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 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: – 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

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