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Announcing the Winners of the 37th annual National Magazine Awards!

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.

Complete list (PDF) of all winners
Full-text of all nominated and winning articles
Twitter highlights
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Magazine of the Year
Sponsored by RBC Royal Bank
Cottage Life

Magazine Website of the Year

Tablet Magazine of the Year

Best New Magazine Writer
Sponsored by Reader’s Digest Foundation
Catherine McIntyre

Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement
Kim Jernigan

Top Winning Magazines at the 37th National Magazine Awards:

Magazine Gold Silver HM
The Walrus 7 6 22
Maclean’s 4 1 13
Maisonneuve 4 1 9
L’actualité 3 2 18
Report on Business 3 2 16
Cottage Life 3 1 9
Eighteen Bridges 3 1 7
Legion Magazine 2 0 1
Western Living 1 3 4
Sportsnet 1 2 7
The Grid 1 1 12
Hazlitt 1 1 8
Flare 1 1 2
United Church Observer 1 1 2
enRoute 1 1 1
Malahat Review 1 1 1
Torontoist 1 1 1
Toronto Life 0 2 16
Jobboom 0 2 0

See the complete list of winners at magazine-awards.com.


Best Single Issue
Tenth Anniversary Issue
The Walrus

Magazine Covers
Larry Fink
Report on Business

How Much Does a Street Cost?
The Grid

Editorial Package (Web)
Canada’s Best New Restaurants

Online Video
Boy Genius

Single Service Article Package
Calendrier de l’avent

Words & Pictures
Sponsored by CDS Global
The Walrus


Arts & Entertainment
Curtis Gillespie
Rebel Without Applause
Eighteen Bridges

Best Short Feature
Paul Wells
Boy Genius

Jamie Bradburn, Kevin Plummer, David Wencer

Sponsored by Accenture
Charles Wilkins
This Little Piggy Went to Market…and the Farmer Lost Money
Report on Business

Sponsored by Impresa Communications Ltd.
Chantal Hébert

Editorial Package (Print)
Sponsored by Canadian Society of Magazine Editors
Marine Corniou, Dominique Forget, Joel Leblanc, Raymond Lemieux, Chantal Srivastava
Août 2013
Québec Science

Curtis Gillespie
In The Chair
Eighteen Bridges

Jess Taylor
Little Brother Magazine

Health & Medicine
Ann Silversides
First Do No Harm

Jane Rodmell, David Zimmer
Best Flavour Ever
Cottage Life

Scott Feschuk
Assemble ingredients. Pause dramatically.

Investigative Reporting
Adam Day
One Martyr Down
Legion Magazine

One of a Kind
Craig Davidson
The Marineland Dreamland
The Walrus

Personal Journalism
Liz Windhorst Harmer
Malahat Review

Karen Solie

Politics & Public Interest
Lisa Fitterman
The Avenger
The Walrus

Omar Mouallem
The Kingdom of Haymour
Eighteen Bridges

Science, Technology & Environment
Sponsored by GE Canada
Alanna Mitchell
Losing the Hooded Grebe
United Church Observer 

Service: Health & Family
Sharon Adams
Lest We Forget: The Shocking Crisis Facing Our Wounded Veterans
Legion Magazine

Service: Lifestyle
Valérie Borde
Vive le poisson éco!

Service: Personal Finance & Business
Sponsored by Manulife Financial
Denny Manchee
The Hand-Me-Down Blues
Cottage Life

Dan Werb
The Fix
The Walrus

Sports & Recreation
Jonathan Trudel
La machine à broyer les rêves

Taras Grescoe
Big Mac
The Walrus



Art Direction of an Entire Issue
Sponsored by The Lowe-Martin Group
Paul Sych
Issue 1
fshnunlimited (f.u.)

