You’re invited to CSME’s patio party!

CSME Patio Social

It’s summertime and you deserve a break, so CSME is hosting our annual patio party for you to eat, drink and relax al fresco with fellow magazine folk. This year, we’ll be sipping cocktails on The Pilot’s rooftop patio. Register below (it’s just $5 for members and $10 for non-members) and we’ll get your evening started with two drinks. All are welcome—editors, art directors, writers, social media coordinators and more. See you on the patio!

When: August 16, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.
Where: The Pilot’s Flight Deck rooftop patio, 22 Cumberland Street (near Yonge & Bloor)
How much: $5 for members; $10 for non-members


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Winners of the 2017 Editors’ Choice Awards

The Canadian Society of Magazine Editors (CSME) announced the winners of the 2017 Editors’ Choice Awards on Wednesday, June 7, at the CSME Awards & Social held at The Pilot in Toronto.

The night kicked off with an empowering keynote speech by Kirstine Stewart, chief strategy officer at Diply, who spoke about the importance of staying optimistic in an increasingly technological media landscape. “Content and technology can coexist, and finding a happy medium between the two is what leads to brand success,” said Stewart. “An algorithm can give you a ton of direction and insight but it can’t tell you why. There is a human curation part to what we do that can’t be replaced by a computer,” she said.

No matter what challenges are out there, Stewart added that brand leaders must foster innovation by engendering their teams to better understand what connects people and how to best reach their audience. She also called for editors to come together collectively and share best practices. “You can not let fear of risk get in the way; you have to keep moving forward and create something pretty amazing,” she said.

Precedent was the big winner of the night, taking home four top honours, including the much-anticipated editor of the year award for Melissa Kluger. In a tie win, both Cottage Life and Precedent took home the Jim Cormier Award for Display Writing. Cottage Life also received an award for Magazine of the Year in the Medium Circulation category. The Kit Compact was awarded Magazine of the Year in the Large Circulation category and Fairmont Magazine was named Magazine of the Year in the Custom category. On the digital side, Matthew Blackett of spacing.ca won the coveted award for Best Web Editorial. For photos, quotes and a recap of the night’s events, follow the hashtag #CSMEawards on Twitter.

A full list of the 2017 award winners:

Magazine of the Year, Small Circulation
Winner: Vancouver Magazine, Anicka Quin

Magazine of the Year, Medium Circulation
Winner: Cottage Life, Michelle Kelly

Magazine of the Year,  Large Circulation
Winner: The Kit Compact, Laura deCarufel

Magazine of the Year, Trade
Winner: Precedent, Melissa Kluger

Magazine of the Year, Custom
Winner: Fairmont Magazine, Natasha Mekhail

Best Tablet
Winner: Style at Home, Chris Bond & Andrew Tran

Best Web Editorial
Winner: spacing.ca – Matthew Blackett

Best Front of Book
Winner: Precedent, Melissa Kluger

Jim Cormier Award for Display Writing
Winners: Cottage Life, Michelle Kelly & Precedent, Melissa Kluger

Best Art Integration
Winner: Style at Home, Karen Paddon

Editor of the Year
Winner: Precedent, Melissa Kluger

Finalists: 2017 Editors’ Choice Awards


The Canadian Society of Magazine Editors (CSME) is pleased to announce the shortlist of finalists for the 2017 Editors’ Choice Awards. The winners will be announced at the annual CSME Awards & Social, which will be held on June 7, 2017 at The Pilot in Toronto.

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:
– This Magazine
– BC Business
– Vancouver Magazine

Best Magazine, Medium:
– The Hockey News
– Cottage Life
– Best Health

Best Magazine, Large:
– The Kit Compact
– Style at Home
– ELLE Canada

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

Best Magazine, Custom:
– Air Canada EnRoute
– Fairmont Magazine
– Bombardier Magazine

Best Tablet Edition:
– ELLE Canada
– Style at Home
– The Hockey News

Best Web Editorial:
– WesternLiving.ca
– Enroute.AirCanada.com
– ElleCanada.com
– TheKit.ca
– VanMag.com
– Spacing.ca

Congratulations to all finalists, and we hope to see you on June 7, at the Editors’ Choice Awards, where we will announce the winners. Click here for details and for ticket information.

CSME Editors’ Choice Awards & Social: June 7

We all survived 2016 and made some pretty amazing magazines, tablet editions and web content doing it. Now, it’s time to tear ourselves away from our screens, grab a cocktail and honour the successes of the past year with our fellow editors.

