Presenting the Winners of the 2021 Digital Publishing Awards

The National Media Awards Foundation revealed the winners of the 2021 Digital Publishing Awards in a virtual ceremony hosted by Erica Lenti and live-streamed on our website (you can watch the broadcast here). Gold winners in creator-focused categories received a $500 cash prize, in addition to their award.

If you are a Gold winner, please contact us with your mailing address and SIN in order to receive your cash prize and certificate. Certificates for Silver winners and Honourable Mention are available upon request. 

Winners and finalists can also celebrate their achievement by downloading Gold, Silver or Finalist’s seals here.

Winners’ Highlights

  • CBC News is a three-time silver winner in the categories of Best Digital Editorial Package, Best Social Storytelling, and Best Virtual Event. 
  • The Globe and Mail has received five Gold medals and five Silver medals in total, and The Globe and Mail’s “Gone” project has won Gold twice, for Innovation in Digital Storytelling and Best Digital Design.
  • The Local has won two Gold medals—including General Excellence in Digital Publishing (Small)—and two Silver medals.
  • The Narwhal has earned two Gold medals—including the prestigious award for General Excellence in Digital Publishing (Medium)—and one Silver medal.
  • The National Film Board of Canada is a two-time Silver winner, in Best Online Video: Feature and Innovation in Digital Storytelling. 
  • Radio-Canada is the winner of three Gold medals—including one for General Excellence in Digital Publishing (Large)—and two Silver medals.
  • The Tyee received two Gold medals, including the Emerging Excellence award for Christopher Cheung.

EMERGING EXCELLENCE AWARD / PRIX D’EXCELLENCE : TALENT EMERGENT

Award sponsored by the Reader’s Digest Foundation / Prix commandité par la Fondation Reader’s Digest
GOLD

Christopher Cheung
The Tyee

HONOURABLE MENTION

Justine de l’Église
Radio-Canada

Anya Zoledziowski
VICE Canada

BEST DIGITAL EDITORIAL PACKAGE / MEILLEUR DOSSIER THÉMATIQUE

GOLD

Carbon Cache
The Narwhal
Stephanie Wood, Sarah Cox, Lindsay Jones, Darren Calabrese, Amber Bracken, Emma Gilchrist

SILVER

COVID-19
CBC News
CBC News Digital Team

HONOURABLE MENTION

Vies noires, espaces verts – Black Lives, Green Spaces
BESIDE
Catherine Métayer, Caroline R. Paquette, Mark Mann, Casey Beal, Eliane Cadieux, Gabrielle Deronde, Olivier Mercier-Chan Kane, Phillip Dwight Morgan, Gaelle Elma, Carolyn Finney, Naima Green, Ricardo Lamour, Nzingha Millar, Fabrice Vil, Florence Rivest, et al. 

60 Years of Indigenous Music Game Changers
CBC Music
Jesse Kinos-Goodin, producer; Ossie Michelin, Rhiannon Johnson, Andrea Warner, Holly Gordon, Melody Lau, Jesse Kinos-Goodin, writers; Mer Young, David J. Cutler, Mishiikenh Kwe, Samantha Leigh Smith, Ben Shannon, art; Geoff Isaac, Ben Shannon, website design; Vivian Tabar, video

Future of Cities
The Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail team

BEST SERVICE FEATURE / JOURNALISME DE SERVICE

GOLD

Hidden Canada: Home and Away
The Globe and Mail
Jennifer Allford, Domini Clark, Jeremy Freed, Waheeda Harris, Johnny C.Y. Lam, Stacy Lee Kong, Gayle MacDonald, Benjamin MacDonald, Christopher Manza, Susan Nerberg, Amy Rosen, Maryam Siddiqi

SILVER

Day Tripping From Home: 12 Hours in Paris
Air Canada enRoute
Sydney Loney
Contributors:  Lori Morgan, photo editor; Photo Researcher: Thomas Bouquin, photo researcher; Gabrielle Simpson, senior graphic designer, digital; Nancy Kovacs, product and content manager; et al.

HONOURABLE MENTION

How To De-Escalate A Mental Health Emergency Without Calling The Police
HuffPost Canada
Al Donato
Contributors: Chloe Tejada, Reporter

L’effet instagram : la retouche comme nouvel idéal de beauté?
Rad
Olivier Arbour-Masse, Pasquale Harrison-Julien, journalistes; Thomas Christopherson, vidéastes/monteurs; Mathieu Waddell, réalisateur; Johanne Lapierre, rédactrice en chef; Pasquale Harrison-Julien, chef de pupitre; et al.

Canada’s Kitchen
The Globe and Mail
Julie Van Rosendaal, Maryam Siddiqi, Benjamin MacDonald, Christopher Manza, Liam Mogan, Ashley Denton, Alanna Davey

Pandemic Academics: A parent’s guide to the COVID-19 classroom
Toronto Star
Kenyon Wallace, Patty Winsa, Andres Plana, Nathan Pilla

A Lack of Racial Understanding Can Ruin Relationships
VICE Canada
Manisha Krishnan
Contributors: Natasha Grzincic

BEST COLUMN / MEILLEURE CHRONIQUE

GOLD

Chronique Société
L’actualité
Noémi Mercier

SILVER

Black Light
CBC Arts
Amanda Parris 
Contributors: Leah Collins, Editor

HONOURABLE MENTION

Ramadan 2020
Chatelaine
Radiyah Chowdhury

Jennifer Ditchburn’s columns
Policy Options
Jennifer Ditchburn

André Picard
The Globe and Mail
André Picard

The Listener
The Sprawl
Sam Hester

Michael Harris
The Tyee
Michael Harris

Does talking about racism make you uncomfortable? You Should Ask Yourself Why.
TVO
Nam Kiwanuka
Contributors: Sarah Sweet, deputy editor; Graeme Bayliss, editor-in-chief

Should I?
VICE Canada
Manisha Krishnan
Contributors: Josh Visser, Natasha Grzincic

My Queer Kitchen with Jennifer E. Crawford: Pandemic Edition
Xtra Magazine
Jennifer E. Crawford
Contributors: Marissa Leon-John, co-writer of one column; Gordon Bowness, editor; Erica Lenti, editor; Corey Misquita, video producer; Riley Sparks, producer/story editor; Chelle Turingen, managing producer; Rachel Giese, editorial director; Allison Baker, copy editor

BEST NEWS COVERAGE (COMMUNITY PUBLICATION) / MEILLEURE COUVERTURE DE L’ACTUALITÉ (PUBLICATION COMMUNAUTAIRE) 

GOLD

Sydney’s Casino at 25
The Cape Breton Spectator
Rob Csernyik; Mary Campbell, editor

SILVER

Where the Pandemic Hit the Hardest
The Local
Aparita Bhandari

HONOURABLE MENTION

MTL Blog
MTL Blog
Thomas MacDonald, senior editor; Alanna Moore, associate editor; Ilana Belfer, associate editor; Lea Sabbah, staff writer; Teddy Elliot, staff writer; Gabi Sandler, writer; Katina Goulakos, writer; Ezra Black, writer

KPMG report: Dr. Barker knew Rothberg was Rootenberg before she hired him
SooToday.com
David Helwig

The Casino Crapshoot
The Halifax Examiner
Rob Csernyik; Tim Bousquet, editor; Philip Moscovitch, editor

The 35 Jane
The Local
Tai Huynh

BEST NEWS COVERAGE / MEILLEURE COUVERTURE DE L’ACTUALITÉ

Award sponsored by Cision Canada / Prix commandité par Cision Canada
GOLD

COVID-19 risk and you
Toronto Star
Patty Winsa, May Warren, Kenyon Wallace, Ed Tubb, Cameron Tulk, Nathan Pilla, Andres Plana

SILVER

Reporting on China’s Xinjiang region and Uyghur minority
The Globe and Mail
Nathan VanderKlippe, Patrick Dell, Evan Annett

HONOURABLE MENTION

WE Charity
Canadaland
Jesse Brown, Jaren Kerr, Shannon Kari, Jonathan Goldsbie, Andréa Schmidt, Kasia Mychajlowycz, John-Allan Namu

Nova Scotia Mass Shooting
CBC News
Elizabeth McMillan, Aly Thomson, Shaina Luck, Preston Mulligan, Haley Ryan, Anjuli Patil, Cassidy Chisholm, Brett Ruskin, Kayla Hounsell, Eric Woolliscroft, Brian MacKay, Monty Mosher, Steve Lawrence, Dave Irish, Angela MacIvor, Jennifer MacMillan, et al. 

