Christopher Frey is the Editor-in-Chief of Hazlitt and Director of Digital Publishing at Random House Canada. As a journalist he has twice been a Gold Medal winner at the National Magazine Awards.
Terry Sellwood is the President of Cottage Life Media, a division of Blue Ant Media and publisher of Cottage Life, Canada’s Magazine of the Year. Previously he served on the board of the National Magazine Awards Foundation, including as President from 2001-2003.
Melony Ward is the Publisher of Canada’s History magazine and Kayak: Canada’s History for Kids. She serves on the magazine advisory committee for Ontario Media Development Corporation and previously served on the board of Magazines Canada.
The NMAF has also elected a new president for 2014-2015, Joyce Byrne, who succeeds Douglas Thomson. Ms. Byrne is the Publisher of Avenue magazine in Calgary. She has served on the NMAF board of directors since 2010 and as its Vice-President from 2012-2014. She is also a Silver Medal National Magazine Award winner. On being elected to the position, Ms. Byrne noted:
“I am delighted to be able to champion excellence in Canadian magazines, and to be the first president of the National Magazine Awards Foundation based in Western Canada. Though Canada has a vast geography, our magazines bring us together, and our creators help us see other lives through their eyes. The NMAF board is a dedicated and invested group of volunteers who, like me, value the role that singling out our best work can have on company culture, staff and freelancer career development, and even our bottom line. We have an exciting year ahead and our new directors bring fresh perspectives and great experience to our bench.”
The NMAF Board of Directors has elected the following executive for the 2014-2015 term:
PRESIDENT: Joyce Byrne
VICE-PRESIDENT: Terry Sellwood
SECRETARY: Brian Morgan
Brian Morgan is the Art Director of The Walrus. He has served on the NMAF board of directors since 2011.
TREASURER: Liana Bell
Liana Bell is a Partner with the Clark Henning Group. She has served on the board of directors since 2011.
PAST PRESIDENT: Douglas Thomson
Douglas Thomson is the Editor of ROM Magazine. He has served on the NMAF board of directors since 2005 and as its President from 2012-2014.
The board of directors of the NMAF is comprised of leaders in the Canadian magazine industry dedicated to supporting the Foundation’s mission 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.
For more information about the NMAF and its board of directors, please visit magazine-awards.com/about
The National Magazine Awards Foundation (NMAF) is now accepting applications for one paid Administrative Internship position for the National Magazine Awards (NMAs) and the Kenneth R. Wilson Awards (KRWs) in Toronto for Winter 2014/Spring 2015.
Duration: November 3, 2014 – June 30, 2015; 15 hrs/week on average.
Description: The successful candidate will be reporting to and working with the NMAF/KRW Communications Manager and Special Projects Manager and specifically will:
- Assist with the day-to-day operations of the NMAF/KRW office, including support for the submissions process, judging process, and awards production;
- Handle some of the office-related communications and outreach with the Canadian magazine industry in both English and French—including but not limited to initiating and responding to phone calls and general email;
- Assist with the research and production of content for the NMAF blog (blog.magazine-awards.com);
- Copy edit and fact check NMAF/KRW communications materials and publications, including newsletters, press releases, website copy, gala programs and related material;
- Assist with ongoing projects to promote the NMAF/KRW and its various initiatives;
- Attend regular staff meetings.
- Exceptional communication skills;
- Familiarity with the Canadian magazine industry;
- Ability to work independently and on deadline with goal-oriented projects;
- Solid writing and editing skills;
- Knowledge of French a strong asset;
- Career aspirations in the Canadian magazine industry or similar;
- Strong interest in fulfilling the mandate and vision of the National Magazine Awards Foundation.
Terms and Remuneration: The length of the contract will be from November 3, 2014 until June 30, 2015. The average weekly commitment may range from 10 hours per week (Nov-Dec; Feb-Mar; Jun) to 20 hours per week (Jan; Apr-May). Working hours are flexible except at specific times, and most work may be completed remotely. This internship pays $11/hour.
Applications: Candidates should submit:
- A cover letter demonstrating their specific interest in the internship;
- A resume;
- And at least one letter of reference from a professor or career mentor.
Please send applications by email to NMAF Communications Manager Émilie Pontbriand at staff[at]magazine-awards.com.
