Venerable Canadian magazine editor John Macfarlane, winner of the 2005 Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement, the highest individual honour given by the National Magazine Awards Foundation, announced today that he is stepping down from his position as editor-in-chief of The Walrus, effective the end of the year.
The Walrus Foundation, publisher of the magazine which has won more NMAs than any other since its first issue in 2003, published a statement from John on its website:
“More than five years ago, I came on board as interim editor for six months, and suddenly it’s five years later. The world of journalism has changed in the last five years, and although I’ve enjoyed every minute here the time has come, as the Walrus said, for a new kind of editor—an editor of all Walrus platforms. I’ve been thinking about this for a while, and decided the timing is right—for me and for the organization.”
Following a 15-year editorship of Toronto Life (1992-2007) during which that magazine won an industry-best 118 National Magazine Awards including Magazine of the Year in 2007, John Macfarlane was hired at The Walrus in 2008 and since then the magazine has won 59 NMAs, also best in the industry. His long career in publishing also includes Saturday Night, Financial Times of Canada, Weekend Magazine, the Toronto Star and the Globe and Mail.
He served as President of the National Magazine Awards Foundation from 2000-2002.
The award goes to the magazine website (either a companion site or an online-only magazine) that most successfully fulfills its editorial mission by representing the highest journalistic standards and effectively serving its intended audience by maximizing the possibilities afforded by the medium of web-based publishing. A jury convened by the National Magazine Awards Foundation evaluates all entries and comes to a consensus on three finalists and a single winner.
With more than 2.1 million total weekly readers, Maclean’s magazine continues to be a major force in Canadian news and opinion. Online, macleans.ca is a compelling destination for political commentary and discussion, feature stories, social debate and cultural musings. Visitors get full access to exclusive online features, interactive media and the latest from its award-winning bloggers.
The Maclean’s web team presents a platform that can look great on any screen, big or small. Their grid-like display allows for easy translation to a scrollable list format on your mobile device. Functionality and content prominence are what make their simplistic design work.
“For Maclean’s, we are now presenting more information than ever before, while at the same time occupying less screen real estate until you need it,” says senior director and publisher Ryan Trotman.
Their layout choices create a site that is easily digestible and remains consistent with the way we currently consume information through social media. Our surfing habits have changed and macleans.ca has addressed this new social characteristic.
Five of Hazlitt‘s most recent and popular features play on a slideshow atop the site, which was founded in 2012 as an online literary and cultural affairs magazine by Random House Canada. Sections chosen for Hazlitt’s menu bar communicate their unique role in the world of literary fiction.
Features, Blog, A/V, Comix, Fiction and Hazlitt Originals line the top of their homepage, echoing their core value in exhibiting great writing on diverse subject matter while contributing to cultural at all levels. A grid-like image and title display sits to the right of a list of their ‘most popular’ articles. Their most recent publications and twitter feed follow, appearing atop a freeform of content links organizes in blocks.
Users can scroll titles referring to subsection headings for anything that may be of interest. The style does not present the visitor with rigid sections, but rather allows the content to be displayed in a way that gives all subsections equal treatment.
“Hazlitt aspires to publish great writing on everything,” its editors told the NMAF in a statement submitted with its application. “Politics, art, the environment, film, music, law, business. Books and writers, their ideas, insights and stories, are at the heart of what we do, because books and writers are at the heart of culture, both high and low.”
Displaying a cover photo and a lead to impress visitors to ‘read more,’ the Torontoist site exhibits a format similar to what we see when we open a newspaper to scan for stories. Editor-in-chief Hamutal Dotan says this was done intentionally to challenge the idea that online magazines are somehow less informative or not as well-researched as hard copy, printed articles.
“We aim to be the home for people who really care about Toronto, who want to engage in its development and evolution, but who don’t equate formality of tone with substance,” she says.
Regular features, such as ‘Extra, Extra’ and ‘Newsstand’ are Torontoist’s way of offering curated content in what Dotan calls “a downright commitment to sharing work that other publications, including our competitors, are producing.”
In an editorial mandate received by the National Magazine Awards Foundation, the Torontoist editors referred to the site as “compulsively readable and up-to-the-minute… Torontoist is a digital magazine for the modern, edgy urbanite, eschewing categorization in order to serve and reflect a dynamic city full of people who want to learn more about the place they call home.”
And congratulations to all the winners of the 37th annual National Magazine Awards.
Special thanks to Melissa Myers for her research and conducting interviews for this post.
The National Magazine Awards Foundation (NMAF) is pleased to announce the winners of the 37th annual National Magazine Awards.