Couverture de la COVID-19
Radio-Canada
Naël Shiab, Daniel Blanchette Pelletier, Mélanie Meloche-Holubowski, Francis Lamontagne, Santiago Salcido, Charlie Debons, André Guimaraes, Mathieu St-Laurent, Melanie Julien, Martine Roy

Bias Behind Bars
The Globe and Mail
Tom Cardoso, Dawn Calleja, Ming Wong, Galit Rodan, Evan Annett, Randy Velocci, Murat Yükselir, Christopher Manza

Wet’suwet’en coverage
The Narwhal
Carol Linnitt, Amber Bracken, Stephanie Wood, Emma Gilchrist, Martin Lukacs, Shiri Pasternak

Crisis in Care
Toronto Star
Kenyon Wallace

BEST SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY STORYTELLING / MEILLEUR REPORTAGE: SCIENCE ET TECHNOLOGIE

GOLD

Notifications: Prière de me déranger
Radio-Canada
Nicholas De Rosa

SILVER

We are all plastic people now, in ways we can’t see – and can no longer ignore
The Globe and Mail
Rick Smith
Contributors: Mark Medley, Lisan Jutras, Deb Baic, Patrick Dell, Evan Annett, Fred Lum

HONOURABLE MENTION

Disinformation For Hire: How A New Breed Of PR Firms Is Selling Lies Online
BuzzFeed News
Craig Silverman, Jane Lytvynenko

Coronavirus vaccine tracker
CBC News
Emily Chung
Contributors: Matt Crider, Andrew Ryan, Dwight Friesen, Richard Grasley, CBC News Labs, Elizabeth Haggarty

The Faux Fish Coming to a Restaurant Near You
Hakai Magazine
Brian Payton

Taking the Fish Out of Fish Feed
Hakai Magazine
Brian Payton

Vaccin contre le coronavirus: sprinter un marathon
Le Devoir
Alexis Riopel, Antoine Béland, Cédric Gagnon

British Columbia’s looming extinction crisis
The Narwhal
Sarah Cox
Contributors: Emma Gilchrist, Carol Linnitt, Sarah Hammond

The Gauntlet Fraser Salmon Must Travel, A Two-Part Package
The Tyee
Christopher Pollon and Andrew Walsh
Contributors: Hakai Institute

What Scientists Are Learning About Near-Death Experiences
Zoomer
Carolyn Abraham

BEST FEATURE ARTICLE / MEILLEUR ARTICLE DE FOND

GOLD

Teaching Indigenous Star Stories
The Walrus
Kelly Boutsalis
Contributors: Brit Ellis, illustrator; Allison Baker, fact-checker; Viviane Fairbank, handling editor

SILVER

Two metres and a world apart: Life in lockdown for me and my disabled son
The Globe and Mail
Ian Brown
Contributors: Chloë Ellingson, Lisan Jutras, Clare Vander Meersch

HONOURABLE MENTION

Programme énergétique national : l’est l’a oublié, l’ouest le hait toujours
Radio-Canada Alberta
Tiphanie Roquette, Audrey Neveu
Contributeur: Mylène Briand

Sexe, handicap et pandémie
Radio-Canada
Justine de l’Église

‘For our children’: How families are passing down Indigenous languages
TVO.org
Shelby Lisk
Contributors: Sarah Sweet, Graeme Bayliss, Tehatsistahawi Kennedy, Wilhelmina Beauvais, Karen Mosko, Ian McCallum, Jason Jones, Shirley Andy, Debbie Parliament, Marsha Ireland

INNOVATION IN DIGITAL STORYTELLING / INNOVATION DE L’ANNEE 

Award sponsored by Natalie Vineberg / Prix commandité par Natalie Vineberg
GOLD

Gone
The Globe and Mail
Stephanie Nolen, Laura Blenkinsop, Jeremy Agius, Timothy Moore
International Contributor: Félix Márquez

SILVER

Far Away From Far Away
National Film Board of Canada
Written by Michael Crummey from conversations with Zita Cobb; Bruce Alcock, Jeremy Mendes, creative directors; Produced by the National Film Board of Canada

HONOURABLE MENTION

America Votes
CBC News
Richard Grasley, Alisa Mamak, William Wolfe-Wylie and Matt Crider, Andrew Ryan, Meghan Sardesai, Richa Syal, CBC News Labs, Éric Grenier, Benjamin Blum, Alexander Panetta

Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow
National Film Board of Canada
Jam3; National Film Board of Canada

Visualisations de données en 3D
Radio-Canada
Naël Shiab, Daniel Blanchette Pelletier, Mélanie Meloche-Holubowski, Francis Lamontagne, Santiago Salcido, Charlie Debons, André Guimaraes, Mathieu St-Laurent, Melanie Julien, Martine Roy

Paddle of the Century
The Doc Project, CBC Radio
Jonathan Ore, Kevin Ball, Lakshine Sathiyanathan, Althea Manasan, Geoff Isaac

BEST FEATURE ARTICLE (SHORT) / MEILLEUR ARTICLE COURT 

GOLD
SILVER
HONOURABLE MENTION

Moka Dawkins Says Toronto Jail Experience Violated Her Human Rights
HuffPost Canada
Denio Lourenco
Contributors: Andree Lau, editor; Andrew Yates, editor

In full bloom: Toronto’s cherry blossoms are off limits in High Park – but you can still see them here
The Globe and Mail
Marty Klinkenberg, Carlos Osorio, Melissa Tait
Contributors: Christopher Manza, Theresa Suzuki

StatsCan Releases Survey to Assess Diversity on Nonprofit Boards
The Philanthropist Journal
Fatima Syed

BEST FEATURE ARTICLE (LONG) / MEILLEUR ARTICLE DE FOND (LONG)

GOLD

A Long-Term Tragedy
The Local
Simon Lewsen

SILVER

‘Them plants are killing us’: inside a cross-border battle against cancer in Ontario’s rust belt
The Narwhal
Hilary Beaumont
Contributors: Carol Linnitt, Christopher Katsarov Luna, Brian Bienkowski

HONOURABLE MENTION

Pollinisation extrême
BESIDE
Eugénie Emond
Contributors: Catherine Métayer, Caroline R. Paquette, équipe éditoriale; Eliane Cadieux, Gabrielle Deronde, Olivier Mercier-Chan Kane, équipe design; Drowster, Eliane Cadieux, Nicolas Gouin, photographes; Guillaume Rivest, vérification des faits

Life, death and being a man in Medicine Hat
CBC Calgary
Robson Fletcher
Contributors: Colleen Underwood, Monty Kruger, Rachel Maclean

Elliot, an alcoholic, asked his parole officer for help. She sent him back to prison
Global News
Jane Gerster
Contributors: Jasmine Pazzano, Laura Whelan, Max Hartshorn

Can I be a Black mother in a world so dangerous to Black children?
The Globe and Mail
Hadiya Roderique
Contributors: Mark Medley, editor; Lisan Jutras, editor

He said, they said: inside the trial of Matthew McKnight
The Globe and Mail
Jana Pruden
Contributors: Amber Bracken, Dawn Calleja, Evan Annett, Patrick Dell, Jason Lin

Objectivity Is a Privilege Afforded to White Journalists
The Walrus
Pacinthe Mattar
Contributors:  Nicole Schmidt, fact-checker; Samia Madwar, handling editor

Journal d’une vidange – Un mois dans les caps d’un éboueur (*article publié en 5 parties)
URBANIA
Jean Bourbeau

Inside the second wave of the HIV epidemic in the Philippines
Xtra Magazine
Arvin Joaquin
Contributors: Eternity Martis, handling editor; Rachel Giese and Gordon Bowness, editors; Allison Baker, copy editor/fact-checker; Jade Zhang, artist

BEST PERSONAL ESSAY / MEILLEUR ESSAI PERSONNEL

GOLD

Dire adieu à sa grand-mère par facetime
RAD
Journaliste : Mathieu Papillon Monteur Texte et narration : Valérie Ouellet Illustrations : Victor Kurc Direction artistique : Charles Fortier : Florence Pelletier  Réalisateur : Mathieu Waddell Chef de pupitre : et al. 

SILVER

I donated my kidney to help a stranger. But what about the person I couldn’t help?
The Globe and Mail
Wency Leung
Contributors: Carol Toller, Mark Medley, Adam Cruft, Fred Lum, Bryan Gee, Evan Annett

HONOURABLE MENTION

I Tried To Talk To My Bosses About Racism At Work
Chatelaine
Denise Balkissoon

Can I be a Black mother in a world so dangerous to Black children?
The Globe and Mail
Hadiya Roderique
Contributors: Mark Medley, Lisan Justras, Jorian Charlton, Clare Vander Meersch, Melissa Tait, Evan Annett

IVF was my last hope to have a baby. All Canadians deserve that hope, too
The Globe and Mail
Melissa Stasiuk
Contributors: Carol Toller, Mark Medley, Fred Lum, Bryan Gee, Evan Annett

Been Caught Stealing: Life Inside The Lorraine
The Sprawl
Heidi Klaassen

Hate Social Media but Love Nature? There’s an App for That
The Walrus
Emily Urquhart
Contributor: Nikky Manfredi, fact-checker
Handling Editor: Daniel Viola

The Author Who Shaped the Way We Represent Disability
The Walrus
Meagan Gillmore
Contributor: Ariella Garmaise, fact-checker
Handling Editor: Carine Abouseif

I Look for Ways to Blow Up My Life During the Pandemic
VICE Canada
Minelle Mahtani
Contributor: Natasha Grzincic

A transgender, bisexual, non-binary writer calls their future into being
Xtra Magazine
Dede Akolo
Contributors: Allison Baker, Brian Wong; Gordon Bowness, editor

Getting sober and coming out
Xtra Magazine
Niko Stratis
Contributors: Danielle Groen, Allison Baker, Brian Wong; Erica Lenti, editor

BEST DIGITAL DESIGN / MEILLEURE CONCEPTION NUMÉRIQUE

GOLD

Gone
The Globe and Mail
Stephanie Nolen, Laura Blenkinsop, Jeremy Agius, Timothy Moore
International Contributor: Félix Márquez

SILVER

The Uncounted
Toronto Star
Nathan Pilla
Contributors: McKenna Deighton, Andres Plana, Tania Pereira

HONOURABLE MENTION

America’s Medical Supply Crisis
Global Reporting Centre
Andrew Munroe & Britney Dennison
Contributors: Martha Mendoza, Juliet Linderman, Britney Dennison, Kate McCormick, Stephane Lavoie, Irena Hwang, Sharon Nadeem, writing/reporting; Britney Dennison, Andrew Munroe, digital producers; Peter Hamlin, illustration; Andrew Munroe, design/development; et al. 

