MastheadOnline News RSS MastheadOnline RSS en-us Sat, 20 Jan 2018 21:10:31 UTC Sat, 20 Jan 2018 15:58:41 EST 2018 Business Media Leadership Summit January 22 & 23 Tue, 16 Jan 2018 14:59:21 EST   The challenges facing B2B publishers will be discussed in the upcoming 2018 Business Media Leadership Summit being produced by Magazines Canada. This two day conference will be held on January 22 and 23 at Kingbridge Conference Centre, King City, just north of Toronto. The keynote is Paul Andrews, Chief Revenue Officer of PennWell a Tulsa, USA based publisher with over 150 business-to-business magazines and newsletters in 12 vertical markets. A panel in day two will list the Top Ten Money Making Ideas that is a must attend for any publisher.   Retail Magazines Sales Study Released Tue, 16 Jan 2018 08:08:22 EST   Retail Magazine Sales Remain Strong A new national survey of shoppers and retailers conducted for Magazines Canada found that Canadians of all ages enjoy browsing for and buying magazines on shopping trips. The study shows that actual consumer behaviour around magazine reading and buying makes a compelling business case for magazines at retail. Retail stores that have maintained magazine space and selection report that they have maintained sales.  Today's Bride Sold to Newcom Thu, 11 Jan 2018 12:50:01 EST     Newcom Media Inc. (formerly Newcom Business Media Inc.) acquired Today’s Bride and its related titles from Family Communications Inc. This represents the first foray into the consumer world for Newcom .Don Swinburne and Brian Baker were looking to retire and sold their Parenting division to the staff. "I felt that the Bridal industry is as low-risk as you’re going to get in terms of entering a new market,” said Joe Glionna, President, Newcom. “We changed our name, removing “business” about a month ago . I’ve got to start thinking about selling newsstand copies. The Digital Santa is Going to be Late this Year Martin Seto Thu, 21 Dec 2017 09:58:24 EST If you bought online this year Santa may be a little late to get that gift under the tree as there are reports that shipments are delayed due to the high volume of online orders. I personally bought  a gift online on Amazon during Black Friday Sales and was promised a December 8 delivery date and it is now somewhere in the postal system as it was sent by USPS/Canada Post. Two other online purchases came within a week though. I guess this is a side effect of online purchases at Christmas time.    We at Masthead would like to wish you a joyous and peaceful Christmas this year even if Santa is a little late this year.     Cover of the Week - House and Home January 2018 Issue Scott Bullock Thu, 21 Dec 2017 08:08:45 EST   The January 2018 issue of Canadian House & Home is a winner!   On Friday, December 8th, Canadian House & Home had their annual Trends Breakfast event at the Royal York Hotel in downtown Toronto.   Real vs Sponsored Content - 80% of middle school students can't tell the difference Wed, 20 Dec 2017 11:10:23 EST Digital perceptions of online content by students of what is real, sponsored and fake were surveyed by Stanford’s Graduate School of Education. Students (7,800) were asked to complete an online survey of Slate magazine’s website and to evaluate three different sections - a traditional advertisement, a news story, and native advertisement. The study also looked at social media postings to see if students could determine it was authentic or fake.    SLATE MAGZINE STUDENT SURVEY  PAGE TC Media sells 12 of its newspapers to Groupe Lexis Media inc. Thu, 14 Dec 2017 10:28:15 EST   It look like the year-end corporate changes are still not finished as TC Media, sold 12 of its publications to Groupe Lexis Média Inc., a company owned by Mr. Elie Akoury and Mr. Frédéric Coutureon on December 12, 2017.  In total, 75 employees of these various publications and 16 employees from TC Media's Production team are transferred to Groupe Lexis Média inc. North America's Oldest Magazine Names Editor/Publisher Mon, 11 Dec 2017 11:09:14 EST Jocelyn Bell new editor/publisher United Church Observer  The Board of Directors of Observer Publications Inc.has appointed  Jocelyn Bell as the new Editor/Publisher of The United Church Observer. The magazine’s Managing Editor since 2006. Both of her parents are United Church ministers; her first paid assignment as a student journalist was a freelance article for The Observer.Bell holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont., and a Bachelor of Journalism degree from Ryerson University in Toronto. She has experience in the newsrooms of several major daily newspapers including the Toronto Star and the Hamilton Spectator. Prior to joining The Observer, Jocelyn was editor of Childview magazine.  