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 executive editor of Prevention Magazine and and is the author and co-founder of the natural beauty book and site No More Dirty Looks. Prior to working at Prevention, she was features editor at ASME-nominated GOOD Magazine. 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:



Supercharge your email management skills on October 22

Unfortunately we have had to cancel this event. Please get in touch and let us know if you’d like to see the same topic covered in the new year.

Sure, you know how to use your email – but are you doing it as efficiently as possible? Join CSME and speaker William Tully for our first mixer of the season to socialize, have some drinks and snacks and get secrets to owning your inbox once and for all. Topics to be covered include how to use folders and filters, deleting vs. archiving, email etiquette, and how to never again lose a message or attachment.

William Tully is a Technical Business Analyst for Metroland Media Digital Commerce. Working with over 12 departments on a daily basis to help grow a company which sends out +1 billion pieces of email per year means dealing with a lot of email as efficiently as possible. It is all about the tips and tricks to keep it all manageable.

Take the CSME survey

Every few years, we poll past, potential and current members on what CSME means to them, and how we can do that job better. That time is upon us again. Please take a few minutes between now and Monday, October 28 to fill out our survey and let us know what you think about the issues that matter to us and to you. Responses are confidential and we take any and all feedback into consideration. Thank you!

Go to the survey

2013 Editors’ Choice Awards

The Canadian Society of Magazine Editors (CSME) announced the 2013 Editors’ Choice Award winners on Wednesday, June 5, at a gala dinner held during the MagNet conference in Toronto. Cottage Life emerged as the big winner of the evening, receiving awards for Magazine of the Year (medium circulation) and Best Display. “Super-fun editorial packages really grab your attention,” said one judge. “It has excellent service packages and columns that serve the broad range of readers and topics well.” Cottage Life editor Penny Caldwell walked away with the coveted Editor of the Year Award, which she also received in 2006 and 2010.


Canadian Living also had a successful evening, taking honours for Magazine of the Year (large circulation) and Best Website Editorial (more than 150,000 UVs), as well as an honourable mention for Best Blog. Fellow – and new – TC Media magazine Fresh Juice won its first Editors’ Choice Award, for Best Website Editorial (less than 150,000 UVs), while Air Canada in-flight magazine enRoute took home the first Editors’ Choice Award for Custom Magazine of the Year. And Yellowknife-based Up Here took home Magazine of the Year (small circulation) and Best Front of Book. “Up Here makes me want to pull up stakes and move [to Canada's far north], for Pete’s sake,” noted one of the judges.

Prior to the awards ceremony, Adam Sternbergh, culture editor of the New York Times Magazine, addressed the room about when and why magazines should survive in a keynote talk entitled “What is the point of magazines?”

A full list of award winners:

Magazine of the Year, Small Circulation
Honourable mentions: Explore, Spacing
Winner: Up Here, editor Aaron Spitzer

Magazine of the Year, Medium Circulation
Honourable mentions: Outdoor Canada, Canadian Home Workshop
Winner: Cottage Life, editor Penny Caldwell

Magazine of the Year, Large Circulation
Honourable mentions: Fresh Juice, Western Living
Winner: Canadian Living, editor Susan Antonacci

Trade Magazine of the Year
Honourable mentions: Renovation Contractor, CMA Magazine
Winner: Precedent, editor Melissa Kluger

Custom Magazine of the Year
Honourable mentions: CAA Magazine, Sobey’s Inspired
Winner: enRoute, editor Ilana Weitzman

Best Web Editorial – Under 150,000 UVs
Honourable Mentions: (enRoute); (Cottage Life)
Winner: (Fresh Juice)

Best Web Editorial — Over 150,000 UVs
Honourable Mentions: (Best Health), (Spacing)
Winner: (Canadian Living)

Best Blog
Honourable Mentions: Spacing Toronto (,
Field Findings (Outdoor Canada), The Test Kitchen Blog (Canadian Living)
Winner: Reader’s Digest Open Kitchen (

Best Front of Book
Honourable Mentions: Explore, Outdoor Canada
Winner: Up Here

Best Display Writing
Honourable Mentions: Up Here, enRoute
Winner: Cottage Life

Editor of the Year
Honourable Mentions: Ilana Weitzman, enRoute; Melissa Kluger, Precedent
Winner: Penny Caldwell, Cottage Life

Pictured from left to right: Aaron Spitzer, Up Here; Penny Caldwell, Cottage Life; Diane Peters, Precedent; Simone Castello, Canadian Living; Karen Eull, Fresh Juice

Your next intern is on us!

That’s right, we’ve got this one.

The CSME Internship Bursary Program provides one lucky magazine with $500 a month for a three-month internship. That’s $1,500 and a happy intern.

Who qualifies? CSME members.

How to

Download an application and tell us how an intern will benefit your magazine. That’s it. Then email your completed form to

Deadline for submissions is May 22.

Thanks for coming to our tablet publishing event

For those of you early risers who attended the CSME breakfast event held on April 15th, thank you for coming out!  The sold-out event a great success.

A big thank you to speakers Tom Emrich (freelance tablet consultant) and Brandie Weikle (digital director, House and Home) who discussed the digital magazine market.

As promised, we've posted Tom's Market & Interactivity presentation for your reference.

The event madness continues on June 5th for our annual Editor's Gala as part of the MagNet conference. Buy your tickets now!