Great Canadian literary magazine content is now more accessible than ever, and Geist magazine is leading the way.
The new GeistReader App is now available for iPads and iPhones, and contains the same great Geist stories, essays, photography and reviews published in the print edition, available in a beautifully designed digital edition readable on mobile devices. Download the app and get a free digital issue of Geist no. 95.
The app will soon be available for Android devices, and the magazine is planning to make access to back issues available via the app in the future.
Launching in the spring of 2015, Hakai Magazine, an independent online magazine based in Victoria, British Columbia and published by the Tula Foundation, will be devoted to the the science and societies of coastal ecosystems.
The foundation also supports the Hakai Institute on Calvert Island (with other research stations in the region) devoted to field research in coastal sciences.
The new magazine’s editorial mandate, note the publishers, will be to:
explore the ties between the ocean, land, and human societies through long- and short-form journalism, illustrations, infographics, photos, and videos. We aim to inspire people and communities to think about their relationship with coastal ecosystems — from multiple perspectives — on a daily basis. We’re Planet Ocean, not Planet Earth.
The magazine has already announced a call for submissions, looking for features, columns, photography, illustration and video art.
They’ve also put out a self-described manifesto, noting pointedly (and honestly) that “[to] launch a magazine in the 21st century is a little crazy. But the disruption to 20th century media outlets by the Internet has created irresistible opportunities.”
Our mission is ancient: to inform the individual and unite the tribe through the tradition of storytelling. The means is modern: through the web. The goal is lofty: a global conversation about the world’s coastlines.
The 2014 Canadian Online Publishing Awards (COPAs) finalists were announced today, and National Magazine Award winners Toronto Life, The Walrus, Fashion Magazine and Canadian Living are among the leading nominees.
In the Red division (“consumer market niche content and companies”), Toronto Life leads all publications with 78 nominations. Other major nominees in the Red division include Money Sense, Style at Home, Cottage Life, Canadian Family and Taddle Creek, all of whom are National Magazine Awards winners.
Awards at the COPAs include Best Website Design, Best Blog, Best Use of Social Media, Best Mobile Solution, and more.
Each of three divisions (red, blue, green) grants awards in 15 digital categories. The COPAs also expanded their mandate this year to include corporations and ad agencies in addition to media companies. As noted on the website:
… as the COPAs have been restricted in the past to media publishers, any company and ad agency this year can enter the COPAs this year. The divisions have also been changed to reflect the blurred lines between traditional and digital media as to the type of content that is produced.
There are also 3 new Best of Canada categories: Best Digital Solution of the Year, Best Online Ad of the Year, and Best Content of the Year.
The 2014 COPA Party will be held on Thursday, November 20, at the Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto, where the winners will be announced.
The call for entries for this year’s National Magazine Awards will be December 1. Image via COPA website.
At this year’s 37th annual National Magazine Awards, macleans.ca–the website of Canada’s 103-year-old venerable news magazine–won the award for Magazine Website of the Year.
The award goes to the magazine website (either a companion site or an online-only magazine) that most successfully fulfills its editorial mission by representing the highest journalistic standards and effectively serving its intended audience by maximizing the possibilities afforded by the medium of web-based publishing. A jury convened by the National Magazine Awards Foundation evaluates all entries and comes to a consensus on three finalists and a single winner.
With more than 2.1 million total weekly readers, Maclean’s magazine continues to be a major force in Canadian news and opinion. Online, macleans.ca is a compelling destination for political commentary and discussion, feature stories, social debate and cultural musings. Visitors get full access to exclusive online features, interactive media and the latest from its award-winning bloggers.
The Maclean’s web team presents a platform that can look great on any screen, big or small. Their grid-like display allows for easy translation to a scrollable list format on your mobile device. Functionality and content prominence are what make their simplistic design work.
“For Maclean’s, we are now presenting more information than ever before, while at the same time occupying less screen real estate until you need it,” says senior director and publisher Ryan Trotman.
Their layout choices create a site that is easily digestible and remains consistent with the way we currently consume information through social media. Our surfing habits have changed and macleans.ca has addressed this new social characteristic.
The judges awarded Honourable Mention in the category Magazine Website of the Year to Hazlitt and Torontoist.
Five of Hazlitt‘s most recent and popular features play on a slideshow atop the site, which was founded in 2012 as an online literary and cultural affairs magazine by Random House Canada. Sections chosen for Hazlitt’s menu bar communicate their unique role in the world of literary fiction.
Features, Blog, A/V, Comix, Fiction and Hazlitt Originals line the top of their homepage, echoing their core value in exhibiting great writing on diverse subject matter while contributing to cultural at all levels. A grid-like image and title display sits to the right of a list of their ‘most popular’ articles. Their most recent publications and twitter feed follow, appearing atop a freeform of content links organizes in blocks.
