Save the date: Next CSME mixer on January 21, 2015

Happy holidays, everyone! Here’s wishing you and all your loved ones a very bright holiday season that’s filled with lots of rest, special moments, delicious food and all the comforts of home.

Save the date: We’re looking forward to our first mixer of 2015, set to take place on January 21st, 2015, at the Nespresso Toronto Boutique Bar, featuring digital consultant Lisa Murphy and editor-in-chief of Today’s Parent magazineSasha Emmons.

Topic: Multiplatform assigning

It will be a breakfast event from 8:30 to 10 a.m., so please save the date in your calendar and watch for further announcements in the new year.

Until then, happy holidays and an even happier New Year! See you in 2015.

Reminder: 2015 membership renewal + a bonus for one lucky member

Have you renewed your CSME membership yet? Take a few minutes and renew or sign up as a new member. It’s $100 for the year and your membership gives you access to awesome networking opportunities, various CSME mixers throughout the year, and even discounted rates for our annual gala in June. Patron members can sign up for $450 and are eligible for additional perks.

Bonus: One lucky member’s name will be drawn for a full pass to the FIPP World Congress in Toronto, worth $2,500. So what are you waiting for? A strong editorial voice starts with you and your membership.

Click here for more information and to renew/sign up for your membership.

Video: Anything can happen at a magazine stand

Magazines Canada has released a new video in partnership with a team of Ontario filmmakers that shows all the things that can happen at a magazine stand. The concept? What you read tells the story of who you are. Enough to make you skip out on the first date if you don’t believe you’re a fit, right?

Anything Can Happen at a Magazine Stand explores the stories we can discover with magazines,” says Barbara Bates, Executive Director of Circulation Marketing for Magazines Canada, in an interview posted on the Magazines Canada website. “We hope multiple generations will enjoy this fun approach to reminding us of our love affair with magazines.”

Join the conversation about this video online at #magazinematch.

November 26: Boost your career

How to enhance your professional image: tips for the job you’ve got and the one you want

Come kick off the festive season by raising a glass and enjoying some snacks with CSME. We’ll hear from a panel of speakers about how to put your best foot forward as an editor and how to up your appeal whether you love the job you’re in or you’re looking for a change. Then, stick around for networking and socializing as we celebrate the upcoming holidays. This event is open to non-members, so you’re more than welcome to bring your magazine-loving friends!

Speakers will include:

• Christine Felgueiras, associate director with etiquette and leadership training firm Corporate Class
• Sharon Alderson, global lead for media-focused recruiting agency Creative Niche
• Steve Maich, head of Rogers Publishing

When: Wednesday, November 26, 5:30 to 8:00 pm
Where: The Pilot, the Stealth Lounge (second floor), 22 Cumberland Street (near Yonge and Bloor)
Why: You’ll learn something, it’ll be fun, and there will be drinks and appies, too.
How much: $15 for members, $20 for non-members ($20 and $25 at the door)

Please buy tickets now or RSVP to csmeadmin at canadianeditors dot com to secure your spot and help us manage numbers.

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October 29: How to nail that next job interview

Please note this event has been cancelled.

Whether you’re a junior editor looking to move up the ladder or a senior editor with your eyes on the top rung, it never hurts to get a little help improving those resumes and that poise during job interviews. For our next event, CSME has assembled a panel of experts that will help you do just that: Christine Felgueiras, associate director with etiquette and leadership training firm Corporate Class; Sharon Alderson, global lead for media-focused recruiting agency Creative Niche; and Steve Maich, head of Rogers Publishing.

Join us for drinks, appetizers, and an entertaining and informative panel on how to take your career to the next level, whether that upcoming interview’s next week or next year.

