Only a “handful” of entries from Rogers Media Inc.’s b-to-b magazines were submitted for the 2008 Kenneth R. Wilson Awards. “Normally, we would expect 175 or so entries from Rogers business titles,” said Phil Boyd, president of the Canadian Business Press, the association which presents the awards.
Boyd would not confirm an actual figure, but Masthead estimates less than 10 entries were received, which would put the loss of revenue for the CBP at around $14,000. Rogers also pulled its $2,500 sponsorship of the awards earlier this year. No Rogers editors were present at the KRW Peer Judging panel held last week. Several Rogers entries came from freelancers, Boyd said.
This all comes on the heels of a split between Rogers and CBP that became public in November, when Rogers announced it was pulling its member magazines out of CBP to pursue membership in Magazines Canada. (See MastheadOnline News Archives for Nov. 29 and 30).
John Milne, senior vice president of the Rogers Business and Professional Publishing Group, said the decision to enter the KRW Awards was left with individual editors. Rogers entries were paid for at the member rate of $85, Boyd said. The Rogers CBP membership does not officially end until Mar. 31.
Calls to several editors at Rogers were not returned.
Last year, entries from Rogers won gold in 10 of 20 categories.