Nominees Announced for 2017 Digital Publishing Awards

TORONTO, April 25, 2017 /CNW/ - The Digital Publishing Awards (DPAs) are pleased to announce the 2017 nominees for their 2nd annual awards program, recognizing excellence in the content and creation of Canadian digital publications.

This year, 75 Canadian digital publications entered the DPAs, submitting entries representing the best of their digital content, design and innovation from the past year for consideration in 21 awards categories. For this year's awards program, the DPAs have expanded the number of categories to better reflect the breadth of digital journalism in Canada.

"What an incredible year for Canada's digital publishers and creators. As I peruse the work nominated by our wonderful judges, I am blown away by the incredible talent, creativity, and innovation that characterizes each of this year's nominees. Digital publishing in Canada has never been stronger or more effective in engaging readers. I look forward to welcoming our nominees and industry members to the DPA Soiree on June 1."
-Nino Di Cara, president, Digital Publishing Awards

Our dedicated roster of 67 judges volunteered their time, their expertise, and their passion for digital publishing in serving on this year's jury. They have nominated 85 entries from 34 different digital publications for this year's awards, as well as three standout recipients for the Emerging Excellence Award.

In addition, the jury selected the inaugural recipient of the Digital Publishing Leadership Award. This prestigious recognition will be presented to Kenny Yum, managing editor of The Huffington Post Canada and AOL Canada. As a celebrated and widely recognized leader, innovator and mentor, the DPAs are honoured to recognize Kenny's contributions to the Canadian digital publishing industry.

Also new this year, we will be presenting the Emerging Excellence Award, honouring an individual whose early work in Canadian digital publishing shows the highest degree of craft and promise. This year's jury has nominated three standout individuals, with the single winner being announced at the Digital Publishing Award Soirée on Thursday June 1. The three nominees for the Emerging Excellence Award are: Manisha Krishnan of VICE, Naël Shiab of L'actualité and Tom Cardoso of The Globe and Mail. Learn more about these three candidates here.

Visit to view the nominations in all 21 categories.
Follow the Digital Publishing Awards on Twitter @DPAwards and #DPA17.

Gold, Silver and Honourable Mention awards will be presented at the Digital Publishing Awards soirée on Thursday, June 1 at the Spoke Club on King Street West in Toronto, hosted by author and illustrator Evan Munday. Gold winners in most categories include a $500 cash prize. Tickets are on sale at


Numerous publications received a first nomination this year, including Discourse Media, Daily Xtra, Fashion Magazine, FILLER Magazine, Global News (, GUTS Magazine, Liisbeth, National Observer, NOW Magazine, NUVO Magazine, Policy Options, Ryerson Review of Journalism, The Canadian Press, The Tyee,, VICE, Weddingbells, and YMC.

The top nominees this year are The Globe and Mail (17), CBC News (11), BuzzFeed Canada (5), Hakai Magazine (5), The Huffington Post Canada (4), Toronto Life (4), and VICE (3)

Canadian Art, Global News, Hazlitt, Maclean's, Policy Options Today's Parent, and L'actualité earned two nominations each.

For the second year in a row, Air Canada enRoute's "Best New Restaurants" guide is nominated, this year for Best Digital Editorial Package. is nominated for the second time in the Best Digital Design category.

The Maclean's story "How to Go On After Leonard Cohen" written by Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall is nominated twice, in both Best Arts & Culture Story and Best Personal Essay.

The "Crichton Farm" piece published in The Globe and Mail is nominated twice, in both Best Short Feature and Best Social Storytelling.

Top entered news stories of 2016 include the fentanyl crisis, the Fort McMurray wildfires, cyber security, marijuana legalization and the Canadian real estate market. 

Visit to view the nominations in all 21 categories.

And the 2017 nominees are:

General Excellence in Digital Publishing: Small Publication, Canadian Art, Hakai Magazine, Liisbeth, National Observer, Toronto Life, YMC: Motherhood Unfiltered

General Excellence in Digital Publishing: Large Publication, CBC News, The Globe and Mail

Best Digital Editorial Package
Canada's New Restaurants 2016, Air Canada enRoute
Power Struggle, Discourse Media
The Trafficked, The Globe and Mail

Best Blog or Online-Only Column
Born & Raised, The Huffington Post
Crossing You in Style, FILLER Magazine
In Our Image, VICE
Jennifer Ditchburn Columns, Policy Options
Presidential Poll Tracker, CBC News
Researching Contemporary Indigenous Art in Public, Canadian Art
Tim Caulfield: The Cure, Policy Options

Best News Coverage: National & International
B.C. Real Estate, The Globe and Mail
Exclusive: How Canadian Police Intercept and Read Encrypted BlackBerry Messages, VICE
Fentanyl Crisis, The Globe and Mail
Fort McMurray Fire Coverage, Global News
What's in your weed? The Globe and Mail

Best News Coverage: Local & Provincial
The Fort McMurray Wildfire,
The Frontline of Fentanyl,
When A Tree Falls, The Globe and Mail

