Meet the NMA Finalists for Beauty

The 35th anniversary National Magazine Awards are coming up on June 7 at The Carlu in Toronto. This year our judges selected 4 finalists in the new visual category Beauty, sponsored by L’Oréal Canada.

And the 4 finalists are:

“Strict Compulsive Obsessive Controlled Beauty” – Fashion Magazine. Art Direction by Maarten Sluyter and Lesa Hannah; Photography by Gabor Jurina; Styling by Caitlan Moneta.
“Killer Scents” – Filler Magazine. Art Direction by Ryan Johnson. Photography by Natasha V.
“Mane Attraction” – Flare. Art Direction by Tanya Watt. Edited by Carlene Higgins. Photography by Chris Nicholls. Styling by Zeina Esmail.
“Fragrances” – Sharp. Art Direction by Adam Taylor. Photography and Styling by Adrian Armstrong.

The winner will be revealed June 7 at the 35th anniversary National Magazine Awards. Tickets are on sale now.

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For more than a century, L’Oréal has been pushing the boundaries of science in service of beauty, to meet the aspirations of millions of women and men. Our vocation is universal: to offer everyone, all over the world, the best cosmetics in terms of quality, efficacy and safety; to give everyone access to beauty by offering products in harmony with their needs, culture and expectations.

At L’Oréal we continue to invest in new scientific and technological areas, while enriching them with a global dimension. In the field of biology, for example, the meteoric rise of genomics, advances in stem cells and the intensive use of multiple reconstructive skin models, help us to better understand the diversity of mechanisms involved in the aging of the skin and hair types from around the world, to identify new target molecules and to screen molecules that could be used in beauty.

L’Oreal’s ambition is to help make the world a more beautiful place. For more information, visit


Finalists announced for PWAC Editor of the Year

Congratulations to Rob Kelly, Jennifer Reynolds and Diana Swift, who’ve been named the three finalists for the Professional Writers Association of Canada (PWAC) award for Editor of the Year.

Diana Swift is the Editor in Chief of Canadian Health; Jennifer Reynolds is the Editor in Chief of Canadian Family; and Rob Kelly is the Editor in Chief of Lawyer Weekly.

All were nominated by their peers, as members of PWAC submitted recommendations to a three-member judging panel, based on criteria that includes editing and communications skills, the ability to bring out the best in writers, and the fairness of pay rates and contracts. The winner will be announced at the PWAC luncheon on June 8 at the Courtyard Marriott, part of MagNet 2012.

Meet the NMA Finalists for Best Single Issue

Next Thursday — June 7 — the NMAF will reveal the winners of the 2011 National Magazine Awards at our 35th anniversary gala. This year there are 5 finalists in the integrated category Best Single Issue, sponsored by Mag+.

This award goes to the magazine that has published the best single issue of the year in terms of the overall quality and originality of the content and its relevance to the intended readers.

For 2011 the nominees are:

“Protecting Our Water” by Canadian Geographic (June, 2011)

About this issue of Canadian Geographic:
The June 2011 issue of Canadian Geographic is a call to arms to all Canadians: paying more attention to our water is already vital, and will become even more important in the years ahead. This edition explores issues such as the campaign to restore Toronto’s Don River, Lake Winnipeg’s algae problems, and the mounting development pressure in the Yukon’s Peel River watershed, perhaps the most pristine in Canada. The editors have included an action guide inspiring readers to get involved in protecting watersheds where they live. The issue also spreads out a photo essay documenting shoreline cleanup in Nova Scotia, and a profile of water scientist Monique Dubé.

“Our Biggest Issue Ever” – Maclean’s (May 16, 2011)

About this issue of Maclean’s:
Who could have predicted that a Canadian federal election delivering a majority government, a royal wedding that became a global event and the assassination of the world’s most loathed terrorist, Osama Bin Laden, would all take place within a single week? Not Maclean’s, but they didn’t miss a beat covering this remarkable week in news in a way that ensured none of these three momentous events would be short-shifted. The issue—the biggest in Maclean’s’ 106-year-history—is a tour de force for a week like no other.

“Undiscussibles” – Rotman Magazine (Spring 2011)

About this issue of Rotman:
We have all participated in conversations where we keep critical information, feelings, or ideas to ourselves, for a wide variety of reasons. “Undiscussables” are more than just sensitive topics: they can be incredibly disruptive to trust and to the whole process of getting work done. Rotman believes that leaders must do more to get tough, uncomfortable issues onto the table for discussion. In the spring 2011 issue, the goal was to enable readers to lift the veil on the undiscussables in their organizations and to provide some tools for dealing with difficult issues in productive ways.

“The North Poll” – Up Here (April/May 2011)

About this issue of Up Here:
The cornerstone of the April/May 2011 is the exclusive North Poll–a national survey the magazine commissioned whose results reveal how dramatically ignorant southern Canadians are about the geography and culture of the territories. As Up Here‘s first-ever national survey, the North Poll was picked up by thousands of media outlets nation-wide, including dozens of newspapers and online news sites, and a plethora of radio shows. Anticipating public attention, the magazine strove to make the entire issue its best.