Art Direction of a Single Article
Underline Studio
Not in the Age of the Pharaohs
Prefix Photo

John Van Der Schilden, Photographer
Brittany Eccles, Art Director
Juliana Schiavinatto, Stylist
Vanessa Craft, Beauty Director
Masterpiece Theatre
ELLE Canada

Creative Photography
Paul Weeks
Wall Candy

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
Bright Idea
Western Living

Selena Wong
Old Wounds

Magazine Website Design
The Walrus

Photojournalism & Photo Essay
Sponsored by CNW Group
Brett Gundlock
El Pueblo

Portrait Photography
Anya Chibis
Larry Fink
Report on Business

Spot Illustration
Gracia Lam
The Elite Yellow Peril

Still-Life Photography
Liam Mogan
Set Pieces


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 CarluDaniel 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.


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.

For more information, visit magazine-awards.com and follow us on Twitter (@MagAwards).



Kim Jernigan wins Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement

Kim Jernigan (Photo: John Haney)

Kim Jernigan (Photo: John Haney)

It’s a perfectly square magazine making its way in a rectangular world. So quipped the writer Alexander MacLeod of the award-winning literary magazine The New Quarterly. Fittingly, such a simple truism about the magazine—alluding with apt understatement to qualities of creativity, humility and perseverance—also begins to describe the character of its longtime editor, Kim Jernigan, whom the National Magazine Awards Foundation is proud to announce is the winner of this year’s Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement.

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As a Master’s student in Canadian literature at the University of Waterloo in 1981, Kim volunteered at the offices of the fledgling publication which had been founded earlier that year by novelist Harold Horwood.

An early image of her dedication to TNQ saw Kim eight months pregnant, sitting on the floor of the office collating the magazine’s pages for its second issue. Three decades later, that soon-to-be newborn—now the poet Amanda Jernigan—was published in the magazine.

In 1984 Kim succeeded Harold as editor of TNQ—also a volunteer position—and energetically guided the publication toward its place as one of Canada’s best and most admired literary magazines.

In its pages eager enthusiasts of Canadian prose and poetry have discovered masterful talents including Di Brandt, Michael Crummey, Russell Smith, Steven Heighton, Caroline Adderson, Michael Winter, Elisabeth De Mariaffi, Kathleen Winter, Annabel Lyon and countless others.

During her years as editor, TNQ was nominated for 44 National Magazine Awards, winning eight Gold and six Silver medals. Writers have praised her skillful editorial dexterity and tireless commitment to providing notes and feedback much as they have her cheerful promotion of their work. Miranda Hill of Quill & Quire described this mutual devotion between editor and writer as “The Jernigan Effect.”

That Kim Jernigan selflessly devoted three decades as an unpaid volunteer in the service of Canadian literary arts is worthy of celebration in its own right, yet so is her commitment to ensuring the sustainable future of the magazine in an unsteady publishing world. In 2003 TNQ incorporated as a not-for-profit and received its charitable status in 2011. The magazine strengthened its community with the creation of the Wild Writers Literary Festival in 2000 and the launch of a popular series of writing contests in 2010.

Kim began to nurture literary non-fiction writers alongside poets and fiction writers, and expanded TNQ’s literary household to include interviews, travel essays and the popular series “Magazines as Muse.” She fostered close relationships with Canada’s lit-mag community, publishing joint issues with Alternatives Journal, Arc Poetry Magazine and Canadian Notes & Queries. The 2008 redesign—the square mag in the rectangular world—was justifiably lauded.

Steadfastly Kim helped build a strong base of volunteers, subscribers, sponsors and a diverse board of directors, leveraging support from St. Jerome’s University and, leading up to her retirement, a Trillium grant and editorial stipend to support the future of the magazine and its staff.

In her final year as editor, TNQ garnered eight National Magazine Awards nominations—the most ever by a literary magazine—and saw a young writer, Sierra Skye Gemma, win for Best New Magazine Writer for a story that had earlier won TNQ’s Edna Staebler Personal Essay Contest.

