The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC) and the Canadian Foundation for Women’s Health (CFWH) are co-sponsoring a program of journalism awards for excellence in reporting on women’s health issues. The awards are open to print (including consumer magazines, newspapers and online news sites) and broadcast media published during 2011.
The SOGC/CFWH Journalism Awards for Excellence in Women’s Health Reporting recognizes outstanding reporting on women’s health issues appearing in consumer newspapers, magazines and broadcasts across Canada.
Winners in each media category receive a $1000 cash prize and will be honoured at the annual conference of SOGC in June. There will also be three Honourable Mentions per category. Submissions are due by March 5, 2012. General criteria and applications forms are here.
[This post has been updated] The Western Magazine Awards — open to Canadian consumer, trade and online magazines published in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, the Northwest Territories and the Yukon — are accepting submissions for their 30th anniversary awards program until this Friday, March 2 Friday March 16.
There are 12 written , 6 visual, 4 Gold and 8 Magazine-of-the-Year awards, the latter two divided by province/region. The winners will be revealed at the 30th anniversary Western Magazine Awards in Vancouver on June 15.
Off the Page is an exclusive new series produced by the NMAF that reaches out to former National Magazine Award winners to find out what their awards have meant to them and what they’re up to now. Off the Pagewill appear regularly on the NMA blog during the winter and spring of 2012. This week we catch up with National Magazine Award-winning illustrator Jillian Tamaki.
NMAF: You won your first National Magazine Award for illustration in The Walrus in 2005, barely two years after graduating from the Alberta College of Art & Design. How did you get started illustrating for magazines, and what was your experience winning a NMA so early in your career?
Jillian: When I graduated from ACAD, I felt quite natural illustrating for newspapers and magazines because that was definitely the focus of my illustration training. When I graduated in 2003, the Visual Communications program was perhaps more rigid and less diversified than it is now.
I think back to Rick Sealock’s class and it was basically one editorial project after another—with perhaps a few book projects thrown in—which was a fantastic way of honing your conceptual skills. It’s incredibly advantageous to be able to do editorial work when you’re starting out, because it’s one facet of the industry that regularly takes chances on new talent.
The National Magazine Award was a vote of confidence that I was in the right line of work. We all need a thumbs-up from the world sometimes, as we toil away in the studio.
NMAF: After that your career blossomed in magazines both in Canada and the US. You won another National Magazine Award in 2007, for a series of evocative illustrations in More magazine accompanying a feature article (“A tale of two sisters“) by renowned memoirists Joyce and Rona Maynard. That piece has the feel of the visual and written elements of a magazine story working in perfect harmony. What was the process of creating those illustrations, and would you say that was typical of your creative practice working with magazines?
Jillian: I approach all assignments the same way. I try to commune with the source material and let it guide me, whether that be a book, article, piece of music, or whatever. I often count my blessings that my schooling at ACAD was half graphic design, because I actually believe my conceptual process is very design-influenced. I use a lot of words and try to think about metaphors and word associations or even just tune into the atmosphere (physical or emotional) of the content—always keeping in mind the client and their audience, of course.
NMAF: Your 2008 graphic novel SKIM was the first of the genre ever to be nominated for the Governor General’s Award (in the Children’s Literature category). Tell us a bit about that project on which you collaborated with your cousin Mariko Tamaki. And what are you working on these days?
SKIM started off as a very small project instigated by Emily Pohl-Weary’s Kiss Machine zine in Toronto. Mariko and I both wanted to try a small comic project (we had never worked together before) and it was perfectly bite-sized: a 24-page story that was to be bound as a small floppy. It’s since been expanded to a 144-page book (published by Groundwood Books) and translated into six languages, I believe. Mariko and I are working on a new book together, entitled Awago Beach Babies, set in Muskoka; I’d say it’s about summer mythologies. Other than that, I teach at the School of Visual Arts here in NYC and occasionally toss up a comic on my very silly webcomic, SuperMutant Magic Academy.
