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203: Setting Magazine Precedent with Daniel Fish, Editor of Precedent Magazine



It’s the most wonderful time of the yearrrrrr!


It’s that time again for a magazine miniseries! With six episodes released over the next two weeks, I’m joined by six wonderful folks who have a hand in the content, design and/or production aspects of making publications. Topics include: creating editorial content for niche magazines, designing long documents, enhanced digital reading experiences, multi channel publishing considerations, zine culture and the possibilities for use of XR tech in the magazine space. And, yes, AI comes up in each conversation, each guest bringing a unique perspective of how it’s helpful or unhelpful in their specific contexts. 


It’s going to be goooooooood.


If you want to learn more about the magazine industry through conversations, I encourage you to check out the 15 previous episodes in this series: 055-057, 063-065, 119-121 and 149-154.


Our guest today is Daniel Fish. Daniel is the editor of Precedent, where he sets the overall direction of the publication. He has received several leading journalism awards for his long-form feature writing. In 2017, he won a National Magazine Award for his profile of Michael Bryant, the former attorney general of Ontario. Then, in 2019, he earned a second National Magazine Award for his investigation into the high rate of mental illness in the legal profession. Daniel is a graduate of Carleton University’s journalism program, and he holds a master’s in English from the University of Guelph.


In this conversation, you’ll learn about Precedent, including the journey that Daniel and his team embark on with each issue, including a discussion of Daniel’s ‘print brain’ and how he’s shifting gears to a fully-online publication.


You’ll hear what it’s really like to be an Editor and how it’s similar and different from the way magazine Editorial roles are portrayed in popular culture. Also, you’ll hear what role Daniel feels is missing in smaller magazine teams and why it’s such a loss.


We talk AI, including what it’s really good at in the magazine space and what it can’t currently replicate. Finally, you’ll hear what Daniel continues to be excited about in the realm of magazines and journalism-at-large.


This episode is part of a guest lecture series in CGCM 720 Magazine Production & Publishing, as well as DG 8111 Digital Publishing in The Creative School at Toronto Metropolitan University. A special shout out to Master of Digital Media student, Crystal Chan, for her loyal listenership and fantastic questions towards the end!


Let’s listen in…




About Our Guest:

Daniel Fish is the editor of Precedent, where he sets the overall direction of the publication. He has received several leading journalism awards for his long-form feature writing. In 2017, he won a National Magazine Award for his profile of Michael Bryant, the former attorney general of Ontario. Then, in 2019, he earned a second National Magazine Award for his investigation into the high rate of mental illness in the legal profession. Daniel is a graduate of Carleton University’s journalism program, and he holds a master’s in English from the University of Guelph.


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