It is to her enduring credit that Kim has stewarded a small literary magazine towards not only financial stability and critical success, but also to a position as incubator of emerging talent and champion of literary arts in Canada.

Commended by her peers for her generosity, integrity, leadership and contagious passion for Canadian literature, Kim Jernigan continues to serve as a mentor for TNQ and an inspiration to many young writers and editors. The Board of Directors of the NMAF is honoured to name Kim Jernigan as the recipient of the Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement, where she takes her much-deserved place alongside the greatest contributors to the Canadian magazine industry.

Kim Jernigan will be presented with her award at the 37th annual National Magazine Awards gala on June 6 in Toronto. All other nominees for this year’s NMAs will be announced tomorrow, May 1. For ticket information for the National Magazine Awards, visit magazine-awards.com.


Would you work for three decades without pay? Kim Jernigan has done this, on an increasingly full-time basis, for 31 years. Her devotion gives new meaning to the phrase “labour of love.” Simply put, TNQ is a great literary magazine: it is lively, challenging, wide ranging in its content—and never boring or inscrutable.

Many of our industry’s best editors, writers, managers and marketers began their magazine careers at small publications like The New Quarterly. These early experiences often set people up for careers in publishing, simply because they are positive experiences. Our industry needs its small magazines; so much of what is good in our publishing world gets its start in a little magazine. Like honeybees, small magazines do the quiet, pollinating work that can bloom years later on the pages of larger publications.

Derek Webster, founding editor of Maisonneuve


Short stories and poetry and what it takes to be a writer have been the focus, the love of Kim Jernigan’s working life for more than 30 years. Anyone who has seen her take the stage at the National Magazine Awards to accept on behalf of one of her far-flung writers or poets can see this. It is matched only by her joy at seeing one of them able to go up and accept an award on their own behalf. And they all know that they are there because of the recognition and nurturing of their talent by Kim.

Tears would sometimes well up in her eyes as she talked about a particular writer or story. She spoke often to me about the gratification of watching writers mature and feeling like she’d been part of it. There was nothing contrived about her commitment and nothing artificial about her passion.

D.B. Scott, president, Impresa Communications Ltd.


In working with her in my capacity as fiction editor I saw her leadership skills close up. Her generosity and integrity were evident in the manner in which she considered the opinions of fellow editors. An astute reader, with a commitment to literary excellence, Kim championed the stories she’d read from the submissions, at the same time allowing others on the editorial board to speak for the stories they felt ought to be published.

As an editor she had a canny eye for a well-written story, an admitted weak spot for coming-of-age stories while always open to edgier or more experimental work. The system for choosing material where several editors read the work and each is given equal voice at the meetings reflects her collaborative style. TNQ has become well known for giving feedback even when the work doesn’t make the final cut, a legacy attributed to Kim who recognized the importance of writers knowing their work was getting a close reading.

Pamela Mulloy, editor of The New Quarterly


Kim Jernigan is a perfect choice for this award. For her length of service with a single title; for the scope of her contribution to The New Quarterly and the ways in which she has elevated the magazine in the Canadian literary landscape; for the fact that she has never drawn a salary for her eventual full-time work, while continuing to be involved and ensuring the viability of TNQ even after stepping down; for the fact that TNQ is an example of the best of our literary magazines. She is kind and generous with her time and ideas, and that she stewarded the magazine through the most volatile decade in publishing—and grew it—is a real credit to her.

Joyce Byrne, vice president, National Magazine Awards Foundation


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The NMAF’s most prestigious individual prize since its inception in 1990 is The Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement, an award that recognizes an individual’s innovation and creativity through contributions to the magazine industry. The award is open to circulation experts, editors, marketing, sales and promotion professionals, publishers, creators, designers, production managers – in short, to everyone in the industry. It cannot be given posthumously. The Board of Directors of the National Magazine Awards Foundation selects the winner. More information: magazine-awards.com.

