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21 January 2022,    

Tech journalists ban “on background” briefings


This in from the US: Leading tech publications have banned “on background” briefings from PR reps following allegations that the reps are abusing the convention. Wired recently announced it would make all comments from company spokespeople on the record by default. It follows Quartz and The Verge in adopting the strategy.

21 January 2022,     TORONTO

WellnessLiving Launches Fitness Business Insider


WellnessLiving is launching Fitness Business Insider magazine. The monthly publication is aimed at fitness business owners. Each issue shares insights from startups, business coaches, and industry experts, updates on the latest news and trends, inspiration, and tools for success.

            "Our mission is to provide our community with the tools they need to attract and engage clients and grow their business. This is just another way we are supporting fitness studio owners as they navigate the changes, we have faced over the past 24 months," says Co-Founder and CEO of WellnessLiving, Len Fridman.

21 January 2022,     LONDON, UK

Most people feel journalists lie: Edelman trust survey


About two thirds of people around the world say they believe journalists and reporters purposely mislead people with false and exaggerated information, according to the latest trust survey from the global PR film Edelman.

13 January 2022,     TORONTO

See Who is Going for COPA Gold - COPA Awards Ceremony February 10

The 2021 COPA AWARDS  ceremony will be held on February 10, 2022 in a virtual event on a Paradise Island. This year’s COPA was one of the most competitive years with a bumper crop of entries with a lot new publishers.

One the new entrants this year was was Air Canada’s Enroute Magazine thats is a finalist in 7 categories. Other notable publishers were Discourse Media with 14 nomination for their IndigiNews, Nanaimo, Cowichan Valley and West Shore publications. Hakai Magazine had 9 nomination which suggests a strong west coast presence in the year’s COPA’s. French language entries from NumériQ inc for 24 heures, QUB, Le Guide de l'auto and Billie garnered 8 nominations. Below is a list of all nominations.

10 January 2022,     LONDON, UK

Trends for 2022


It’s a new year, so that means trends and predictions. Here are some from the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism in the U.K.

• Subscriptions and membership revenues are cause for optimism and publishers’ number one priority

• An expected migration back to newsrooms from digital platforms

• Podcasts, newsletters, and videos will become more important to monetize engagement

10 January 2022,     TORONTO

New chief content officer at Pink Triangle Press


Jennifer McGuire
Jennifer McGuire
Pink Triangle Press has appointed Jennifer McGuire as its chief content officer. McGuire is the former and the longest-serving editor-in-chief of CBC News.

            "Jennifer McGuire is an innovator with a track record of success particularly with transformational change," says the executive director of Pink Triangle Press, David Walberg. "Her fingerprints are on a lot of the most successful programming at CBC, on all platforms. We are lucky to have her," he says. McGuire will lead content teams in Canada and the United States, and all content produced by Pink Triangle Press across its many channels.

10 January 2022,     TORONTO

Black Fellowship at Investigative Journalism Bureau at U of T

 U of T’s Investigative Journalism Bureau (IJB) in partnership with the

Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF) is creating the Black Journalism Fellowship to give Black journalists the opportunity to create articles on “topics of critical public importance.”

            The IJB is part of the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and brings people from across journalism and academic organisations to work on investigative stories. This is the fourth fellowship that the CJF has created to support Black journalists in collaboration with other organizations.

24 December 2021,     TORONTO

New residency for Emerging Black Journalist at The Walrus


Justice Fund and The Walrus have launched the inaugural Writing Residency for Emerging Black Journalists at the title, selecting Julia-Simone Rutgers to fill the role. Rutgers will produce long-form projects.

The six- month program provides an early career Black journalist with the opportunity to join an established national publication to develop their work and receive mentorship from an experienced editorial team.  Rutgers is a journalist, essayist, and sometimes poet. She has written for the Winnipeg Free Press and the StarMetro Halifax, and has contributed to the Globe and Mail, the Coast, and The Discourse.

24 December 2021,    

See you in 2022!

That's it for us for 2021. We'll be back in early January with more news. 
From our team to yours, cheers and best wishes for the new year. 

24 December 2021,    

New publisher for The Catholic Register


Peter Stockland, who has been a regular columnist for more than 10 years, has been named publisher of The Catholic Register by the brand’s board of directors. He replaces Mike Simpson, who is retiring. Stockland takes over responsibility the newspaper and its website in early January. Stockland most recently was publisher of and a senior fellow with Cardus. He co-founded Convivium magazine in 2011, continuing as publisher as it went web-only in 2016.

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