Far Away From Far Away
National Film Board of Canada
Written by Michael Crummey from conversations with Zita Cobb; Bruce Alcock, Jeremy Mendes, creative directors; Produced by the National Film Board of Canada
Contributors: Intergalactic, interactive programming; Ruby Joy, narrator; Shawn Cole, sound design; Justin Simms, director of photography

BEST ARTS & CULTURE STORYTELLING / MEILLEUR REPORTAGE : ARTS ET CULTURE

GOLD

Le tailleur qui ravive la pierre de Saint-Marc
Radio-Canada Empreintes
Eugénie Emond
Contributeurs: Denis Wong, photos; Olivia Laperrière-Roy, design et photos; Émilie Larivée-Tourangeau, édition

SILVER
HONOURABLE MENTION

Give Us Permanence—Ending Anti-Black Racism in Canada’s Art Institutions
Canadian Art
Syrus Marcus Ware

60 Years of Indigenous Music Game Changers
CBC Music
Jesse Kinos-Goodin, producer; Ossie Michelin, Rhiannon Johnson, Andrea Warner, Holly Gordon, Melody Lau, Jesse Kinos-Goodin, writers; Mer Young, David J. Cutler, Mishiikenh Kwe, Samantha Leigh Smith, Ben Shannon, art; Geoff Isaac, Ben Shannon, website;  Vivian Tabar, video

The Fault, Dear Reader, Is Not in Our Stars
The Walrus
Carly Lewis
Contributors: Cienna Smith, illustrator; Sydney Hamilton, fact-checker; Daniel Viola, handling editor

When Male Writers Confront Toxic Masculinity
The Walrus
Philip Sayers
Contributors: Justin Dallaire, fact-checker; Carmine Starnino, handling editor

BEST ONLINE VIDEO: SHORT / MEILLEURE VIDÉO EN LIGNE : FORMAT COURT

GOLD

Marion et les collages féministes
Le Devoir
Daphnée Hacker-B., Cédric Gagnon, Bénédicte Millaud

SILVER

Au front, aux soins intensifs de l’Hôpital du Sacré-Cœur de Montréal
Radio-Canada
Simon Coutu, journaliste; Maryse Gagnon, rédactrice en chef; Frédéric Lacelle, réalisateur; Charlie Debons-Ricard, motion designer

HONOURABLE MENTION

The Original Pandemic
CBC Arts
Lucius Dechausay, Des Mckenzie

Are you making these face mask mistakes?
CBC News
Amara McLaughlin, Roxanna Woloshyn, Anne MacRae, Scott Galley, Tashauna Reid

The race for a vaccine
CBC Toronto
Chris Glover, Paul Borkwood

Cécile et la deuxième vague de COVID-19
Le Devoir
Jasmine Legendre, Matt Joycey, Bénédicte Millaud

Roundup
National Film Board of Canada
Nettie Wild, director; Produced by the National Film Board of Canada

Le choc des cultures
ONFR+
Andréanne Baribeau, Amine Beckoury, Aimé Majeau Beauchamp

‘We’re still a neighbourhood’: A Toronto couple runs errands for their COVID-19 isolated community
The Globe and Mail
Timothy Moore

BEST ONLINE VIDEO: FEATURE / MEILLEURE VIDÉO EN LIGNE : FORMAT LONG

GOLD
SILVER

60 Day Cycle
National Film Board of Canada
Colin Jones, Darcy Wittenburg, directors; Darcy Wittenburg, writer; Produced by the National Film Board of Canada

HONOURABLE MENTION

Perfumed Dreaming
National Film Board of Canada
Kathleen Hepburn, director; Produced by the National Film Board of Canada

Bibelot et bingo : la vieillesse vue autrement
Radio-Canada
Joannie Lafrenière

When fracking and hydro dams collide
The Narwhal
Ben Parfitt, Jayce Hawkins, Carol Linnitt

We Crack Open Dr. Henry’s Model for Taming the Pandemic
The Tyee
Jesse Lupini, Koby Michaels, Lucas Kavanagh, Jeanette Ageson, David Beers

BEST ONLINE VIDEO: MINI-DOC / MEILLEURE VIDÉO EN LIGNE : MINI-DOCUMENTAIRE

GOLD

Manhunt, Manitoba
The Globe and Mail
Timothy Moore, Melissa Tait

SILVER

Agriculture : le Québec loin de l’autonomie alimentaire
Radio-Canada
Maxime Corneau, journaliste; Étienne Marcoux, réalisateur; François Dubuc, motion designer; Georges Sheehy, François Warnet, Marie-Andrée Cormier, preneurs de son; Catherine Marineau-Dufresne, réalisatrice-coordonnatrice; et al.

HONOURABLE MENTION

Canada’s a Drag: Mx. Wolverine, Toronto
CBC Arts
Lucius Dechausay, Peter Knegt, Mercedes Grundy

The Bomb Captain
CBC Podcasts
Craig Desson, Evan Aagaard, producers/editors; Evan Aagaard, camera/cinematography; Geoff Turner, Jessica Linzey, Francis Plourde, original reporting; Arif Noorani, executive producer; Emilie Quesnel, digital producer

Amachewespimawin: Shooting for the Cree way of life
CBC Saskatchewan
Madeline Kotzer, Heidi Atter, Matt Duguid, Trent Peppler

How the Nova Scotia mass shooting unfolded: 13 hours. 22 dead. 16 crime scenes.
Global News
Emanuela Campanella, James Hawkins, Julieta Tobon, Brian Royer, Christian Jeri

Fraude Organisée
Rad
Simon Coutu, journaliste; Johanne Lapierre, rédactrice en chef; Thomas Christopherson, Patrick André Perron, Carl Mondello, vidéaste; Jean-Philippe Gagnon, monteur; Mathieu Waddell, réalisateur; Pasquale Harrison-Julien, chef de pupitre; et al. 

BEST PODCAST: ARTS & CULTURE / MEILLEUR BALADO : ARTS ET CULTURE

GOLD

Cool Mules
Canadaland
Kasia Mychajlowycz, host/reporter/producer; Jesse Brown, producer/co-writer; Jonathan Goldsbie, research; Nathan Burley, music; Chandra Bulucon, sound design/mixing

SILVER

The Hopeful
The Hopeful
Shayda Omidvar, Portia Larlee, Claire Brassard, Ryan Clarke

HONOURABLE MENTION

Les pires moments de l’Histoire avec Charles Beauchesne – Saison III
URBANIA
Charles Beauchesne, animation; Charles Beauchesne, Odrée Rousseau, François DeGranpré, texte et recherche; Barbara-Judith Caron, réalisation; Lucie Fournaison et Alexandre Sarkis, montage; Raphaëlle Huysmans et Philippe Lamarre, producteurs exécutifs

Off The Chart: Xtra’s L Word podcast
Xtra Magazine
Erica Lenti, Chelle Turingan, co-hosts; Chelle Turingan, producer/audio editor; Rachel Giese, executive producer; KidKulit, music

BEST PODCAST: NEWS & POLITICS / MEILLEUR BALADO : ACTUALITÉS ET POLITIQUE

GOLD

Laissez-nous raconter l’histoire crochie : Décoloniser l’Histoire un mot à la fois
Radio-Canada
Production Terre Innue en collaboration avec Radio-Canada OHdio; Marie Andrée Gill, animation; Brad Gros-Louis & Karine Lanoie-Brien, co-réalisateurs; Karine Lanoie-Brien, concept; Isabelle Picard, recherche; Lynne Trépanier, prise de son; et al. 

SILVER

Brainwashed
CBC Podcasts
Michelle Shephard, host/writer; Chris Oke & Lisa Ellenwood, writers/producers; Cesil Fernandes, sound design; Sarah Melton, associate producer; Emilie Quesnel, digital producer; Evan Aagaard, video producer; Ben Shannon, art director

HONOURABLE MENTION

CANADALAND
Canadaland
Jesse Brown, host; Kasia Mychajlowycz, senior producer; Roslyn Kufuor, senior producer; Andréa Schmidt, managing editor; Kevin Sexton, managing editor; Tiffany Lam, Karl Dockstader, Sean Vanderklis, and Justin Ling, contributing reporters

Recall: How to Start a Revolution
CBC Podcasts
Geoff Turner, Jessica Linzey, Francis Plourde, creators;  Geoff Turner, showrunner; Arif Noorani, executive producer; Jessica Linzey, Francis Plourde, associate producers; Geoff Turner, Jessica Linzey, Francis Plourde, writers; Emilie Quesnel, digital producer

Satanic Panic
CBC Podcasts
Lisa Bryn Rundle, host; Lisa Bryn Rundle & Ilina Ghosh, script writers; Arif Noorani, executive producer; Tanya Springer, producer; Christopher Oke, editor; Olivia Pasquarelli, scoring and music supervision; Evan Kelly, sound engineer; Emilie Quesnel, digital producer

Party Lines
CBC Podcasts & CBC News
Elamin Abdelmahmoud, Rosemary Barton, Emma Godmere, Kristin Nelson; Fabiola Melendez Carletti, digital producer

Le Casanova de Montréal
QUB radio Le Bureau d’enquête
Brigitte Noël, Anne-Sophie Carpentier, Étienne Roy, Ève Lévesque, Bastien Gagnon-Lafrance, Philippe Séguin

Dérives
Radio-Canada
Olivier Bernard, animateur et réalisateur; Jo-Annie Larue, chef de projet de contenu; Alain Kemeid, conseiller au contentu; Annie Reeves,  directrice développement et production audionumérique; et al.