Jillian Tamaki is an award-winning Canadian illustrator. Her website is jilliantamaki.com, where you can view her portfolio and order prints of her work.
Established in 2001, these awards for outstanding reporting are presented by the CAUT to recognize and promote in-depth and thoughtful coverage of issues related to post-secondary education in Canada. Two awards are offered: one to recognize excellence in the student media, and the other to honour outstanding reporting in the professional print and broadcast media.
There is a cash prize of $1000 included with each prize. The deadline for applications is February 24, 2012.
La période d’inscription pour le concours des Grands Prix 2012 du magazine est en cours. Les éditeurs, rédacteurs en chef, journalistes, pigistes, photographes, illustrateurs sont invités à déposer leur candidature dans l’une ou l’autre des 18 catégories du concours.
La date-limite est le 24 février 2012.
The submissions process for the 2012 Quebec Magazine Awards is open. Editors, journalists, freelancers, photographers and illustrators are invited to submit their work in one or more of the 18 categories.
The deadline for submissions is February 24, 2012.
Off the Page is an exclusive new series produced by the NMAF that reaches out to former National Magazine Award winners to find out what their awards have meant to them and what they’re up to now. Off the Pagewill appear regularly on the NMA blog during the winter and spring of 2012. This week we catch up with National Magazine Award-winning photographer Roger LeMoyne.
NMAF: In 2008 Maisonneuve published your photo essay, “Serbia, the Sad South,” which ultimately won you your first Gold National Magazine Award. You’d spent time in the Balkans early in your career and for this assignment you went back to document your experiences in Serbia a decade or more after the Balkan wars. How did you make that return journey happen, and how did it get the attention of Maisonneuve?
Roger: That project was funded with the Lange-Taylor Prize from Duke University, which writer Kurt Pitzer and I shared for 2007. Kurt had also worked in the Balkans in the late 1990s. We first met and worked together in Iraq in 2003 covering the invasion. You really get to know someone fast in a situation like that, running around an open city.
I called him up a day before the deadline and we drew up a proposal to return to the Balkans and follow up where we had left off. So in 2008 we spent 5 weeks covering the Kosovo declaration of independence and southern Serbia.
Serbia is a fascinating place psychologically, and I have always been struck by the fatalism and complexity of its living history — the “why” of their tragic history and recent civil war. If there was ever a place with a “national psyche,” it is Serbia.
After the trip, Kurt got to writing a book about North Korea and wasn’t able to complete his [Balkans] piece. After a while, I started shopping the pictures around and Maisonneuve was first to pick it up. They asked me to write as well, which I was glad to do because I have a lot to say about the place.
NMAF: You’ve now been nominated for thirteen National Magazine Awards and won two since 1992 for your photojournalism in Maclean’s, Destinations, Saturday Night, Chatelaine, Report on Business, Canadian Geographic, Border Crossings and others, and no doubt we’ll see more of your work recognized in the future. What is the significance for a well-travelled freelance photographer to win a NMA and be recognized for all that hard work?
Roger: Personally, the significance of awards is that they’ve helped me overcome self doubt. When I began working I had no idea if I could survive, make a living, be any good as a photographer. Whenever I felt that I was hopelessly inept and dark voices inside were telling me to give up, I would defer to other people’s opinions (such as those giving out awards) and carry on. Of course the prize money is helpful in funding the next project, and it is good fun to go to the awards evenings. I don’t think anyone will deny that recognition from your peers is especially gratifying.
NMAF: A year ago at this time you were in Tahrir Square in Cairo, documenting the popular revolt unfolding in Egypt, and you’ve also worked in Kurdistan, Palestine and the Amazon, among others. As a veteran photographer what motivates you to document events and people in times of upheaval or transition?
Roger: The transition/upheaval question is an interesting one. With so many photographs being made around the world—and flying around the internet—there is a kind of existential dilemma of what to photograph and why.
