Meet the 2019 DPA 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!

The 2019 Jury

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.

Early-Bird Soirée Tickets Available Until May 13!

Hurry to purchase your tickets for the 4th annual DPA Soirée! On May 29th, the Gold and Silver winners will be revealed at the Soirée, with Gold winners in select categories receiving a $500 cash prize. The event will be held in Toronto at One King West and hosted by award-winning journalist and editor Eternity Martis.

Purchase an early-bird ticket here before prices go up on May 13!

Announcing the 2019 DPA Nominees

The National Media Awards Foundation (NMAF) is thrilled to present the 2019 Digital Publishing Awards nominees. The DPAs—now in their fourth year—recognize and promote the excellent work of Canadian digital publications and creators.

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For 2019, 118 submissions, from 50 various publications, have been nominated. These nominations are the result of a collaborative and rigorous judging process, made possible by our dedicated roster of 80 volunteer judges.

“The Digital Publishing Awards program was launched four years ago, and since, the number of participating publications has more than doubled. An impressive total of 127 publications submitted entries in 2019. It is thrilling to see the enthusiasm for these awards, and exciting to witness the outstanding work of Canadian creators being celebrated by their peers. The NMAF is immensely proud to present the 4th annual DPAs, and look forward to welcoming you all at the Awards Soirée on May 29.” – Julie Cailliau, NMAF President.

On May 29th, the Gold, Silver, and Honourable Mention winners will be revealed at the Soiree, with Gold winners in select categories receiving a $500 cash prize. The Soiree will be held in Toronto at One King West and hosted by award-winning journalist and editor Eternity Martis. Purchase a ticket through digitalpublishingawards.ca to join us for the celebration.

EMERGING EXCELLENCE AWARD

The emerging excellence award—which honours an individual whose early work in Canadian digital publishing demonstrates the utmost degree of craft and promise—nominees for 2019 are: Sofia Misenheimer of Art/iculation, Natalie Vineberg of The Walrus, and Erin Valois of the National Post.

GENERAL EXCELLENCE IN DIGITAL PUBLISHING AWARDS

The General Excellence awards recognize the publications that maximize the possibilities of digital publishing; these are the publications that succeed in fulfilling their editorial mandate and represent the highest of journalistic standards. These awards are presented in three divisions: small, medium, and large.

The Logic, The Sprawl, and unpointcinq.ca are finalists in the small division.

Hakai Magazine, The Kit, and Maclean’s are finalists in the medium division.

In the large division, CBC News and Le Devoir are the nominees.

FIRST-TIME NOMINEES

A number of publications are first time DPA nominees, including: Art/iculation, BBC News, Ha-Shilth-Sa, LocalLove.ca, Magazine web 100 degrés, Mic Drop, Moneysense, National Post, Calgary Herald, Pastime, Peterborough Currents, QUB radio, Report on Business, Saskatoon StarPhoenix/Regina Leader-Post, SooToday, The Logic, The Narwhal, Unpointcinq.ca, and Yorkregion.com / Markham Economist Sun.

TOP NOMINEES

For 2019, the top nominated publications are CBC News with 18 nominations across various divisions, and The Globe and Mail with 16 nominations.

Hakai earned an impressive 6 nominations, while Maclean’s and Radio-Canada each earned five nominations. Other top-nominated publications include:

PublicationNominations
Global News4
Hazlitt4
VICE Canada4
Le Devoir3
Sportsnet3
The Narwhal3
The Walrus3
VICE Québec3

INDIVIDUAL NOMINATION HIGHLIGHTS

“Hustle in the oil patch: Inside a looming financial and environmental crisis” by Jeff Lewis, Jeffrey Jones, Chen Wang, Renata D’Aliesio, Christopher Manza, Matthew French, John Sopinski, Murat Yükselir, Melissa Tait, Todd Korol, Brennan Higginbotham, and Theresa Suzuki (published in The Globe and Mail) is a finalist in both Best News Coverage and Best Digital Editorial Package.

Air Canada enRoute’s “Canada’s Best News Restaurants” guide is nominated for the fourth year in a row for Best Digital Editorial Package. The guide is also a nominee in the Best Online Video: Short category.

“Follow the Money”—a product of collaboration between the National Post and Calgary Herald teams and led by Zane Schwartz, Brice Hall, and Julie Traves—is nominated for Innovation in Digital Storytelling and Best News Coverage.