Best Feature Article: Short
Crichton Farm, The Globe and Mail
'Ethnoburbs': The New Face of Immigrant Cities, The Tyee 
Meet Al Hill, the Sole Resident of the World's Largest Abandoned Building, CBC News
Online Scam Artists Are Using Hoaxes About Terrorist Attacks to Make Money, BuzzFeed Canada 

Best Feature Article: Long
Chop Suey Nation, The Globe and Mail
Crocodile Rising, Hakai Magazine
Graffiti Kids, The Globe and Mail
The Drone and the Damage Done: How Canada's UAV Operation Wounded Its Own, BuzzFeed Canada
The Whale Dying on a Mountain, Hakai Magazine

Best Personal Essay
A Grief Like This, Hazlitt
Brothers Under the Skin, The Globe and Mail
Family Circus, NUVO Magazine
Forgiving the Future, GUTS Magazine
Have You Told Your Parents?, BuzzFeed Canada
How to Go On After Leonard Cohen, Maclean's
The Widowhood Effect, The Globe and Mail
There's No Recipe For Growing Up, BuzzFeed Canada
When Queer Sexual Mentorship Comes in the Form of Cling Wrap, Daily Xtra
When the Games Are Over, The Walrus

Best Arts & Culture Story
How to Go On After Leonard Cohen, Maclean's
North Exposure, The Globe and Mail
What We Lose When POC Entertainers Crack Into The Mainstream, BuzzFeed Canada

Best Service Feature: Lifestyle
2016 Wedding Trends Guide, Weddingbells
Hidden Toronto, NOW Magazine
Piece of Cake, Today's Parent
The Globe 100: Best Books of the Year, The Globe and Mail
Where to Eat Now, Toronto Life

Best Service Feature: Family, Health & Careers
Childbirth Stories,
It's Never Been Less Safe to Try Out Drugs, VICE
Paying to Treat Infertility: Coverage Varies Widely Across Canada, Global News (
Saving Sid, CBC News

Best Online Video: Short
15 Fun Facts About Sperm, Today's Parent
Fort McMurray Fire: Before and After, The Globe and Mail
How the Powerful Opioid Fentanyl Kills: A CBC News explainer, CBC News

Best Online Video: Feature
Autour du jukebox avec Safia Nolin et Philippe Brach,
Coming Out to My First-Generation Parents, The Huffington Post Canada
So Fresh and So Clean: Behind the Scenes with the Raptors Equipment Staff, Sportsnet
The Right to Roam, Hakai Magazine
Toddler With Paralysis Zips Around in Homemade Wheelchair, The Canadian Press

Best Online Video: Mini-Doc
Abandoned at Birth - One woman's incredible search for her birth mother, Chatelaine
Growing Pains, The Globe and Mail
Salute, The Huffington Post Canada
The 6,000-Year-Old Village, Hakai Magazine

Best Podcast
Cavern of Secrets, Hazlitt
Colour Code, The Globe and Mail
Missing & Murdered: Who Killed Alberta Williams,

Best Digital Design, Fashion Magazine
Looking For a Place to Happen, CBC News, Toronto Life
U.S. Election: Live Results, CBC News

Best Social Storytelling
Crichton Farm, The Globe and Mail
Fort McMurray Wildfires, The Huffington Post Canada
It Doesn't Have to Hurt, YMC

Best Digital Initiative
Allez-vous être remplacé par un robot? Demandez-le à… notre robot!, L'actualité
Hidden in Plain Sight: Stories on Migration and HIV in Chile, UBC School of Journalism
Toronto Life Email Newsletters, Toronto Life
Why Diversity, Ryerson Review of Journalism

Visit to view the nominations in all 21 categories.
Follow the Digital Publishing Awards on Twitter @DPAwards and #DPA17

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Gold, Silver and Honourable Mention awards will be presented at the Digital Publishing Awards soirée on Thursday, June 1 at the Spoke Club on King Street West in Toronto. Gold winners in most categories include a $500 cash prize. Tickets are on sale at

The host of the 2017 Digital Publishing Awards will be Evan Munday, author and illustrator of the series of novels for young adults The Dead Kid Detective Agency (ECW Press). The first two books in the series were both nominated for the Silver Birch Award. Evan currently works as community manager for Type Books, co-hosts an Archie Comics podcast, and draws a notable Canadian every day and posts the illustration on Twitter using the hashtag #365Canadians.

"I am both honoured and e-lated to host this night of Canada's most clickable people – a celebration of excellence in the Canadian digital publishing I so joyfully consume. It's a role I was destined to fill ever since publishing my first Nightcrawler fan fiction on Prodigy. Join us for the IRL good times!" - Evan Munday

Digital Publishing Awards Soirée
Thursday, June 1, 2017
Doors open at 6PM, show starts at 7PM
Portland Room, Spoke Club
600 King St West, Toronto
Tickets on sale at

The National Media Awards Foundation gratefully acknowledges the support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Periodical Fund.

The National Media Awards Foundation offers its sincere thanks to the highly skilled professionals who generously contributed their time and expertise as judges of this year's Digital Publishing Awards competition.

For sponsorship inquiries, please contact Barbara Gould, Managing Director, at or 416-939-6200.

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.

SOURCE National Magazine Awards Foundation

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