Winners of the 2016 Editors’ Choice Awards

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The Canadian Society of Magazine Editors (CSME) announced the 2016 Editors’ Choice Award winners on Wednesday, June 8, at a cocktail event at held during the MagNet conference in Toronto. Curtis Gillespie, founding editor of Eighteen Bridges, inspired the crowd of Canadian editors with a rousing speech entitled “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy: The Skill Set of the 21st Century Editor.”

The big winners of the night were ELLE Canada and Today’s Parent, which took home three awards each, including a tie for magazine of the year, medium circulation. ELLE Canada’s editor-in-chief, Noreen Flanagan, took the coveted editor of the year award.

A full list of the award winners:

Magazine of the Year, Small Circulation
Runner Up: Canada’s History
Winner: BC Business, editor Matt O’Grady

Magazine of the Year, Medium Circulation
Runner Up: Western Living
Winner #1: ELLE Canada, editor Noreen Flanagan
Winner #2: Today’s Parent, editor Sasha Emmons

Trade Magazine of the Year
Runner Up: Professionally Speaking
Winner: Ignite Magazine, editor Laura Bickle

Custom Magazine of the Year
Runner Up: Fairmont Magazine
Winner: Mercedes-Benz Magazine, editor Natasha Mekhail

Best Tablet
Runner Up: ELLE Canada
Winner: Today’s Parent, editor Sasha Emmons, tablet designers: Stephanie Han-Kim, Jamie Piper, Sanjay Pinnock, Nicole Chung, Nica Patricio

Best Web Editorial
Runner Up: WesternLiving.ca
Winner: TodaysParent.com, editor Sasha Emmons, web editors: Suzanne Gardner and Alyssa Ashton

Best Front of Book
Winner #1: Fairmont Magazine, editor Natasha Mekhail
Winner #2: BC Business, editor Matt O’Grady

Best Art Integration
Winner: Western Living, editor Anicka Quinn, art director Paul Roelofs

Jim Cormier Award for Display Writing
Winner: ELLE Canada, editor Noreen Flanagan

Editor of the Year
Winner: Noreen Flanagan, ELLE Canada

Finalists for the 2016 Canadian Editors’ Choice Awards

The Canadian Society of Magazine Editors (CSME) is pleased to announce the shortlist of finalists for the 2016 Editors’ Choice Awards. The winners will be announced at the annual CSME gala, which will be held on Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at MagNet.

In addition to the categories listed below, we will also unveil the winners of the awards for Best Front of Book, the Jim Cormier Award for Best Display Writing and Best Art Integration. We will also announce CSME’s highest honour, the Editor of the Year Award.

And the finalists are…

Best Magazine, Small Circulation:
– Spacing
– BCBusiness
– Canada’s History Magazine

Best Magazine, Medium Circulation:
– Western Living
– Today’s Parent
– ELLE Canada

Best Magazine, Trade:
– Professionally Speaking
– Precedent
– Ignite Magazine

Best Magazine, Custom:
– Fairmont Magazine
– Mercedes-Benz Magazine
– enRoute Magazine

Best Tablet Edition: 
– Today’s Parent
– ELLE Canada
– Canadian Health & Lifestyle

Best Web Editorial:
– spacing.ca
– todaysparent.com
– westernliving.ca

Congratulations to all finalists! Details about purchasing your ticket(s) to the 2016 Editors’ Choice Gala and the guest speaker for the event will be provided in a separate post. We hope to see you there!

May 4th Event: The Current State of the Church-State Divide

A lot has changed since CSME was founded in 1990, notably keeping our ad-edit guidelines up to date with current practices and industry needs. With paid initiatives keeping many titles in business, from sponsored content, native advertising, bloggers, advertorials and other influences testing editorial integrity, magazine brands have to walk a fine line.

Is it still possible to maintain a completely autonomous editorial voice, independent of advertising influence? Or are there lines that can be gently toed across? Join us for what’s sure to be a lively discussion about where to draw the line.