Charles Oberdorf Memorial Award winner announced

[This post has been updated] Congratulations to Ryerson University student Angie Mattison, winner of the second annual Charles Oberdorf Memorial Award for excellence in magazine and web publishing. The $1000 prize was created in 2011 by the friends and family of Charles Oberdorf, for eighteen years a teacher at Ryerson and the coordinator of the magazine and web publishing program at the Chang School for Continuing Education.

Mr. Oberdorf was the recipient of the 2010 2007 National Magazine Awards Foundation’s Outstanding Achievement award, for his career of service to the Canadian magazine industry.

Hat tip: Canadian Magazines blog.

Stephen Trumper on his path to journalism

Stephen Trumper (Photo by Nigel Dickson)

Stephen Trumper (Photo by Nigel Dickson)

On June 7 the National Magazine Awards Foundation was proud to honour Stephen Trumper with the Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement. In his acceptance speech that evening Mr. Trumper touched on the challenges he faced as a person living with disability, including those related to breaking into journalism.

An excerpt of his address has been published as “Lost and Found: How a Small Group of War Vets Helped Me Find a Brighter Future” on the website of abilities.ca.

Memorably, he concluded:

[W]hat every person with a disability looking to build a career needs are allies to help shine a light on the uncertain path ahead, illuminating the way—as my war vets did—aiding me in my quest to, as Dr. Keith concluded, create a future that rested on working with my brain. That turned out to be editing and writing, a profession full of intricacies, settings and timing: elements that also happen to be the concerns of a good watchmaker.

Read the entire text of Mr. Trumper’s article.

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Stephen Trumper wins NMAF Outstanding Achievement Award

Announcing the Nominees for the 36th National Magazine Awards!

Today the NMAF announces the nominees for the 36th annual National Magazine Awards!

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[PDF Nominations List]

In the category Magazine of the Year the jury has selected four finalists:

Corporate Knights
Cottage Life

Nominated for Tablet Magazine of the Year are Canadian House & Home (“The Colour Issue”), Maclean’s (“Canada’s Best Restaurants”) and Chez Soi (“Noël 100% déco”).

And the nominees for Magazine Website of the Year are Hazlitt, Maclean’s and Toronto Life.

The winner of the Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement, announced on April 30, is Stephen Trumper.

Leading all magazines with 29 nominations for this year’s National Magazine Awards is Toronto Life, followed by L’actualité (24), The Walrus (23), The Grid (22), Maclean’s and Report on Business (20 each).

Top Nominated Magazines for the 36th National Magazine Awards:







Toronto Life












The Walrus






The Grid












Report on Business












Cottage Life






Eighteen Bridges


















The New Quarterly






Magazine of the Year Finalist

Magazine of the Year Finalist

Nine magazines are nominated for National Magazine Awards for the first time:
Chez Soi
Globe Style Advisor
(3 nominations)
(4 nominations)
Le Must
New Trail
Nouveau Projet
(2 nominations)
Ottawa Citizen Style

Write Magazine

Chris Turner leads all individual finalists with 4 nominations in written categories for his work in Canadian Geographic, Marketing and The Walrus. Garnering 3 individual nominations are Catherine Dubé (L’actualité), Dan Robson (Sportsnet), Iain Marlow (Report on Business) and Dominique Forget (ELLE Québec, Jobboom and L’actualité).

Magazine of the Year Finalist

Magazine of the Year Finalist

The article “Building with the Brigadier” (Report on Business) by Greg McArthur and Graeme Smith has the distinction of being nominated in 3 categories: Business, Investigative Reporting and Politics & Public Interest.

The 10 finalists for the best Canadian Magazine Cover of 2012 come from Adbusters, Azure, Canadian Business, Maclean’s, Maisonneuve, Report on Business, The Grid, The Walrus, Up Here and Vancouver.