I am constantly watching for the right subject, weighing the pros and the cons of investing myself in a story. I am looking for photos that will have some lasting value, that I can get financing for; photos I really want to make and ones that I can make well, which are not always the same thing.
Periods of transition meet the criteria in several ways: these are moments of change that won’t be repeated, ever, in the same way. They have news value at first, but then become part of a historical record. The moment may pass, but the changes have long-lasting repercussions that keep the photographs relevant.
On another level, these situations also reveal the fragility of society and the human enterprise. I see many of our social constructs as illusory and therefore the potential for chaos as ever present, be it physical, financial or in other forms that we are seeing even now.
Conversely, in times of upheaval, the individual regains some of his self-reliance (or perishes). There is something quite liberating about working in these zones of chaos, where your own actions determine your fate.
NMAF: What else have you been working on recently?
Roger: I have just been to Port-au-Prince again, looking at how the city is putting itself back together two years after the earthquake. Very few people who go to Haiti only go once. It is a fascinating place. I have also been working on a story for The Walrus here in Montreal about circus arts. They paid me to go to the Circus. Fun. In the last few years I have been shooting regularly for Maclean’s, which I usually enjoy, because they have to do all the thinking. Sometimes it is a relief to be told what to photograph and what the point is.
Roger LeMoyne is a Canadian photographer whose images have garnered more than 50 national and international awards. His website is rogerlemoyne.com. Find out more about Roger’s National Magazine Awards at our Awards Archive. Photograph of Tahrir Square courtesy Roger LeMoyne.
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.
Renowned Canadian-raised magazine writer Malcolm Gladwell will be one of nine featured honourees at the 2012 Benefit Gala for Caribbean-Canadian cultural promotion, to be held March 12 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto. The gala is hosted by University of the West Indies.
As his bio notes: Malcolm Gladwell graduated from the University of Toronto, Trinity College, with a degree in history. [He] has been a staff writer with The New Yorker magazine since 1996. His 1999 profile of Ron Popeil won a [American] National Magazine Award, and in 2005 he was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People. He is the author of four books, The Tipping Point: How Little Things Make a Big Difference (2000), Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking (2005), and Outliers: The Story of Success (2008), all of which were number one New York Times bestsellers. His latest book, What the Dog Saw (2009) is a compilation of stories published in The New Yorker.
Off the Page is an exclusive new series produced by the NMAF that reaches out to former National Magazine Award winners to find out what their awards have meant to them and what they’re up to now. Off the Pagewill appear regularly on the NMA blog during the winter and spring of 2012. This week we catch up with National Magazine Award-winning writer Joshua Knelman.
NMAF: Your new book – Hot Art: Chasing Thieves and Detectives through the Secret World of Stolen Art – is getting great reviews. You mentioned in an interview with The Walrus how this book came to life after you won a National Magazine Award for a story on art theft (“Artful Crimes,” The Walrus, November 2005; Arts & Entertainment category). Can you tell us a little more about how you were able to turn your NMA success into a book?
Joshua: The National Magazine Award was crucial into shifting The Walrus feature into a book project. Awards have a lot to do with luck. That being said, they also attract attention and provide some leverage.
After the magazine award, I received a few phone calls from literary agents, inquiring about the possibility of a book. I thought there was enough material for one, although I didn’t know exactly how the book would work, or where the research would lead me. I just knew I’d need my passport.
The NMA was also a source of confidence, to pursue the larger, broader story. It’s funny how an award can have that effect. The right agent (Samantha Haywood) found me, and I am sure the NMA helped her in the all-important pitch to book editors and marketing departments; to be able to say the idea had already garnered a Gold Award from the community of magazine journalists.
It also gave my reputation as a writer some edge, and in the publishing business, any edge helps — especially for a first book. The Walrus feature, combined with the NMA and a dedicated agent who believed in the story, were a perfect storm of support to get a first non-fiction investigation off the ground and into the publishing bloodstream.
