Archive | April 2012

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.

35th Anniversary National Magazine Awards Gala: Important Information

On June 7, 2012 members of the Canadian magazine industry will gather at The Carlu in Toronto to celebrate excellence in magazine publishing at the 35th anniversary National Magazine Awards gala.

Today the National Magazine Awards Foundation (NMAF) has issued a Press Release detailing the schedule of the gala event on June 7. There are two main highlights:

1) The National Magazine Awards gala is being held on the same date, at the same venue, as the 58th annual Kenneth R. Wilson (KRW) Awards. The KRW awards presentation will take place from 4:30pm-6pm in the Round Room of The Carlu. A joint industry reception, for ticket holders of both galas, will take place from 6pm-7:30pm in the Grand Foyer. At 7:30pm the NMA presentation and dinner service will commence in the Concert Hall, with the Round Room also open to all guests throughout. Dessert, bar service and revelry will continue afterwards till late.

2) The National Magazine Awards gala is being held on a Thursday evening this year, a change from the recent tradition of hosting the event on a Friday evening.

“It’s an important milestone in Canadian publishing to bring together the National Magazine Awards and the KRWs to celebrate outstanding achievement,” said Barbara Gould, Managing Director of both the National Magazine Awards Foundation and the KRW Awards. “The awards on June 7 will honour those who have had a profound impact on the quality of magazine publishing in Canada, and a rare opportunity to have this collective talent together for one evening.”

Read the full release for details. Tickets for the National Magazine Awards go on sale on May 1 at www.magazine-awards.com. Tickets for the Kenneth R. Wilson Awards will be on sale May 3 at www.krwawards.ca. Nominations for both awards will be announced on the same dates, respectively.

National Magazine Award-winning Illustration 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 Illustration.

2007

"God's Slow Death" - Illustration by Sam Weber, The Walrus.

2008

"The Lynching of Louie Sam" - Illustration by Jillian Tamaki, The Walrus

2009

"Floating Like the Dead" - Illustration by Roxanna Bikadoroff, Vancouver Review.

2010

"The Family Travel Special" - Illustration by Pascal Blanchet, enRoute

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 Science, Technology & the Environment, 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, in honour of Earth Day Canada this weekend: Gold award winners in the category Science, Technology & the Environment.

2007

"Inde, poubelle de la planète techno" by Noémi Mercier, Québec science

2008

"Becoming an Optimist" by J.B. MacKinnon, explore

2009

"Sh*t Happens But You Move On" by Matthew McClearn, Canadian Business

2010

"Cellules souches: Le mirage chinois" by Noémi Mercier, Québec science

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 Fashion & Beauty Layouts, 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 Fashion & Beauty. (This year for the first time, Fashion and Beauty will be awarded as two separate categories. The Beauty category this year is generously sponsored by L’Oréal Canada.)

2007

"Cable Girl" - Fashion Magazine. Photography by Gabor Jurina. Styling by Susie Sheffman. Art Direction by Antony Smith.

2008

"Prêt à parcour" - Driven Magazine. Photography by Mark Zibert. Styling by Luke Langsdale. Art Direction by Kelly Kirkpatrick.

2009

"Into the Wild" - Flare. Photography by Chris Nicholls. Styling by Elizabeth Cabral. Art Direction by Tanya Watt.

2010

"Oh So Coco" - Flare. Photography by Chris Nicholls. Styling by Elizabeth Cabral. Art Direction by Tanya Watt.

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

NMA Winner Benoit Aquin’s new photo exhibit of Haiti

On Saturday, April 14, National Magazine Award-winning photojournalist Benoit Aquin hosted a reception for his latest exhibit at the Stephen Bulger Gallery in Toronto. The collection, titled Haïti, focuses on the recovery and resilience of this nation plagued by natural disasters, political unrest, and poverty.

Aquin made his first trip to Haiti fifteen years ago and has been a regular visitor and documenter ever since. The people and culture have touched him deeply, and the collection on exhibit at the Stephen Bulger Gallery until April 28 was amassed over several trips made in the months following the January 2010 earthquake. It showcases a vibrant people determined to pick up their lives after the disaster.

Aquin’s work has appeared in several magazines including Report on Business,  Maclean’s and Canadian Geographic. He won a National Magazine Award in 2007 for “The Chinese Dust Bowl” published in The Walrus.

If you’re in Toronto this month you should check it out. We hope to see more of Benoit’s thought-provoking work in the future.

NMAF intern Wajiha Suboor with Benoit Aquin at the Stephen Bulger Gallery

Ryerson Review of Journalism launches Summer 2012 issue

The Ryerson Review of Journalism launched its Summer 2012 issue at the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto last week among well-known faces of the Canadian magazine industry (including many National Magazine Award winners). The National Magazine Awards Foundation is always eager to welcome new talent in the industry, and its staff and interns were also present to celebrate the launch.

