Save the Date: The Art of Interviewing With Anna Maria Tremonti

Anna Maria Tremonti

Gemini Award winner and host of CBC’s The Current will join CSME Oct. 5 at 6 p.m. for a discussion on the art of interviewing. Tremonti is a seasoned journalist who, for more than a decade on The Current, has been captivating audiences with her insightful and often hard-hitting interview style. When she takes the CSME stage, we’ll ask her how to combine preparation and spontaneity in an interview, how to dig deeper to get past on-message interviewees, and how to entertain and engage an audience. As magazine editors, we regularly have to craft Q&As, ask new questions, even conduct live interviews through platforms like Facebook Live, and there’s much we can learn from an expert interviewer and broadcaster like Tremonti. So join us for a drink and an enlightening discussion on the art of interviewing. Mark your calendars for Oct. 5, and check back at for details.

The Future of CSME: Your Opinion Matters

UPDATE: Thank you to everyone who filled out our survey and provided feedback. Your opinions and suggestions will help us as we plan for 2017 and beyond. Congratulations to Carolyn Camilleri on being selected as the winner of our random draw!

Magazines are constantly evolving—and so are we!

We want to know what you want and need from CSME events and membership. Do you want to learn the latest in social media? Is your publication looking for new revenue streams? Weigh in on what you want to see and hear at our upcoming events and tell us how we can make your membership work harder for you.

Please take just three minutes to fill out our survey to let us know your thoughts. Click here if you’re unable to see the embedded survey below.

And to thank you for your input, we’ll enter you into a draw for free admission to our next event. (You’ll find the option to enter this draw upon completion of the survey.)

August 10th: CSME Summer Mixer Invitation

Membership Has Its Privileges!


CSME is throwing a patio party, and you’re invited! Join us to catch up with old colleagues and make some new friends.

When: Wednesday, August 10, 2016, starting at 5:30 p.m.
Where: The Pour House, 182 Dupont St. (three blocks east of Dupont Station)
Fee: $10 for members; $20 for non-members
Includes two drink tickets, appetizers, and scintillating conversation with your friends and colleagues.

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Winners of the 2016 Editors’ Choice Awards


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:
Winner:, 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:

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.

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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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.

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

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.

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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