At this year’s gala on June 6, presented by CDS Global and hosted by humourist (and award-winner) Scott Feschuk, the NMAF presented Gold and Silver awards in 47 categories representing the best in Canadian magazines from the year 2013.
SPECIAL AWARD WINNERS
Magazine of the Year
Sponsored by RBC Royal Bank
Magazine Website of the Year
Tablet Magazine of the Year
Best New Magazine Writer
Sponsored by Reader’s Digest Foundation
Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement
Top Winning Magazines at the 37th National Magazine Awards:
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See the complete list of winners at magazine-awards.com.
INTEGRATED AWARDS – GOLD WINNERS
Best Single Issue
Tenth Anniversary Issue
Report on Business
How Much Does a Street Cost?
Editorial Package (Web)
Canada’s Best New Restaurants
Single Service Article Package
Calendrier de l’avent
Words & Pictures
Sponsored by CDS Global
WRITING AWARDS – GOLD WINNERS
Arts & Entertainment
Rebel Without Applause
Best Short Feature
Jamie Bradburn, Kevin Plummer, David Wencer
Sponsored by Accenture
This Little Piggy Went to Market…and the Farmer Lost Money
Report on Business
Sponsored by Impresa Communications Ltd.
Editorial Package (Print)
Sponsored by Canadian Society of Magazine Editors
Marine Corniou, Dominique Forget, Joel Leblanc, Raymond Lemieux, Chantal Srivastava
In The Chair
Little Brother Magazine
Health & Medicine
First Do No Harm
Jane Rodmell, David Zimmer
Best Flavour Ever
Assemble ingredients. Pause dramatically.
One Martyr Down
One of a Kind
The Marineland Dreamland
Liz Windhorst Harmer
Politics & Public Interest
The Kingdom of Haymour
Science, Technology & Environment
Sponsored by GE Canada
Losing the Hooded Grebe
United Church Observer
Service: Health & Family
Lest We Forget: The Shocking Crisis Facing Our Wounded Veterans
Vive le poisson éco!
Service: Personal Finance & Business
Sponsored by Manulife Financial
The Hand-Me-Down Blues
Sports & Recreation
La machine à broyer les rêves
VISUAL AWARDS – GOLD WINNERS
Art Direction of an Entire Issue
Sponsored by The Lowe-Martin Group
Art Direction of a Single Article
Not in the Age of the Pharaohs
John Van Der Schilden, Photographer
Brittany Eccles, Art Director
Juliana Schiavinatto, Stylist
Vanessa Craft, Beauty Director
Petra Collins, Photographer
Jed Tallo, Art Director
Corey Ng, Stylist
Pastels Take Shape
Homes & Gardens
Martin Tessler, Photographer
Paul Roelofs, Art Director
Nicole Sjöstedt, Stylist
Magazine Website Design
Photojournalism & Photo Essay
Sponsored by CNW Group
Report on Business
The Elite Yellow Peril
ABOUT THE 37th ANNUAL NATIONAL MAGAZINE AWARDS
More than 500 members of the Canadian magazine industry—publishers, editors, art directors, writers, photographers, illustrators, circulators and more—joined esteemed sponsors and other guests at the 37th annual National Magazine Awards gala on June 6, 2014, at The Carlu in Toronto, presented by CDS Global.
This year, from nearly 2000 individual entries received nationwide, the NMAF’s 238 volunteer judges nominated a total of 376 submissions from 92 different Canadian magazines for awards in 47 written, visual, integrated and special categories.
The National Magazine Awards Foundation acknowledges the financial support of the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario, as well as the Ontario Media Development Corporation.
The NMAF thanks its corporate sponsors Accenture, GE Canada, Manulife Financial, RBC Royal Bank, The Lowe-Martin Group, Canadian Society of Magazine Editors, Penguin Random House and Reader’s Digest Foundation for their generous financial support of the National Magazine Awards.
The NMAF thanks its media partners Cottage Life Media, Impresa Communications Ltd., Masthead, Rogers Media, TC Media and Toronto Life for their generous support of the National Magazine Awards.
The NMAF thanks its event partners CNW Group and Media Vantage, The Carlu, Daniel et Daniel, Relay Experience, KlixPix and Michèle Champagne for their generous support of the National Magazine Awards.
The NMAF gratefully acknowledges all its suppliers and its contributors who donated gifts in kind to support the awards program. We thank them for their generosity, interest and expertise. Thanks also to our hard-working event volunteers.
And thanks again to our wonderful Master of Ceremonies, Scott Feschuk.
ABOUT THE NATIONAL MAGAZINE AWARDS FOUNDATION
The National Magazine Awards Foundation is a bilingual, not-for-profit institution whose mission is to recognize and promote excellence in the content and creation of Canadian print and digital publications through an annual program of awards and national publicity efforts.