To kick off this year’s celebration, Kirstine Stewart will deliver a keynote address about staying ahead of the curve in our ever-changing media environment and cultivating innovation in your team. As Chief Strategy Officer for Diply, a content platform with more than one billion monthly views, and the former Vice-President of Media at Twitter, Stewart has consistently been at the forefront of media’s evolution. She is also the author of the national bestseller, Our Turn.

Then, we’ll announce the best magazines, as voted by your peers, in small, medium and large circulations, trade and custom categories, as well as best tablet and web editorial. And, at the end of the night, one well-deserving editor will walk away with the coveted title of Editor of the Year.

It’s a night you won’t want to miss, so get your ticket now. See you at the #CSMEawards!

When: Wednesday, June 7, 2017, 5:30 p.m.
Where: The Pilot, Stealth Lounge (second floor), 22 Cumberland Street (near Yonge & Bloor)
Cost: $20 for members, $40 for non-members


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Recap: e-Newsletters and Your Audience

Did you miss our event on e-Newsletters and Your Audience? Mara Gulens shared the secrets behind the strong open rate of CPA Canada’s newsletter, Member News. Leah Sandals, managing editor of Canadian Art, discussed the importance of strong images and highly original content for the brand’s award-winning e-newsletter Canadian Art Weekly. And Angus Robinson, director of analytics and data strategy at Metroland Media, discussed making a business case for your brand’s newsletter. Whether you missed the event or want to review, check out Angus’s presentation here. And follow @canadianeditors on Twitter for highlights live-tweeted from the event.

April 12 CSME Event: e-Newsletters and Your Audience

What’s the eNews?
What reliably drives web traffic, sells subscriptions, tailored products, and offers customized content readers actually enjoy? While not as flashy as virtual reality, or as in-the-now as Facebook Live, email newsletters remain an effective, accessible tool for reaching magazine audiences. Hear how three experts keep their newsletter content fresh, measure their success, evolve with mobile technology and stay ahead of the spam filters.

This breakfast event is sure to inform and educate, as our experts offer best practices, tips and advice to make your brand’s e-newsletter(s) work for you.

Panellists include:
Angus Robinson: As Director of Analytics and Data Strategy at Metroland Media, Angus leads a team of analysts and data-driven marketers across news, commerce and classified products. His team manages one of Canada’s largest, most engaged email lists at 3 million subscribers for Save.ca, WagJag, and TravelAlerts.ca. Angus was previously the Product Manager for TC Media’s online lifestyle portfolio where he grew email traffic from 5% to 20% of total traffic.

Leah Sandals: Leah Sandals is managing editor, online, at Canadian Art, Canada’s most widely read art magazine. One of her main tasks since starting with the organization in 2008 has been editing and growing Canadian Art Weekly, which has won Best e-Newsletter multiple times in the consumer category at the Canadian Online Publishing Awards.

Mara Gulens: Mara Gulens is the editor of Member News, a monthly, customized e-newsletter for more than 200,000 CPA Canada members and stakeholders. Member News has received two silver COPA awards and a bronze Association Media & Publishing Excel award. Mara also edits a section of CPA Magazine and the recently launched Stuff To Do in TorontoPreviously Mara was editor-in-chief of CMA Magazine, which received a KRW Award for Best Issue, Microsoft Home Magazine, and Canada Computes. She’s on Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat @maragulens.

EVENT DETAILS:
Focus:
 e-Newsletters and Your Audience
When: Wednesday, April 12, 2017, 8:30 to 10 a.m. (breakfast event)
Where: Nespresso Boutique Bar, 159 Cumberland St. (in Yorkville), Toronto
Cost: $10 for members, $20 for non-members (or $20 and $30 at the door)

A reminder that all CSME members get a 50% discount for paying in advance. Not yet a CSME member? Join today!

Ticket Options: Select one from drop down menu below, and follow the instructions. You’ll be prompted to log in to PayPal, but if you don’t have an account, simply click on the ‘pay by credit card’ option at the bottom of the second page that pops up.

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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.

Call For Entries: 2017 Editors Choice Awards (CSME)

Due to popular demand, we’ve extended the deadline for submissions to the 2017 Editors’ Choice Awards to 4:30 p.m., on March 10, 2017. 

As a reminder,  a submission to the Editors’ Choice Awards enters you into as many as seven categories for just $125 — a deal you won’t want to miss!

The Canadian Society of Magazine Editors (CSME) is looking for the best work of 2016 by Canadian magazine editors. The Editors’ Choice Awards, presented by CSME, honour and celebrate the best 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 10, 2017, to be considered by a judging panel of your peers.

Download the entry form here.

Winners in each of the Small (under 60,000), Medium (60,000 to 99,999) and Large (100,000+) 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 2017 CSME membership. Visit canadianeditors.com to become a member, for complete entry guidelines, and to download your entry form.