There are 8 finalists for the award for Best Single Issue: Cottage Life (“June 2012”), enRoute (“The Food Issue”), LE Must (“Santé alimentaire”), Maisonneuve (“Tenth Anniversary Issue”), The Feathertale Review (“Issue 9”), The Grid (“May 10”), The Walrus (“November 2012”) and Toronto Life (“The Loneliest Man in Toronto”).

The 3 finalists for Best New Magazine Writer are Chris Hampton (for “The Place Where Art Sleeps”; Maisonneuve), Sierra Skye Gemma (for “The Wrong Way”; The New Quarterly), and May Jeong (“The Cult of Pastor Song”; Toronto Life).

Magazine of the Year Finalist

Magazine of the Year Finalist

In addition to the new category Tablet Magazine of the Year, for 2012 the NMAF created 2 other new categories for digital content. In the new integrated category Online Video, the 5 finalists are “Balcony Makeover” (Canadian House & Home), “Les coulisses du reportage mode Icône” (ELLE Québec), “Pagelicker 01: Irvine Welsh” (Hazlitt), “Reboot on Life” (Ottawa Citizen Style), and “Toronto’s National Anthem” (The Grid).

Of the 10 finalists in the new written category Blogs, 6 are from Maclean’s, 2 from Torontoist, and 1 each from L’actualité and Today’s Parent.

Congratulations to all the finalists!
[PDF Nominations List]

Magazine of the Year Finalist

Magazine of the Year Finalist

The 36th annual National Magazine Awards Gala
Join us for the 36th annual National Magazine Awards, Friday June 7 at the fabulous Carlu in Toronto. [Tickets]

Gold and Silver awards will be handed down on June 7 in 24 written categories, 12 visual categories and 6 integrated categories. All other finalists will receive Honourable Mention. Winners will also be celebrated in 5 special categories: Outstanding Achievement, Best New Magazine Writer, Magazine Website of the Year, Tablet Magazine of the Year, and Magazine of the Year.

Gold winners in written, visual and integrated categories (except Best Single Issue) receive a cash prize of $1000; Silver winners $500. The winner of Best New Magazine Writer receives a cash prize of $500.

Credit Changes
If you are a National Magazine Award nominee, please let us know of any credit changes to your nomination no later than Thursday May 9, 2013.

Thank you!
A grand thank you to all of our judges who evaluated this year’s entries to the National Magazine Awards. From nearly 2,000 individual entries nationwide, the NMAF’s 251 volunteer judges nominated a total of 365 submissions from 87 different Canadian magazines for awards in 47 written, visual, integrated and special categories.

The National Magazine Awards Foundation acknowledges the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Periodical Fund of the Department of Canadian Heritage, as well as financial support from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario, and the Ontario Media Development Corporation. The National Magazine Awards Foundation gratefully acknowledges its suppliers and its contributors who donated gifts in kind to support the awards program. We thank them for their generosity, interest and expertise.


Stephen Trumper wins NMAF Outstanding Achievement Award

Stephen Trumper (Photo by Nigel Dickson)

Stephen Trumper (Photo by Nigel Dickson)

The National Magazine Awards Foundation is pleased to announce that the winner of this year’s Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement is Stephen Trumper.

As a distinguished editor, a beloved teacher, a renowned master of display copy and a mentor known for giving generously of his time and expertise, Stephen Trumper has been a pillar of the Canadian magazine industry for more than thirty-five years.

In 1977 Steve joined Toronto Life, where he enjoyed a fourteen-year tenure, including nine as managing editor, during which time the publication was twice named Magazine of the Year. As a handling editor at Toronto Life and, later, at Harrowsmith Country Life and National Post Business plus freelance assignments for, among others, Saturday Night, Chatelaine, Elm Street and This Magazine, Steve’s deft touch and rapport with his writers helped produce more than sixty awards and nominations from the National Magazine Awards and other regional and industry associations.

