Heather Robertson wins the 2011 NMA Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement

Heather Robertson. Photograph by Aaron Marshall.

That National Magazine Awards Foundation announced this afternoon that Heather Robertson has won the 2011 Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement. Ms. Robertson will be presented with her award at the 35th anniversary National Magazine Awards on June 7. [Version française ici]

Founded in 1990, this award recognizes an individual’s innovation and creativity through contributions to the Canadian magazine industry. Nominations are accepted from across the country and voted on by the board of the NMAF.

Over the course of a 40-year career in journalism, Heather Robertson has been a prolific and award-winning writer, news reporter, and television and radio producer. Her work in magazines has included regular contributions to Saturday Night, Equinox, Elm Street, Toronto Life, Chatelaine, Canadian Forum, Canada’s History, Weekend, The Canadian, and Maclean’s.

As class representative in Robertson v. Thomson, which reached the Supreme Court in 2006, Robertson brought suit on behalf of a group of fellow freelance writers whose work was being reproduced on certain electronic databases without permission or reimbursement. Robertson’s work and leadership secured a large settlement in one of the most important copyright cases in recent Canadian history, with $11-million awarded to the writers involved. Robertson has since led the charge in a similar suit, Robertson v. ProQuest et al., resolved in 2011 with another multimillion-dollar settlement benefiting Canadian freelance writers. [Read the full bio of Heather Robertson]

Here’s what the Canadian magazine industry is saying about Heather Robertson:

Heather Robertson’s bravery in tackling the profound changes taking place in our industry is about personal triumph and the rights of creators in a new media landscape. Regardless of where you sit in the debate her court case engendered, we all agree that the rules were going to change. It took a lot of guts to lead the charge. For that Heather is a worthy winner of this year’s Outstanding Achievement Award.” ~ Arjun Basu, President, NMAF

“[Through] her staunch belief in the need for creators to maintain control over their works, Heather has been instrumental in clarifying Canada’s copyright law, in pushing publishers to exercise care in their handling of freelance content, and in ensuring that those whose rights are violated are compensated.” ~ Kim Pittaway, freelance journalist and former President of the NMAF

“When I started my career as a magazine writer in the early ’80s, I was inspired by Heather’s feature writing in Saturday Night, Toronto Life and other markets. The success [of her copyright lawsuits] was a game-changer, making everyone more conscious of those who work so hard to provide the content that makes readers love magazines.” ~ David Hayes, freelance journalist and NMAF board member

“Even a cursory search will reveal Ms. Robertson as among the most prolific and dedicated writers in Canada and her service to the community is certainly unique.” ~ Tanya Gulliver, Past-President of Professional Writers Association of Canada

“Heather is more than just a champion for writer’s rights; she is a symbol of what is possible when writers stand up for themselves.” ~ Michael O’Reilly, President of Canadian Freelance Union

“Heather Robertson has provided an important service for writers in forcing publishers to recognize that their articles have value, both for first publication in print or online and for subsequent repackaging or republishing.” ~ Sandford Borins, Professor of Management at University of Toronto

“Robertson’s courage and tenacity may provide an example in the long term for all freelancers to stick up for their rights and demand reasonable treatment and fair compensation.” ~ D.B. Scott, President of Impresa Communications, Ltd, author of Canadian Magazines blog, and the 2010 recipient of the Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement

“We celebrate Heather Robertson for her courage and persistence in standing up for our rights and principles, quietly, unshakably, for so many years, when new technologies seemed about to sweep our rights away” ~ Alan Cumyn, Past-Chair, Writers Union of Canada

“Many journalists now associate Robertson with those landmark lawsuits. They celebrate her for standing up for her peers, keeping everyone updated on the case and, of course, for the ‘Heather Robertson cheques’.” ~ Regan Reid, author of “Firebrand,” Ryerson Review of Journalism

If you’d like to add a quote or testimonial about Heather Robertson, deposit a comment below.

The nominees for the 35th anniversary National Magazine Awards will be announced tomorrow – May 1. Keep it right here on our Magazine Awards blog to find out who is nominated this year, or sign up for our newsletter.

The Canadian magazine industry will gather to honour Heather Robertson and all the winners at the 35th anniversary National Magazine Awards gala on June 7, 2012 at The Carlu in Toronto. Tickets go on sale May 1.

National Magazine Award-winning Portrait Photography 2007-2010

As we count down to the announcement — May 1 — of the nominees for the 35th anniversary National Magazine Awards, we’re taking a look back at some of the award-winning creative from the past four years. Today: Gold award winners in the category Portrait Photography.

