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22 July 2021,     TORONTO, ON

The 2021 COPA Judging Panel - The Who’s Who’s of Canada in Digital Publishing


The COPA’s have become the tip of the spear for the Canadian digital publishing industry to help promote Canadian talent to the world. The COPA’s is now the largest Digital Publishing Awards program in Canada.


The 2021 COPA Judging has now been released on the COPA website and there are over 90+ judges this year along with 30 new ones to help determine who is the best in Canada. The COPA Judges is a volunteer panel and has participation of all geographic regions in Canada. Some of the new judges this year are shown below and they offer a blend of expertise that includes digital publishing, podcaster, art director, photographer, marketer, publisher, editor, journalist and academia. Industry Participation from all sectors is growing each year.

13 July 2021,     TORONTO

Fashion now has Flare


St. Joseph Media is merging Fashion and Flare to “bring you all things fashion and beauty plus the hot takes on all the big topics that matter,” according to a company release.
            Four years ago, Flare stopped printing and pivoted to building a strong online audience with a stronger focus on culture – political explainers, relationship issues or recaps of the latest Bachelor drama. Last year, Fashion also transformed from a traditional women’s magazine to a fashion and beauty brand for all ages, sizes, genders, ethnicities and orientations.

13 July 2021,     TORONTO

Paul Deegan new CEO of News Media Canada


Paul Deegan
Paul Deegan
News Media Canada, the national association representing print and digital news media in Canada, has appointed Paul Deegan as president and CEO.

            In his role, Mr. Deegan will be accountable for the day-to-day operations of News Media Canada and for providing a broad range of programs and services to its members. He will also be accountable for News Media Canada’s critical policy files and advancing its positions on a range of important policy matters facing the news media industry, including taxation, employment standards, recycling, freedom of information, privacy, and copyright, as well as threats to the industry posed by unregulated digital players such as Google and Facebook.


Federal government program supports journalism


The federal government announced in late June a program to support the production of quality journalism, with funding allocated through the Canada Periodical Fund and the Local Journalism Initiative.

            The Canada Periodical Fund will see $21.5 million in 2021-22 to assist free, digital and small-circulation magazines and weekly newspapers. As well, $10 million will be allocated in 2021-22 to allow a top-up for all eligible periodicals under the Aid to Publishers component.
           The federal government also announced $10 million over two years (2021-22 and 2022-23) to the Local Journalism Initiative to hire more journalists in underserved communities. 
        You can read the full release here.

13 July 2021,     TORONTO

Torstar and Enthusiast Gaming partner for new platform


Torstar Corp. and Enthusiast Gaming have formed a joint venture to create an online news platform aimed at Gen Z communities in English-speaking countries around the world. The new AFK platform will adopt a tone and format that’s similar to online video games like Fortnite and Call of Duty.
            The platform is expected to go live in September. AFK—a gamer term for “away from keyboard”—and represents Enthusiast’s strategy of engaging the gamer crowd with a variety of content while they’re not playing.

13 July 2021,     TORONTO

Postmedia posts profit in third quarter


Postmedia’s latest financial results for the three months ended May 31, show that revenue for the quarter was $111.7 million, compared to $112.4 million in the same period last year, a .6% drop.  Declines were primarily due to decreases in print advertising revenue of $3.2 million or 7.8%, and print circulation revenue of $3 million or 6.4%. Total digital revenue increased by $4.7 million or 21.6% with digital advertising revenue up 22.6%.

25 June 2021,     TORONTO

Skies re-open; magazines close


Airlines are taking to the skies again, but many in-flight magazines are being grounded for good. Earlier this month American Airlines announced it would no longer produce American Way, its in-flight title for more than 55 years. Instead, the airline will focus on enhancing digital content to entertain passengers.

            This follows on earlier announcements that both Delta Air Lines and Southwest Airlines, both of which removed magazines from flights as a precaution early in the pandemic, will not bring the titles back.

25 June 2021,     TORONTO

News Media Canada critical of Google licensing deal


The announcement that Google has reached a deal with eight publishers, in which the tech giant will pay for news contents, has prompted News Media Canada to call on the federal government to level the playing field and enable all news media to negotiate collectively for compensation.

            Google announced it will launch a product called Google News Showcase this fall and pay news organizations for access to content, give media companies the ability to sell advertising around their stories, and sign up new subscribers. This is part of an initiative from Google parent, Alphabet Inc., and its US$1 billion commitment to global media.

22 June 2021,     OTTAWA

Police chief sues Ottawa Life Magazine


Ottawa Police Chief Peter Sloly has filed a defamation lawsuit against Ottawa Life Magazine claiming it falsely portrayed Sloly as a corrupt, incompetent liar in an article published in March. The story was first reported in the Ottawa Citizen.

            Sloly is asking for $150,000 in damages and a court order to remove the content from the internet, claiming the article is malicious, false, and part of a “bizarre campaign” to ruin his reputation.

22 June 2021,     OTTAWA

Bill C-10 passes the House


BillC-10, which aims to regulate programming distributed by media streaming services and social media platforms, received approval in the House of Commons. The bill is scheduled to go to the Senate next, but whether it gets there is uncertain. If an election is called later this year, the bill is dead.

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