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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Register for the Magazines West Conference


The Magazine Association of British Columbia is hosting this year’s Magazines West Conference on Friday, November 6th, 2015 in Vancouver. Members of various related associations, including EAC, PWAC and CSME, can register at member rates.

Early bird rates are available until Oct. 28.

Visit their official registration page for more information on seminars, workshops and keynote addresses. Furthermore, you can also connect with the MagWest group on Facebook for details.

October 7th Event: How to get the most of your art budget with a multi-platform brand

Today’s art directors are designing more than magazines; they’re also planning art for web stories, tablet magazines, apps and graphics for social media. Though demands on art teams are expanding, art budgets are not. Photo shoots, illustrations and infographics have to go further than ever before. This session will discuss how to plan art direction from a multi-platform brand and get the most out of your art budget.

Our speakers are Chris Bond, creative director, digital editions (Canadian Living, ELLE Canada, The Hockey News, Style at Home, etc.) at TVA Publications, and Jessica Hotson, creative director at THE KIT.

Chris and Jessica are well-versed and experienced in the world of multi-platform art direction, and they’ll offer advice, best practices and case studies on how they use their art budgets to create content for their multi-platform brands.

Topic: How to get the most of your art budget with a multi-platform brand
When: BREAKFAST EVENT on Wednesday, October 7th 2015, from 8:30 to 10 a.m.
Where: The Hazelton Hotel, 118 Yorkville Avenue, Toronto, ON M5R 1C4
How much: $15 for members, $20 for non-members (or $20 for members and $25 for non-members 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.

Join CSME’s Mentorship Program

The Canadian Society of Magazine Editors’ Mentorship Program seeks to connect editors with different levels of achievement in order to form mutually beneficial mentorship relationships that will help all participants develop their skills and reach their career goals.

The Mentorship Program connects editors so that more senior editors might pass on their advice and wisdom to more junior editors. It’s a way for both parties to expand their networks, gain insight on their career paths, and connect with other members of the publishing and greater media community.

Mentors and mentees will meet once every two months for one hour, for a total of six one-hour meetings per year. Mentees are responsible for checking in with the CSME Mentorship Program coordinator (at mentorship@canadianeditors.com) to report on how the meetings are going.

The mentor-mentee relationship may be dissolved at either time, at either party’s request.

Interested in participating? Sign up for the mentorship program here.

Interested in participating, but have some questions? Check out our FAQ section.

August 20th Mixer Invite: Summer BBQ


Ah, summertime! Warm weather, drinks on the patio, al fresco dining and quality time spent in the company of good people. It truly is the best season! As one CSME board member says, “Summer is my jam!” And we can’t let the summer go by without celebrating, so that’s why we’re having a barbecue!

Our friends at Cottage Life magazine have generously offered up their patio as the venue for the evening, and it’s a fantastic space — perfect for unwinding after a long day. And even better news? The mixer is free to members and only $5 for non-members. It’s a pretty good deal, right? So we hope we’ll see you there, and we encourage you to invite your friends, too!

Please buy tickets now or RSVP to csmeadmin at canadianeditors dot com to secure your spot and help us manage numbers.

When: Thursday, August 20th, 2015, from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Where: Cottage Life patio — 54 St. Patrick Street (between Queen and Dundas).
Why: It’s a BBQ! There will be drinks, food and good company!
How much: Free for members, $5 for non-members (or $10 for non-members at the door)

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P.S. In case you missed the announcement, we’re launching a mentorship program in the fall. Click here for all the details

CSME To Launch Mentorship Program in Fall 2015

Looking for a way to grow as an editor, progress your career or develop your leadership skills? CSME is launching a mentorship program this fall which will connect editors in the industry to promote professional support and development. Please get in touch with us if you’re interested in being mentored and/or you’d like to share your knowledge and advice with a more junior editor looking to learn and grow in his or her career. All are welcome—no matter your level of experience in the industry.

The program will involve meeting up with your selected mentor/mentee at least once every two months, and will offer all parties a mutually beneficial way to grow in their careers.

Have a suggestion for the program or want to sign up? Get in touch with us at csmeadmin@canadianeditors.com. We’d like this to be a successful endeavour, so we’re happy to collaborate with anyone interested in the program.

Discount Rates to FIPP Available Through Magazines Canada

The world’s largest magazine conference  — FIPP World Congress — is taking place in Toronto from October 13-15, 2015 at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel.

And the best part? Magazines Canada is subsidizing registration rates at an exclusive member discount of approximately 75% off the standard admission fee. This discount is available for a limited time only.

FIPP brings together world-class speakers and the globe’s most prominent media names to share personal insights into magazine media and its future. Truly, this is a once-in-a-generation opportunity that’s not to be missed.

Registration for Magazines Canada members.
Registration for Canadian publishers.
International attendees must register through FIPP.

Be sure to follow Magazines Canada on Twitter for more updates and information leading up to FIPP.

Winners of the 2015 Canadian Editors’ Choice Awards

The Canadian Society of Magazine Editors (CSME) announced the 2015 Editors’ Choice Award winners on Wednesday, June 3, at a cocktail reception held at The Pilot in Yorkville, Toronto. Today’s Parent emerged as the big winner of the evening, receiving a total of four awards, including Magazine of the Year (large circulation), Best Web Editorial of the Year, Best Art Integration, and a first-time win for editor-in-chief Sasha Emmons, as Editor of the Year.

Patrick Walsh took home the Jim Cormier Award for Display Writing for Outdoor Canada and Chris Bond received the Best Tablet award for Canadian Living magazine. enRoute was awarded top honours for Best Front Of Book.

Precedent and Spacing took home top awards for the second year in a row in their categories (trade and small circulation, respectively), while Cottage Life won Magazine of the Year in the medium circulation group and Spafax’s Fairmont Magazine won Best Custom Magazine.

The evening began with a keynote address by acclaimed author Russell Smith, who discussed the implications of sharing personal stories in the public domain. He talked about his journey as a storyteller, and highlighted reasons why we live in a society that loves and loathes over-sharing, stating that we are currently in the era of reality-fiction.

Check out the official Twitter hashtag for the night —#CSMEawards—for more highlights, quotes and photos. Plus, we’ve got a an album of awesome photos from the event on our Facebook page as well.

Full list of award winners:

Magazine of the Year (SMALL), circulation under 50,000
Winner: Spacing
Editor: Matthew Blackett

Magazine of the Year (MEDIUM), circulation 50,000 to 149,999
Winner: Cottage Life
Editor: Penny Caldwell

Magazine of the Year 2015 (LARGE), circulation 150,000 and over
Winner: Today’s Parent
Editor: Sasha Emmons

Trade Magazine of the Year 2015
Winner: Precedent
Editor: Melissa Kluger

Custom Magazine of the Year 2015
Winner: Fairmont Magazine
Editor: Natasha Mekhail

Web Editorial of the Year 2015
Winner: todaysparent.com
Editor: Sasha Emmons

Tablet Magazine of the Year 2015
Winner: Canadian Living
Designer: Chris Bond

Best Front of Book 2015
Winner: enRoute
Editor: Ilana Weitzman

The Jim Cormier Award for Display Writing 2015
Winner: Outdoor Canada
Editor: Patrick Walsh

Best Art Integration 2015
Winner: Today’s Parent
Editor: Sasha Emmons

Editor of the Year 2015
Winner: Sasha Emmons
Today’s Parent