2007

"Miss Canadiana" - Photography by Robyn Cumming; The Walrus

2008

"The Second Coming of Peter Lougheed" - Photography by Clay Stang; Report on Business

 2009

"Stand and Deliver" - Photography by Gregory Crow; Vancouver Magazine

2010

"Nickelled and Damned" - Photography by Louie Palu; Report on Business

The 35th anniversary National Magazine Awards will be held on June 7. Nominations and ticket information coming May 1 at www.magazine-awards.com.

Familiar names vie for National Newspaper Awards

[This post has been updated] Friday night 25 of Canada’s newspapers and news agencies hope to hear their names called at the 63rd edition of the National Newspaper Awards, where there are a total of 71 finalists competing for awards in 22 categories.

Patrick White, the 2007 winner of the National Magazine Award for Best New Magazine Writer and now a reporter for The Globe and Mail, is nominated for his coverage of “The Trials of Nunavut” in the Long Features category.

Competing against Patrick in Long Features, also from The Globe and Mail, is ten-time National Magazine Award winner (and two-time host of the NMA gala) Ian Brown, nominated for his investigation into pre-natal testing.

Eric Reguly, a National Magazine Award winner last year for Investigative Reporting, is nominated for a NNA for his columns also in The Globe and Mail.

The awards will be presented tonight  Friday night in Toronto. The National Magazine Awards finalists will be announced next week on May 1, with the gala on June 7. Stay tuned for announcements and ticket information.

[Update April 28: Patrick White won for Best Long Feature. Congrats Patrick!]

National Magazine Award-winning Photojournalism & Photo Essays, 2007-2010

 As we count down to the announcement – May 1 – of the nominees for the 35th anniversary National Magazine Awards, we’re taking a look back at some of the award-winning creative from the past four years. Today: Gold award winners in the category Photojournalism & Photo Essay. (This year, this category is generously sponsored by CNW Group.)

2007

"The Doctor is Out" - Photography by Wendell Phillips, Vancouver Magazine

2008

"Serbia, the Sad South" - Photography by Roger LeMoyne, Maisonneuve

2009

"Closing Time" - Photography by George Webber, Swerve

2010

"Dark Element" - Photography by Donald Weber, The Walrus

The 35th anniversary National Magazine Awards will be held on June 7. Nominations and ticket information coming May 1 at www.magazine-awards.com.

National Magazine Award-winning Covers 2007-2010

As we count down to the announcement — May 1 — of the nominees for the 35th anniversary National Magazine Awards, we’re taking a look back at some of the award-winning creative from the past four years. Today: Gold award winners in the category Magazine Covers.

2007

Maisonneuve, Winter 2007; Creative direction by Anna Minzhulina

2008

Toronto Life, August 2008; Creative direction by Jessica Rose

2009

Report on Business, May 2009; Creative direction by Domenic Macri

 2010

"Issue #6" - The Feathertale Review. Creators: Lee H. Wilson, Dani Crosby, Brett Popplewell

The 35th anniversary National Magazine Awards will be held on June 7. Nominations and ticket information coming May 1 at www.magazine-awards.com.

CSME event will help you represent your brand

The Canadian Society of Magazine Editors is hosting a luncheon event on Friday April 27 called “Ready for your Up Close” (How to Prep for Interviews and Represent Your Brand), featuring NMAF board member and the president of the PR agency Smitten Creative, Susan Zuzinjak, as well as Chantal Guertin, editor-at-large of The Kit.

The event is at Peridot, 81 Bloor Street East in Toronto.

Cost is $22 for CSME members and $37 for non-members. Lunch is included.

{Tip o’ the hat: Canadian Magazines}

National Magazine Award-winning Still-Life Photography 2007-2010

As we count down to the announcement — May 1 — of the nominees for the 35th anniversary National Magazine Awards, we’re taking a look back at some of the award-winning creative from the past four years. Today: Gold award winners in the category Still-Life Photography.

2007

"Recipe for Success" - Photography by Peter Schafrick; enRoute

2008

"Global Scents" - Photography by Natasha V; Glow Magazine

2009

"From All Different Walks of Life" - Photography by Peter Ash Lee; Corduroy Magazine

2010

"This Little Piggy Went to Market" - Photography by Kourosh Keshiri; Maisonneuve

The 35th anniversary National Magazine Awards will be held on June 7. Nominations and ticket information coming May  1 at www.magazine-awards.com.