NMAF welcomes three new directors for 2013-2014

The National Magazine Awards Foundation is pleased to welcome three new members to its Board of Directors for 2013-2014.

Theresa Ebden is the director of media and analyst relations (Canada) at Accenture and a former journalist with The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Business News Network and others.

Steve Maich is the senior vice-president of publishing at Rogers Media, prior to which he was the founding editor-in-chief and publisher of Sportsnet, and group publisher of Rogers consumer business magazines.

Dominique Ritter is the managing editor of Reader’s Digest, former editor-in-chief of various titles at Spafax Canada and a freelance writer and editor.

“On behalf of the NMAF I am pleased to welcome Theresa Ebden, Dominique Ritter and Steve Maich to our board of directors for 2013-2014.The volunteer members of the NMAF board support the mission of Foundation to recognize and promote excellence in Canadian magazine content. The board serves as guides in fulfilling our mandate to support a vibrant Canadian magazine industry. On behalf of my fellow members of the board, I’m grateful for their important service to our industry and I am pleased to have these three new members join us for an exciting year ahead.”
Douglas Thomson, president of the NMAF

The NMAF would also like to thank its outgoing directors for 2013: Sarah Moore, managing editor at Star Content Studios, and Robert Goyette, vice-president and editor-in-chief of Reader’s Digest.

NMAF President Douglas Thomson co-leads CSME event

Douglas Thomson

Tomorrow (Oct 24) the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors presents a luncheon event titled “Learning From Each Other” featuring editors from B2B and consumer magazines who will share their tips on magazine publishing and the wisdom they’ve accumulated throughout their careers. The participants include:

  • Douglas Thomson: President of National Magazine Awards Board of Directors and Editor of Canadian Home Workshop, a consumer title currently celebrating its 35th anniversary.
  • Peter Carter: Editor of Today’s Trucking and winner of the 2011 CSME Editor’s Choice Award for best trade magazine editor.
  • William Morassutti: Creative director of Star Content Studios, Torstar’s new custom content arm, and former editor-in-chief and founding member of Toro magazine.

The event is being held at Peridot, 81 Bloor St E (right at Yonge/Bloor subway station) in Toronto from 12-2pm on Wednesday, Oct 24. Buy tickets online at CSME; discounts for members and for buying in advance.

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NMAF welcomes new President and other members to its Board of Directors

Douglas Thomson

The Board of Directors of the National Magazine Awards Foundation has formally approved its board executive and new directors for 2012-2013, as well as the date and venue for the 36th annual National Magazine Awards gala.

Douglas Thomson, editor of Canadian Home Workshop, has been elected the new President of the NMAF Board of Directors for a two-year term. Douglas replaces Arjun Basu, editorial director of Spafax, who served as president from 2010-2012 and will remain on the board.

To his fellow directors, Douglas Thomson noted:

“Like the Canadian magazine industry itself, the NMAF has responded to the changing media landscape with an extra push of creativity, energy and innovation. And as evidenced by the nearly 2000 entries and 200 participating magazines in the awards last year, it’s an exciting time for magazines and its an exciting time for the NMAF. I’m eager to be a part of that continued spirited evolution.”

Joyce Byrne, associate publisher of Venture Publishing, has been elected the new Vice-President of the NMAF Board of Directors.

Brian Morgan, art director of The Walrus, has been elected the new Secretary of the Board of Directors.

Also newly elected to serve on the NMAF Board of Directors is Matthew Fox, executive editor & digital media strategist at St. Joseph Media.

The NMAF would also like to honour its outgoing board members and thank them for their service to the Canadian magazine industry:

Patrick Walsh, editor of Outdoor Canada and Past President of the NMAF, who served 11 years on the Board of Directors.

Susan Zuzinjak, president of Smitten Creative Boutique and former Secretary of the NMAF, who served 9 years on the Board of Directors.

Carolyn Warren, regional manager of cultural programming and new integrated content at CBC Montreal, who served 2 years on the Board of Directors.

For a complete list of the NMAF Board of Directors please visit magazine-awards.com.

The 36th annual National Magazine Awards

The NMAF Board of Directors has also approved the event date and venue for the 2013 National Magazine Awards gala. Next year’s event will be Friday, June 7, 2013 at The Carlu in Toronto. Further details and ticket information will be posted in the spring.

Submissions for the 36th annual National Magazine Awards will be accepted starting December 1. Updated submissions information (categories, guidelines, etc) will be posted to the NMAF website in mid-November. Sign up for our bilingual newsletter or follow the Magazine Awards blog to stay up to date on announcements.