Spacing Radio
Spacing
Glyn Bowerman, Neil Hinchley, Matthew Blackett

The Big Story
The Big Story
Jordan-Heath Rawlings, Claire Brassard, Stefanie Phillips, Ryan Clarke

BEST PHOTO STORYTELLING / MEILLEUR RÉCIT PHOTO

GOLD

Pollinisation extrême – Extreme pollination
BESIDE
Drowster, Eliane Cadieux, Nicolas Gouin, photographes; Eugénie Émond, journaliste

SILVER

The Frozen Front Line
The Globe and Mail
Louie Palu, Clare Vander Meersch, Christopher Manza, and Globe visuals team

HONOURABLE MENTION

24 Hours Around the World
Air Canada enRoute
Lori Morgan, photo editor; Gabrielle Simpson, senior graphic designer, digital; Thomas Bouquin, photo researcher; Stefanie Sosiak, art director; Nancy Kovacs, product and content manager; Kate Wells, senior digital editor; Jody Sugrue, editor-in-chief; Andrew Elkin, managing editor

State of erosion: the legacy of Manitoba Hydro
The Narwhal
Aaron Vincent Elkaim, Carol Linnitt, Stephanie Wood, Raina Delisle

In photos: Wet’suwet’en matriarchs arrested as RCMP enforce Coastal GasLink pipeline injunction
The Narwhal
Amber Bracken, Carol Linnitt

Meet the people saving Canada’s native grasslands
The Narwhal
Amber Bracken, Emma Gilchrist

BEST EDITORIAL NEWSLETTER / MEILLEURE INFOLETTRE EDITORIALE 

GOLD

Infolettre Quatre95
URBANIA / Quatre95
Jean-Pierre Bastien, rédaction; Marc-Antoine Jacques, design; Théo Gjini, David Mongeau-Petitpas, intégration

SILVER

LiisBeth: Dispatch
Liisbeth.com Dispatch
Meral Mohammad Jamal, Lana Pesch, Margaret Webb, pk mutch

HONOURABLE MENTION

Hi, Art!
CBC Arts
Leah Collins

L’actualité politique
L’actualité
Mathieu Carbasse, Alec Castonguay, Pierre Fortin, Philippe J. Fournier, Chantal Hébert, Rafael Jacob, Karel Mayrand et Camille Payant

Le courrier du coronavirus
Le Devoir
Alexis Riopel, Alexandre Shields, Olivier Sylvestre, Claire Dazat

Le courrier américain
Le Devoir
Philippe Papineau, Baptiste Barbe, Stéphane Baillargeon, Carine Touma, Sarah Boumedda et Guillaume Saint-Hilaire

Globe Climate Newsletter
The Globe and Mail
Sierra Bein

The Narwhal Newsletter
The Narwhal
Arik Ligeti

The Supplement Newsletter
The Supplement
Samantha McCabe, Alex Nguyen, Sierra Bein

BEST SOCIAL STORYTELLING / MEILLEUR RÉCIT SUR LES MÉDIAS SOCIAUX

GOLD

24 Treats of Christmas
The Globe and Mail
Lori Fazari, Ming Wong, Wenting Li

SILVER

Canadian stories of COVID-19
CBC News
CBC News Social Team

HONOURABLE MENTION

Grosse Année
RAD
Mathieu Papillon, Nicolas Pham, Alessandra Rigano, journalistes; Johanne Lapierre, rédactrice; Pasquale Harrison-Julien, chef de pupitre; Carolina Cabral, coordonnatrice de production; Ariane Lafleur, stratège; Charles Forti, direction artistique

Covid Corner
Cabin Radio
Ollie Williams

BEST VIRTUAL EVENT / MEILLEUR ÉVÉNEMENT VIRTUEL

GOLD

Avenue magazine Top 40 Under 40 Meet the Class of 2020
Avenue
Käthe Lemon, RocketHouse (Steve Klintberg-Nagy and Zoe Klintberg-Nagy), Dallas Flexhaug

SILVER

Confronting COVID: The National Virtual Town Hall
CBC News
Lara Chatterjee, Angela Naus, Meg Banks, Steve Pennie, Cheryl Brown, Natalie Crowell, Joel Perron

HONOURABLE MENTION

AZ Awards Gala 2020
Azure Magazine
Nelda Rodger, Elizabeth Pagliacolo, Vicky Lee, Anna Lin, Kari Silver, Evan Pavka, Mahasti Eslahjou, Wyatt Clough, Paddy Harrington, Tristan Marantos, Jessica Allen, Francesco Sgaramella

Quel avenir pour les ensembles et paysages patrimoniaux ?
Esquisses, le magazine de l’Ordre des architectes du Québec
Cathy Beauséjour, conseillère en communication (OAQ); Virginie Harvey, coordonnatrice de la formation continue (OAQ); Véronique Bourbeau, directrice des communications et des relations publiques (OAQ); Association des architectes paysagistes du Québec

Ask & Answer: Government Pandemic Support
HuffPost Canada
Althia Raj, host/producer; Amanda De Souza, producer; Stephane Sannuto, director; Allia McLeod, supervising producer; Luisa Cruz, floor director; Sasha Nagy, executive producer; Jessica Zimmerman, post-production supervisor

Microfestival – Pierre Kwenders Live
URBANIA
Pierre Kwenders, artiste; Gabriel Lajournade, réalisateur; Nicolas Roy-Bourdages, directeur technique; Alexis Demers, Aiguilleur Xavier Havitov, ingénieur son; Natan B. Foisy, Antoine Benhini, caméramans; Francis Robert, assistant caméra; et al.

GENERAL EXCELLENCE IN DIGITAL PUBLISHING: SMALL

GOLD

GENERAL EXCELLENCE IN DIGITAL PUBLISHING: MEDIUM

GOLD
HONOURABLE MENTION

Canadaland
The Walrus
URBANIA

GENERAL EXCELLENCE IN DIGITAL PUBLISHING: LARGE

GOLD
HONOURABLE MENTION

CBC News
The Globe and Mail

Acknowledgements

The National Media Awards Foundation is incredibly grateful for the support of: the Government of Canada, the Ontario Arts Council and Ontario Creates. We are also thankful for the support of CCR Solutions, Cision and Magazines Canada

A special thank you to the talented Natalie Vineberg, who created this year’s visuals. 

Thank you to Vesselin Stroumsky, for developing the NMAF’s online submissions and judging platforms. 

We are also grateful to our roster of volunteer judges, who lent us their expertise and diligence in evaluating this year’s entries — thank you! To view the full roster of judges, please visit our website.

Live Blog at 4pm ET: Presenting the 5th Annual Digital Publishing Awards

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The day has arrived! At 4pm ET, the winners of the 2020 Digital Publishing Awards will be unveiled in a livestream digital presentation on Twitter.com/DPAwards and you can follow along here on digitalpublishingawards.ca.

Be sure to keep refreshing this page to see live updates starting from 4pm ET. We are looking forward to sharing all the exciting news with you, your friends and colleagues.

If you’re hosting a watch party with Zoom or other video conferencing tools, or you’re a DPA winner, we want to hear from you!

Send us your photos, videos or speeches by email at staff@magazine-awards.com or tag us on Twitter @DPAwards or on Facebook @DPAwards. We will share your tweets, posts and videos here on our live blog and on our social media channels.


[5:20pm] That concludes our Winners Celebration! Thank you to everyone for joining us and a huge congratulations to the outstanding winners and finalists of the 2020 Digital Publishing Awards!

See the complete list of winners, including honourable mentions, at digitalpublishingawards.ca/announcing-the-winners/

[5:16] Closing out the #DPA20 Winners Celebration, the nominees and winners of General Excellence: Large Publication…

[5:13] Now presenting General Excellence: Medium Publication…

[5:09pm] We’re down to the final award! General Excellence is split into 3 divisions honouring publications that live up to their editorial mandate, meet high journalistic standards, and serve their intended audience by taking full advantage of the opportunities digital mediums offer.

First up, let’s see who takes home the gold in the small publication division…

[5:05pm] Let’s take a look at Innovation in Digital Storytelling…

[5:00pm] Check out this excellent work nominated in Best Digital Design…

[4:58pm] Next up, Best Podcast…

[4:55] We have a tie for gold in Best Editorial Newsletter!

Love this, thank you for sharing!

[4:50pm] Now onto Best Social Storytelling… let’s see who takes home the gold…

[4:48pm] The next award recognizes outstanding use of photography to tell a story, including photojournalism, photo essay, photo galleries, conceptual photography and photo-illustration. Now revealing the #DPA20 winners in Best Photo Storytelling…

[4:46pm] Best Online Mini-Doc is next, check out these outstanding nominees and winners…

Let’s hear from the winners!

[4:42pm] Let’s take a look at Best Online Video: Feature…

[4:40pm] Now presenting Best Online Video: Short

[4:36pm] Next up is Best Science & Technology Storytelling…

[4:34pm] Best Arts & Culture Storytelling honours go to…

[4:30pm] Let’s take a look at the Best Service Feature nominees and winners!

[4:26pm] Next up is Best Personal Essay – be sure to bookmark these great reads!