NMAF: Describe the feeling of a young writer winning his first National Magazine Award, especially after the long process of researching and writing the piece that became “Artful Crimes.”
Joshua: I remember the feeling, because it was the only year since I’d been working in magazines that I was not present at the actual ceremony. In fact, I was halfway across the world, in Russia, teaching at the Summer Literary Seminars, which had a partnership with The Walrus.
I completely forgot about the NMAs that night, because, let’s face it, I was wandering around a stunning, sprawling Russian city with a bunch of writers and editors.
There was this dingy internet café, called “Players,” where we’d go and check our email at odd hours. St. Petersburg, in June, does not experience full darkness. Often, I could be checking email at Players at 3:30 or 4:30 in the morning, and it seemed normal.
I went to check my email at a very late hour. I remember scanning the screen: it was full of new emails, probably 50 or 60, and they all had the same subject line: GOLD.
It was a beautiful moment. Shaughnessy-Bishop Stall had agreed to say a few words on my behalf [at the NMA gala] in case I won. I still don’t know what he said, but I’m thankful he did. I remember walking out of Players into St. Petersburg and feeling proud.
What I did not think: I will now write a book about international art theft. That happened later.
NMAF: What are you working on next?
Joshua:Hot Art took four and half years of research and writing, and if you include the arc of time from when I first stepped into a local art gallery to write a short article about a burglary, we’re looking at 2003-2011. I’d like to trim that time span down, just slightly, on the next book. I am, though, hoping there will be a next book. There are a few non-fiction stories that interest me. I’m exploring. As I learned with this book: you never know. Follow the thread, and see where it leads you.
Joshua Knelman is an award-winning writer and a founding member of the editorial staff of The Walrus. He has also been a volunteer judge for the National Magazine Awards. His new book, Hot Art, published by Douglas & McIntyre, is in bookstores now. See what other NMAs Joshua has been nominated for at our Awards Archive.
The 30th anniversary Western Magazine Awards are accepting submissions for this year’s awards program. There are 30 categories this year — including a new one, a 30th category for the 30th year: Best Online Magazine — and the winners will be revealed on June 15 at the Western Magazine Awards gala at the Renaissance Harbourside Hotel in Vancouver.
Our friends at Magazines Canada’s new blog – Canadian Magazines Canadiens – are compiling a virtual collection of first covers of famous Canadian magazines, through an ongoing series of blog posts. So far we’ve seen first covers of National Magazine Award-winning magazines Chatelaine, This Magazine, Cottage Life, AdBusters, The Walrus, Maclean’s, Geist, Elle Quebec, The Beaver, The Fiddlehead, The Capilano Review, and more.
Although this Chatelaine debut cover predates the National Magazine Awards by almost fifty years, it probably would have swayed the judges then or now. Adorable kids on the cover? Some things never change.
Have a look at the new CMC blog first covers collection, and if you know of a first cover of a magazine, let ’em know.
The National Magazine Awards Foundation is seeking qualified applicants to apply for the contract position of part-time Administrative Coordinator for the National Magazine Awards and Kenneth R. Wilson Awards. The successful applicant would start immediately and the contract runs through June 30, 2012, with the possibility of continued and expanded contract work thereafter. The part-time Administrative Coordinator position requires an average of 30 hours per week of work, with a rate of pay at $18 per hour. Deadline for Applications:February 15, 2012
Responsibilities of the Administrative Coordinator:
Answer and respond to general inquiries to the NMAF office by phone and email;
Assist in the coordination of the submissions, judging and ticket-selling processes;
Assist other staff in coordinating the work of interns and volunteers;
Write, edit and proofread communications and other documentation, including reports, website, newsletters, publicity materials, press releases, gala program copy, etc.;
Participate and take notes/minutes in meetings;
Help coordinate the activities for NMA and KRW events.
