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

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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.

2014 Editors’ Choice Awards finalists

The Canadian Society of Magazine Editors (CSME) is pleased to announce the shortlist of finalists for the 2014 Editors’ Choice Awards. The winners will be announced at the annual CSME Gala, held on Wednesday, June 4, as part of MagNet, Canada’s magazine conference, at the Courtyard Toronto Downtown (475 Yonge St.). In addition to the categories listed below, we will also unveil the winners of the awards for Best Front-of-Book section, the Jim Cormier Award for Best Display Writing and – for the first time ever! – Best Art Integration. We will also announce CSME’s highest honour, the Editor of the Year Award.

As part of the event, guest speaker D.B. Scott will share his first-hand insights into the origins of CSME, and some perspective on opportunities for future growth.

Tickets are on sale until May 29 at 2 pm EDT. To order, go to: magnet2014.ca/sessions/?sessionInfo=SE4.

Best Magazine, Small Circulation:

• Spacing
• This Magazine
• Canada’s History Magazine

Best Magazine, Medium Circulation:

• Outdoor Canada
• Best Health
• Cottage Life

Best Magazine, Large Circulation:

• Today’s Parent
• Reader’s Digest Canada
• Canadian Living

Best Magazine, Trade:

• Professionally Speaking
• Today’s Trucking
• Precedent

Best Tablet Edition:

• Reader’s Digest Canada
• Best Health
• Canadian Art

Best Website Editorial:

• Canadianliving.com
• Spacing.ca
• Canadianfamily.ca

Gala update: D.B. Scott new keynote speaker

Style: "Portrait B&W"Not yet registered for our June 4 gala? There’s a limited number of seats – sign up now!

Career editor and journalist D.B. Scott – and currently, industry watchdog who is the mind behind the must-read Canadian Magazines blog – was a charter member of the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors. During his keynote address at this year’s Editors’ Choice Awards, D.B. will talk about where CSME came from and where opportunities may be in the future for both the organization and the magazine editors it serves. Expect a celebration with some historical perspective (and perhaps even a few laughs) before the hardware is handed out.

D. B. Scott is known for several things: as a career editor and journalist, principally in magazines; as a daily blogger about Canadian magazines; as the academic coordinator for and a teacher in the Magazine and Web Publishing program at Ryerson University’s Chang School; as a judge in the National, Western and IRMA awards; and as a consultant to publishers, magazines and industry associations. He was presented with the 2010 Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement by the National Magazine Awards.

Photo by Nigel Dickson

Announcing this year’s keynote speaker: Siobhan O’Connor

The MagNet 2014 schedule is now online, and CSME is pleased to announce this year’s keynote speaker for the Editors’ Choice Awards Gala on Wednesday, June 4.

Siobhan O’Connor is an award-winning editor and journalist with a focus on science, wellness, food and health. She is currently editorial director for health at Time, overseeing both web and print content. Prior to working at Time, she has been executive editor of Prevention Magazine and Prevention.com, features editor at ASME-nominated GOOD Magazine and the author and co-founder of the natural beauty book and site No More Dirty Looks. She appears frequently on television and radio, and has been a magazine editor in New York since 2001.

Save the date and be sure to register to celebrate the year’s Editors’ Choice Awards winners, and to hear O’Connor share how she and her staff finally fell in love with digital after her magazine’s “great, awkward leap forward” to online publishing success.

Next mixer: Secrets from new EICs, March 4

Looking for tips on how to get to the top of the masthead, or just curious about the ins and outs of leading one of Canada’s top media brands? Join CSME on March 4 to meet the new editors-in-chief of three of the country’s most-read and most-loved magazines: Sasha Emmons of Today’s Parent, Karine Ewart of Chatelaine and Jennifer Reynolds of Canadian Living. Come have a drink with colleagues and hear about what it’s like to start fresh on these leading print brands.

When: Tuesday, March 4, 6:00 pm
Where: Gabby’s, 192 Bloor St. W (at Avenue Rd., between St. George and Bay stations)
How much: Free with your 2014 membership – save time by paying online, then RSVP to csmeadmin AT canadianeditors DOT com. Students and recent grads: $20 at the door, $15 if you pay ahead online. Non-members: $30 at the door or $25 if you pay ahead online. Appetizers and one drink included.

(This event replaces our original February 27 save the date.)

$15 for student ticket

$25 for non-member ticket

Call for entries: 2014 Editors’ Choice Awards

csmemagofyearDo you have what it takes to be Editor of the Year?

The Canadian Society of Magazine Editors (CSME) is looking for the best work of 2013 by Canadian magazine editors. The Editors’ Choice Awards, presented by CSME, honour and celebrate the high-quality work of editors within the Canadian magazine industry.

The submissions process for this year’s awards is now open to all CSME members. Enter your magazine by 4:30 p.m. PDT, Fri., March 14, 2014, to be considered by a judging panel of your peers.

Download the entry form here.
Download the official rules here.

Winners in each of the Small (under 50,000), Medium (50,000 to 149,999) and Large (150,000+) circulation categories, as well as the Trade magazine categories, each earn the right to use the Editors’ Choice Award logo on their cover for a year. There are also awards for Best Front of Book, the Jim Cormier Award for Display Writing, Best Website and, of course, the coveted Editor of the Year.

**This year CSME is introducing its first-ever Tablet Award, as well as an award for Best Art Integration.**

Entries are free with your 2014 CSME membership. Membership runs on a calendar year basis: If you were a member in 2013 and have not yet renewed, you need to do so before entering.

Winners will be announced at the Editors’ Gala event at MagNet in June.

P.S. Interested in judging? Get free magazines and help choose this year’s winning magazines! To become a judge, email awards AT canadianeditors DOT com.

Panel: The NEW ins and outs of internships

The ethics of unpaid internships have been fiercely debated in the magazine industry for decades. But now, the Ontario Ministry of Labour has made it clear that many types of internships are illegal. Join us for a breakfast panel discussing how we can create legal, helpful internship experiences for students – and for magazines.

Panelists include:
• Melissa Patrizi, career & placement coordinator, University of Guelph-Humber
• Paul Benedetti, coordinator of the Masters of Arts in Journalism program, University of Western Ontario
• Michael Brown, journalism student and 2013 intern at Today’s Trucking magazine
• Penny Caldwell, vice president, content development & strategy, Cottage Life Media

When: Thursday, November 28, 2013, 8:30 to 10 am
How much: $10 for members, $25 for non-members ($15 and $30 at the door)
Where: The Bram & Bluma Appel Salon – Novella Room
Toronto Reference Library, 2nd Floor
789 Yonge Street (1 street north of Bloor)
Toronto ON M4W 2G8

Register now:

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