[4:24pm] Let’s take a look at the nominees and winners in Best Feature Article: Long…

[4:22pm] Best Feature Article coming up…

The #DPA20 gold in Best Feature Article goes to “How the RCMP found Canada’s most wanted fugitives with a raven, a Cree trapper and luck” by @RenataDAliesio and @MelTait of the @globeandmail. Congratulations!

Read this award-winning piece here.

[4:20pm] Now presenting Best Feature Article: Short

[4:15pm] Let’s see who the #DPA20 Best Column gold medal goes to…

[4:12pm] Best News Coverage: Community Publication is announced!

Congrats to @XtraMagazine – gold winners in #DPA20 Best News Coverage: Community Publication for “Rainbow Votes 2019: LGBTQ2S Issues and the Canadian Federal Election”. Congrats @EricaLenti@rachelagiese and team! Read the award-winning coverage here.

We love hearing from the winning team – big congrats!

[4:10pm] Let’s see who takes home Best News Coverage…

[4:05pm] Best Digital Editorial Package is presented!

Check out the award-winning piece here: https://globalreportingprogram.org/fishmeal/

[4:02pm] The #DPA20 Emerging Excellence Award goes to @JaneLytv of @BuzzfeedNews. Establishing herself as a global leader in debunking disinformation along with her vision and leadership skills impressed our jury. Congrats, Jane! Explore Jane’s work here: https://www.buzzfeednews.com/author/janelytvynenko

Congratulations, Jane!

[4:00pm] And we’re off! The 5th Annual Digital Publishing Awards open with words from our 2020 Digital Publishing Leadership award winner, Dmitry Beniaminov.

This award is generously sponsored by the Reader’s Digest Foundation @ReadersDigestCA, a charity dedicated to the development of Canadian journalism, and supporting journalists and creators. Thank you!

Dmitry Beniaminov to be presented with the 2020 Digital Publishing Leadership Award

Award sponsored by the Reader’s Digest Foundation
Prix commandité par la Fondation Reader’s Digest

The National Media Awards Foundation congratulates Dmitry Beniaminov, the 2020 winner of the Digital Publishing Leadership Award. This award celebrates a creator whose career contributions to Canadian digital publishing deserve formal recognition, and it is the Digital Publishing Awards’ highest individual distinction.

Beniaminov is a York University graduate, with a Bachelor in Computer Science/Engineering and Psychology, and is certified with the Interactive Advertising Bureau of Canada (IAB). Since graduating, Beniaminov has accumulated nearly 20 years of experience working as a technology consultant and digital marketing advisor and, as of 2016, offers his services via, Pixel Studioz, his web design firm.

“Dmitry was a pioneer when publishers were evolving into the digital space,” writes Margo Bock, a consultant at Margo Bock Media Solutions. A pioneer, and a “godsend,” according to Joyce Byrne who, in 2019, worked with Dmitry on the Avenue Calgary websites and digital ads. “He’s a great communicator and an even better technology expert. He always delivered what he promised, and then some.”

Tanja Hutter, Online Manager for Canada’s History Society—who also worked with Beniaminov in 2019—refers to him as their “Google Guy.” He was originally brought on board for SEM, though Hutter quickly realized “there was no shortage of topics that we [could pick] his brain about: from above-the-clouds overall digital strategy down to in-the-weeds tweaking of ad execution.”

It seems many of Canada’s digital publishers have picked Beniaminov’s brain; he’s worked on projects for The Walrus, Running Magazine, Toronto Botanical Garden, Cycling Magazine, Avenue Calgary, Electric Autonomy, Canadaland, Outdoor Canada, Cottage Life, Canadian Living, Elle Canada, The Hockey News, Toronto Life, Fashion Magazine, Wedding Bells, and Quill and Quire. Outside of publishing, he’s consulted for the University of Toronto, Seneca, Ad-Server start-ups, and Autism Services portals. Beniaminov’s testimonials make clear why his client base is so wide-ranging. “He’s helpful, kind, positive and eager, and he never breaks a sweat, including and especially when those around him have every right to be freaking out,” says David Topping, Newsroom Director, Newsletters at Torstar. “In the two years I worked with him, I was consistently impressed at his ability to keep so much in his brain, and how generous he was with sharing it.”

This generosity extends to Beniaminov’s ongoing volunteerism. He contributes to organizations and community-based projects, which have included PEN Canada, the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors, and the Movember Foundation. 

Those who nominated Beniaminov for this award were also quick to point out the impact of his work: “He has helped all of our sites grow from a small web presence to traffic of about two million monthly page views,” says Sam Cohen, Publisher at Gripped Publishing Inc. Bock echoes this: “He led us through all the digital opportunities that we could develop for the audience, and in turn, convert to advertising revenue. He had a keen understanding of what digital audiences want and how to monetize it, which was much needed to grow division revenue as print advertising was shifting to digital.”

It’s not just Beniaminov’s clients who recognize his talent—he is an award-winning creator, with accolades from IAB, the National Magazine Awards, and the Digital Publishing Awards. 

A pioneer, a godsend, a Google Guy—a clear leader in the field of Canadian digital publishing whose creativity and dedication is inspiring. For this, the National Media Awards Foundation is proud to present the Digital Publishing Leadership Award to Dmitry Beniaminov. Our sincerest congratulations, Dmitry! 

Enjoy Dmitry’s acceptance speech here:

Meet the 2019 Jury

The National Media Awards Foundation is excited to reveal our jury for the 2019 awards. Every year, more than 75 volunteers from the media and publishing industry lend their time and expertise to judge the Digital Publishing Awards. Many thanks to all of the talented people who joined our jury this year!

Elamin Abdelmahmoud is a social media editor for BuzzFeed Canada and editor, news curation with BuzzFeed News. He is a panelist and columnist for CBC News, and he writes a monthly column for Chatelaine. Elamin teaches journalism at Ryerson University in Toronto.


Sadiya Ansari is a writer, editor and digital strategist. Her work—including essays, features, books reviews and news hits—has appeared in the Guardian, Chatelaine, Flare, Maclean’s, VICE, the Globe and Mail and more. She was an associate editor at Chatelaine, and has previously reported news and original investigations for the Toronto Star, produced TV for CBC News, edited opinion for HuffPost Canada, and covered arts for the Canadian Press. She’s currently the managing editor of features at Global News. 


Originally intent on a career in interior design, Line Atallah fell in love with the web and brought her creative eye to the digital world, first as a designer and creative director, then as a marketing strategist. From driving force for technology startups to subject matter expert for major lifestyle brands, Line has influenced and guided digital marketing success across a broad range of industries and media. With her extensive experience in digital publishing, Line has both a high-level strategic view and a detailed appreciation of production. Today, she is Vice-President, Marketing for Montreal AI technology provider Keatext.


James Baxter recently retired as editor and publisher of iPolitics, the news service he founded in 2010.  In more than three decades in journalism, he has been a sportswriter, political journalist, bureau chief and editorial writer. Prior to starting iPolitics, James was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University where he studied the role of a free press in democracy.  James holds degrees in international relations, journalism, and business administration. He lives in Ottawa with his wife, Sarah, three children and their very big dog. 


Après avoir contribué à la mise sur pied de Canoë, Karim Benessaieh a fait partie de l’équipe qui a fondé cyberpresse.ca en 2000, à titre de rédacteur en chef adjoint. Comme journaliste à La Presse depuis 2002, il a couvert des campagnes électorales, des événements sportifs, la politique municipale puis, depuis août 2013 au sein de la section Affaires, les nouvelles technologies.


Chris Bond is a freelance art director and digital content specialist. He is the former Manager, Digital Platforms for English magazine brands at TVA Publications including Canadian Living,  Style at Home and ELLE Canada Chris has had the opportunity to work with development, digital and editorial content, sales and marketing teams to facilitate the creation, implementation and management of digital best practices, technical innovation, partnerships and strategy across all digital platforms. He spent the first 15 years of his career in the art department at Canadian Living magazine, art directing and designing the monthly magazine and numerous national best-selling cookbooks.


Claire Bouchard is a content strategist at La Presse, the first in the newspaper industry to succeed a true digital turn. She leads the conception and execution of all branded content media campaigns, with a strong focus on strategy. She also acts as the editor-in-chief of four magazines published in La Presse+ (SUITE, Habitat, Ambiance maison, 46-64). Prior to her work at La Presse, she worked for Groupe TVA as a web editor-in-chief, and in advertising. She is also the author of two books about Montréal.


Lise Boullard is a passionate lifestyle editor and writer with over a decade of experience. After completing a master’s degree in publishing from Simon Fraser University, Lise’s French roots drew her east where she served as associate editor of Reader’s Digest in Montreal. Back in Vancouver, Lise joined Glacier Media, where she spent three years living the good life—and writing about it—as managing editor of Vita and Vancouver Living magazines. Lise now works at the forefront of Canada’s digital publishing industry, crafting copy that appeals to both humans (and algorithms) as content manager of Glacier Media’s digital department. She also freelances regularly for the North Shore News and shares her lifestyle musings on her blog, The Editor’s Diary


Bruno Boutot is a consultant on digital media, based in Montreal. He is a former journalist and editor in chief. He is the author of Media Machina, an essay on business models for digital media. He runs @PlateauCom, an experiment on hyperlocal news.


Genna Buck

Genna Buck is a freelance journalist and editor in Toronto. She is a journalism instructor at Humber College and a former reporter and editor at Metro News Canada (later StarMetro). With designer Andrés Plana, she co-created Metro Science, an innovative science journalism and public education project. She was the NMA gold winner in 2015 for Best New Writer, and nominated the same year for the NMA in Investigative Reporting. 


