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CHRC releases HR tools for the magazine industry

October 5th 2011

Over the past two years, the Cultural Human Resources Council (CHRC) has been working closely with Magazines Canada to address the challenges the magazine industry is facing as a result of the recent economic recession, and more broadly as a result of the rapid transformative effect of digital technology on every aspect of the industry.

CHRC is pleased to announce the release of a series of HR tools developed collaboratively with industry professionals in response to their needs.

  • Magazine Publishing Competency Chart and Profile: Created by an expert working group of practising professionals, the chart and profile provide an occupational analysis for the magazine publishing functions. They identify all the tasks that must be performed to publish a magazine. Both the chart and the profile can be used by trainers and educators to develop curriculum, by employers to create job descriptions, and by the self-employed to assess their skills and their training needs.

  • Training Gap Analysis: This document, including a training offerings survey, a training needs assessment, a training gaps analysis and recommendations relating to curriculum, identifies the training required to fill the gaps between industry needs and training opportunities.

  • Four online courses: These training resources, developed by industry professionals, address the digitisation of the editorial, advertising, production and distribution functions of the magazine industry. The courses, which will be available to educators, trainers and employers by contacting CHRC, will be launched next week!

Mark Jamison, CEO of Magazines Canada, acknowledges the value of these tools to the industry: "Magazines Canada is pleased and proud to have participated closely with CHRC on the development of these valuable tools for the magazine publishing industry. They will help to identify training gaps and needs, and guide educators and trainers in ensuring that our industry has highly skilled professionals to continue producing the quality publications that Canadians expect."

The Cultural Human Resources Council (CHRC) is committed to strengthening the cultural labour force, and strives to be at the centre of vision and forward thinking in the area of cultural human resources development.

These projects are funded by the Government of Canada's Sector Council Program.

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For information:
Susan Annis, Executive Director
613-562-1535, ext. 22