The 2017 Digital Publishing Awards
The Digital Publishing Awards foster, recognize and promote excellence in editorial content, published digitally in Canada, through an annual program of awards and national publicity efforts.
  • Jan 2: Call for Submissions
  • Jan 20: Early-Bird Deadline
  • Jan 31: Final Submissions Deadline
  • May 2: Announcement of Finalists
  • TBD: Digital Publishing Awards Soiree

 

New Categories for 2017

 

This year, the Digital Publishing Awards will present awards in 22 categories focusing on the work of Canadian digital creators, while reflecting new trends and attitudes toward digital publishing and content.  [Read the full press release here – PDF]

 

In addition to the these changes in the category lineup, individual Gold winners will now receive a $500 cash prize.

 

Changes to the Digital Publishing Awards categories:

 

      • The top overall prize—General Excellence in Digital Publishing—will be presented in two divisions, for large and small publications.
      • Other new categories include:
        • Best Social Storytelling
        • Best Online Video in 3 divisions:
          • Short (under 2 minutes)
          • Feature (2-5 minutes)
          • Mini-Doc (more than 5 minutes
        • Best News Coverage in 2 divisions:
          • Provincial & Local
          • National & International
        • Best Personal Essay
        • Best Arts & Culture
        • Best Service Feature: Lifestyle
        • Best Service Feature: Family, Health & Careers
        • Best Fashion & Beauty
        • Emerging Excellence Award
        • Digital Publishing Leadership Award

 

Click here for a complete list of categories and definitions.

 

This year, the Digital Publishing Awards worked with an Advisory Committee, who provided invaluable guidance to crafting the 2017 program:

        • Craig Silverman, Editor-in-Chief, BuzzFeed Canada
        • Kenny Yum, Managing Editor, Huffington Post Canada
        • Kathy Vey, Executive Producer, Digital, TVO.org
        • Haley Cullingham, Senior Editor, Digital, Hazlitt and Penguin Random House Canada
        • Laura de Carufel, Editor-in-Chief, The Kit

 

The NMAF is grateful to the members of the Advisory Committee, as well as to all those who participated in our survey and submitted their feedback.

 

Winners for the 2016 Digital Publishing Awards  

Here's the winners of the inaugural Digital Publishing Awards, recognizing excellence in the content and creation of Canadian digital publications.

 

The Gold and Silver awards in 14 categories were presented at the Digital Publishing Awards Soirée held at the Spoke Club in Toronto, hosted by journalist Christopher Frey.

 

Press Release   Blog Post

 

Visit live.digitalpublishingawards.ca to view the winners in all 14 categories.

 

 

And the winners are…

 

DIGITAL PUBLICATION OF THE YEAR

 

CBCNews.ca

 

The Digital Publishing Awards jury remarked that “CBCNews.ca makes the most of their tremendous resources to deliver high-quality multimedia digital content, while adapting quickly to new trends and technologies in digital publishing to ensure an efficient, relevant and satisfying user experience. It’s a truly excellent digital publication that serves all Canadians and flexes some serious digital skills in the process.”

 

Canadian BusinessL’actualitéMaclean’s & Toronto Life received an honourable mention.

 

           

 

BEST DIGITAL INITIATIVE

 

Gold Medal: 

National Film Board of Canada: I Love Potatoes

 

 

Silver Medal:

Toronto Star: Star Touch Slice

 

 

BEST USE OF MULTIPLE PLATFORMS

 

Gold Medal:

Sportsnet

 

SilverMedal:

Today’s Parent

 

 

BEST DIGITAL DESIGN

 

Gold Medal:

torontolife.com

Toronto Life

 

Silver Medal:

Canada’s Best New Restaurants 2015

Air Canada enRoute

 

Visit live.digitalpublishingawards.ca to view the winners in all 14 categories.

Follow the Digital Publishing Awards on Twitter @DPAwards and #DPA2016.

 

TOP-WINNING PUBLICATIONS  

 

Publication

GOLD

SILVER

HM

The Globe and Mail

4

2

4

CBCNews.ca

4

0

2

Maclean’s

2

2

7

Toronto Star

1

2

5

Sportsnet

1

1

2

Toronto Life

1

0

4

National Film Board of Canada

1

0

0

Hakai Magazine

0

1

2

BuzzFeed Canada

0

1

1

Air Canada enRoute

0

1

0

Today’s Parent

0

1

0

UBC International Reporting Program

0

1

0

The Walrus

0

1

0

 

Canadaland, Canadian Art, Canadian Business, Chatelaine,  L’actualitéPlanète F, Torontoist and TVO.org also received honourable mention. 

 

ABOUT THE 2016 DIGITAL PUBLISHING AWARDS 

This year, 63 Canadian digital publications participated in the DPAs, submitting the best of their digital content, design and innovation from the past year for consideration in 14 awards categories. 42 individuals volunteered their time, their expertise, and their passion for digital publishing in serving as judges for this year’s awards. They have nominated 66 entries from 21 different digital publications for this year’s awards, including 5 finalists for the coveted award of Digital Publication of the Year.  #DPA2016

 

To view the photo album of the Digital Publishing Awards Soiree on June 9, please visit our Facebook Page.

 

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

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

 

The Digital Publishing Awards gratefully acknowledges its sponsors, including Candescent, Evolusent, Suite 66, Very Good Studios, Viafoura and Vividata.

 

The National Magazine Awards Foundation offers its sincere thanks to the highly skilled professionals who generously contributed their time and expertise as judges of the inaugural Digital Publishing Awards competition.

 

 

 

About the Digital Publishing Awards

The Digital Publishing Awards recognize excellence in the content and creation of Canadian digital publishing. The DPAs provide a platform to 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 program aims to recognize, celebrate and promote to a national audience the innovative publishing teams that produce digital content in Canadian media.

 

The DPAs are managed by the National Magazine Awards Foundation,  a not-for-profit organization whose mandate is to facilitate a program of awards and publicity efforts to strengthen digital publishing in Canada. The program is guided by a steering committee composed of industry leaders. To become involved with the Foundation or the DPAs, or to request more information, please contact us at staff@digitalpublishingawards.ca

 

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