In the mid-nineties he became a part-time instructor at Ryerson University’s School of Journalism, where he has taught magazine editing and feature writing ever since while also guiding students through the production of several issues of the Ryerson Review of Journalism. As a teacher and mentor, Steve has been an inspiration to a generation of Canada’s brightest journalists, many of whom still seek him out for counsel and friendship at his favourite tables at The Senator or at the Starbucks inside Sears at the Eaton Centre. Shameless magazine was born in one of Stephen’s classes at Ryerson.

A wheelchair user who was on the boards of CBC-TV’s Disability Network, Ontario Science Centre, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital and a member of the Ontario Lieutenant Governor’s ad hoc committee on improving job opportunities for people with disabilities, Steve currently serves on the board of the Canadian Abilities Foundation, which publishes Abilities magazine. In addition, for the past dozen years Steve has been involved with Accessible Media Inc. (AMI), a not-for-profit organization that operates two broadcast services (AMI-tv and AMI-audio) and a website (AMI.ca). By making print, broadcast and digital media accessible, AMI serves more than five million Canadians who are blind or partially sighted, deaf or hard of hearing, mobility or learning disabled, or learning English as a second language. For AMI Steve has been a writer, an editor and, for several years, the organization’s Ombudsman.

Steve’s principal goals in his career as an editor, a teacher and an advocate for people with disabilities: to make media and journalism better, and to make them accessible to all Canadians. In 2012, Steve received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, recognizing his contributions to community and public service.

On behalf of the National Magazine Awards Foundation: Congratulations Stephen!

Stephen Trumper will be recognized at the 36th annual National Magazine Awards gala on June 7. Tickets go on sale May 1, when the NMAF will announce all nominees for this year’s National Magazine Awards.

What the Canadian magazine industry told us about Stephen Trumper

Steve’s modus operandi: gradually bringing along a new writer, helping them fine-tune their natural skills and overcome any weaknesses, and challenging them by assigning them stories that are outside of their comfort zone. That Steve is arguably the most influential mentor working in the business today is only one of the reasons he is deserving of the Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement.
David Hayes, fourteen-time NMA finalist and Gold winner in 2002, and member of the Board of Directors of the National Magazine Awards Foundation. 

Guiding students in putting together the Ryerson Review of Journalism involves multiple professional skills and also considerable finesse, tact, diplomacy and cat-herding prowess, plus the ability to teach effectively on the fly. Steve manages this challenging role with ease and emerges with a magazine to be proud of, as well as many warm relationships with the students involved.
Lynn Cunningham, associate professor of journalism at Ryerson and a former recipient of the Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement (1998).

“Steve is the voice of AMI in all of his interactions with our audience, and takes the time to chat with each person individually either on the phone or through a carefully crafted email response. He also provides frank and sage advice on the many sensitive issues and topics we deal with.”
Peter Burke, Vice-president, Marketing & Communications, Accessible Media Inc.

Shameless has flourished thanks to Steve’s guidance and unwavering support. His faith in our scrappy indie magazine, which he treated with as much respect as a big-budget glossy, is a testament to his kindness and commitment to fostering future generations of Canadian magazine contributors.”
Melinda Mattos and Nicole Cohen, co-founders of Shameless magazine

At National Post Business (now known as Financial Post Magazine), Steve was the quintessential unsung story wrangler and writer whisperer. He would gather up lumps of mismatched clay, deposited on his desk by the alleged sculptor, and turn them into a Rodin. And he did it with ease, with grace and with unbreakable good cheer.
Tony Keller, Co-host of “The Street” on BNN

For more than a decade now, I’ve met with Steve regularly for discussion and career advice over brunch at his table at The Senator. Our ongoing conversation covers the industry as a whole, job opportunities, and mini career crises, along with family and life in general. I always leave those meetings feeling more optimistic than I did going in.
Allan Britnell, Managing Editor, Renovation Contractor, and President, Canadian Society of Magazine Editors

You only have to witness Steve in action briefly to see the strength of his intellect, humour and commitment to storytelling. This was someone I wanted to learn from, and, lucky for me, he obliged.
Jessica Johnston, National Post travel editor and former editor of This Magazine.

