MastheadOnline News RSS MastheadOnline RSS en-us Wed, 27 Aug 2014 06:50:42 EDT Wed, 27 Aug 2014 05:47:20 EST John MacFarlane says goodbye to The Walrus Wed, 20 Aug 2014 00:18:43 EST John MacFarlane will be retiring from his position at The Walrus at the end of the year. MacFarlane has been the editor and co-publisher since 2008. “More than five years ago, I came on board as interim editor for six months, and suddenly it’s five years later,” Macfarlane said in a statement on The Walrus website. “The world of journalism has changed in the last five years, and although I’ve enjoyed every minute here the time has come, as the Walrus said, for a new kind of editor—an editor of all Walrus platforms. I’ve been thinking about this for a while, and decided the timing is right—for me and for the organization.” On Spec magazine loses funding, reaches out to readers Mon, 18 Aug 2014 00:18:57 EST   On Spec magazine has lost its Canada Council for the Arts funding for 2015. The science fiction and fantasy quarterly journal has showcased Canadian writers and artists for the past 25 years. The grant (between $20-25,000) was used to pay writers and its printer. According to Diane Walton, the publications managing editor, the council’s jury read On Spec’s evaluation, grants application, financial reports and supporting documentation, and determined that the publication was in need of “a higher quality of fiction,” and better proof-reading, design and copy-editing. New cover, direction for City Life magazine Mon, 18 Aug 2014 00:19:07 EST Bimonthly lifestyle magazine City Life has undergone a cover redesign and content change, which debuts in its August/September issue. Readers will notice the logo’s serif lettering has been switched to a clean bold font, the header now uses two colours and fonts and inside, there’s a drastic difference in size between the p (for page) and the page number. “We feel the new direction has a refreshing and modern essence to it,” managing editor Michael Hill said. “It’s one we hope readers enjoy as much as we do.” On the left, City Life's redesigned cover. On the right, the publications previous layout. OWL Magazine reveals new look, editorial approach Wed, 13 Aug 2014 00:19:14 EST The September 2014 issue When the latest issue of OWL magazine hits newsstands on Aug.18, readers will notice a few changes. The logo has received some refreshing —though the corporate version will remain the same, and a new mascot will make its debut. Located at the top right corner of the September issue, the new mascot will serve as a guide to its readers. The magazine will be using a UV coating on the cover and a whiter paper stock inside. The publication will also use principles of the STEAM movement to engage its young readers.  “STEAM is an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics to help teach and inspire students,” explains Jennifer Canham, Group Publisher, Owlkids. “Innovation is driving the future, and by using STEAM to develop our content we’re encouraging our readers to learn through creation and discovery.” Finalists announced for the 2014 Western Magazine Awards Wed, 13 Aug 2014 04:03:15 EST The Western Magazine Awards Foundation (WMAF) has announced the finalists for this year’s competition. Almost 400 entries were received and winners will be honoured at the WMAF gala on Sept. 26 at the Renaissance Harbourside Hotel in Vancouver. The WMAF is a non-profit organization that celebrates editorial excellence in Western Canadian magazine writing, photography, illustration and art direction. For a list of the nominees visit the website.   ELLE QUEBEC appoints new editor-in-chief Wed, 13 Aug 2014 00:19:35 EST TC Media has announced the appointment of Mélanie Frappa as ELLE QUÉBEC’s new editor-in-chief.  Frappa formerly held the position of beauty editor-in-chief and has been with the magazine for 11 years. The former editor-in-chief Louise Dugas left the publication for personal reasons and to seek new professional opportunities. Prior to joining the ELLE QUÉBEC family, Frappa worked for TVA Publications. She has a BA in political science and an MA in communications. House & Home magazine now available on the iPhone Mon, 11 Aug 2014 11:09:26 EST   House & Home magazine is rolling out an iPhone and iPod Touch friendly app for the August issue of its publication, to go along with its previously released tablet app—winner of the 2012 National Magazine Award for Tablet of the Year. Specifically redesigned for the small screen, the app will feature an optimized version of the publications slideshows, videos, interactive ads and links to websites. The home decorating magazine has an app for android phones in the works—but is currently available on android tablets. It's also available on Zinio and Nook devices. AAM releases Canadian magazine stats for first half of 2014 Thu, 7 Aug 2014 14:59:44 EST The Alliance for Audited Media (AAM) has released its report on Canadian magazine circulation trends for the first half of 2014. The North American cross-media verification and information service revealed that of the 56 titles that reported comparable data, overall paid and verified circulation was down 4.8 % compared to the first half of 2013.    