Capacity to work independently, manage multiple tasks and work on tight deadlines;
Fluency or strong conversational/correspondence skills in French;
Though some work may be done remotely, must be able to work in office regularly;
[For this special edition of Off the Page, we present our interview with Jonathan Trudel in its original French, with the English version below.]
La nouvelle série Off the Page est une exclusivité produite par la Fondation nationale du prix du magazine canadien (FNPMC) et qui offre aux anciens lauréats de Prix du magazine canadien une tribune où ils sont invités à exprimer ce que leur prix a signifié pour eux et à nous dire où ils en sont aujourd’hui dans leur carrière. La série « Off the Page » paraîtra périodiquement dans notre blogue à l’hiver et au printemps 2012. Cette semaine, nous découvrons quoi de neuf avec le rédacteur Jonathan Trudel.
FNPMC : Vous avez remporté le Prix Alexander Ross du Meilleur nouvel auteur, en 2001, pour votre travail dans L’actualité. Quels souvenirs avez-vous de la réception de ce prix et qu’a-t-il signifié pour vous dans le contexte de votre début de carrière?
Jonathan : J’étais nerveux et intimidé! Je débutais ma carrière en journalisme magazine, et il s’agissait de ma toute première présence à un gala des Grands prix du magazine canadien à Toronto. Écrire de longs reportages de type magazine n’est jamais un exercice facile — même après 12 ans à L’actualité. Quand je m’installe devant mon ordinateur, je me demande encore parfois si j’ai choisi le bon métier. Le Prix Alexander Ross m’a permis de croire, le temps d’un instant, que j’ai peut-être fait le bon choix. Les prix de journalisme — et les Prix du Magazine Canadien sont certainement parmi les plus prestigieux — aident les jeunes journalistes à bâtir leur confiance en soi et à se forger une crédibilité et une réputation dans le milieu.
Cela dit, c’est toujours à recommencer. Après avoir gagné le Prix Alexander Ross en 2001, ma rédactrice en chef m’avait félicité mais aussitôt lancé un défi. En souriant, elle m’avait dit : «Maintenant, il faudra revenir ici, à Toronto, et gagner un prix dans une catégorie rédactionnelle, en compétition avec tous les journalistes du monde du magazine, pas seulement les nouveaux.»
FNPMC : Depuis cette époque, votre carrière dans le secteur des magazines a été prolifique : vous avez été en nomination 17 fois aux Prix du magazine canadien, remportant 4 médaille d’Or et 1 médaille d’Argent pour vos articles dans L’actualité, pour vos textes sur des sujets tels que la santé au masculin, l’écosystème amazonien et même la vedette du hockey Alex Kovalev. À quoi attribuez-vous votre réussite et celle de L’actualité?
Jonathan : Un des grands avantages d’être journaliste à L’actualité, c’est d’avoir du temps. Du temps pour concevoir un sujet. Pour réfléchir. Pour aller sur le terrain, que ce soit en banlieue de Montréal, dans le nord de l’Alberta ou ailleurs. Le journaliste Thomas Friedman, du New York Times, a l’habitude de dire : «If you don’t go, you don’t know.» C’est encore plus vrai en cette heure plutôt difficile pour le journalisme, alors que nous devons trouver des façons de nous démarquer, de montrer pourquoi nous sommes pertinents.
J’ai aussi la chance d’avoir le temps d’écrire. C’est à la fois un luxe et une responsabilité. Quand on dispose de plusieurs semaines pour produire un reportage, on a moins le droit à l’erreur ou d’amorcer son texte avec un mauvais «lead», par exemple. On n’a pas d’excuse.
FNPMC : À quels projets avez-vous travaillé récemment, et croyez-vous que nous verrons votre nom aux prochains Prix du magazine canadien?
