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.

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:

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:


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

Unfortunately, Siobhan was unable to travel to Toronto this year.

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, 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.