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

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

March 2 Event: Making Digital-First Magazines

For years, magazines have gone far beyond the printed page, but what does it mean when a magazine goes digital first? Join us for a panel discussion on March 2 (evening) in Toronto, where we will discuss the logistics behind making the web a magazine’s primary platform. How does breaking a story online affect a print product? And what does assigning a digital-first story look like?


Laura deCarufel, editor-in-chief of The Kit (a magazine that was initially a digital-only publication); Edward Fraser, managing editor of digitally-minded The Hockey News, and Lianne George, editor-in-chief of Chatelaine, will talk about practices from their magazines and answer questions about going digital first.

A reminder that all CSME members get a 50% discount for paying in advance. Not yet a CSME member? Join today!

EVENT DETAILS
When: Thursday, March 2nd, 2017, starting at 5:30 p.m.
Where: The Pilot, in the Stealth Lounge (second floor), 22 Cumberland Street (near Yonge and Bloor)
How much: $10 for members, $20 for non-members (or $20/member and $30/non-member 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.

Save The Date: Making Digital-First Magazines

For years, magazines have gone far beyond the printed page, but what does it mean when a magazine goes digital first? Join us for a panel discussion on March 2 (evening) in Toronto, where we will discuss the logistics behind making the web a magazine’s primary platform. How does breaking a story online affect a print product? And what does assigning a digital-first story look like?


Laura deCarufel, editor-in-chief of The Kit (a magazine that was initially a digital-only publication); Edward Fraser, managing editor of digitally-minded The Hockey News, and Lianne George, editor-in-chief of Chatelaine, will talk about practices from their magazines and answer questions about going digital first.

Stay tuned for ticket information and location details. 

2017 CSME Membership Rates

SIGN UP NOW
for an individual, patron or publisher membership covering
January – December 2017.

CSME is now accepting members for the 2017 calendar year. Memberships can be purchased at three levels: individual ($125), patron ($450), and *new this year* publisher ($750). Click here for more details.

Why join CSME?
• member discounts at CSME events ( 50% off tickets), and many other industry professional development seminars
• opportunities to network with peers and mentors
• eligibility to enter your magazine in the Editors’ Choice Awards
• free use of the Magazine of the Year logo for Editors’ Choice Award winners
• be part of the unified voice of Canadian magazine editors
• leverage your membership to learn first-hand about job opportunities or build a mentoring relationship with other editors
• support for editorial standards and integrity
• opportunity to contribute to the health and strength of the industry

As a member, you can take advantage of great opportunities for networking while continuing to learn at every event CSME offers, including:

Informative, entertaining luncheons and mixers
CSME hosts a minimum of two luncheons and two evening mixers per year, which feature dynamic guest speakers addressing topics that are relevant, timely and engaging for Canadian editors. Join us for our annual summer barbecue — nothing formal, just relaxed fun with your editing colleagues.

CSME editors’ gala
CSME closes its season with a fabulous awards gala in June.

Editors’ Choice Awards
CSME members are entitled to enter the prestigious Editors’ Choice Awards, where your peers choose the best in Canadian magazines. CSME membership is required for entry. Winners are announced at the Editors’ Gala held in June at MagNet.

A strong editorial voice starts with you and your membership.

Sign up today!

MEMBERSHIP TIERS

– Individual Rate: $125 / person
For individuals (editors, writers, art directors and other industry professionals).

– Patron Rate: $450 / Masthead
Covering everyone on a single publication’s masthead. Patron members also receive logo recognition on the CSME website.

*NEW* Publisher Rate: $750 / Group
For $750, a publisher will receive memberships for its entire group of magazines, which includes 50% off entry to CSME events for all the publisher’s employees and free entry to the Editors’ Choice Awards for all its magazines—consumer, trade or custom.

IMPORTANT NOTES
• The membership fee is a flat rate for the calendar year (i.e., January through December), regardless of when it is purchased during that year. There is no carryover. The year you see on the membership purchase button is the year you are getting.
• Students and recent grads (in the calendar year during which they graduated) receive members’ admission rates to all paid CSME events. Please note that this does not include entry to the members’ barbecue.
• PayPal automatically sends us your name and email address and the payment information, which we will enter into our records. If you have further information to discuss, please email us at csmeadmin AT canadianeditors DOT com.
• Newsletter signup is separate from membership. If you don’t yet receive our newsletter and would like to, please do so on the newsletter page.
• If you prefer not to pay via PayPal, please email us and we can arrange an alternative means of payment.

$125 for individual 2017 membership

$450 for patron 2017 membership

$750 for publisher 2017 membership