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15 January 2021,     TORONTO

Torstar acquires ScoreGolf mag and digital assets


Torstar is partnering with specialty golf retailer, Golf Town, to acquire ScoreGolf magazine and its digital media assets. ScoreGolf, founded in 1980, is the largest-circulation golf publication in Canada.

The magazine is known for its rankings of the top 100 golf courses and top 59 public golf courses in Canada. It also produces television and video content.


15 January 2021,     TORONTO

Postmedia revenue slides 25% in first quarter


Postmedia reports that its first-quarter revenue was down 25.4% from the same quarter last year due to a significant impact from the pandemic. Revenue in the quarter ended November 30, 2020, dropped to $116.9 million from $156.7 million, a decrease of $39.7 million. The company booked $6.6 million related to Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy.

24 December 2020,     CALGARY

Alberta Magazine Awards entries is open


The Alberta Magazine Publishers Association (AMPA) is calling for entries to its Magazine Awards. The awards program has been expanded to include one showcase category for writers and one magazine achievement award category to recognize print and digital magazines.


24 December 2020,     TORONTO

NMAF call for awards entries


The National Media Awards Foundation is calling for entries for the Digital Publishing Awards, the National Magazine Awards and the National Magazine Awards: B2B.


The call for entries for the Digital Publishing Awards, which consists of 25 categories, is open now until January 29, 2021, with the early-bird rate in effect until January 22, 2021.

22 December 2020,     TORONTO, ON

COPA 2020 Winners to be announced on February 4 in an Re-Invented Digital Event

The COPA 2020 Winners will be announced on Thursday February 4, 2021 for 12 Annual COPA Awards that will be held in a digital venue this year. This re-invented COPA digital event will have an innovative approach to your typical Zoom call meeting. Each attendee will have the own personal avatar to virtually walk the venue and can go on the stage to receive their award.  The event will enable attendees to network and party together as you can send over drink emoticon and start a chat or go into room with for a group social with video.  There will also be speakers from Business Wire and Happyfication for journalists, content creators and publishers.The COPAs will have an After Party activity on a Paradise Island for you to party with your team. Tickets are $30 each. For more information CLICK HERE

21 December 2020,     LONDON

Best covers of 2020 reflect major themes of difficult year


Vogue Italia illustrated cover focuses on sustainable magazine production
Vogue Italia illustrated cover focuses on sustainable magazine production
As we approach the end of this difficult year, reflection about its impact abound. Creative View, a UK-based brand for the creative community has released its picks for the best magazine covers of the year.



According to the writers: “This year has been one where nobody has known what is around the corner, and it’s forced us all to pause, take stock and reflect. It’s a collective behaviour that has manifested in magazine covers that have in many ways felt quieter, giving breathing room for images to speak for themselves.”


Cover themes range from sustainability to isolation, forest fires, coping in the face of hardship, to social justice.


Have a look at the arresting covers.

21 December 2020,     TORONTO

St. Joseph Media takes over ad sales for former Rogers properties


St. Joseph Communications has announced that as of January 1, it will take over direct advertising sales for the print and digital properties it acquired from Rogers Sports & Media last year. The brands include Maclean’s, Chatelaine (English and French) HELLO!, Today’s Parent, Flare, and Canadian Business.

13 December 2020,     TORONTO

Postmedia updates 80+ community newspaper sites


The new Kingston Whig Standard site
The new Kingston Whig Standard site
In a move touted as a support to community news, Postmedia recently relaunched more than 80 community newspaper websites.


“We know readers come to us for information that matters to them and news about their community and region is their top priority,” said Lucinda Chodan, senior vice president editorial, Postmedia. “This investment in our community websites supports local journalism, and brings our readers, local businesses and communities closer together.”

13 December 2020,     TORONTO

Media Central to buy Lazarus Bleau


Media Central Corp. is planning to acquire Lazarus Bleau Inc., a media and marketing company for $2 million, according to a company press release.


The move will add two new publications to Media Central’s umbrella: The Travel Magazine, a North American travel publication distributed through The Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, and The Wall Street Journal; and On the Go, a lifestyle commuter title distributed across the Greater Toronto Area. 

13 December 2020,     TORONTO

New independent journalism organization launched


Press Forward, a new national association that aims to unify, elevate and advocate for independent journalism organizations across Canada, was launched recently. Founding members include The Sprawl, La Converse, the West End Phoenix, The Discourse, The Tyee, The Narwhal, the National Observer, The Coast and Village Media.


“Press Forward is first and foremost about reinvigorating the relationship between readers and news organizations—a crucial component of developing sustainable business models for journalism,” says Emma Gilchrist, editor-in-chief at The Narwhal and chair of Press Forward.

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