Users can scroll titles referring to subsection headings for anything that may be of interest. The style does not present the visitor with rigid sections, but rather allows the content to be displayed in a way that gives all subsections equal treatment.
“Hazlitt aspires to publish great writing on everything,” its editors told the NMAF in a statement submitted with its application. “Politics, art, the environment, film, music, law, business. Books and writers, their ideas, insights and stories, are at the heart of what we do, because books and writers are at the heart of culture, both high and low.”
Displaying a cover photo and a lead to impress visitors to ‘read more,’ the Torontoist site exhibits a format similar to what we see when we open a newspaper to scan for stories. Editor-in-chief Hamutal Dotan says this was done intentionally to challenge the idea that online magazines are somehow less informative or not as well-researched as hard copy, printed articles.
“We aim to be the home for people who really care about Toronto, who want to engage in its development and evolution, but who don’t equate formality of tone with substance,” she says.
Regular features, such as ‘Extra, Extra’ and ‘Newsstand’ are Torontoist’s way of offering curated content in what Dotan calls “a downright commitment to sharing work that other publications, including our competitors, are producing.”
In an editorial mandate received by the National Magazine Awards Foundation, the Torontoist editors referred to the site as “compulsively readable and up-to-the-minute… Torontoist is a digital magazine for the modern, edgy urbanite, eschewing categorization in order to serve and reflect a dynamic city full of people who want to learn more about the place they call home.”
Make macleans.ca, Hazlitt and Torontoist part of your summer online reading.
And congratulations to all the winners of the 37th annual National Magazine Awards. Special thanks to Melissa Myers for her research and conducting interviews for this post.
For the 2014 National Magazine Awards, original written and visual content published in a magazine tablet edition or on a magazine website (companion site of a print title or an online-only magazine) is eligible in most categories.
Specifically, you can enter content from tablet editions in ALL written categories and ALL visual categories, and you can enter content from websites in ALL written categories except Editorial Package, and in ALL visual categories except Art Direction.
Check out the digital magazine section of our FAQ for more information.
There are also 5 Special and Integrated categories which are open specifically to digital content in Canadian magazines:
TABLET MAGAZINE OF THE YEAR Open to: Any Canadian tablet magazine or tablet edition of a print magazine published in 2014. Criteria: The award for Tablet Magazine of the Year will go to a Tablet Magazine that successfully fulfills its editorial mission by representing the highest journalistic standards and effectively serving its intended audience by maximizing the possibilities afforded by the medium of tablet publishing. Entry Fee: $150 (early-bird by Jan 11); $175 (regular by Jan 19) Meet last year’s finalists
Last year’s winner: Sportsnet More info
MAGAZINE WEBSITE OF THE YEAR Open to: Any Canadian online-only magazine or companion website of a print title. Criteria: The award for Magazine Website of the Year will go to a magazine website (either a companion site or an online-only magazine) that successfully fulfills its editorial mission by representing the highest journalistic standards and effectively serving its intended audience by maximizing the possibilities afforded by the medium of web-based publishing. Entry Fee: $150 (early-bird by Jan 11); $175 (regular by Jan 19) Meet last year’s finalists Last year’s winner: Macleans.ca More info
EDITORIAL PACKAGE – WEB Open to: Any original package of related or thematic editorial content produced by a Magazine Website. Criteria: This award goes to the package of related online editorial content that maximizes the potential of web-based publishing and reflects collaboration by editors and content creators. Elements may include but are not limited to web design, written content, blogs, video, photography, infographics, illustration, social media and user-generated content. Entry Fee: $95 (early-bird by Jan 11); $120 (regular by Jan 19) Last year’s winner: enRoute (“Canada’s Best New Restaurants“) More info
ONLINE VIDEO Open to: Any single video produced by a Magazine Website or Tablet Magazine. Criteria: Eligible content must have been published during 2014, be clearly relevant to the magazine’s editorial mandate, and be part of an editorial process. Entry Fee: $95 (early-bird by Jan 11); $120 (regular by Jan 19) Watch last year’s finalists
Last year’s winner: Maclean’s (“Boy Genius“) More info
MAGAZINE WEBSITE DESIGN Open to: Any Canadian magazine website (online-only magazine or companion site of a print magazine). Criteria: This award will go to Magazine Website with the most successful and original overall combination of visual and graphic design elements with functionality and user experience, including ease of navigation, readability of content, successful integration of audio/visual elements and a clear distinction between paid content/advertising and editorial content.. Entry Fee: $95 (early-bird by Jan 11); $120 (regular by Jan 19)
Last year’s winner: The Walrus (TheWalrus.ca) More info
The 2014 National Magazine Awards are open for submissions on December 1 at magazine-awards.com. The deadline for all entries is January 19. Enter by the early-bird deadline of January 11 and save.