LEADERSHIP AWARD

The NMAF is delighted to present Kathy Vey, TVO’s Executive Producer of Digital, with the prestigious 2019 Digital Publishing Leadership Award. Vey’s 37-year career in Canadian journalism spans pivotal roles at media outlets including the Toronto Star, Ottawa Citizen, Toronto Sun, Queen’s Park Briefing, OpenFile, and TVO.org.


CATEGORIES

Best News Coverage

Toronto Van Attack
William Wolfe-Wylie, Dwight Friesen, Richard Grasley, Hannah Wise, Sannah Choi, Kate Cornick, Farrah Merali, Andre Mayer, Paul Borkwood, David Donnelly, Albert Leung, Martin Trainor, Diana Swain, Ioanna Roumeliotis, Melissa Mancini, and the CBC Toronto digital team
CBC Toronto/CBC News

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

Campagne électorale québécoise 2018
La rédaction
Le Devoir

Follow the Money
Zane Schwartz, Brice Hall, Julie Traves
Postmedia

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

Best News Coverage (Small Newsroom)

Who was Maggie Sutlej? Humanitarian aid group reaches out to Ahousaht 150 years after wartime abduction of child
Denise Titian
Ha-Shilth-Sa

Réimaginer nos aménagements
Marianne Boire, François Grenier, Françoise Ruby
Magazine web 100 degrés

2018 Sault Ste. Marie Municipal Election Coverage
David Helwig
SooToday

Bankruptcy protection for Sault’s main employer sparks fight over port
David Helwig
SooToday

The Yellow Brick Road to Mount Everest
Sarah Staples, Richard Vandentillaart
Yorkregion.com / Markham Economist Sun

Best Personal Essay

The Waiting Room
Christian Allaire
Hazlitt

The Agony of Intimacy
Chelsea Murray
Hazlitt

A Body Like a Home
Gwen Benaway
Hazlitt

What are land acknowledgements and why do they matter?
Selena Mills, Kat Tancock, Stacy Lee Kon, Chief Lady Bird
LocalLove.ca

I tried to live according to Jordan Peterson’s 12 Rules for Life. Here’s what happened
Jessica Leeder, Winnie T. Frick, Bryan Gee, Lisan Jutras
National Post

A dad’s discovery: Raising a child is thankless work
Tim Kiladze, Lisan Jutras
The Globe and Mail

A Dog’s Life
Shawna Richer, Deb Baic
The Globe and Mail

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

Mon manège à moi
Anick Lemay
URBANIA

How to Have “the Talk” as a Muslim Father
Yasir Khan, Lauren McKeon, Samia Madwar
The Walrus

Best Column

Queeries
Peter Knegt
CBC Arts

Science
Valérie Borde
L’actualité

Anne Kingston, columns
Anne Kingston
Maclean’s magazine

Jennifer Ditchburn columns
Jennifer Ditchburn
Policy Options

Dorothy Woodend, culture columnist
Dorothy Woodend
The Tyee

Chantal Braganza
Chantal Braganza, Sarah Sweet
TVO.org

Best Feature Article: Short

The Water Carriers
Alannah Campbell, Karen Levine, Pauline Holdsworth, Ruby Buiza, Andre Mayer, Lakshine Sathiyanathan
CBC Radio – The Sunday Edition

“My whole life taken away”: Ontario father questions why 24-year-old wife died post-childbirth
Arti Patel, Caryn Lieberman, Beatrice Politi, James Armstrong, Sarah Kelsey, Peter Hadzipetros
Global News

In rural New Brunswick, a transgender woman charts a new path
Lindsay Jones, Matt Brown, Timothy Moore, Scott Munn
The Globe and Mail

The lost summer
Sharon J. Riley, Emma Gilchrist, Carol Linnitt
The Narwhal

Et si on jetait les camions dans le fleuve ?
Rémy Bourdillon
Unpointcinq

Best Digital Editorial Package

Canada’s Best New Restaurants 2018
Gabrielle Simpson, Stephanie Mercier-Voyer, Yvonne Miou, Stefanie Sosiak, Danielle Groen, Sarah Musgrave, Nancy Matsumoto
Air Canada enRoute

Stuck
Sophie Gray, Alexander Kim, Emma Loy, Holly McKenzie-Sutter, Alexander Migdal, Sharon Nadeem, Andrew Seal, Aryn Strickland, Peter Klein, Kathryn Gretsinger, Saranaz Barforoush, Dan McKinney, Britney Dennison, Andrew Munroe, Zak Vescera, David Murawsky, Amanda De Souza, Paul Trundle, Andrew Yates, Andree Lau, Louise Roug
International Reporting Program and HuffPost Canada

Lines of Fire
Leader-Post Team/StarPhoenix Team
Saskatoon StarPhoenix/Regina Leader-Post

