The Digital Publishing Awards are proud to announce the launch of the digitalpublishing.blog— a new leading reference for digital publishers and media professionals.
This new online resource aims to assist both established and emerging talents of Canada’s digital publishing landscape with relevant, timely, educative and compelling information about their industry. Promotion of award-winning digital content, design, creators and innovation will be posted regularly through a digest of relevant industry news, events and developments, as well as profiles that promote the creative work of Canadian digital publishers.
We’ll publish compelling interviews with industry professionals describing the distinct processes behind their award-winning work From conceptualization to execution, we’ll speak with a wide range of digital media experts.
First up, we’re delighted to share our conversation with Jude Isabella, editor in chief of Hakai Magazine. Jude was a key member of the team that launched Hakai back in 2015 and has since served as a contributing writer and editor in chief. Based in Victoria, B.C. Hakai is an online magazine that explores science, society, and the environment from a coastal perspective.
Interested in reading more compelling conversations? The folks at the DPAs will be catching up with a variety of digital media experts eager to share their own tips and tricks— everything from starting a successful online magazine to creating visually captivating, interactive news stories. Watch for our next interview with The Globe and Mail’s digital designer Christopher Manza.
Be sure to follow digitalpublishing.blog for updates on media job postings and industry events across the country.
ABOUT THE DIGITAL PUBLISHING AWARDS
The Digital Publishing Awards (DPAs) were created in consultation with Canada’s leading producers and creators of digital publishing. The DPAs recognize and promote excellence by Canadian digital publishers and content creators through an annual program of awards and national publicity efforts.
The nominees for the 2017 Digital Publishing Awards will be announced on April 25 and the awards soirée will take place on June 1 in Toronto.
The Digital Publishing Awards are on Twitter @dpawards.
Last Thursday night in Calgary the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association presented the winners of the 2017 Alberta Magazine Awards.
New Trail took home the top prize as Alberta Magazine of the Year. The alumni magazine of the University of Alberta has been nominated for 12 National Magazine Awards since 2012, winning 3, so it should come as no surprise that the magazine is making a huge splash in its home province. Honourable Mention for Alberta Magazine of the Year went to Avenue Edmonton and West Jet Magazine.
New Trail won a total of 9 medals. They took the Gold Medal in Art Direction of a Single Issue, another Gold Medal in Service: Lifestyle and yet another Gold Medal in Service: Business. They swept Gold and Silver in Editorial Package, then did it again, winning the Gold Medal and Silver Medal for Best Feature Design. They also won a Silver in Essays.
New Trail‘s editor-in-chief Lisa Cook was named Alberta Editor of the Year.
Canadian Rockies Annual won 5 Alberta Magazine Awards, including Best New Magazine and a sweep of Gold and Silver in the category Still-Life Photography.
— AMPA (@albertamags) March 17, 2017
Avenue Magazine also won 5 Alberta Magazine Awards, including Gold in Best Essay for “How to Talk about Death and Dying” by Christina Frangou.
Among individual creators, writer Omar Mouallem led all winners with 3 Alberta Magazine Awards, including Gold in Feature Writing for “Truth North Strong” in Western Living.
The winner of the Emerging Writer Gold award was Chris Cassis of Glass Buffalo magazine.
— AMPA (@albertamags) March 17, 2017
Other winners at this year’s Alberta Magazine Awards include Alberta Views, Apple Magazine, Avenue Edmonton, Filling Station, Oilsands Review, Oilweek, Swerve, and The Yards.
Check out @AMPA‘s twitter feed for the complete recap.
Back in 1977 Margaret Atwood–nearly a decade before she became a CanLit icon for The Handmaid’s Tail–won a Silver Medal at the very first National Magazine Awards for her “Two-Headed Poems” published in a zesty Toronto periodical known as THIS Magazine.
Founded in 1966 with the prosaic title “This Magazine Is About Schools” (cleverly truncated in 1973) with a mandate to cover education policy and “New School” philosophy in Canada, THIS has, over the last half century, evolved into one of Canada’s leading progressive publications covering issues of labour, healthcare, environment, race, Indigenous rights, feminism, LGBTQ rights and more, while also publishing some of of the best poetry, short fiction and visual art from emerging artists across the land.
And how about a shoutout to THIS Magazine, which celebrates 50 years of publishing this year. Also turning 50 this year: people going “Which magazine?” as a joke.
—Chris Turner, on stage as host of the 39th annual National Magazine Awards
Next Thursday, September 22, THIS Magazine is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a party and fundraiser at the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto, open to all friends and alumni of the magazine.