Mark Burgess is the managing editor of Advisor’s Edge, a magazine for financial advisors. He was previously associate editor of strategy magazine and deputy editor of The Hill Times.


Kitra Cahana is a documentary photographer, filmmaker and TED speaker.  She has a B.A. in philosophy from McGill University and an M.A. in Visual and Media anthropology from the Freie Universitat in Berlin. Kitra is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including a Canadian Screen Award, two Canada Council Grants for the Visual Arts, a 2016 TED Senior Fellowship, the 2013 International Center of Photography’s Infinity Award, first prize for the 2010 World Press Photo, a scholarship at FABRICA in Italy and the Thomas Morgan internship at the New York Times. She is a contributing photographer to National Geographic Magazine.


Diplômée de HEC Montréal, Barbara-Judith Caron a fait ses premières armes en journalisme en remportant une place de jeune correspondante au concours Radiomonde de Radio-Canada. D’abord reporter en Amérique latine, elle a par la suite collaboré à plusieurs productions de la télé et de la radio publique dont La soirée est (encore) jeune, Medium Large, Bienvenue en 2067 et Infoman, à la fois en recherche, en idéation et en création de contenus. Elle est, aujourd’hui Directrice du contenu numérique chez URBANIA.


Manon Chevalier est journaliste indépendante en culture et style de vie pour de nombreuses publications, dont Elle Québec, Magazine Véro, Coup de pouce, CPA Magazine et Entracte. En 25 ans de métier, d’autres magazines et un quotidien ont fait appel également à son talent, qu’il s’agisse de Elle Québec, Premium – l’Intelligence en affaires, enRoute, Mariage Québec, Elle Belgique, BazzoMag, Tabaret, Les affaires, Commerce et Le Devoir, où elle a exercé les rôles de rédactrice en chef,  de directrice de la rédactionet de directrice de la rédaction adjointe, de même que de chroniqueuse culturelle et style de vie.


Jean-Philippe Cipriani est rédacteur en chef multiplateforme chez Radio-Canada. Il a été journaliste à Radio-Canada, chef de l’information numérique à la Presse canadienne et chef de l’information au HuffPost Québec.


Monica C. Corcoran

Monica C. Corcoran is an award-winning editorial director, community builder, and digital strategist with over 20 years experience in visual storytelling. She was most recently the founding director of Your Shot—National Geographic’s photo community—which grew to nearly 900 thousand members and over eight million images under her leadership. Prior to joining National Geographic, she spent 11 years at U.S. News & World Report magazine, where she started as an intern and left as the senior photo editor for the Money & Business section. 


Florent Daudens est directeur de l’information au Devoir. Il a auparavant œuvré à Radio-Canada, à La Presse, à rue89.com et à divers magazines. Au fil de ses 10 ans d’expérience, il a constamment cherché de nouvelles façons de développer le journalisme Web et est fasciné par les possibilités infinies du numérique. Il est aussi chargé de cours à l’Université de Montréal, a siégé au conseil d’administration de la FPJQ et participé au groupe Hacks / Hackers de Montréal.


Julia De Laurentiis Johnson

Julia De Laurentiis Johnson has created podcasts for Maclean’s, Shameless and the eOne podcasting network. Having worked at Shameless magazine for more than a decade in various roles, including running the Shameless Podcast Camp for teen girls and trans youth, she currently serves as a board member.  Julia won the first DPA for Best Podcast Series for the Maclean’s culture podcast, The Thrill, which she co-produced/co-hosted.


Amanda De Souza

Amanda De Souza is a video producer at HuffPost Canada where she produces videos and shows for news, politics, business and blogs. She previously worked in broadcast for CTV News Kitchener, Canada AM and for Canada’s Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium.She has also worked in branded content and podcast production. She holds a master’s of Journalism from Ryerson University and is a member of the Ryerson Journalism Alumni Association. 


Éric Desrosiers est journaliste au Devoir depuis 1998. Il s’est joint à la section économie en 2001. Outre l’actualité, il s’intéresse notamment aux impacts économiques, politiques et sociaux de grands phénomènes tels que la mondialisation, l’ascension des économies émergentes, les défis du développement durable, les nouvelles technologies et le choc démographique. Politologue de formation, il est passé par l’Université Laval (baccalauréat), l’Université McGill (maîtrise) et l’Université de Montréal (doctorat). En 2016, il a reçu le Prix d’excellence en journalisme économique et financier québécois.


Journaliste indépendant depuis plus de 15 ans, Simon Diotte est rédacteur en chef du magazine Géo Plein Air et collaborateur régulier aux magazines L’actualité, Nature sauvage, RandoQuébec et Châtelaine. 


Gillian Dobias produces editorial and commercial films for brands and media specialising in architecture, design, culture and hospitality. She brings 20 years of professional experience, working for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the BBC and most recently Monocle where, as Executive Producer, she was responsible for all editorial and advertorial film production for its first decade.  Today Gillian produces films for a range of clients across television and digital channels, combining her journalistic and brand experience to deliver powerful stories with a memorable message.


Christian Duperron

Christian Duperron has been appointed director of news at HuffPost Quebec last October, having first joined the team in 2013. He previously held various positions with the Montreal Metro newspaper, including director of interactive platforms, director of information and web editor.


Daniel Ehrenworth was born in Ottawa and received his BFA in photography studies from Ryerson University.  In addition to commercial photography, Daniel is a gallery artist, dad, video director, ex-food blogger, Muppet fan, and jube jube aficionado.  His commercial and editorial clients include Bloomberg, Businessweek, Canada Goose, The Fader, Ford, Google, Hyundai, Kia, Maynard’s, Sick Kids Hospital, Sport Check, Target, Tim Horton’s and The Verge to name a few.  He has received numerous awards for his commercial work from the ADCC, American Photo, Applied Arts, Communication Arts, the D&AD, Luerzer’s Archive, and the National Magazine Awards.


Katie Engelhart is a reporter and documentary film producer at NBC News, based in New York City, and a Fellow at New America. Previously, she worked as a correspondent for VICE News. She is the recipient of numerous awards for her reporting, including the Canada National Magazine Award.


Brodie Fenlon is a professor of journalism at Centennial College in Toronto. He was previously the Senior Director of Daily News & Bureaus for the CBC. He began his career as a newspaper reporter and moved into digital journalism at The Globe and Mail in 2007. In 2011, he helped launch The Huffington Post Canada. Brodie joined the CBC in 2013 and was awarded the 2018 Digital Publishing Leadership Award from the National Media Awards Foundation.


Matt Frehner leads the Visual Journalism team at The Globe and Mail. The award-winning group of editors, designers, developers, photographers, videographers and graphic artists works to make sense of a complicated and fast-moving world through high-impact visual journalism. 


Chris Frey is a partner at No Media Company, an editorial, research and creative studio, and the Toronto correspondent for Monocle magazine. A seven-time winner at the National Magazine Awards, Chris is formerly the founding editorial director of Hazlitt, and has contributed to the Guardian, the Globe and Mail, The Walrus, CBC Radio, Kinfolk, Maisonneuve and Azure.


Bien qu’elle ait des études de cinéma en poche, c’est avec la radio qu’Élodie Gagnon tombe en amour alors qu’elle fait ses débuts derrière le micro de la radio étudiante CISM. Repérée par Radio-Canada, elle apprend les rudiments de la création radiophonique à travers la réalisation de reportages sur des enjeux sociaux et culturels. Elle enchaîne pendant 12 ans les rôles d’animatrice, de reporter, de réalisatrice et de chroniqueuse pour les différentes chaînes radiophoniques de Radio-Canada/CBC. Après plus d’une décennie dans le service public, Élodie fait le saut au secteur privé comme productrice de l’Aquarium, la radio en direct de C2 déployée dans les conférences internationales de commerce et créativité, ainsi que du C2 Podcast, une série qui met en vedette les solutions des leaders les plus innovants de la planète face aux plus grandes problématiques de notre époque. Élodie est aujourd’hui la directrice de la division podcast de la compagnie de production Blimp, dont le siège social est à Montréal.


Bruce Gillespie

Bruce Gillespie is an associate professor in and coordinator of the Digital Media and Journalism program at Wilfrid Laurier University. He also the author of News Writing and Reporting: An Introduction to Skills and Theory, published by Oxford University Press in 2018, and has edited three anthologies of personal essays: A Family by Any Other Name, Somebody’s Child and Nobody’s Father.


Gillian Grace is the senior digital managing editor at Chatelaine. She was previously a digital news editor at the National Post and a senior editor at Toronto Life.


Melissa Greer

Melissa Greer is the digital editor of besthealthmag.ca where she manages website content, newsletter strategy and the brand’s social presence. After graduating from the post-graduate journalism program at Humber College, she began her journalism career in print before a quick pivot to digital media. She specializes in health and wellness journalism but is happy to write about beauty, parenting, and just about any other lifestyle topic. She’s also a freelance writer and brand consultant. 