Hustle in the oil patch
Jeff Lewis, Jeffrey Jones, Renata D’Aliesio, Chen Wang, Melissa Tait, Christopher Manza, Matt French, John Sopinski, Todd Korol, Brennan Higginbotham
The Globe and Mail

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

Best Feature Article: Long

Jo Aubin
Shannon Proudfoot
Maclean’s magazine

Croisière, bikinis et cocaïne
Julie Dufresne, Luc Tremblay, Chantal Cauchy, Gaétan Poulio, Éric Larouche, André Guimaraes, Santiago Salcido, Sophie Leclerc
Radio-Canada

Homeland (Parts 1 & 2)
Matthew Halliday, Chelsea Murray
The Deep

Murder on the Prairies
Jana Pruden, Laura Blenkinsop, Danielle Webb, Chris Manza, Victor Dwyer
The Globe and Mail

The Road
Stephanie Nolen, Aaron Vincent Elkaim, Laura Blenkinsop, Christopher Manza, Angela Murphy, Rachel Wine
The Globe and Mail

Fiction

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

The Stunt
Michael LaPointe
Hazlitt

Best Service Feature

Back to the land
Andre Mayer, Dave Pizer, Evan Mitsui
CBC News

As a person of colour, it’s a struggle to find therapists who look like you
Arti Patel, Sarah Kelsey, Lina Toyoda
Global News

Hidden Canada
The Globe and Mail, Maryam Siddiqi, Christopher Manza, Rachel Wine, Benjamin MacDonald, Alanna Cavangh
The Globe and Mail

Best Science and Technology Storytelling

Apps Installed On Millions Of Android Phones Tracked User Behavior To Execute A Multimillion-Dollar Ad Fraud Scheme
Craig Silverman
BuzzFeed Canada

The million-dollar drug
Kelly Crowe, Dave Pizer, Craig Chivers
CBC News

The Cavernous World under the Woods
Bruce Grierson, Jude Isabella
Hakai Magazine

The Noose Beneath the Waves
Sasha Chapman, Shanna Baker
Hakai Magazine

The Trees That Sail to Sea
Brian Payton, Jude Isabella
Hakai Magazine

Rio’s Killer Apps
Stephanie Nolen, Rhian John-Hankinson, Jeremy Agius, Laura Blenkinsop, Elisangela Mendonca, Patrick Dell, Angela Murphy, Affan Chowdhry, Rasha Mourtada
The Globe and Mail

Follow the Water: Hidden Cost of a B.C. Town’s Water
Joanne Pearce, Alfred Hermida, Hans Schreier
UBC School of Journalism

Best Online Video: Short

Canada’s Best New Restaurants 2018: Elena
Martin Laporte, Nik Mirus, Marine Créquer, Stefanie Sosiak, Danielle Groen, L’Éloi
Air Canada enRoute

The truth about SugarBearHair vitamins
Roxanna Woloshyn, Anne MacRae, Charlsie Agro, Stephanie Dudley, Dave MacIntosh
CBC News

Endometriosis
Ben Shannon, Danielle d’Entremont, Jeff Goodes, Bria John, Olsy Sorokina, Dawna Dingwall
CBC Radio – White Coat, Black Art

How can I afford a home?
Prajakta Dhopade, Micah Bond, Yan Rosa, Elizabeth Palmieri
MoneySense

L’histoire de la paille
Djavan Habel-Thurton, Francis Lamontagne, Mélanie Julien, Eric Larouche, Martine Roy
Radio-Canada

Mums who scrum
Melissa Tait
The Globe and Mail

Best Arts & Culture Storytelling

The Sexy Sadness Of Sufjan Stevens
Scaachi Koul
BuzzFeed Canada

The Oracle of Oyster River
Brian Payton
Hakai Magazine

Alex Janvier’s colourful life  
Marty Klinkenberg, Amber Bracken
The Globe and Mail

The Magnetism of Sadness and Frightened Rabbit’s Scott Hutchison
Josh Visser
VICE Canada

Comment faire son chemin, quand on est trans et actrice
Justine de l’Église
VICE (Quebec)

Best Online Video: Feature

A day in the life of Raptors Photographer — Ron Turenne
David Zelikovitz, Donnovan Bennett
Sportsnet

Hockey is for Everyone: Jessica Platt
Donnovan Bennett, David Zelikovitz
Sportsnet

We the North Grandma
Donnovan Bennett, Graham Runciman, Maggie Naylor, Scott SimpsonSportsnet