He doesn’t let you get away with lazy writing: a fix note from Steve will have you flipping your desk, because you know he’s right. He pushes you to be the best journalist you can be, happily slashing your precious words in the service of fabulous storytelling. He has an uncanny ability to see the story behind the story, the one that’s hard to dig up.
--Dana Lacey, Director of Digital Journalism at ScribbleLive

His enthusiasm for long-form journalism is infectious. The year I edited the RRJ, Steve was relentless in his pursuit of excellence and pushed us to be our best. When one writer was having some difficulty, he took on the editing of the piece and it ended up garnering a National Magazine Award nod that year. He’s not only a talented line editor, he has the vision of a great substantive editor.
Julia Belluz, Senior Editor, The Medical Post

At The Senator or Starbucks with a soon-to-be grad or former student, Steve never coddles, but always challenges. Sometimes he will just listen, other times he will interject with just the right question or anecdote or connection. In an industry that is often rushed an in which people have little time for newbies, Steve stands out as a rarity.
Lauren McKeon, Editor, This Magazine

He always seems to be there when you need him, whether it’s fixing a manuscript that has gone awry, or writing display copy, or advising a new writer at his craft or a veteran writer who’s fallen into a funk. He has a great ability to take a complicated mess and tease meaning from it, to make a story out of scattered jottings.
Marq de Villiers, author and former editor at Toronto Life

Steve is an editor with infinite patience, but not one who indulges ego. He doesn’t only teach others how to edit, but how to lead. More importantly, he believes in young talent, taking the time to praise when it’s deserved and push when it’s needed.
--Maryam Siddiqi, freelance writer and editor

It sounds like a simple thing, but good counsel is something most of us need. Steve has kept many of us sane and out of law school. He’s listened to us whine and moan and cry, and then, magically, helped make sense of it all.
Megan Griffth-Greene, Associate Producer, CBC Television

It would not be a stretch to say that Stephen Trumper is one of the reasons there are still magazine feature writers and editors roaming the Canadian lands, typing furiously or tracking their changes.
--Mikala Taylor, Content Strategist, Think! Social Media

About the Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement
The NMAF’s most prestigious individual prize since its inception in 1990 is the Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement, an award that recognizes an individual’s innovation and creativity through contributions to the magazine industry. The award is open to circulation experts, editors, marketing, sales and promotion professionals, publishers, creators, designers, production managers – in short, to everyone in the industry. It cannot be given posthumously. Nominations for this award are welcome from everyone in the industry. Nominations are due each year by March 1.

About the National Magazine Awards
The nominees for the 36th annual National Magazine Awards will be announced on May 1. This year’s awards gala is on Friday, June 7, 2013, at The Carlu in Toronto. For ticket and other information visit magazine-awards.com.

About the Photograph
The official portrait of Stephen Trumper is by Nigel Dickson for the National Magazine Awards Foundation.

Ken Rodmell to be featured at upcoming Regional Design Awards

Designers and enthusiasts are getting ready to celebrate the best in design publishing at the 3rd annual Regional Design Awards Party–the Reggies–put on by Design Edge Canada, which takes place on Tuesday, June 26 at The Hoxton in Toronto.

Renowned art director Ken Rodmell, who received the Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement from the National Magazine Awards in 2000, will be honoured at the Reggies for his career achievements in design.

This event honours the winners and finalists of the Regional Design Awards, and includes special presentations to the “Best of Region” winners. Guests will also receive an advance copy of the Design Edge Canada Awards annual. Tickets are $20 at the door.

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.

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

Last Call for Nominations for Outstanding Achievement Award

Nominations for the Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement – the most prestigious individual honour granted by the National Magazine Awards Foundation — are due by March 1, 2012.

