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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.

Digital Journal launches smartphone apps powered by Polar Mobile

December 15th, 2010

Left to right: Digital Journal CEO, Chris Hogg, and Polar Mobile CEO, Kunal Gupta, show off the new Digital Journal app. The free news app is now available for iPhone, iPod Touch, BlackBerry devices, Android devices and Windows Phone at

We’ve just made a big announcement on Digital Journal so I’ve included the press release below:

As one of the first news outlets to bring user-generated content to mobile phones, Digital Journal is extending its presence to smartphones in partnership with Polar Mobile. Today, Digital Journal announces apps for almost every smartphone on the market.

Digital Journal has partnered with Polar Mobile to release free news apps for the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch as well as BlackBerry, Android and Windows Phone devices. Available for free at, the apps enable smartphone users to read news from Digital Journalists working in 175 countries around the world.

Readers can follow breaking news via Digital Journal’s smartphone app and share articles via Facebook, Twitter and email from within the apps.

“We’re very excited about bringing user-generated content to virtually all smartphone platforms at once,” said Chris Hogg, CEO of Digital Journal Inc. “Mobile platforms are shaping the future of media, and we’re happy to partner with Polar Mobile to bring our engaging news network into the palm of your hand.”

In partnership with Polar Mobile, Digital Journal is releasing free news apps for the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch as well as BlackBerry, Android and Windows Phone devices. Available for free at, the apps enable smartphone users to read news from Digital Journalists working in 175 countries around the world.

The Digital Journal news apps feature articles, blogs and images from professional and citizen journalists, bloggers, photographers and reporters around the world.

“Every brand needs a mobile strategy, and we are pleased Digital Journal has chosen to work with Polar’s Platform to grow their reach on mobile and drive new revenue,” said Kunal Gupta, Chief Executive Officer, Polar Mobile.

“The launch of Digital Journal’s new smartphone apps complement our highly interactive mobile site at,” said Hogg. “Our smartphone app gives mobile news readers a clean and simple interface to read news, while our mobile website offers them the chance to take part and engage in the news-gathering process.”

According to Morgan Stanley Research, the smartphone market will grow to 1 billion units by 2013. Gartner research reported worldwide mobile phone sales totalled 417 million units in the third quarter of 2010, a 35 percent increase over the same period the year before. The application marketplace is also expected to see booming growth, as the global market for mobile app downloads is expected to climb to 21 billion downloads by 2013, a Polar Mobile report indicates.

Download the app on your phone by searching for “Digital Journal” in your device’s app store or marketplace. You can also visit to download the free Digital Journal news app!

About is a global digital media network that attracts millions of readers. Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, covers breaking news from around the world and is a recognized leader in social news with tens of thousands of members in 175 countries around the world. also consults news organizations on how to empower their audience to acquire content, drive revenue and increase engagement from digital media properties. For more information, visit

About Polar Mobile
Polar Mobile is the global leader in enabling businesses to extend their presence across mobile devices by leveraging a proprietary software Platform (SMART™). More than 7 million people in over 100 countries use Apps powered by Polar’s SMART™ Platform for the most engaging mobile experience. Polar has over 400 Apps across iPhone, BlackBerry and Android smartphones for 200 world-class customers in news, sports, entertainment and lifestyle media verticals. For more information, visit

Exclusive: Facebook Canada head Jordan Banks on future of media

September 7th, 2010

Jordan Banks, Managing Director of Facebook Canada, sits down with to discuss the future of media, how social media plays a role and where Facebook fits in the news industry.

It’s easy to talk about Facebook and news media in one breath. The world’s fastest rising social network is upending journalism, mobile technology and digital media. Mainstream media are flocking to Facebook to have two-way interactions with audiences, journalists are gradually recognizing the importance of online networking and news readers are taking advantage of the connected communities Facebook encourages.

Recent stats speak to Facebook’s mind-boggling popularity: More than 500 million people around the world are on Facebook, and they spend a total of 700 billion minutes on the site a month. Also, half of all Facebook members log onto the site at least once a day.

Facebook is reportedly set to pull in $1 billion in revenue in 2010, as the social network has lasting power and advertisers and major brands want to be part of the action. But so do news outlets. You may have seen your local paper’s Page on Facebook, or maybe Digital Journal‘s.

Furthermore, you may have come across journalists promoting their articles on the social network, or asking for sources for their news stories. Name a news organization and they are likely on Facebook, especially if they want to interact to their readership in new ways.

To learn more about Facebook’s influence on news consumption, I spoke to Jordan Banks, Managing Director of Facebook Canada, in an exclusive video interview. Banks is responsible for leading and managing all commercial operations at the Facebook Canada office based in Toronto, Ontario.

Prior to joining Faceboook Banks was with Thunder Road Capital, JumpTV and he helped launch eBay Canada. We wanted to know where Facebook fits in our overwhelming news media market.

How is accessing Facebook on cellphones changing how we consume news? How can media outlets use Facebook to drive revenue? What does the future of media look like, according to Facebook?

This Q&A comes one day before’s Future of Media panel discussion taking place in Toronto at the Drake Hotel, where media experts will speak on news media’s evolving landscape.