A Message from Arjun Basu, President of the NMAF

Tomorrow we gather to celebrate excellence in Canadian magazine publishing at the 35th anniversary National Magazine Awards. [Version française ci-dessous]

There are more magazines being published today than there were a year ago. More print. More digital. More everything. Every stat out there tells us that people are reading more. And that includes magazines.

The industry has been running from something, change perhaps, for the last few years, all the while running toward something as well, you could call it the future, and we’ve been doing it without thinking. There has been fear. Surely. And the flip side of fear is opportunity.

We’ve played with the shiny new toys and tried to figure out what they do. And how they change us. The scramble has been something to behold. Maybe, in a decade or so, we can all sit back and laugh.

But you know what? The delivery system doesn’t matter. Because everyone soon gets bored of that shiny new thing and then returns to demanding things that are pretty old-fashioned: Quality. Relevance. Our readers want the same thing they’ve always wanted. They might want it presented differently, but they want something that speaks to them. That entertains them. That tells them something they didn’t know. Magazines have always been about discovery. And that is truer now than ever before.

We are in an age of quality. I really believe that. We have the toys and now instead of just getting our product on the toys “just because,” we’re putting it there because that’s where it belongs. Because it makes sense. Because it’s the best way to reach our readers. Not because we “have to” be there. I believe those days are over. Thankfully.

This year’s nominations come from across the country and from across platforms. We see blogs competing against print publications. A digital slideshow competing against a more traditional photo essay. How we consume our media isn’t really important anymore. That we consume it—that’s the important thing. And we’re consuming media—Canadian media—more than ever before.

The National Magazine Awards are for you. For us. There’s nothing wrong with celebrating a job well done. I hope you enjoy the show.

Arjun Basu
President, National Magazine Awards Foundation

Mot du président

On compte aujourd’hui davantage de magazines publiés que ce n’était le cas il y a un an. Da­vantage de magazines imprimés. Davantage de magazines numériques. Davantage de tout. Toutes les statistiques confirment que la lecture est de plus en plus populaire. Et les magazines n’échappent pas à la tendance.

Depuis quelques années, l’industrie a agi à la fois en résistance à quelque chose, le change­ment peut-être, et a foncé dans quelque chose d’autre, qu’on pourrait appeler l’avenir, et nous l’avons fait sans trop y réfléchir. Il y a eu de l’appréhension. Sûrement.

Mais derrière l’appréhension se profilait une occasion. Nous avons étrenné de tout nouveaux jouets et tenté d’en mesurer le potentiel. Nous avons aussi tenté de discerner de quelle façon ces jouets nous changent. Il faut reconnaître que nous nous sommes sentis bousculés. Dans une dizaine d’années, avec le recul, peut-être nous remémorerons-nous cette période d’incertitudes le sourire aux lèvres.

Mais vous savez quoi? Le système de diffusion n’a pas de véritable importance. Parce qu’un jour ou l’autre, nous nous lasserons tous de ces nouveaux jouets et retournerons à des valeurs anciennes : la qualité; la pertinence.

Nos lecteurs continuent de rechercher ce qu’ils ont toujours recherché. Peut-être souhaitent-ils que cela leur soit présenté différemment, mais ils recherchent un contenu qui leur parle. Qui les divertit. Qui leur révèle quelque chose qu’ils ne savaient pas. La découverte a toujours été la raison d’être des magazines. Et cela vaut aujourd’hui plus que jamais.

Nous vivons une époque marquée au sceau de la qualité. Je le crois sincèrement. Nous avons nos jouets et, aujourd’hui, plutôt que de simplement diffuser nos productions sur ces jouets, «parce qu’il le faut bien», nous le faisons parce que c’est là qu’ils doivent aller. Parce que cela va de soi. Parce que c’est la meilleure façon de rejoindre nos lecteurs. Non pas parce que nous « devons » être là. Ces jours sont, selon moi, derrière nous. Et c’est bien ainsi.

Les nominations de cette année viennent de partout au pays et de diverses plates-formes. Nous voyons des blogues en compétition avec des publications imprimées. Un diaporama numérique concurrencer un reportage photo plus traditionnel. Notre mode de consommation des médias n’a plus l’importance qu’il avait. L’important, c’est que nous les consommions. Et la consommation des médias, des médias canadiens, est plus importante que jamais.

Cet événement vous est dédié. Nous est dédié. Il n’y a rien de mal à célébrer le travail bien fait. Bon spectacle !

Arjun Basu
Président, Fondation nationale des prix du magazine canadien