On Friday night distinguished members of the Canadian magazine industry will gather to recognize excellence in magazine publishing and content creation at 37th annual National Magazine Awards. [TICKETS]
The gala will conclude with the presentation of the most prestigious award: Magazine of the Year, sponsored by RBC Royal Bank.
This year the jury has selected from magazines across Canada 3 finalists.
And the nominees are…
What the jury said:
With outstanding design and art direction, Azure offers us a new way of looking at the world around us. Through a masterful integration of images and words, and guided by an intelligent and playful editorial curation, Azure showcases design solutions in a way that’s accessible and inspiring. Lively and surprising, the magazine understands what it’s readers crave, and covers the international design scene with a Canadian perspective.
L’avis du jury :
Se distinguant grâce à son design et sa direction artistique remarquables, Azure nous offre une nouvelle façon de voir le monde qui nous entoure. Grâce à l’intégration magistrale des images et des mots et à un contenu éditorial à la fois réfléchi et ludique, Azure présente des solutions de designs de manière accessible et inspirante. Animé et étonnant, le magazine comprend ce que les lecteurs recherchent et couvre la scène internationale du design d’une perspective canadienne.
What the jury said:
Smart, engaging and instructive; a magazine that manages to be both realistic and aspirational, and really knows its audience. With its versatile range of long-form features, profiles and service pieces, sophisticated mix of editorial illustration, photography and information graphics, and a cohesive typographical approach, Cottage Life delivers with confidence on its mandate to enhance and preserve the quality of cottage living.
L’avis du jury :
Un magazine intelligent, captivant, une source de renseignements pour ses lecteurs; Cottage Life connaît très bien son lectorat et approche son sujet d’une manière à la fois attrayante et concrète. Par la diversité de ses articles de fond, portraits et articles de service, l’amalgame sophistiqué d’illustrations, de photographies et d’infographie, ainsi que l’uniformité de son approche typographique, Cottage Life remplit avec assurance son mandat qui est de rehausser et préserver la qualité de ce mode de vie.
L’avis du jury :
Publication au design magnifique, Nouveau Projet est un magazine d’idées innovant et original. Lancé il y a trois ans, il s’est imposé sur la scène du magazine canadien grâce à son look audacieux et contemporain et la diversité surprenante de ces articles, essais, critiques culturelles et son journalisme narratif captivant. Chaque numéro de Nouveau Projet est une aventure vers l’inattendu qui informe et ravit le lecteur en bout de parcours. La direction artistique, le design et la production sont exceptionnellement soignés.
What the jury said:
A beautifully designed magazine of ideas that feels fresh, this three-year-old publication has burst on the scene with a bold, contemporary look and an astonishing range of compelling stories, essays, narrative reporting and cultural critique. Each issue of Nouveau Projet is a journey of the unexpected that ultimately informs and delights. The art direction, design and production are of the highest order.
See all of the nominees at magazine-awards.com.
One of the most special awards at this year’s gala is Tablet Magazine of the Year, awarded to the magazine that most effectively serves its audience by maximizing the possibilities afforded by the medium of tablet publishing.
This year the jury has selected from magazines across Canada 3 finalists for Tablet Magazine of the Year. The Gold medal will be announced on Friday.
And the nominees are…
Duncan Hood, Editor
John Montgomery, Art Director
Contributors: Marc Tavas, Christopher White, Conan Tobias
John Intini, Editor
Jamie Hodgson, Art Director
Contributors: John Grigg, Brett Popplewell, Ryan Dixon, Daniel Robson, Kristina Rutherford, Dave Zarum, Arden Zwelling, Evan Rosser, Naoko Asano, Craig Battle, James Doyle, Jordan Heath-Rawlings, Gare Joyce, Dafna Izenberg, Shannon Proudfoot, Brianne Collins, Myles McCutcheon, Setareh Sarmadi, Graham Bakelaar, Drew Lesiuczok, Dave Chau, Kevin MacLennan
The Hockey News
Jason Kay, Editor
Erika Vanderveer, Art Director
Edward Fraser, Contributor
This year in the category Words & Pictures there are 8 finalists vying for the Gold and Silver awards. This category is sponsored by CDS Global, the presenting sponsor of the 37th annual National Magazine Awards.