Since 1977, National Magazine Award-winning editors of and contributors to THIS Magazine have included Naomi Klein, Clive Thompson, Lynn Coady, Doug Saunders, Moira Farr, Lynn Crosbie, Dan David, Hal Niedsviecki, Gordon Laird, J.B. MacKinnon, Evelyn Lau, and Rick Salutin, whose “Culture Vulture” column won the Silver Medal at the 1981 and 1983 National Magazine Awards. And, of course, many many more.
In total, THIS Magazine has been nominated for 85 National Magazine Awards, winning 12 Silver Medals and 7 Gold Medals, most recently for:
- “Clusterf*ck” by Catherine McIntyre, Gold Medal, Best New Magazine Writer, 2014
- “In the Shadow of the Oilsands” by Ian Willms, Gold Medal, Photojournalism, 2012
- “Moosehide” by Min Gyo Chung, Silver Medal, Illustration, 2016
- “Let’s Get It On” by Graham Roumieu, Silver Medal, Spot Illustration, 2010
- “Crossing the Line” by Bill Reynolds, Gold Medal, Essays, 2005
- “This Land is Whose Land” by Gordon Laird, Gold Medal, Investigative Reporting, 2001
- “Confessions of a Playa Hata” by Clive Thompson, Silver Medal, Essays, 2004
The NMAF congratulates THIS Magazine on this golden anniversary. Here’s to 50 more!
The National Magazine Awards Foundation is deeply saddened by the loss of Neville Gilfoy, founder and publisher of Progress Magazine in Nova Scotia, who passed away yesterday from complications of lymphoma.
As an innovator and entrepreneur who built Progress Media Group into Atlantic Canada’s most trusted and important sources of business information, Neville was a strident proponent of economic development and entrepreneurial spirit in the region he dearly loved.
Neville often volunteered to serve on the jury for the National Magazine Awards, regularly offering his time and expertise in service to the industry and promoting excellence in Canadian magazines. Guests who met him at the annual National Magazine Awards gala were charmed and invigorated by his enthusiasm for the potential of magazine publishing and for business and innovation in Atlantic Canada.
For being an outstanding example to all who worked with him—and to the Canadian magazine industry—the NMAF in 2006 awarded Neville the Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement.
“Neville ached to see Atlantic Canada prosper and believed an entrepreneurial revolution was required to make it happen.”
— Greg Keilty, publisher of Sky News
Neville spent more than 40 years in magazine publishing. He was been behind the launch of several magazines, including Atlantic Insight (50,000 paid subscriptions within eight months), Eastern Woods and Waters, and Atlantic Progress (later Progress; he also created a French-language counterpart, Progrès), and successfully built one of the most capable, committed and determined publishing teams in Canada.
He served as a CPPA/CMPA board member from 1979 to 1987, as president of the Atlantic Provinces Chamber of Commerce, and as chair of the board of the Greater Halifax Partnership. For 15 years he taught at the Banff Publishing Workshop. He presented at hundreds of seminars and conferences, from CMPA and Magazines University to economic development groups and high-school classes. In 1999 he launched Face to Face, one of the most remarkable entrepreneurial conferences produced by any magazine in North America. In 2006 he was appointed honorary consul of France in Nova Scotia.
At the core of Gilfoy’s success was his talent and determination for making those around him share his “uncommon delight” for the magazine industry. “He eats, sleeps and dreams the business of magazine publishing,” Dirk van Loon, editor and publisher of DvL Publishing Inc., told the NMAF in 2006 when nominating Neville for the Outstanding Achievement Award. “He gladly shares what he knows with anyone else crazy enough to get into the racket.”
“Publishing a magazine that has had such a positive impact on the Atlantic region is an accomplishment that I am very proud of. Progress has a purpose and a mission and its audience is impacted by that. The company wouldn’t enjoy the level of success it does without the team of professionals with whom I work. The people who produce our magazines, our events and our online product are the absolute best and are wonderfully committed to the success of our company and the region. It’s an amazing thing to be part of.”
He will be missed. The NMAF staff and board of directors offer our condolences to Neville’s family and friends and all those who will remember him well.
More on Neville from D.B. Scott at the Canadian Magazines blog.
Award-winning Spacing magazine, the urbanist’s go-to resource, continues to build on its successful brand–magazine, successful line of city swag, the new Spacing store on Richmond Street in Toronto–with this week’s launch of “Powers of Towers,” the first production of Spacing Films.
For the film’s production Spacing has partnered with Tangent Motion Pictures and Foxley Films, with financial support from the Ontario Media Development Corporation.
“Powers of Towers” profiles Graeme Stewart and Sabina Ali, two remarkable people on the forefront of a revolution that’s transforming Toronto’s now aging suburban high-rise clusters into livable communities that work — and attracting the attention of the international planning community in the process. For their work, Stewart and Ali have been awarded the 2014 Jane Jacobs Prize presented by Spacing magazine.
More at Spacing.ca.