Panelists include Matthew Blackett, publisher, creative director, and co-founder of Spacing, CSME Editor’s Choice Awards small-circulation Magazine of the Year winner, 2015, Jennifer Weatherhead Harrington, editor and co-founder of Travel & Style Magazine and social media manager at Hello! Canada & Hello! US, and Marcia Ruby, publisher and creative director of Alternatives Journal.

Moderated by Allan Britnell, managing editor of Renovation Contractor, a finalist for Trade Magazine of the Year at the KRW Awards, 2013, 2014, and 2015.

EVENT DETAILS
When: Wednesday, May 4th, 2016, starting at 5:30 p.m.
Where: The Pilot, in the Stealth Lounge (second floor), 22 Cumberland Street (near Yonge and Bloor)
How much: $15 for members, $20 for non-members (or $20 and $25 at the door)

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

Deadline Extension: Submit entries for CSME Awards By March 18, 2016

EXCITING NEWS! We’ve extended the submission deadline for entries to March 18, 2016.
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Do 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 2015 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., Fri., March 18, 2016, to be considered by a judging panel of your peers.

Download the entry form here.

Click here for rules and entry guidelines

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 and Custom 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 Tablet, Best Website Editorial, Best Front of Book, the Jim Cormier Award for Display Writing, Best Art Integration and, of course, the coveted Editor of the Year.

Entries are free with your 2016 CSME membership. Not yet a member? Click here to join the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors today. 

Winners will be announced at the Editors’ Gala event at MagNet on June 8, 2016.

P.S. Interested in judging? Get free magazines and help choose this year’s winning magazines! To become a judge, email awardsCSME@gmail.com.

10 free online tools for editors

At CSME’s breakfast event at the Nespresso Cafe on Wednesday, Feb. 3, Toronto editors gathered to hear from digital experts (or media geeks, whatever) to learn about (mostly) free digital tools for improving workflow and generally making an editor’s life easier. Digital strategist Lauren Reyes-Grange and Canadian Business deputy editor Graham Scott came with the goods: 10 free (or at least cheap) digital tools for editors

Here’s a quick rundown of what you missed, and should download immediately:

1. Crowdbooster
Realtime analytics for Facebook and Twitter, with drilled-down metrics and information on how you compare to your competitors. (This one will cost you $9 per month.)

2. Wiselytics
Detailed Facebook analytics that provide a dollar estimate for how much your social media efforts have been worth.

3. Canva
Instantly up your graphics game without mastering Photoshop. Make sophisticated images for print, web, and social media.

4. Slack
Because email is the worst. Never lose information in an email chain again — keep track of it in organized channels, and chat with your coworkers in real time.

5. Trello
Keep track of stories (and their status, and supporting material) and effortlessly move them from one issue to another.

6. Typeform
Better than SurveyMonkey (read: better looking).

7. Lastpass
Keep track of all your passwords in one hack-proof place.

8. Google Keep
The ultimate notepad — keep notes, docs, images, and links all in one place, and share it effortlessly.

9. Toggl
Find out how much time you spend in a day working on various tasks, then allot your time accordingly. You may be surprised.

10. Datawrapper
Create infographics! Because soon we won’t edit stories, we’ll just edit infographics.

Still want more? 

Click here for Graham Scott’s presentation, complete with shortcuts for Slack.

And here’s Lauren Reyes-Grange’s.

We hope these tools will help organize, elevate and save some mega bucks for your brand.


Don’t forget: We’re now accepting entries for the 2016 CSME Awards. Click here for details

Feb 3, 2016 Event: The Best Free Online Tools For Editors

Do you want to learn how to schedule posts for social media, create GIF files, edit photos, analyze social engagement and effectively organize your brand? It might be easier to achieve than you think, and there are online tools that will help you do it all for free!

We’ve invited two industry experts to speak about the best free tools available online that can help they way you manage everyday activity for your brand. This includes everything from scheduling assistants and Intranet chat platforms to cloud-based apps and editing software — all meant to save you time, drive engagement and help you manage your budget more efficiently.

