MagsWest 2020 features 6 presentations/discussions, a keynote, a workshop, and a funder Q&A. See below for more information on all sessions September 14-18 and 21-25, 2020.

  • Erin Millar

    Use Your Voice: The Power of Small Magazines and Local Media – Keynote Manifesto by Erin Millar

    September 14, 12-12:50 p.m. PT 2020 will usher in the decade of the little guys, meaning small independent media, both news and magazines. Young readers want a level of authenticity that local and niche magazines and news organizations engaged with their readership are better positioned to deliver. That will be our competitive advantage. This webinar […]

  • Jason Maghanoy

    Building Your Magazine Through Unique Brand Experiences and Other Revenue Strategies, with Jason Maghanoy

    September 15, 12-1:15 p.m. PT Revenue diversity and unique brand experiences are key to building a vibrant and sustainable magazine. Join Jason Maghanoy as he maps out innovative ways to ramp up and diversify your media client solutions and brand touchpoints.   Dive into the ins and outs of membership programs, marketing services, custom content […]

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    Changes to CPF Aid To Publishers Program – Presentation and Q&A (free session)

    September 24, 12-12:50 p.m. PT Karine Morin, Manager, Aid To Publishers will make a short presentation on the shift of the ATP program from a circulation- and print-based model to an editorial-spend, platform-agnostic model over the next few years, then take questions. You might also like: September 15, 12-1:15 p.m.: Building Your Magazine Through Unique Brand […]

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    Finding Stories In Numbers, with David McKie

    September 18, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. PT Increasingly, public institutions such as Statistics Canada, federal, provincial and municipal governments are making their data more accessible and user-friendly. Obtaining this data is literally a few mouse-clicks away. After sorting and filtering in spreadsheets like Excel or Google Sheets, you can use this data to help tell stories […]

  • Jennifer Van Evra, photo credit Wendy D Photography

    Freelance Writing, with Jennifer Van Evra

    September 25, 12-1:30 p.m. PT What does it take to be a successful magazine, newspaper and online writer? Breaking into the biz can seem daunting, but veteran Vancouver writer Jennifer Van Evra (Globe and Mail, CBC, Condé Nast, Harvard Business Review) explains what it takes to get published and shares her time-tested tricks. Make sure […]

  • Patti Sonntag

    Investigative Collaborations for Local News Organizations and Magazines, with Patti Sonntag

    September 17, 12-1:15 p.m. PT The “Tainted Water” investigation found that residents in many communities in B.C. may be exposed to elevated levels of lead and other metals in their drinking water. When investigative collaborations uncover hidden information of interest to regional and local audiences, how can local news organizations and magazines take part? This […]

  • Allyson McGrane, photo credit Rodrigo Ceballos

    Leveraging Your Grant Funding to Get Stuff Happening, with Allyson McGrane

    September 21, 12-1:15 p.m. PT Writing grant applications can be a very technical process. Yet for most magazines, the development of an overall grant application strategy is an art, not a science. Making the most of every funding opportunity means you’ll need to step back and take a long view of all your operations. You […]

  • Jason Maghanoy

    Revenue Diversity Doctor Consultations, with Jason Maghanoy

    September 15, 3:15-3:45 / 4-4:30 p.m. PT September 17, 10-10:30 / 10:45-11:15 a.m. PT These half-hour consultations are an opportunity for you to sit down with Jason one-on-one and get tips for your magazine on revenue diversification, brand experiences, or another area entirely. If you are interested, please register separately for one of the four […]

  • Stacey McLachlan

    Service Packages for Small and Niche Magazines, with Stacey McLachlan

    September 22, 12-1:15 p.m. PT Juicy long-read stories may get the glory, but a service feature such as a neighbourhood guide or an awards issue is the bread-and-butter of a lifestyle magazine. In Service Packages for Small and Niche Magazines, Stacey McLachlan will share her tips for planning and executing a multi-party modular service story. […]

  • Kareece Whittle Brown by Tito Araujo

    Using Storytelling to Expand Your Magazine’s Reach, with Kareece Whittle-Brown, Fiona Bramble and David McKie

    September 23, 12-1:15 p.m. PT Many magazine writers and journalists face obstacles when gathering the essential elements for evocative storytelling. Where’s that essential document? How can I find that piece of data? How do I track down that important voice? Deadlines, lack of resources, the unwillingness of officials to communicate beyond canned, e-mailed correspondence are […]