Daphnée Hacker-B. est reporter-vidéo pour l’équipe numérique du Journal de Montréal. Elle couvre principalement les enjeux de mobilité, de transport, d’urbanisme et d’aménagement du territoire. Mais en réalité, tous les sujets l’intéressent! Dans le passé, elle a travaillé au Huffington Post, au journal Le Devoir ainsi qu’au journal Métro


Mathew Ingram is an award-winning journalist who has spent the past two decades writing about business, technology and new media as well as advising media companies on digital strategy. He is currently the chief digital writer for the Columbia Journalism Review, and prior to that he was a senior writer with Fortune magazine. Prior to joining Fortune, Mathew spent 15 years as a reporter and columnist at the Globe. Mathew’s writing has also appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post and the New Zealand Herald, and he has advised media outlets such as the Toronto Star, Post Media and the CBC on their digital strategy.


Malcolm Johnston is a features editor at Toronto Life.


Pierre Kattar

Pierre Kattar is a video journalist and documentary filmmaker. He started at The Washington Post’s website in 1999, where he produced video news stories and short documentaries. He left the Post in 2010 and now works as an independent filmmaker. Born in Beirut, Lebanon, he grew up in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Kattar graduated from DePaul University with an International Studies degree focusing on gender, power and race. He now lives in Rome, Italy.  


Brian Kaufman is the founding editor of subTerrain Magazine and the Publisher at Anvil Press Book Publishers. He has been active in the writing and publishing community for thirty years.


Caitlin Kenny is the digital director at The Kit, where she oversees the brand’s award-winning online platforms. After a joint degree in journalism from the University of Ottawa and Algonquin College, her career began in the print world with seven years in FLARE’s beauty department. As magazine brands began to embrace the web, Caitlin became increasingly enamoured by the way stories come to life online and switched over to the digital world. Her writing has also appeared in Hello! Canada, Glow, Cosmetics, Beautezine, the Toronto Star and the Ottawa Citizen.


Independent filmmaker Helene Klodawsky is a passionate storyteller committed to portraying political and social struggles, as well as to exploring the documentary art form. Her work, spanning over thirty-five years, is screened, discussed and televised around the world in venues as diverse as New York’s Museum of Modern Art and Kenyan refugee camps.  Through her films, compelling reflections on gender, justice and conflict are shared worldwide. A graduate of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Klodawsky is on the board of Doc Quebec—part of the Doc Organization of Canada—and a member of the Writer’s Guild of Canada, and Réalisatrices Équitables.


Aaron Kylie

Canadian Geographic editor-in-chief Aaron Kylie is an awarding-winning writer/editor/manager of national magazines. He was previously publications manager at the Canadian Wildlife Federation, where he oversaw Canadian Wildlife, Biosphere and Wild magazines, and prior to that, the long-time managing editor at Outdoor Canada magazine. 


Emily Landau is a senior editor at Toronto Life, where she handles features. She has written for Toronto Life, GQ, Esquire, The Walrus and Hazlitt.


Émilie Larivée-Tourangeau

Émilie Larivée-Tourangeau is a digital content advisor for Radio-Canada’s Digital Media team. She started her career in 2008 in the public broadcaster’s newsroom, where she then served as assistant director, writer, researcher and online editor. In 2014, she became the deputy director general for the Quebec Federation of Professional Journalists, the country’s largest association devoted to the defence of press freedom. Early in 2017, she joined VICE Quebec as associate editor and in April 2018, she returned to Radio-Canada to share her expertise in the art of online storytelling.


Kim Latreille

Kim Latreille has spent the majority of her career in the bloody bowels of print publishing and media. While serving as a director for some of Canada’s largest magazine publishers, including Rogers Publishing, Cottage Life Media, and St. Joseph Media, her teams delivered award-winning magazine content across multiple platforms, web applications, mobile devices, and in print. Kim teaches magazine publishing part-time at Ryerson University, and is currently the publisher of Femke Magazine.


Andree Lau is the editor-in-chief of HuffPost Canada after serving as managing editor of news. She helped launch HuffPost B.C. in 2012 and later also managed HuffPost Alberta. Lau previously worked for CBC News as a TV reporter, videojournalist, writer/producer, and online editor in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, Regina, and New Brunswick.


Leata Lekushoff is an award-winning writer, editor and content creator with 15 years experience in publishing and corporate communications. She was most recently the Senior Editor at Professionally Speaking/Pour parler profession magazine. During that time, dozens of contributors were nominated as well as rewarded for their work under her direction, both at national and international levels. Leata began her career in film and TV, and has a background in photography. She is proud to be part of the jury for the 2019 Digital Publishing Awards for Best Online Video (Mini-Doc).


Guy Leshinski is an award-winning editor and writer with two decades’ experience crafting content for clients online, in print, as well as for social and cross-channel campaigns. A graduate of Ryerson University (B.A.A., Magazine Journalism) and Humber College (Honours Certificate), I’m a strategic thinker with a knack for creative and compelling storytelling. My work has won multiple awards in the field of custom content and my writing has been featured in consumer publications, including Toronto Life, the Globe and Mail, CBC and elsewhere. I conduct writing and editing seminars for journalists and other professionals. I am also a published cartoonist and illustrator.


Dan Levy

Dan Levy is a Montreal-based writer, editor and content strategist. Since earning a master’s degree in journalism from Boston University, he has navigated the fascinating waters of media think tanks, global marketing agencies and fast-growing tech startups. He was the founding editor of the award-winning online magazine Sparksheet and currently serves as editorial director at Smooch. 


Jacqueline Loch is a communications and media executive specializing in delivering multi-platform content marketing solutions and ROI for audiences and advertisers across print, digital, broadcast and social media. With over 25 years of experience gained at some of Canada’s largest media companies, she works closely with St. Joseph’s largest clients to create innovative and compelling cross platform content solutions. A recognized leader in content strategy and innovation, Jacquie is Chair of the board of The Content Council in New York and a frequent speaker on branded content solutions across Canada and internationally.

Journaliste indépendante, Anne-Marie Luca collabore à plusieurs publications, dont L’actualité, Nouveau Projet et Les Affaires. Son reportage « les exilés de l’enfer », publié dans L’actualité, lui a valu en 2017 le prix du meilleur article de fond aux Prix du magazine canadien.


Dan Lytwyn is a video journalist at BBC News in Toronto. He previously worked as a video producer and studio lead at HuffPost Canada.


Catherine Marineau-Dufresne is a video director and producer. Her career has lead her to touch on all facets of modern journalism: from radio, to digital, to television. She began her career at CBC/Radio-Canada, traveling the country for 5 years, first as a video-journalist, then as a journalist and a radio news anchor. She then specialized in video content production at L’Actualité magazine where she was a journalist, director and video production manager for 2 years, before joining the Montreal office of VICE, where she was in charge of developing and producing video content covering Quebec culture. Her work was awarded the Lizette-Gervais Award for Best Video Report, and she was nominated for both the Gémeaux Awards and the Numix Awards with VICE.


Adrienne Mason

Adrienne Mason is the managing editor of Hakai Magazine, a digital publication that focuses on science and society in coastal ecosystems. Prior to starting at Hakai she helped launch KNOW, a science magazine for children and was its managing editor for six years. Adrienne also writes about science, nature, and history, and has published over 30 books, the most recent on Long Beach, one of western Canada’s favourite destinations.


Josianne Massé

For more than a decade, Josianne Massé has been in the media industry, earning the title of “slasher” with multiple talents: web editor, proven social media manager, blogger and writer. Josianne is above all a journalist passionate about education, cinema and society issues. A leading woman, she is also an entrepreneur who founded and supported for two years an extraordinary publication that redefined the notion of women’s magazine. 


Lauren McKeon is a national award-winning editor and writer. She is the current digital editor at The Walrus and the former editor of This Magazine, as well as a contributing editor at Toronto Life. Her writing has appeared in various publications, including the Walrus, Hazlitt, Flare, Reader’s Digest, and Best Canadian Essays 2017. Her first book, F-Bomb: Dispatches from the War on Feminism, is out now. In addition to writing and editing, she has also taught long-form journalism at Humber College. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Non-Fiction from the University of King’s College.


Aya McMillan is an award-winning writer and style expert with over 15 years experience in print and online publishing. Born and based in Toronto, she’s held senior editorial positions at Weddingbells, FLARE, and Mode Media, and her work has appeared in a diverse range of media titles including Fashion, Elle Canada, 29Secrets, The Kit, Canadian Business, Vogue Nippon, WWD and The Globe and Mail. She currently works as a digital marketing consultant conceptualizing integrated content strategies and building social media programs for brands across the retail, luxury, and lifestyle sectors.


Jamie Monastyrski

Jamie Monastyrski is an expert in the Indigenous communications and media industry serving over 25 years as an editor, journalist and communications professional. He was editor of Aboriginal Voices Magazine, a reporter with the U.S National newspaper Indian Country Today, the editor and co-founder of SPIRIT Magazine and currently publishes magazines for various Indigenous organizations such as the Chiefs of Ontario and the Assembly of First Nations.


Christa Morrison is a Journalism (New Media) educator and award-winning multimedia storyteller. She works as Digital Pedagogy Specialist at the Paul R. MacPherson Institute for Leadership, Innovation and Excellence in Teaching at McMaster University. In this role, Christa provides technological and pedagogical support to educators and learners to enhance learning in face-to-face, digital and hybrid learning spaces. She acts as consultant on projects focusing on innovation, digital fluency, digital storytelling, and the development of new generation social-collaborative learning environments.


Susan Nerberg

A self-described geek, Susan Nerberg is an award-winning freelance journalist with a keen interest in science and the environment, design and architecture, adventure and the great outdoors. She has been a writer and editor for nearly two decades, crafting narrative stories and editorial packages for some of Canada’s leading national magazines. When she’s not out exploring, she writes for Canadian GeographicAzureNational Geographic TravelerReport on Business magazine, Cottage Life and enRoute, among others.


