TORONTO, May 29, 2019 /CNW/ - With much excitement, the National Media Awards Foundation is announcing the winners of the 4th annual Digital Publishing Awards. The Gold and Silver medals were presented to winners on May 29th, at the Digital Publishing Awards Soiree, with Gold winners in individual categories each receiving a $500 cheque. Award-winning journalist and editor Eternity Martis hosted the event, which took place at One King West in Toronto.
GENERAL EXCELLENCE IN DIGITAL PUBLISHING AWARDS The General Excellence awards were presented in three divisions: small, medium, and large.
In the small division, The Sprawl took Gold. Judges referred to this publication as refreshing and embracing the spirit of digital to convey an unwavering focus. They also cited the satisfying mobile experience and smart audio.
Maclean's was the Gold winner in the medium division, judges noting that its video offerings and off-platform social media initiatives helped it stand out among the other contenders.
The large division Gold-winner was CBC News, which—according to the judging panel—displayed exemplary design and innovation in its special projects and multimedia offerings to engage its digital audience. Its digital content shows a deliberate process that complements its journalism.
EMERGING EXCELLENCE AWARD Sofia Misenheimerof Art/iculation was the recipient of the prestigious Emerging Excellence award. When discussing the merits of the applicants, the jury had this to say of Sofia: "She is a driven individual who is only going to continue to make a positive impact through her work in the digital media landscape."
LEADERSHIP AWARD The NMAF was delighted to open the ceremony by presenting Kathy Vey (TVO, Executive Producer of Digital) with the coveted Leadership Award. Nick Taylor-Vaisey, Maclean's Digital Editor, said of Kathy's exemplary leadership: "Everyone who runs a newsroom should lead by Kathy's proven example. To use a sports analogy: she drafts prospects and turns them into all-stars, and no matter which team she leads, they're contenders while she's at the helm."
WINNERS HIGHLIGHTS This year, a number of first-time nominated publications won their first Gold and Silver awards, including Art/iculation in Emerging Excellence (Sofia Misenheimer), Magazine web 100 degrés (Marianne Boire, François Grenier, and Françoise Ruby) who won Gold for "Réimaginer nos aménagements,"and SooToday (David Helwig) who won Silver for "Bankruptcy protection for Sault's main employer sparks fight over port." The latter two wins took place in the Best News Coverage (Small Newsroom) category.
Air Canada enRoute's "Canada's Best New Restaurants 2018" is a four-time Best Digital Editorial Package nominee, this year winning Silver.
"In rural New Brunswick, a transgender woman charts a new path" won Gold in two categories: Best Online Video: Feature and Best Feature Article: Short. Congratulations to all of the creators who worked on the piece.
Digital storytellers from Hakai Magazine took home Gold in Best Science and Technology Storytelling (for "The Noose Beneath the Waves" by Sasha Chapman) and Silver in Best Arts & Culture Storytelling (for "The Oracle of Oyster River" by Brian Payton).
VICE swept the Best Online Video: Mini-Doc category: VICE Québec won Gold for "Souldia : à double tranchant" while VICE Canada took home Silver for "Fear and Loading: Meet the NRA's Most Wanted Customer."
Here's the full list of publications that won Gold or Silver at the 2019 DPAs: Air Canada enRoute (1 Silver), Art/iculation (1 Gold), various divisions of CBC (7 Gold, 5 Silver), Global News (1 Silver), Hakai Magazine (1 Gold, 1 Silver), Hazlitt (1 Silver), Le Devoir (1 Silver), Maclean's(1 Gold), Magazine web 100 degrés (1 Gold), Radio-Canada (1 Gold), SooToday (1 Silver), Sportsnet(1 Silver), The Globe and Mail (9 Gold, 3 Silver), The Sprawl (1 Gold), The Tyee (1 Silver), The Walrus (1 Gold), Vice Canada (2 Silver), and Vice Québec (1 Gold).
