TORONTO, Nov. 28, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ - How can consumers decide what is fake and what is real in an over saturated digital world. Who can you trust to give you the best insight, advice and facts.
The 9th annual 2017 COPA Awards were held at the Double Tree Hilton in Toronto on November 14 to see who earns this badge of trust in 2017. This national competition had winners from across Canada as there were gold medals victories from British Columbia (Hakai Magazine), Alberta (Zygote Quarterly), Manitoba (Winnipeg Free Press), Ontario (Savvy Mom) and Quebec (HuffPost Québec) this year. The winners of the Best of Canada Awards was Western Magazine for Best Digital Solution, Vice News for Best Digital Content and Legion Magazine won Independent Publisher of the year.
Rogers Media (2 gold , 4 silver) and TVA Publications (1 gold, 5 silver, including Silver for Best in Canada for Coup de Pouce for digital content) won the most medals with 6 each for their various brands. The most Gold with 4 was Vice Media Canada. Some of the more interesting winners was 680 News winning gold for Best News site and Indie 88.1 another radio station winning 3 golds, one for best social media content, video content and radio station website in the 24/7 News division. In the B2B division ITWC had 5 medals (3 gold , 2 silver) and University Affairs won 3 gold.
Corporate entries from Cheapflights.ca and Spin Master Toys won Best Social media content and Best Branded Content in the B2C divisions. A new category for student projects this year saw UBC School of Journalism, Sheridan College and University of Kings College win awards and the judges commented on the outstanding work. A noticeable absence from this years winner were brands like the Globe and Mail, CBC News, National Post and the Toronto Star that has enabled new stars to emerge on the digital publishing scene in Canada.
The MC Jennifer (JC) Villamere stated the COPA's is a validation of what is good journalism/content online in a world of click bait, fake news and ad fraud. The COPA's provides this badge of trust as they are judged by an independent panel of 90 publishing experts from across Canada and Masthead the producer is not affiliated with any trade organization to lend a neutral party for the administration of the awards. The awards are open to companies and their agents, traditional media and digital media. The sponsors this year were Innova, Cision and ITWC.
SOURCE Canadian Online Publishing Awards (COPA)
For further information: Martin Seto, COPA Producer, 416-9078-6562, [email protected]