“Gros” – Urbania (Winter, 2011)

About this issue of Urbania:
With its special “Fatness” issue, Urbania investigates a question considered taboo in Quebec: Is it okay to be fat? The editors have made a concerted effort not to give voice to the nutritionists and healthy-living zealots who would tell us for the umpteenth time that in order to be healthy and happy we must eat less and exercise more. Instead, in words and pictures, they present the voices of “les Gros,” and in the process of researching the flip side of fatness, Urbania has discovered a world where being large is celebrated, where there are indeed happy, healthy “Gros.”

The winner of Best Single Issue will be revealed June 7 at the 35th anniversary National Magazine Awards. Tickets are on sale now.

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Meet the NMA Finalists for Best New Magazine Writer

We’re getting ready to celebrate the 35th anniversary National Magazine Awards on June 7 at the fabulous Carlu in Toronto. Among the many great nominees this year are 3 finalists for the special award Best New Magazine Writer, which is generously sponsored by L’Oréal Canada.

This award will go to a writer whose early work in magazines (print or digital) shows the highest degree of craft and promise. The award is open to students and magazine writers with a maximum of two years’ experience in professional journalism.

Click on the images to read the full text of each of this year’s three finalists:

“The New Paparazzi” by Emma Teitel, for Maclean’s

What the judges said about Emma Teitel:
What a voice Emma Teitel has! Well researched and beautifully paced, her story of the Facebook generation is rich with personal insight. Her writing is full of bravura; authoritative and punchy. Writing a column in a national magazine is a remarkable achievement, especially for someone so young. She is clearly a natural for this style of journalism.

“Suicide Notes” by Liam Casey, for the Ryerson Review of Journalism

What the judges said about Liam Casey:
In a rare combination of eloquent personal journalism and meticulous reporting, Liam Casey has confronted a highly charged question that has been dodged for so long – the practice in newsrooms of non-reporting of suicide. With tremendous honesty he has put himself inside the story of the pain of depression, and emerged with a strong commentary on journalism. Not many writers have made such an impact with one of their first pieces.

“Not All Smurfs and Sunshine” by Matthew Scianitti, for the Ryerson Review of Journalism

What the judges said about Matthew Scianitti:
With formidable storytelling chops Matthew Scianitti brings a complicated character – Chris Jones – to life. He combines diligent reporting with an effortless prose style, and deftly mimics the style of his interview subject. He has demonstrated a strong capacity for crafting a profile. A delight to follow, his work is a telling description of a bright young writer.

The winner will be revealed June 7 at the 35th anniversary National Magazine Awards. Tickets are on sale now.

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L’Oréal Canada has developed three programs in Canada under its Education Philanthropic Pillar, for grade school, high school, and university students:

1. Grade school — Actua’s National Girls Mentorship Program:
Inspiring girls in Science, Engineering and Technology (SET), L’Oréal Canada and Actua’s National Girls Mentorship Program was established in 2003 as a result of a noted decrease in female participation in co-ed camps. This program is a set of specialized initiatives designed to proactively increase the engagement of girls in SET studies and careers, and to provide girls with their first opportunity to meet “real life” scientists and engineers.

2. High School — Project Talent
Partnering with the Montreal School Board, L’Oréal Canada’s Project Talent is now in its third year of reaching out to high school students with learning difficulties and who are at high risk of dropping out. The goal is to encourage these students to stay in school by giving the experience of learning through the arts.

3. University — L’Oréal-UNESCO Fellowship Program for Women in Science
L’Oréal Canada believes that the world needs science and science needs women. Today, however, women represent only 20% of scientific researches in the private sector, and in certain disciplines such as math, the number to only 12%. L’Oréal Canada annually awards fellowships to four exceptional Canadian researchers with the support of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO through its “For Women in Science Fellowships” Program.

These three programs enable talented young people from various backgrounds to fulfill their potential for excellence and promote equal opportunities for all Canadian youth. For more information, visit


Quebec Magazine Award winners announced

Friday night in Montreal Magazines du Québec announced the winners of the Grands Prix 2012, the Quebec Magazine Awards.

The award for Magazine of the Year was shared between Les Débrouillards and L’actualité. Clin d’oeil won for best website.

Alec Castonguay, a reporter for L’actualité, received the Prix Jean Paré, the most prestigious individual award for the top magazine journalist of the year. Sylvain Bédard of TC Media won the special award for Volunteer of the Year.

Marie-Hélène Proulx won two awards for her reporting in Jobboom, in the categories Reportage (>50,000 circulation) and Editorial Package.

Grands Prix winners that are also nominees for the 35th National Magazine Awards include:

Quand je serai plus là, qui va s’occuper de mes poissons?” by Pascale Millot (Québec Science), winner in Reportage (<50,000 circulation); and “Parti sans bruit” by Anne Marie Lecomte (Châtelaine), winner in Columns/Essays.

Noémi Mercier, André Ducharme, Isabelle Ducas and Isabelle Arsenault were among the other individual winners. View the full list of winners.