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

The caribou guardians
Sarah Cox, Jayce Hawkins, Emma Gilchrist, Carol Linnitt
The Narwhal

Les sites de rencontre vus par une artiste trans
Brigitte Noël, Catherine Marineau-Dufresne, Jean-Pierre Bastien, Matt Joycey, Steve Martella
VICE (Québec)

What I didn’t learn in Ontario’s sex-ed curriculum
Corey Misquita, Riley Sparks
Xtra

Best Online Video: Mini-Doc

Canada’s peacekeeping mission in Mali: Who’s fighting and why
Krista Hessey
Maclean’s

Coal Valley: The story of B.C.’s quiet water contamination crisis
Carol Linnitt, Jayce Hawkins, Emma Gilchrist
The Narwhal

Fear and Loading: Meet the NRA’s Most Wanted Customer
Sofi Langis, Manisha Krishnan, Spencer Chumbley, Danny Patterson, Taylor Rivers, Heidi Besner
VICE Canada

Is this the next Standing Rock?
Hilary Beaumont, Alex Craig, Taylor Rivers, Heidi Besner, Rebecca LaFortune, Michelle Latimer, Alex Craig, Jessica Ford, Natalie Alcoba, Tania Natscheff, Josh Marr
VICE News Canada

Souldia : à double tranchant
Simon Coutu, Jean-Pierre Bastien, Zacharie Fay, David Valiquette, William Gignac, Maude M. Ouellet
VICE (Québec)

Where have all the spaces for queer women in Toronto gone?Corey Misquita, Riley Sparks, Lulu Wei, Eric Wright
Xtra

Best Podcast

Front Burner
Jayme Poisson, Chris Berube, Elaine Chau, Shannon Higgins, Derek Vanderwyk, Nick McCabe-Lokos
CBC News

Missing and Murdered: Finding Cleo
Connie Walker, Marnie Luke, Jennifer Fowler, Mieke Anderson, Heather Evans
CBC News

Love Me
Mira Burt-Wintonick, Cristal Duhaime, Sarah Geis
CBC Podcasts

Uncover: Escaping NXIVM
Josh Bloch, Kathleen Goldhar, Anita Elash, Heather Evans, Mieke Anderson
CBC Podcasts

CBC Mic Drop
Shari Okeke, Carrie Haber, Cristal Duhaime, Jess Shane
Mic Drop

Peterborough Currents
Ayesha Barmania, Will Pearson
Peterborough Currents

En 5 minutes
Charles Trahan, Baptiste Zapirain, Benjamin Bourque, Hélène Laurin, Frédéric Guindon
QUB radio

Rap carcéral
Simon Coutu, Alain Loiselle, Dice B, Laurent K. Blais
Radio-Canada Première (produit par VICE)

Best Digital Design

Universités : payer plus pour avoir moins?
Naël Shiab, Santiago Salcido
CBC/Radio-Canada

On a redessiné le Québec
Marc Lajoie, Melanie Julien, Mélanie Meloche-Holubowski, Santiago Salcido, Martine Roy
Radio-Canada

Toronto Star’s Featured Projects Portfolio
Fadi Yaacoub, Cameron Tulk, David Schnitman, Nathan Pilla, Tania Pereira
The Toronto Star

Best Photo Storytelling

Black in Canada: 10 stories
Jalani Morgan, Robin Levinson King, Jessica MurphyBBC News – Canada bureau

Us Too
Geneviève Caron, Lindsay Siu, Tavia Grant, Dawn Calleja, Clare Vander Meersch, Jeremy Agius
Report on Business magazine

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

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

As It Happens 50th anniversary animations
Ben Shannon, Kate Swoger, Sheena Goodyear
CBC Radio – As It Happens

Escaping NXIVM
Megan Griffith-Greene, Charles Fogel, Anne MacRae, Micheline Parent, Irene Thomaidis, Evan Aagaard, Josh Bloch
CBC News

#FirstTimeIWasCalled
Farah Nasser, Erica Vella, Ben Jonah, Eric Mark Do, Dean Hayashi, Mike Lapalme, Chris MacDougall, Trevor Owens, Lacy Atalick, Michael Hutchinson, Samantha Turchan, Nida Omar, Jessica Maxwell, Drew Hasselback, Shauna Rempel, Simon Osler, Brian McKechnie, Mackay Taggart
Global News

Pay equity social sells
Elizabeth Palmieri, Jason Kirby, and Scott Simpson
Maclean’s

Weed did it.
Sasha Kalra, Daman Lamba, Jill Krajewski, Laura Lloyd, Kate McKerroll, Tyler Hughes, Victoria Pandeirada
VICE Canada

