Canadian Publishing Industry News
17 March 2023,     HAMILTON

Pitch Magazine promotes Black creativity

 Pitch Magazine is a new print title that provides a platform for Black creative expression and showcases work from Black artists, Black poets and writers, and Black photographers.  
          Founder Angelo Grant says the idea for the magazine is based on his own experiences as a former student at McMaster University and as a creative who wanted to share his work but had difficulty doing so.
         Issues don’t focus on particular themes, but submissions allow contributors to express themselves through their work. Currently at work on its fourth issue, the magazine carries a price tag of $20. The third issue is sold out on its website.

17 March 2023,     TORONTO

St. Joseph Media to custom publish re:porter


Strategic Content Labs (SCL), a division of SJC, has inked an exclusive partnership with Porter Airlines to oversee all media sales, partnership activities, and custom publishing for Porter airline’s in-flight magazine,re:porter.
         SCL is overseeing media sales for onboard sampling, wifi sponsorships, pre roll and video entertainment sponsorship, onboard video and banners, email, custom content and more.                     SCL is also creating content and photography for the bi-monthly in-flight re:porter magazine, featuring hidden gems, food and people of Porter cities, as well as general lifestyle content on the latest travel and urban trends.

17 March 2023,     ORANGEVILLE, ON

Local Paws for pet owners reports that a new local magazine, Local Paws, has been launched to help pet owners discover professional services, stay informed, and enjoy articles and adorable photos.

A website, digital, and print editions are available. The magazine will come out twice a year.

Co-founder Sherry Rezvani said that she and co-founder, Faizal Jamal, wanted to help pet owners connect with professionals, after she struggled to find service providers for her cats.

17 March 2023,     OTTAWA

CAJ launches third annual diversity survey


The Canadian Association of Journalists is launching the 2023 Canadian Newsroom Diversity Survey, Canada’s annual national media diversity survey.

This is the third year that the survey is being conducted. Last year’s survey saw 242 media outlets participate, with data for 5,012 journalists.

         “We will be able to measure whether or not newsrooms are becoming more or less diverse by comparing the data year over year,” said CAJ president Brent Jolly. “I encourage all newsrooms to fill out the survey.” 

16 March 2023,     AUSTRALIAN

Monotype Makes Deal With Canva

Graphic design platform that is used to create social media graphics.
Graphic design platform that is used to create social media graphics.
 Monotype has reached a deal with digital design platform Canva to make more than 1,100 curated fonts available to Canva’s 110 million monthly users. The partnership will allow Canva users to use established types such as Sabon and Helvetica, alongside new standards such as Gotham and Recoleta. Canva founded in 2012 has seen rapid growth. Now employing over 7,000, the firm’s template-based design platform has become a staple for many designers .

11 March 2023,     TORONTO, ON

The COPAs Reveals New Top 10 Rankings of the 2022 Award Winners

The COPA’s has unveiled a new ranking of the 2022 entries, the top ten scores from all the entries will be showcased as part of the COPA’s mission to make some noise for Canadian publishers. This ranking will show the scores out of 100 that was received by the 92 volunteers on the judging panel. 

The results show how competitive the COPAs is with the difference between #1 and #10 was less than 5% - 91.67/100 versus 96.5/100. Twenty two entries emerged in the top 10, as ties were allowed. There was a tie for #1 between entries from Today’s Trucking and Lawyer 360 Canada (Lawyers Weekly). These two entries were in a tie for their category, but Lawyers 360 Canada won the Gold medal tie-breaker. They both had a score of 96.50/100. Second place went to Fête Chinoise with a score of 95.67/100. There was a two way tie for third from Glacier Media’s New Westminster Record and Policy Options with a score of 95.33/100.

Check out the COPA TOP TEN as each entry is linked so you can explore this award winning work from Canadian Publishers in the 2022 Edition of the COPA Awards below.

6 March 2023,     TORONTO

Lotion, new mag for TO nightlife


BlogTO reports that Toronto-based artists Dent, Forever and Adam Vitums have launched Lotion Magazine to capture the city’s culture with a particular emphasis on queer and BIPOC nightlife. The title began as a YouTube channel by the creators and has since evolved.

            Editorial is to focus on full teams Black, Queer and Afrocentric individuals, publishing written pieces by up-and-coming writers, platforming their work and voices. The first issue is expected this summer. Read more in-depth coverage at BlogTO.

6 March 2023,     TORONTO

Vice Media on verge of bankruptcy, reports

Several publications are speculating that Vice Media is on the verge of bankruptcy.

            After trying to find a buyer for more than a year, the Canadian-founded company has reportedly brought in a restructuring expert to its board to guide it through bankruptcy procedures.

6 March 2023,     CALGARY

Albertas RedPoint Media sold to exec team


RedPoint Media Group, publisher of Avenue magazine and other print and digital publications, has been bought by Käthe Lemon and Roger Jewett.

Lemon has been the president of RedPoint for the past year and a half and prior to that was the editor of Avenue magazine for 15 years. She will continue to lead daily operations while expanding RedPoint’s product offering of custom publications, digital design, content creation, and fractional marketing services.

6 March 2023,     MICHIGAN

TV Insider magazine launches in U.S.


News comes from south of the border that the company behind iconic TV Guide is launching a new monthly print magazine focused on TV streaming platforms.


            Michigan-based NTVB Media, owners of TV Guide since 20215, is the company behind TV Insider. The new pub features content from the TV Guide magazine staff but will not include the listings, choosing instead to cover more TV programming. Reader surveys showed that the percentage of TVGM readers who were watching streaming and wanted to know more about it was growing robustly. The company felt it needed to cater to that audience.

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