Jonathan : Pour le meilleur et pour le pire, je reste un indécrottable journaliste généraliste. C’est inscrit dans mes gènes. En ce moment, je prépare un reportage sur les Canadiens de Montréal, un autre sur les conditions de travail des médecins et je m’apprête à me plonger dans la couverture des élections américaines. J’ai aussi la chance, depuis l’automne, de partager une charge de cours en journalisme à l’Université de Montréal.
Quand à savoir si je serai présent aux prochain gala des prix, je n’en sais rien. Mais bien honnêtement, il est totalement irréaliste de s’attendre à gagner chaque année à Toronto. La compétition est beaucoup trop féroce!
Jonathan Trudel est un rédacteur attitré de L’actualité. Son plus récent article lauréat d’un Prix du magazine canadien, « Un bulldozer nommé PKP », a remporté le médaille d’Or dans la catégorie Affaires, en 2010. Pour plus d’information sur le travail de Jonathan, consultez ses archives à L’actualité.
Off the Page is an exclusive new series produced by the NMAF that reaches out to former National Magazine Award winners to find out what their awards have meant to them and what they’re up to now. Off the Page will appear regularly on the NMA blog during the winter and spring of 2012. This week we catch up with National Magazine Award-winning writer Jonathan Trudel.
NMAF: You won the Alexander Ross Award for Best New Magazine Writer back in 2001 for your work in L’actualité. What do you recall about winning that award and what did it mean for your young career in magazines?
Jonathan: I felt nervous and intimidated! At the time I was just beginning my career as a magazine journalist, and I was attending the gala for the very first time. Writing long feature stories is never an easy task — even after 12 years at L’actualité, I have to admit it’s still a struggle. When I sit in front of my computer, I sometimes wonder if I have chosen the right career. The Alexander Ross Award allowed me to believe, for a moment, that I might have made the right choice. Journalism prizes — and the National Magazine Awards are certainly among the most prestigious in the country — help to build self confidence and give young journalists a chance to establish credibility and reputation in the industry.
That being said, it’s always a new beginning. When I won the Alexander Ross Award back in 2001, my editor in chief congratulated me but almost immediately issued a challenge. With a grin, she said: “Ok, now you’ll have to come back here and earn a prize in a written category, competing with all the journalists in the magazine industry, not only the new ones.”
NMAF: Since then, your magazine career has been prolific: you’ve been nominated 17 times for National Magazine Awards, winning four Gold awards and 1 Silver award for your reporting in L’actualité, for writing about topics such as men’s health, the Amazon ecosystem and even hockey star Alex Kovalev. Why do you think you and L’actualité have been so successful?
Jonathan: One of the main advantages of being a staff writer at L’actualité magazine is that we have time: time to conceive a story; time to think; time to do reporting on the ground, whether it’s in a suburb near Montreal, in northern Alberta or elsewhere. Thomas Friedman, from The New York Times, often says: “If you don’t go, you don’t know.” I think it’s especially true in these rather difficult times for journalism, when we need to find ways to show our value and prove that we are still relevant.
I also have another opportunity: time to write. It’s at once a luxury and a responsibility. When you have weeks to file a story, the expectations (from your boss and your readers) are higher. You don’t have the right to be boring. There is no excuse.
NMAF:What have you been working on recently, and do you think we’ll see your name at the next National Magazine Awards?
Jonathan: For better or for worse, I have very broad journalistic interests. It’s in my DNA. These days, I’m working on one story about the Montreal Canadiens, another about the working conditions of physicians, and I’m about to jump into the coverage of the upcoming presidential elections in the USA. Since last fall, I’ve also been teaching journalism at Université de Montréal.
Now, will I attend the next National Magazine Awards gala? Of course I can’t possibly know. But honestly, it’s totally unrealistic to expect to win every year on this stage. The competition is way too ferocious!
Jonathan Trudel is a staff writer at L’actualité. His most recent National Magazine Award-winning article — “Un bulldozer nommé PKP” — won the Gold prize in the Business category in 2010. Read more of Jonathan’s work at his archive at L’actualité.