L'actualité's circulation dropped by 13 % while The Hockey News' increased by 13 %.   Toronto Men's Fashion Week launches magazine Wed, 6 Aug 2014 19:14:07 EST  A peek at the TOM* Magazine cover A new 120 page, full colour, glossy print men’s magazine is set to hit the stands. TOM* is the first ever publication for Toronto's first ever Men’s Fashion Week and will cover the best in menswear, providing an outlet for new Canadian talent and international designers. "Launching a world class glossy men's fashion magazine to represent the best in Canadian and International menswear has always been a part of the vision and dream for TOM*," says Jeff Rustia, Executive Director/Founder of TOM* and publisher of TOM* Magazine. Venture Publishing hires new sales agency WesternSync for representation Wed, 6 Aug 2014 15:35:40 EST   Venture Publishing, the distributer for Alberta Venture and Alberta Oil magazines and websites has entered into a contract with WesternSync, a new sales agency, to provide them with representation in Ontario and Quebec. WesternSync’s managing director is Brian Trotter. Trotter managed his own representation firm for seven years then moved on to The Globe & Mail, where he worked as the national account manager/category manager for the marketing solutions group for 16 years. He left The Globe at the end of June to start WesternSync. Retail News magazine folds, unable to go digital Fri, 1 Aug 2014 15:54:54 EST   The July/August edition of Retail News magazine will be its last. The Canadian Gift Association flagship publication with a readership of over 35,000 made the announcement on July 24. Though the publication recently took home a KRW Award for B2B magazine of the year in the trade division, the finances just weren’t there in order to keep it going. The Canadian Gift Association released the following statement on its website,   Carlos Lamadrid steps down as SVP, consumer solutions for TC Media Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:54:00 EST   Carlos Lamadrid has left his role as senior vice president, consumer solutions for TC Media, just shy of a year into the position. TC Media communications advisor Patricia Robichaud verified the departure, “I confirm that Carlos is no longer with TC Media. He made his decision to resign after careful reflection. It’s a personal and family decision, as they wished to return to live in the United States.” Lamadrid joined the organization on Sept. 3, taking over the responsibility of optimizing TC Media’s brand portfolio and spearheading the multiplatform growth strategy for its flagship brands in Toronto, Montréal and Vancouver. He was in charge of overseeing TC’s magazine portfolio, including but not limited to, Canadian Living, Coup de pouce, ELLE Canada, ELLE Québec and The Hockey News. Magazine Project takes a look at the industry's Past, Present and Future Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:57:54 EST   A new collaborative project entitled Modern Magazines Project Canada is in the works, aiming to build an international and interdisciplinary network to study and promote magazines. Between Aug. 14-16 invite only workshops entitled Magazines and/as Media will take place, as well as a public symposium entitled Magazines: Past, Present, Future. The goal of this symposium is to build towards long-term partnerships focused on magazines and the industry’s seemingly digital future. It’s being presented in collaboration with Edmonton-based magazine Eighteen Bridges and the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association. Professionally Speaking welcomes new managing editor Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:10:28 EST Professionally Speaking magazine has a new managing editor. In May, Kristin Doucet, took over the position formerly held by Jackie Kovacs for the English magazine and its Pour Parler Profession magazine counterpart, the flagship publication for the Ontario College of Teachers.   Prior to this, Doucet spent 12 years as the editor of FORUM magazine and communications director at Advocis, the Financial Advisors Association of Canada. Barnes & Noble offers Canadians free magazines with NOOK app Thu, 24 Jul 2014 02:09:05 EST   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.”