Jim Moodie, Daniel Ehrenworth, Kim Zagar, Martin Zibauer
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Barbara Amiel, Natalie Castellino, Erika Oliveira, Andrew Tolson, Stephen Gregory, Kim Honey
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Dan Robson, Roger LeMoyne, Myles McCutcheon, Jamie Hodgson, Dave Chau, Dafna Izenberg
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Edward Burtynsky, Brian Morgan, John Macfarlane, Kyle Carsten Wyatt, Sasha Chapman, Paul Kim, David Macfarlane
Sadiya Dendar, Tony Lanz, Alicia Kowalewski, Erin Finlayson, Alex Mathers, Steph Hung
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Congrats to all the nominees.
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The 37th annual National Magazine Awards are coming up on Friday June 6. One of the most special awards to be presented at the gala will be the honour of Canada’s Best New Magazine Writer, an award sponsored by the Readers’s Digest Foundation. This year there are 3 finalists, and recently we chatted with each of them to get to know the person behind the pen.
Our third nominee is Catherine McIntyre, author of “Clusterf*ck” (THIS Magazine).
NMAF: What is something about yourself that others would be surprised to know?
Catherine: Most of my jobs in the past have been physically labour intensive. I was essentially reared in a vineyard where I built up a tolerance for hard physical work (and a palate for wine). During my months off in university, I planted trees in BC and Alberta and I spent another summer farming in France. Working those jobs meant I spent a lot of time alone. Farm work and especially tree planting can be very solitary; they offer copious time and space, which for me is important for nurturing story ideas.
NMAF: When it came to writing your piece, did you have any sources of inspiration?
Catherine: Curiosity and a bit of fear originally drove me to this story. Growing up around farm country in Nova Scotia, I was exposed to lots of chemicals. I had no idea what kind of harm this exposure was causing long-term, so I started digging for disease rates in Nova Scotian farming communities. I came across Inka Milewski’s study on disease patterns throughout New Brunswick. She found that rates of certain cancers were high depending on the community in question, and she had evidence linking specific types of cancer to specific industries.
This sounded like a huge breakthrough to me: if we know what’s causing cancer, we can change our behaviours and prevent the disease. But no one was talking about this—not the local media, not community mayors—and I quickly realized why that was: drawing attention to Milewski’s findings would worry the public and may even encourage people to petition for change. But the kind of changes necessary to deal with the high rates of cancer would require a total overhaul of New Brunswick’s industries and economy. That’s why the province was ignoring Milewkski and that’s why I had to tell this story. Muzzling scientists like this really irks me. I don’t think people should be kept in the dark, especially when it comes to their health.
NMAF: What are your career goals?
Catherine: At this stage in my career I feel like I have to be flexible, which is the self-assuring way of saying “I’ll take what I can get.” Ultimately, I just want to tell good stories. I want to write feature articles and when the right idea comes around, I’d love to write a book. This is a tough industry, though, and I realize you have to pay your dues before landing a full-time feature writing gig that sustains your lifestyle. For that reason I often flit back and forth between pursuing writing and becoming a farmer and wine-maker. But for now, my sights are set on writing and getting published as much as possible. The business side of magazines has always appealed to me as well, and in the fall, I plan on going back to school to dabble in magazine and web publishing.
NMAF: How did you feel about being an NMA nominee?
Catherine: I was not expecting an NMA nomination. I was obviously thrilled to be nominated, but part of me felt like an imposter. I was fresh out of university when I wrote the article and it was the first feature story I’d ever published. An NMA had not crossed my mind—not for this one. Am I even qualified? The nomination was certainly encouraging though. I’m new to this magazine thing and it’s sometimes difficult to imagine how I’ll ever make a living at it. Being recognized for my work was a reminder that maybe I shouldn’t abandon writing just yet.
NMAF: What advice do you have for up-and-coming magazine writers?
Catherine: Write all the time. Even if you don’t have an idea worth publishing, write for yourself every day. Take any event with some sort of conflict and give it a beginning, middle, and end. Develop a character, sketch some scenes, and there—you’ve got a story. It’s good practice and you’ll start seeing there are stories everywhere. When you get an idea you think is interesting or important, dive into it. Research, make calls, and then pitch your story to a magazine, because if you don’t someone else will.
This interview was edited for content. Special thanks to Nadya Domingo for conducting the interview.
Here’s what this year’s NMA jury said about “Clusterf*ck”:
In Clusterf*ck, Catherine McIntyre dares to tackle a complex and underreported issue, digging into New Brunswick’s data on cancer clusters and correlating illness with areas of heavy industry. In every way a powerful feature—great sources, revealing scenes, vivid details—the work displays a principled grasp of the fundamentals of investigative reporting. Her piece, like the best journalism, has the potential to effect change.
We’ll find out who wins the award for Best New Magazine Writer at the 37th annual National Magazine Awards, Friday June 6. Tickets.
Q&A with the creators of the finalists for best Magazine Cover
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