First created in 1985 as a “watchdog for the watchdogs,” the RRJ is produced by Ryerson journalism students in their final year. The current faculty and instructors working with the students hold a total of 25 NMAs. The instructor for this issue, Lynn Cunningham, won the Foundation Award Outstanding Achievement in 1998.

As can be expected, learning from such outstanding professionals has led the students to create a magazine that lives up to its mandate and produces award-winning features: the RRJ currently holds a total of 23 National Magazine Award nominations including 2 Golds for Best Student Writer and 3 Silvers in the Profiles, Politics & Public Interest, and Portrait Photography categories. We wish the magazine and its young masthead the best of luck in the future.

Ryerson students and NMAF interns Wajiha Suboor and Rebecca Zanussi show off the Summer 2012 RRJ issue with NMAF Special Projects Manager Richard A Johnson

Award-winning Maisonneuve magazine celebrates 10th anniversary

Last night the Maisonneuve 10th anniversary tour came to Toronto, where fans and well wishers feted the Montreal-based political and cultural affairs quarterly at the Ossington down the hip Queen West district. In less than a decade the smart and always creatively designed “Maisy” has been nominated for a robust 72 National Magazine Awards, winning 11 Golds and 5 Silvers for its writing, illustration, photography and art direction. In 2004 it was named Magazine of the Year (then awarded under the moniker of the President’s Medal). Two other times it’s won Honourable Mention for that most prestigious of awards.

Congrats to Maisy and its devoted readers, and all the best in the next decade.

American National Magazine Awards finalists announced

[This post has been updated]

The nominees for the 2012 American National Magazine Awards — commonly known as the “Ellies” after the elephantine design of the statuette — were announced today by the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME).

Leading the way with 6 nominations each are The New Yorker and New York. There are 20 categories including General Excellence and Magazine of the Year (the finalists for the latter won’t be revealed until Thursday April 5). The winners will be announced on May 3 at a gala at the Marriott Marquis in New York City.

The Hall of Fame award will be presented to Sports Illustrated editor Terry McDonnell. There is also a Best Cover contest open to public vote: for the next three weeks you can view and vote on over 250 magazine covers in ten categories.

ASME sponsors the American National Magazine Awards in association with the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Nearly 270 publications entered this year, submitting 1,804 entries.  The judges included 345 magazine editors, art directors and photography editors as well as journalism educators.

Last month ASME announced the winners of the Digital Ellies — 11 categories for digital content and design — at a separate lunch ceremony in New York.

[Update April 4, 2012] An interesting item on the American NMAs, brought to our attention by the “PageViews” book blog of the New York Daily News, holds that in none of the “major” categories (quote-unquote: Reporting, Feature Writing, Profile Writing, Essays / Criticism and Columns / Commentary) are there any women nominated. (PageViews notes that 3 of the 5 finalists in the Fiction category are women.)

ASME and some women in the industry have fired back at this criticism, defending the judging process (women have long been nominees and winners in these categories) and opposing the notion that categories in which women are nominated are somehow not major.

PWAC Awards deadline is April 5

The Professional Writers Association of Canada (PWAC) is accepting submissions for its annual awards program until April 5, 2012.

There are two writing awards open to PWAC members and non-members alike: Features Writing (1200+ words) and Short Articles (1200 words or fewer), each of which includes a cash prize of $500 plus a year’s membership in PWAC ($250 value).

There are three awards categories open to PWAC members only: The Barbara Novak Award for Excellence in Humour Writing or Personal Essays; The Lawrence Jackson Outstanding Achievement Award; and the PWAC Regional Volunteer Awards.

Finally, the PWAC Editor of the Year Award is a prize for Canadian editors nominated by their writers, established in 2008 to

bring national recognition and praise to outstanding editorial professionals who respond quickly and positively to our queries, help us shape our ideas and work, improve our writing, and smooth the process of publication, invoicing and payment.

Visit PWAC’s awards site for more information.

2011 Atlantic Journalism Awards finalists announced

Congratulations to the nominees for the 2011 Atlantic Journalism Awards, including popular periodicals Saltscapes, Atlantic Business Journal, Halifax Magazine, Nova Scotia Open to the World, East Coast Living, and The Coast.

Finalists were announced last week in 28 categories for magazine, newspaper, online and broadcast journalism based in Atlantic Canada.

The coveted award for Atlantic Magazine Best Cover will come down to three finalists:

Atlantic Business Magazine (“The Rise of Generation Plus,” March 2011); Halifax Magazine (“Going to the Big Leagues,” October 2011); and East Coast Living (“Back to Life,” Winter 2011).

See the full list of finalists here. The winners will be revealed at the annual AJA Gala on May 5, 2012 in Fredericton. Tickets are on sale now.

 

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