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Digital Journal CEO Chris Hogg to be awarded Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal

January 7th, 2013

I have some personal news to share and I am humbled by all the kind words from friends and colleagues. I’m sharing a press release below that we issued this morning via Digital Journal. Thank you everyone for the feedback and notes — I’m truly honoured


Digital Journal CEO, Chris Hogg. Photo by Kris Krug

Digital Journal Chief Executive Officer, Chris Hogg, has been named a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. A journalist and entrepreneur, Hogg is being recognized for significant achievement and remarkable service to Canada.

The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal was created to mark the 2012 celebrations of the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the Throne as Queen of Canada. The medal also serves to recognize Canadians from all walks of life who have made significant contributions to Canada or whose achievements abroad have brought credit to Canada.

“Over the past 60 years, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has served our country with distinction and dedication and continues to show Canada her generosity and affection,” said Prime Minister Stephen Harper in a press release during the inaugural presentation of the Diamond Jubilee Medal. “These medals honour those Canadians who follow the fine tradition of service so exemplified by Her Majesty.”

In Ontario, other recipients of the Diamond Jubilee Medal include journalists Peter Mansbridge and Lloyd Robertson, retired major-general Lewis MacKenzie, singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot, ballet dancers Karen Kain and Rex Harrington and author Austin Clarke, among others.

Hogg, 30, will receive the Diamond Jubilee Medal at a formal presentation gala at Toronto’s Roy Thomson Hall in February.

“I am truly thankful and it’s very moving to be honoured in this way,” said Hogg. “But this medal doesn’t belong to me alone. I’ve worked to create an environment where technology, digital media and journalism can thrive. Ecosystems flourish and grow because they are collaborative spaces, and I have been fortunate to have the support and participation from a network of talented people. I share this distinction with my colleagues and other Canadians who have played a role in the growth of Digital Journal.”

Hogg is an entrepreneur who has worked in publishing, digital media, broadcasting, advertising, social media and marketing. Hogg is recognized as both a pioneer and innovator in digital media and has consulted for and played a role in many of Canada’s media organizations.

In addition to his experience in media, Hogg has also worked as consultant and entrepreneurial advisor, providing leadership, mentoring and advice to early-stage entrepreneurs across Canada.

Diamond Jubilee Medal

With a Bachelor of Journalism degree from Ryerson University, Hogg began his career in media with Digital Journal magazine when he joined as a freelance journalist. He quickly climbed the editorial ranks and at 21 he was named Editor-in-Chief, making him one of the youngest editors in Canada to lead a national publication.

Dubbed a media “wunderkind” by Masthead magazine, Hogg grew Digital Journal magazine to international scale and distribution and he spearheaded the company’s full transition to a digital news network.

Today, Digital Journal has grown from its humble beginnings as a Toronto-based magazine into a global network of thousands of content creators in 200 countries reaching an audience of millions. Digital Journal also works with media organizations undergoing the transition to digital, and the company provides content marketing, social media and technology services.

Hogg is the recipient of several awards both in media and as an entrepreneur. In June 2012, he was recognized among the best-of-the-best of Canadian entrepreneurship and Digital Journal was named among the Top 20 most promising startups in Canada by the C100; and in December, the company was called one of Canada’s hottest startups of the year.

The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal is administered by The Chancellery of Honours, which is part of the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General.

Got a question? Ask me

December 8th, 2009

I recently came across a new service called ForumSpring that allows you to accept questions from your readership and responses can be posted to Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and Blogger.

I don’t know quite yet what to expect, but I’m curious to see how it works. Go ahead, ask me anything.

Musings on media

October 5th, 2009

Working with, a user-generated news network, I’m often asked to share my perspective on developments in the media; be it a new technology, a merger, a business model or even a crazy idea, I talk a lot about journalism and social media.

So, I’ve set up this space online where I plan to share my views on the changing media landscape and how it intersects with technology, the Internet and citizen journalism. I’ve spoken at conferences as part of a panel, and I do regular appearances with news networks to discuss these topics. I also reach out for input regularly via Twitter and Facebook to find out people are consuming media differently and how those changes will impact us.

So check back for almost daily musings on the world of media as seen through the eyes of someone who lives in the midst of a growing international news site.