When: Wednesday, October 29, 5:30 to 8:00 pm
Where: The Pilot, the Stealth Lounge (second floor), 22 Cumberland Street (near Yonge and Bloor)
Why: You’ll learn something, it’ll be fun, and there will be drinks and appies, too.
How much: $15 for members, $20 for non-members ($20 and $25 at the door)

Breakfast event: Secrets to successful videos

Videos are being viewed and shared like never before. Since YouTube became the second-largest search engine on the Internet, magazines have been jumping on the video bandwagon, delivering more content and attracting more readers through video platforms. But how can you extend your editorial strategy to this new format, and how can you make videos that will attract viewers? Whether you’re wondering how to get started making videos with limited resources or you’re trying to make videos that will go viral, our panel of editors and video experts will guide you to video success.

Panellists include:
• Wendy Bairos, Google
• Kim Cooper, Editor of Owl Magazine
• Kaaren Whitney-Vernon, Publisher of VerveGirl Magazine

When: Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, 8:30 to 10 a.m.
Where: Nespresso Boutique Bar, 159 Cumberland St. (in Yorkville), Toronto
Cost: (book in advance) $5 for members, $10 for non-members
(at the door) $10 for members, $15 for non-members

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Raise a glass at the CSME Summer Cocktail!

Do you need an excuse to enjoy a delicious summer beverage? Here’s one: the CSME Summer Cocktail. Join other editors, art directors and magazine lovers of any description for a fun social evening. Buy your ticket in advance and get appetizers and two drinks for just $5. Those who prefer not to commit can still pay just $10 at the event.

When: July 9, 5:30 p.m.
Where: The Duke of York, 39 Prince Arthur Avenue, Toronto (near St. George subway station)
How much: $5 in advance (click below to buy) or $10 at the door
Dress code: Casual. The cocktail is all about the beverages!

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2014 Editors’ Choice Awards Winners


The Canadian Society of Magazine Editors (CSME) announced the 2014 Editors’ Choice Award winners on Wednesday, June 4, at a gala dinner held during the MagNet conference in Toronto. Cottage Life emerged as the big winner of the evening for the second year in a row, receiving a total of four awards, including the Jim Cormier Award for Display Writing and Magazine of the Year, medium circulation. “Cottage Life continues to surprise and delight,” said one judge. “The magazine has successfully evolved while staying true to the audience that fell in love with it.” Cottage Life editor Penny Caldwell walked away with the coveted Editor of the Year Award, which she also received in 2006, 2010 and 2013.

Spacing also had a successful evening, taking honours for Magazine of the Year (small circulation), Best Website Editorial, Best Art Integration and, in a tie with Cottage Life, Best Front of Book.

Also receiving awards were Today’s Parent for Magazine of the Year, large circulation; Precedent, for Magazine of the Year, trade; and Best Health, for Best Tablet Edition.

Prior to the awards ceremony, magazine consultant, blogger and Ryerson University instructor D. B. Scott, a founding member of CSME, addressed the room about the past and future of the 25-year-old organization and how it and its members should join together to face the industry’s common challenges.

A full list of award winners:

Magazine of the Year, Small Circulation
Runner-up: Canada’s History
Winner: Spacing, editor Matthew Blackett

Magazine of the Year, Medium Circulation
Runner-up: Outdoor Canada
Winner: Cottage Life, editor Penny Caldwell

Magazine of the Year, Large Circulation
Runner-up: Canadian Living
Winner: Today’s Parent, editor Sasha Emmons

Trade Magazine of the Year
Runners-up: Today’s Trucking and Professionally Speaking
Winner: Precedent, editor Melissa Kluger

Best Web Editorial
Runner-up: Canadian Living
Winner: Spacing

Best Tablet
Runner-up: Reader’s Digest
Winner: Best Health

Best Front of Book
Winners (tie): Cottage Life and Spacing

Jim Cormier Award for Display Writing
Winner: Cottage Life

Editor of the Year
Winner: Penny Caldwell, Cottage Life

Pictured, from left to right: Braden Alexander, Precedent; Jennifer Walker, Best Health; Jackie Davis, Cottage Life; Martin Zibauer, Cottage Life; Matthew Blackett, Spacing; Liann Bobechko, Cottage Life; Sarah B. Hood, Spacing; Blair Eveleigh, Cottage Life.