2019 Digital Publishing Awards Results
Best News Coverage
GOLD Hustle in the oil patch: Inside a looming financial and environmental crisis Jeff Lewis, Jeffrey Jones, Chen Wang, Renata D'Aliesio, Christopher Manza, Matthew French, John Sopinski, Murat Yükselir,Melissa Tait, Todd Korol, Brennan Higginbotham, Theresa Suzuki The Globe and Mal
SILVER Fentanyl: Making a killing Sam Cooper, Andrew Russell, Stewart Bell, Brent Rose, Carolyn Jarvis, Ben Jonah, James Armstrong, Online Video team, Network News Desk, Global News Graphics Department, Global News Copy Desk, Global News Social Desk Global News
Best News Coverage (Small Newsroom)
GOLD Réimaginer nos aménagements Marianne Boire, François Grenier, Françoise Ruby Magazine web 100 degrés
SILVER Bankruptcy protection for Sault's main employer sparks fight over port David Helwig SooToday
Best Personal Essay
GOLD I wanted an abortion in Nova Scotia, but all around, barriers still remained Jessica Leeder The Globe and Mail
SILVER The Waiting Room Christian Allaire Hazlitt
GOLD Queeries Peter Knegt CBC Arts
SILVER Dorothy Woodend, culture columnist Dorothy Woodend The Tyee
Best Feature Article: Short
GOLD In rural New Brunswick, a transgender woman charts a new path Lindsay Jones, Matt Brown, Timothy Moore, Scott Munn, Michael Belyea The Globe and Mail
SILVER The Water Carriers Alannah Campbell, Karen Levine, Pauline Holdsworth, Ruby Buiza, Andre Mayer, Lakshine Sathiyanathan CBC Radio - The Sunday Edition
Best Digital Editorial Package
GOLD Sex Ed: Beyond the Classroom Lauren McKeon, Natalie Vineberg, Judy Ziyi Gu, Viviane Fairbank, Samia Madwar, Angela Misri, Dmitry Beniaminov, Sharon Nadeem, Jackson Weaver, Tajja Isen, Danielle Kinahan, Sebastian Leck, Amy van den Berg, Daina Goldfinger, Allison Baker, Sydney Hamilton, Seila Rizvic, Daniel Viola, Erin Sylvester, Anna Fitzpatrick, Lauren Vogel, Erica Lenti, Yasir Khan, Lindsay Nixon, Sue Carter, Eliza Robertson, Anubha Momin, Kate Sloan The Walrus
SILVER Canada's Best New Restaurants 2018 Gabrielle Simpson, Stephanie Mercier-Voyer, Yvonne Miou, Stefanie Sosiak, Danielle Groen, Sarah Musgrave, Nancy Matsumoto Air Canada enRoute
Best Feature Article: Long
GOLD Murder on the Prairies Jana Pruden, Laura Blenkinsop, Chris Manza, Victor Dwyer The Globe and Mail
SILVER The Road Stephanie Nolen, Aaron Vincent Elkaim, Laura Blenkinsop, Christopher Manza, Angela Murphy, Rachel Wine The Globe and Mail
GOLD Hidden Canada Maryam Siddiqi, Christopher Manza, Rachel Wine, Benjamin MacDonald, Alanna Cavanagh The Globe and Mail
SILVER Back to the land Andre Mayer, Dave Pizer, Evan Mitsui CBC News
Best Science and Technology Storytelling
GOLD The Noose Beneath the Waves Sasha Chapman, Shanna Baker Hakai Magazine
SILVER The million-dollar drug Kelly Crowe, Dave Pizer, Craig Chivers CBC News
Best Online Video: Short
GOLD The truth about SugarBearHair vitamins Roxanna Woloshyn, Anne MacRae, Charlsie Agro, Stephanie Dudley, Dave MacIntosh CBC News
SILVER Mums who scrum Melissa Tait The Globe and Mail
Best Arts & Culture Storytelling
GOLD Alex Janvier's colourful life Marty Klinkenberg, Amber Bracken The Globe and Mail
SILVER The Oracle of Oyster River Brian Payton Hakai Magazine
Best Online Video: Feature
GOLD In rural New Brunswick, a transgender woman charts a new path Scott Munn, Lindsay Jones, Matt Brown, Michael Belyea, Timothy Moore The Globe and Mail
SILVER We the North Grandma Donnovan Bennett, Graham Runciman, Maggie Naylor, Scott Simpson Sportsnet
Best Online Video: Mini-Doc