Marcoux of Transcontinental Inducted into Women's Hall of Fame Mon, 11 Dec 2017 10:00:12 EST Isabelle Marcoux Chair of the Board of Transcontinental  Isabelle Marcoux of Transcontinental has been inducted into the Women's Executive Network Hall of Fame.  She has been recognition as one of Canada's 100 most powerful women. Also in  light of Isabelle Marcoux's professional and philanthropic accomplishments."I am sincerely honoured to join the ranks of the Women's Hall of Fame," said Isabelle Marcoux, Chair of the Board of Transcontinental Inc. "I am proud to ensure the continued growth of TC Transcontinental. This recognition reflects positively on Transcontinental as a whole. Moreover, This honour is a testament to my sustained commitment towards the advancement of women into executive and board member roles.  New Publisher for SBC Media Mon, 4 Dec 2017 10:00:16 EST   Mike Hartman publisher SBC Media Mike Hartman has over 20 years of action-sports and media experience under his belt.  As a former employee of SBC Media Inc. Mike spent 11 years with the company, starting in the role of Circulation and Promotions Manager, followed by a promotion to Director of Digital, and eventually becoming Managing Director where he was responsible for overseeing the operation of all departments. For the past 2.5 years, Mike has been working as the Associate Publisher/Director of Operations at King Network Inc. where he was instrumental in the successful launch of Forecast Ski Magazine, the rebrand of King Skateboard, and a revamped digital program. Cover of the Week: Weddingbells Magazine releases first-to-market bridal cover shot exclusively on iPhone Mon, 4 Dec 2017 10:43:50 EST   An industry first, Weddingbells’ upcoming Spring & Summer 2018 issue features a cover and editorial images captured entirely using an iPhone 8 Plus. The cover was shot by fashion photographer Alvaro Goveia, and the issue also includes a “real wedding” which the magazine commissioned Toronto-based wedding photographer Barb Simkova to capture on iPhone 8 Plus. More staff cuts and changes at Bell Media, Postmedia and Torstar. Mon, 4 Dec 2017 09:25:03 EST source: The turbulence in the media industry has hopefully hit bottom as the media titans continue to reorganize their companies to the new market realities. Hopefully, there will be no more as we enter the holiday season. Our best wishes to all the affected families by these changes. Postmedia Network Canada Corp. announced on November 27, a transaction with Metroland Media Group and Free Daily News Group Inc., both subsidiaries of Torstar Corporation, to acquire 22 of Torstar’s community newspaper properties and 2 free commuter daily newspapers and to sell 15 of Postmedia’s community newspaper properties and 2 free commuter daily newspapers to Torstar. Cover of the week - GQ Citizen of the Year Scott Bullock Fri, 24 Nov 2017 14:46:28 EST   GQ magazine has named controversial former San Francisco 49r’s quarterback Colin Kaepernick its Citizen of the Year. Their website proclaims that they are “Celebrating the man who became a movement.”  Or perhaps they just hope to cash in with tons of free publicity and  and big newsstand sales?  Regardless, it’s a gutsy move and a powerful cover treatment.   A Tribute to Joan Harrison of Canadian Hairdresser Thu, 23 Nov 2017 09:23:15 EST   The life story of Joan Harrison, CEO of Harco Publishing that publishes Canadian Hairdresser magazine ended on Oct 7, 2017. Her legacy will be remembered for her vast contributions to the hair and beauty industry in Canada. Joan was a hairstylist, salon owner and magazine publisher during her career. She won the Chattter’s Chizuko Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015 for her contributions to the industry.  The 2017 COPA Winners Tue, 21 Nov 2017 20:14:40 EST   The 2017 COPA Awards were held at the Double Tree Hilton last week in Toronto on November 14. The 9th annual COPAs is reflective of digital publishing excellence from across the country as there were winners from British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec this year. The winners of the Best of Canada Awards was Western Magazine for Best Digital Solution, Vice News for Best Digital Content and Legion Magazine won Independent Publisher of the year.