Jen O’Brien is an award-winning digital editor and writer with more than a decade of experience managing some of Canada’s top lifestyle websites. She is currently executive digital editor at Weddingbells.ca and prior to that she helmed the online content strategy at Chatelaine.com as senior digital editor. Jen’s work has been published in a variety of magazines, newspapers and on websites across Canada including Fashionmagazine.com, Flare.com, Canadianliving.com, Outpost, glow and The Coast.


Laura Osborne, formerly editor-in-chief of the award-winning RICARDO magazine, is a contributing editor at RICARDO. Before joining the RICARDO team, Laura worked at Spafax where she served as the Senior Editor of Air Canada’s enRoute magazine, among other publications. Her first editorial gig was as an intern at Maisonneuve magazine.


As a geographer-cum-journalist Jean-François Parent has been covering the financial, securities litigation, business, natural resources and investment sectors for 15 years as both staff and freelance feature writer. Eventually drifted into business intelligence and data journalism—generating story ideas from data analysis. Now doing contract work (editing/feature writing/content marketing) with law firms, financial institutions, public companies, government agencies and lobby groups/think tanks. He is also a guest lecturer in journalism and an upright bass player.


Tina Pittaway is an independent journalist, strategist and content creator with more than 20 years of experience. She has worked extensively in television, radio, online, magazine and podcast production.


When she’s not out gallivanting in nature Katrina Pyne is a video editor and producer with the Hakai Institute and Hakai Magazine in Victoria, British Columbia, where she produces science communications and natural history content.  She comes from a background in journalism and has produced media content for a variety of publications from coast to coast.


Journaliste indépendante, Clémence Risler jongle avec les idées et les mots depuis près de 20 ans. Elle signe des articles dans plusieurs journaux et magazines québécois, se consacrant à une vaste palette de sujets. De la cuisine à la santé, en passant par la culture et les enjeux sociaux, tout allume son insatiable curiosité.


Alex Roslin is an award-winning journalist who was president of the board of the Canadian Centre for Investigative Reporting. His book “Police Wife: The Secret Epidemic of Domestic Violence” has been nominated for eight awards, including nominations in the Reader’s Favorite International Book Awards, the American Book Fest’s Best Book Awards and the Arthur Ellis Awards for Excellence in Canadian Crime Writing. He is also co-winner of the Arlene Book Award of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and has won three Canadian Association of Journalists prizes for investigative reporting. He has worked as an associate producer for the CBC’s The Fifth Estate and written for many Canadian and U.S. magazines and newspapers.


Mathilde Roy

Mathilde Roy is a reporter at Protégez-Vous magazine, where she covers health and food. Prior to joining Protégez-Vous, she worked as a web journalist at L’actualité. Mathilde has a degree in journalism and a master’s in political science. She lives in Montreal. 


Harley Rustad

Harley Rustad is a features editor and writer at The Walrus magazine whose work has appeared in publications including Outside, the Globe and Mail, and Geographical. He is the author of Big Lonely Doug: the story of one of Canada’s last great trees.


Jen Schlumberger

Jen Schlumberger is an ideas-driven creator who works as a digital producer at CBC in their marketing and communications department. She’s also a freelance writer and has contributed to various parenting publications: Today’s Parent, Yummy Mummy Club, CBC Parents, and Parents Canada. She’s passionate about connecting with audiences, storytelling, and eating cereal. She’s also a professionally trained improviser (Second City), and proud mother of two (professional status pending). 


Nael Shiab

Nael Shiab is a data reporter for CBC/Radio-Canada, in Montreal. His coding skills allow him to produce exclusive stories, with immersive data visualizations and web apps. His ultimate goal is to build an army of bots that would work for him, so he’ll be able to listen to podcasts and drink coffee all day.


Taylor Shute is a Toronto based Art Director with over a decade of experience working with a number of acclaimed publications and brands such as Toronto Star, Maclean’s, Cottage Life, Eye Weekly, and more. He currently leads creative and content at Toronto integrated marketing agency, YBIMC.


Chris Skinner is a digital strategy consultant with more than 12 years in media. Chris was previously head of digital for CTV.ca, Vice President, Digital at Anthem Sports & Entertainment and held several leadership roles at St. Joseph Media. He has been fortunate to have worked with some of the best in the industry, winning several Canadian Screen Awards and Canadian Online Publishing Awards along the way.


Joyce Smith is an Associate Professor with Ryerson’s School of Journalism, where since 2001 she has taught a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate courses. She is currently director of the Ryerson Journalism Research Centre, and continues to investigate the representation of religion in mainstream media.


Currently a freelance writer, Howard Solomon is the former editor of ITWorldCanada.com and Computing Canada. An IT journalist since 1997, he’s written for several of ITWC’s sister publications including ITBusiness.ca and Computer Dealer News. Before that he was a staff reporter at the Calgary Herald for 11 years and the Brampton (Ont.) Daily Times for five years.


Carmine Starnino is the deputy editor of The Walrus.


Hannah Sung is the manager of digital video and podcasts at TVO in Toronto. Her role is to strategically grow video and podcast content that incorporates TVO’s overall learning mandate and commitment to civic engagement. Previously, she created award-winning video and podcast content at the Globe and Mail. Hannah began her career at MuchMusic as their pop culture reporter and has been a producer and columnist for the Toronto Star, CBC and FLARE. She is committed to diversity and inclusion in media. She lives with her partner and two children in Toronto.


David Topping

David Topping is the director of newsletters for all of Torstar’s editorial titles, including the Toronto Star. In his career in Canadian media, largely in digital leadership roles, he’s worked at everything from flush start-ups to poor but punchy up-and-comers, and his work has been regularly recognized as the best of its kind in the country, including at the National Magazine Awards, where he’s won five.


Florence Turpault-Desroches est Directrice principale de l’information à La Presse, le plus grand média francophone en Amérique du Nord, avec plus de trois millions de visiteurs uniques par mois. Elle a commencé sa carrière en 2008 comme journaliste au pupitre web pour Lapresse.ca, après avoir passé une année comme correspondante pigiste en Chine pour divers médias. En 2013, elle participe à la création de la section Pause, qui regroupe les sujets de type magazine, et au lancement de la plateforme pour tablette La Presse+, à titre de chef d’équipe. Elle devient ensuite directrice de la section Pause, puis directrice de la section Actualités, avant d’être nommée directrice principale de l’information en janvier 2018.


Jes Watson is a writer, editor and digital strategist based in Toronto. With over 15 years working in both publishing and digital media, her focus is combining disciplines to create compelling stories for digital and social platforms.  Prior to working at Juliet Creative, she was the Editor-in-Chief of Canadian Living magazineand Executive Producer of Digital at Corus Entertainment. 


Fadi Yaacoub is currently the executive creative director, visuals and digital design of the Toronto Star. He is an experienced digital and creative leader in content creation and visual storytelling, with a track record of success in establishing design departments, building news apps, branding television networks, designing primetime newscasts and brand identities at the largest Canadian media corporations. His main area of expertise is on the intersection between editorial, managerial, branding, product and design sectors.


Kenny Yum is a long-time digital journalist, working in leadership roles at major news organizations for the past 18 years. He is currently the chief of staff at CBC News. For six years, he was Editor in Chief at HuffPost Canada and was managing editor at AOL Canada, where he also oversaw AOL’s Canadian operated brands such as Moviefone, Autoblog and StyleList.


The Gold and Silver medals were presented to winners on May 29th, at the 4th annual Digital Publishing Awards Soirée. Gold winners in individual categories each received a $500 cheque. Here’s the full list of 2019 DPA winners.

Photos from the event can be found on our Facebook page.

Interested in judging for the 2020 Digital Publishing Awards? Send an email to info@digitalpublishingawards.ca.

Announcing the Winners of the 2019 Digital Publishing Awards

We are pleased to announce the winners of the 4th annual Digital Publishing Awards, which were revealed at this evening’s Soiree. The DPA soiree saw Gold and Silver winners presented in 23 various categories, with Gold winners in individual categories each receiving a $500 cheque. Host Eternity Martis opened the soiree by reminding the attendees that the night was about celebrating every story nominated, as big as Mount Everest and as small as SugarBearHair vitamins, and all of the creators who made those stories possible.

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.

LEADERSHIP AWARD & EMERGING EXCELLENCE AWARD

This year, women dominated both the Leadership Award and the Emerging Excellence category: Kathy Vey (TVO, Executive Producer of Digital) is the first woman to receive the award, and all three of the Emerging Excellence nominees were women.

Craig Silverman of Buzzfeed introduced Kathy Vey, describing her, and her work, as “the quiet force behind some of the most remarkable and ambitious data journalism and local journalism initiates in Canada over the past decade.”

Sofia Misenheimer of 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.”

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:


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 Mail

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, Winnie T. Frick, Bryan Gee, Lisan Jutras
The Globe and Mail

SILVER
The Waiting Room
Christian Allaire
Hazlitt

Best Column

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
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, Danielle Webb, 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

Fiction

GOLD
The Shadows
Kaitlin Prest, CBC Podcasts, Phoebe Wang, Sharon Mashihi, Shani Aviram, Yasmine Mathurin, Olivia Pasquarelli, Adriana Komura, Marina Lee Koslock
CBC Podcasts

Best Service Feature

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

Best Podcast

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)


ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

The National Media Awards Foundation is incredibly grateful for the support of: the 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.

Next year’s call for entries will open in January. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for updates.