GOLD Souldia : à double tranchant Simon Coutu, Jean-Pierre Bastien, Zacharie Fay, David Valiquette, William Gignac, Maude M. Ouellet VICE (Québec)
SILVER Fear and Loading: Meet the NRA's Most Wanted Customer Sofi Langis, Manisha Krishnan, Spencer Chumbley, Danny Patterson, Taylor Rivers, Heidi Besner VICE Canada
GOLD Missing and Murdered: Finding Cleo Connie Walker, Marnie Luke, Jennifer Fowler, Mieke Anderson, Heather Evans CBC News
SILVER Love Me Mira Burt-Wintonick, Cristal Duhaime, Sarah Geis CBC Podcasts
Best Digital Design
GOLD On a redessiné le Québec Marc Lajoie, Melanie Julien, Mélanie Meloche-Holubowski, Santiago Salcido, Martine Roy Radio-Canada
Best Photo Storytelling
GOLD Living in limbo Renaud Philippe, Jeremy Agius, Matt French, Theresa Suzuki, Patrick Dell, Michelle Zilio, Carol Toller, Carine Abouseif, Tu Thanh Ha The Globe and Mail
SILVER Proms from coast to coast Ming Wong, Jeremy Agius, Theresa Suzuki, Melissa Tait, Jackie Dives, Darren Calabrese, Todd Korol, Caroline Alphonso The Globe and Mail
Best Social Storytelling
GOLD As It Happens 50th anniversary animations Ben Shannon, Kate Swoger, Sheena Goodyear CBC Radio - As It Happens
SILVER Weed did it. Sasha Kalra, Daman Lamba, Jill Krajewski, Laura Lloyd, Kate McKerroll, Tyler Hughes, Victoria Pandeirada VICE Canada
Best Editorial Newsletter
GOLD What on Earth? Emily Chung, Andre Mayer, Nicole Mortillaro CBC News
SILVER Le courrier électoral Geneviève Tremblay, Stéphane Baillargeon, Cédric Gagnon, Jean-Philippe Corbeil, Simon Poirier Le Devoir
Innovation in Digital Storytelling
GOLD Olympics interactive graphics Timothy Moore, Christopher Manza, Trish McAlaster The Globe and Mail
SILVER Forever Changed William Wolfe-Wylie, Dwight Friesen, Richard Grasley, Sannah Choi, Kate Cornick, Farrah Merali, Andre Mayer, Paul Borkwood, David Donnelly, Albert Leung, Martin Trainor CBC News
Emerging Excellence GOLD Sofia Misenheimer Art/iculation
General Excellence in Digital Publishing GOLD The Sprawl (Small Publication) Maclean's (Medium Publication) CBC News (Large Publication)
The National Media Awards Foundation is incredibly grateful for the support of: Government of Canada, the Ontario Arts Council, Ontario Creates, Reader's Digest Foundation, and KCK Global. We are also thankful for the support of Cision, Magazines Canada, PUSH Media, Very Good Studios and Vividata.
Our sincerest thanks to this year's judges, who graciously volunteered their time and expertise, evaluating the hundreds of entries submitted to this year's competition.
ABOUT THE DIGITAL PUBLISHING AWARDS Produced by the National Media Awards Foundation, the Digital Publishing Awards promote and reward the achievements of those who create digital publishing content in Canada—the writers and editors, designers and developers, video and podcast producers, photographers and illustrators, and many others. The DPA program recognizes, celebrates and promotes to a national audience the innovative publishing teams that produce digital content in Canadian media.
ABOUT THE NATIONAL MEDIA AWARDS FOUNDATION A charitable foundation, the NMAF's mandate is to recognize, support and promote excellence in content creation of Canadian print and digital publications through an annual program of awards and national publicity efforts. The Foundation produces three distinct and bilingual award programs: the National Magazine Awards, the Digital Publishing Awards, and the National Magazine Awards: B2B.
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