Lauren Reyes-Grange, a digital marketer and strategist who has developed strategies for a variety of Canadian publications, not-for-profits and international brands, and Graham Scott, a self-described “media geek” and Digital Managing Editor for Canadian Business will be presenting the best free online tools for editors.

EVENT DETAILS: 
When: Wednesday, February 3, 2016, 8:30 to 10 a.m.
Where: Nespresso Boutique Bar, 159 Cumberland St. (in Yorkville), Toronto
Cost: $15 for members, $20 for non-members (or $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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Membership renewal reminder
A gentle reminder that it’s membership renewal season. If you haven’t yet, please click here to renew your CSME membership, and stay in the know about upcoming mixers, industry news and relevant information. Plus, keep in mind that you need to be a CSME member in order to enter our annual Editor’s Choice Awardsso save yourself the hassle closer to the deadline and register for your membership today. Patron memberships which cover your entire masthead are $450 annually, and single membership costs $100 per year.

SAVE THE DATE: This year’s CSME Editor’s Choice Awards Gala will take place during MagNet on Wedneday, June 8th, 2016. Stay tuned for submission guidelines and details.

CSME membership discount for 2016

Have you renewed your CSME membership yet? Take a few minutes and renew or sign up as a new member for 2016. Your membership gives you access to industry experts through networking events, a mentorship program, special promotions, and discounted rates for our annual gala in June. Click here for a list of some of our most recent events and speakers.

Special 10% discount if you renew or sign up by Dec. 31, 2015

As a special incentive, if you sign up before Dec. 31, 2015, you can get 10 percent off of the regular annual fee. This means individuals can sign up for $90 (instead of $100) and patron members can sign up for $405 (instead of $450) before year end.

Don’t miss out on this offer and sign up today!

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Register for the Magazines West Conference

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The Magazine Association of British Columbia is hosting this year’s Magazines West Conference on Friday, November 6th, 2015 in Vancouver. Members of various related associations, including EAC, PWAC and CSME, can register at member rates.

Early bird rates are available until Oct. 28.

Visit their official registration page for more information on seminars, workshops and keynote addresses. Furthermore, you can also connect with the MagWest group on Facebook for details.

October 7th Event: How to get the most of your art budget with a multi-platform brand

Today’s art directors are designing more than magazines; they’re also planning art for web stories, tablet magazines, apps and graphics for social media. Though demands on art teams are expanding, art budgets are not. Photo shoots, illustrations and infographics have to go further than ever before. This session will discuss how to plan art direction from a multi-platform brand and get the most out of your art budget.

Our speakers are Chris Bond, creative director, digital editions (Canadian Living, ELLE Canada, The Hockey News, Style at Home, etc.) at TVA Publications, and Jessica Hotson, creative director at THE KIT.

Chris and Jessica are well-versed and experienced in the world of multi-platform art direction, and they’ll offer advice, best practices and case studies on how they use their art budgets to create content for their multi-platform brands.

Topic: How to get the most of your art budget with a multi-platform brand
When: BREAKFAST EVENT on Wednesday, October 7th 2015, from 8:30 to 10 a.m.
Where: The Hazelton Hotel, 118 Yorkville Avenue, Toronto, ON M5R 1C4
How much: $15 for members, $20 for non-members (or $20 for members and $25 for non-members at the door)

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

Join CSME’s Mentorship Program

The Canadian Society of Magazine Editors’ Mentorship Program seeks to connect editors with different levels of achievement in order to form mutually beneficial mentorship relationships that will help all participants develop their skills and reach their career goals.

The Mentorship Program connects editors so that more senior editors might pass on their advice and wisdom to more junior editors. It’s a way for both parties to expand their networks, gain insight on their career paths, and connect with other members of the publishing and greater media community.

Mentors and mentees will meet once every two months for one hour, for a total of six one-hour meetings per year. Mentees are responsible for checking in with the CSME Mentorship Program coordinator (at mentorship@canadianeditors.com) to report on how the meetings are going.

The mentor-mentee relationship may be dissolved at either time, at either party’s request.

Interested in participating? Sign up for the mentorship program here.

Interested in participating, but have some questions? Check out our FAQ section.