This award is open to circulation experts, editors, marketing, sales and promotion professionals, publishers, designers, production managers — in short, to everyone in the Canadian magazine industry. It cannot be given posthumously.

The nomination consists of a letter from the nominator indicating the candidate’s name, title and career achievements, with supporting letters from at least two other individuals. There is no fee.

The Judging Committee of the NMAF will consider the nominations, along with nominations from members of the Committee itself. The Board of the NMAF will select the winner. Nominees not selected for the award may be kept under consideration an additional two years.

The winner will be announced on May 1 with the release of the finalists for this year’s 35th anniversary National Magazine Awards, and he or she will be presented with the award at the NMA gala on June 7 in Toronto.

Send nominations to the NMAF office no later than March 1.

Call for Outstanding Achievement nominees

While the submissions process for the 2011 National Magazine Awards is still a few weeks away (Dec 1), it is never too early to submit candidates for the special Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement.

The NMAF’s most prestigious individual prize since its inception in 1990, this award is open to circulation experts, editors, marketing, sales and promotion professionals, publishers, designers, production managers — in short, to everyone in the Canadian magazine industry. It cannot be given posthumously.

The nomination consists of a letter from the nominator indicating the candidate’s name, title and career achievements, with supporting letters from at least two other individuals. The deadline for nominations is March 1, 2012. There is no fee.

The Judging Committee of the NMAF will consider the nominations, along with nominations from members of the Committee itself. The Board of the NMAF will select the winner. Nominees not selected for the award may be kept under consideration an additional two years.

Send nominations to the NMAF office. Previous winners include D.B. Scott, Terry Sellwood, Sally Armstrong, John Macfarlane, Lynn Cunningham, Robert Fulford, Jean Paré, Michael de Pencier, and more.

Charles Oberdorf remembered

On a day when his friends and loved ones will gather at Glebe Road United Church in Toronto to honour the life of the late Charles Oberdorf, we take a moment to recollect how the Canadian magazine industry knew him back in June, 2008, when Charles was presented with the NMAF’s Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement.

Charles, who passed away on September 16, served for nine years on the board of directors of the NMAF and was board president in 1993-1994. He was also twice a National Magazine Award winner for his writing, and was known to many in the industry as an editor, columnist, consultant, volunteer, teacher, mentor and friend.

As an editor and a writer, he always hewed to the best traditions in magazine journalism, enriching the lives of Canadian readers and setting an example for Canadian journalists.
–John Macfarlane

As a teacher, writer, volunteer, mentor, manager and friend, he touched more people in the Canadian [magazine] industry than seems possible for one guy.
–D.B. Scott

Charles has always been a fighter, for what I believe are all the right reasons – justice, equality, quality.
–Jessica Ross

Everyone has two or three truly effective teachers: Charles is one of mine.
–Martin Zibauer

[Charles] has performed his duties as an educator with his usual good humour, considerable charm, kind mentorship and impressive vocabulary.
–Margaret Webb

I don’t know how to express this other than to say he simply “got it” when so many others didn’t.
–Catherine Osbourne

When I think about Charles, the first thing that pops to mind is his distinctive, rolling laughter – the delight of a man connecting his fine mind with ideas and other people.
–Penny Williams

[E]verywhere he has worked, he has been a civilizing, sophisticated influence in the office and on the page.
–James Chatto

I found Toronto Life’s Epicure column so clever, so wonderfully literary. I marveled that someone could do this. I soon learned it was a fellow named Oberdorf.
–David Hayes

I’ve seen him take a room of desultory people and have them all wanting to be editors by the time he sits down.
–Gwen Dunant

Charles is a sophisticated writer; a thoughtful editor; a specialist in a magazine staple – the fine-living subjects of travel, design, food and wine; a man with a keen intellect and curiosity who has a knack for finding stories that engage; a magazine-lover.
–Stephen Trumper

Colleagues have been depositing more of their fondest memories of Charles over at the Canadian Magazines blog.

[Photo credit: Eugene Beck]


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