Deadline: Friday, October 24, 2014
The National Magazine Awards Foundation (NMAF) is pleased to announce the launch of a nationwide newsstand promotion designed to increase awareness about Canada’s top award-winning magazines. This strategic partnership with Indigo Books & Music, Inc, part of the NMAF’s mandate to promote award-winning magazines and content, will run from September 22 to October 18. During this period, this year’s eligible winning publications will be featured in a special NMA display in 91 Indigo and Chapters superstores across the country.
More specifically, the objective of this initiative is to significantly increase single-copy sales of award-winning magazines by providing publishers with the opportunity to leverage their prestigious, nationally recognized award through a group marketing effort to increase newsstand sales, magazine awareness, and future subscriptions in a cost-effective manner.
While print publications are rising to meet the challenges and opportunities of the digital era, the newsstand remains a significant place of reader engagement. With this promotion, the NMAF’s goal is to provide magazines with a unique opportunity to showcase their award-winning status and to maximize their impact on the newsstand.
Participating magazines include Magazine of the Year winner Cottage Life, as well as award winners Azure, Chatelaine, ELLE Canada, FASHION Magazine, fshnunlimited (f.u.), Little Brother, Maclean’s, Prefix Photo, Sharp, Sportsnet, The Walrus, This Magazine, Toronto Life, and the United Church Observer.
We’ll be featuring each of these participating magazines here on the Magazine Awards blog in the coming weeks. And be sure to visit your local Chapters Indigo to check out the special NMA display. Follow us on Twitter @MagAwards for more updates.
For this promotional effort the NMAF acknowledges the financial support of the Ontario Media Development Corporation, and gratefully thanks Indigo Books & Music Inc. for their support of the NMA newsstand promotion. The NMAF would also like to thank CNW Group.
An agency of the Government of Ontario, Ontario Media Development Corporation supports the province’s creative economy by providing innovative programs, services and funding for the film and television; book and magazine publishing; interactive digital media and music industries. www.omdc.on.ca
The NMAF wishes to thank all of its sponsors, judges and guests for another wonderful event. Congratulations again to the winners of the 37th National Magazine Awards.
The National Magazine Awards Foundation gratefully acknowledges the support of its sponsors and partners that help us achieve our mission to recognize and promote excellence in the content and creation of Canadian magazines at the 37th annual National Magazine Awards.
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Have a ticket?
If you purchased a ticket and did not request it to be mailed, you can pick up your ticket at the Will-Call tables in front of the elevators at The Carlu. There are separate ticket tables for judges’ tickets.
Need a ticket?
Tickets are available for purchase at the door: $190 (table seats incl dinner) / $125 (balcony/Round Room) including HST. Credit cards or cash accepted.
Not able to come?
Follow our twitter handle @MagAwards and #NMA14 for live tweets throughout the show. Keep it right here on this blog for a full recap of the awards and all the winners (sometime after 11pm ET).
A recap of this years nominees
Full-text articles of all nominated work
Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement
Q&A with the finalists for Best New Magazine Writer
Q&A with the creators of the nominees in Magazine Covers
The Master of Ceremonies?
The National Magazine Awards Foundation is excited to announce that the one and only Scott Feschuk–author, columnist, two-time NMA-winning humour writer, noted magazine lover–is bowing to temptation and returning to host the annual National Magazine Awards for a record 4th time. This year’s gala is June 6 at the Carlu in Toronto.
“Magazines are so essential to people in our society, especially those who are waiting patiently for their colonoscopy,” Feschuk said. “In the end, I just couldn’t say no to hosting a celebration for which most expense will be spared.”
Scott Feschuk is a partner in the speechwriting and communications firm Feschuk.Reid. He was chief speechwriter to the Rt. Hon. Paul Martin during his time as prime minister. Scott has written for the Globe and Mail, the National Post and CBC’s This Hour Has 22 Minutes. His third book, The Future and Why We Should Avoid It, will be published this fall. He currently writes a column for Maclean’s and Sportsnet magazines.
Tickets are on sale now for the 37th annual National Magazine Awards. The early-bird deadline is Friday, May 16.
Photo of Scott Feschuk by Blair Gable.