & Process Technology and Process West.  IPP&T addresses the process products and technology information needs of more than 24,500 process engineers, managers, consultants, purchasing agents and R&D personnel. Process West regionally serves a similar audience of over 10,500 processors in Western Canada.   

31 July 2017,    

Facebook to Launch a Metered Paywall for Content


The latest chatter is that Facebook will be testing a paywall for content from select publishers this fall in the USA. Readers will get access to 10 free articles and then will be diverted to a subscription page on the publisher's website. This is good news for publishers as Facebook and Google are facing pressure from the publishing industry to share revenue as digital content distributors, not content creators are getting all the revenue pie now. The gravy train of free content is coming to an end.

26 July 2017,    

Carrie Gillis is the new Director of Events and Experiental marketing at St. Joseph Media


Carrie Gillis has been hired as the new Director of Events and Experiental marketing at St Joseph Media that is part of the custom content division St Joseph Media.  She will report to Doug Kelly, Sr. VP Strategic Content Labs. Prior to joining St Joseph Media Carrie was the Associate Publisher at Realscreen magazine for the past two years and before that she was the Associate publisher at The Grid TO.

25 July 2017,    

Canadian Office Products Association launches digital magazine - Office Today


The Canadian Office Products Association has launched a digital magazine that will be published 4x year. The start-up circulation of this magazine is 110,000 according to their media kit and will target the SMB sector. It will also have an email newsletter and website ( to offer advertisers. The charter ad rates are $3,000 for a Full Page 4 colour ad and is a very competitive $3 CPM to compete against Facebook that sells at $2 CPM. You can check out the summer issue at this link.

14 July 2017,    

Paris Match Wins Censorship Fight


A French court denied a bid by a Paris prosecutor who called for Paris Match magazine to be removed from sale on newsstands.  At issue: images from the terrorist attack in Nice, on the one-year anniversary of the Bastille Day massacre.  Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel, 31, drove a rented truck into a crowd of people as they watched a fireworks display late on July 14th, 2016, killing 86 people.  More than 300 people were injured in the brutal attack.


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