Canadian Magazine Industry News
30 July 2009,     NATIONAL
People in print: Changes at New Internationalist, Fly Fusion and more
[This story has been updated with a correction.]

Calgary-based Bird Marketing Group, publisher of Fly Fusion magazine, has named Jennifer Bird publisher of its print division, where she will be responsible for overseeing the glossy and the company’s book division. The quarterly fly fishing magazine will soon unveil a new look and make changes to its distribution model, Bird says. Former publisher Chris Bird is stepping into the role of group publisher for all of BMG’s media properties.

Hadani Ditmars, author of the best-selling Dancing in the No Fly Zone, has joined New Internationalist magazine as co-editor. A veteran journalist who has reported from the Middle East, Asia and Latin America, Hadani will serve as the magazine’s spokesperson during interviews, panels and public forums.

LC Media’s Motomag Moto Journal has new editor-in-chief. Gabriel Gelinas replaced Michael Garneau for the July issue. Gelinas is a contributor to Le Guide de l'auto Magazine, another LC Media title.

Rachel Singh, web editor at Edmonton-based Venture Publishing, recently resigned her post to pursue a masters in digital anthropology at UCL in London, England. “I have an undergrad in cultural anthro from UBC and my work with Venture as a Web editor has brought me full circle back to the area with the introduction of this new stream of anthropology,” Singh told Masthead via e-mail. “The intention is to pursue cross-cultural research into certain aspects of the evolution of publishing/magazines online and other digital media within the field of digital anthro. Very exciting!”

Finally, Sunni Boot, the oft-quoted president of media buying agency Zenith Optimedia, has been voted chair of the recently formed ABC Canada board. Dennis Skulsky, president and CEO of Canwest Publishing, will serve as vice chair.
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