Best Editorial Newsletter

What on Earth?
Emily Chung, Andre Mayer, Nicole Mortillaro
CBC News

Hakai Magazine Weekly Newsletter
Adrienne Mason, Raina Delisle, David Garrison, Mark Garrison, Josh Silberg
Hakai Magazine

Le courrier électoral
Geneviève Tremblay, Stéphane Baillargeon, Cédric Gagnon, Jean-Philippe Corbeil, Simon Poirier
Le Devoir

Pastime, Season One
Nathaniel Basen, Adam Anshan, Cody Gault, Paul Thompson, Colin McGowan, Sam Riches, Josh Tucker, Mike Piellucci, Sarah Brown, Glenn Harvey, Kyle Scott, Alex Mathers, Joe Wolfond, Paul Kim
Pastime

Innovation in Digital Storytelling

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

Because News Alexa Game
Elizabeth Bowie, Gavin Crawford, Ian Cauthery
CBC Radio’s Because News

Toronto Votes
Victoria Valido, Chris Glover, Laura Green, David Allmark, T.J. Heideman, Bob Weiers, Julia Whalen, Lauren Pelley, Lisa Xing, Farrah Merali, Talia Ricci, Nick Boisvert, John Rieti, Matt Elliott
CBC Toronto

Follow the Money
Zane Schwartz, National Post & Calgary Herald teams
National Post and Calgary Herald

Olympics interactive graphics
Timothy Moore, Christopher Manza, Trish McAlaster
The Globe and Mail

CREDIT CHANGES: If you would like to make any credit changes, please send details to info@digitalpublishingawards.ca before May 9, 2019.

DIGITAL PUBLISHING AWARDS SOIRÉE

Join us on May 29th when we present the Gold, Silver, and Honourable Mention awards at the 4th annual Digital Publishing Awards Soiree. The Soiree will be held at One King West, and Eternity Martis will host. Martis’ work has helped shape the language used in newsrooms across Canada, is discussed in mainstream media, changed policies on racism and is taught on academic syllabuses at Western University, Carleton University and the University of Ottawa.

Tickets on sale at digitalpublishingawards.ca.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

The National Media Awards Foundation is incredibly grateful for the support of: Government of Canada, the Ontario Arts Council, Ontario Creates, Reader’s Digest Foundation, and KCK Global. We are also thankful for the support of Cision, Magazines Canada, PUSH Media, Very Good Studios and Vividata.

Our sincerest thanks to this year’s judges, who graciously volunteered their time and expertise, evaluating the hundreds of entries submitted to this year’s competition.

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIESFor sponsorship inquiries, please contact Barbara Gould, Executive Director, at info@digitalpublishingawards.ca.

Kathy Vey to Receive the 2019 Digital Publishing Leadership Award

The NMAF is delighted to announce that TVO Executive Producer of Digital Kathy Vey is the 2019 recipient of the Digital Publishing Leadership Award, which honours an individual whose career contributions to Canadian digital publishing deserve recognition and celebration. Vey will receive her award—the highest individual distinction from the Digital Publishing Award program—at the DPA Soirée on May 29th.

Kathy Vey’s 37-year career in Canadian journalism spans pivotal roles at media outlets including the Toronto Star, Ottawa Citizen, Toronto Sun, Queen’s Park Briefing, OpenFile, and TVO.org. Vey grew up in Toronto’s east end and began working at the Toronto Sun while still a teenager. In 1988, she jumped to the Star, where she soon became an assistant national editor.

After taking a 1993 buyout from the Star, Vey worked as a freelance writer for Canadian Gardening magazine and spent a couple of years editing at the Ottawa Citizen before returning to Toronto and the Star in 1998. She then served as a deputy city editor, a news editor, and the team editor of training and development. In the latter role, she headed up the Star’s first multimedia training program, an intensive weeklong effort that introduced many editorial staff members to the rapidly emerging potential of digital journalism.

“Having Kathy on your team meant there was someone there who could take on the toughest and most complex assignments.”

John Ferri, TVO Vice-president of Current Affairs & Documentaries and Vey’s longtime colleague

In 2010, she left the Toronto Star again to join the team launching OpenFile, an innovative online news startup that prioritized local reporting and audience engagement. As the founding editor-in-chief, Vey guided OpenFile’s development and in less than two years established a core team of editors and freelance writers while building readership in major cities across Canada. She hired a cohort of young reporters, whom she sought to mentor and empower. “Journalists in nearly every city we operated in, from Ottawa to Calgary to Halifax, have similar stories to tell about her support and advice in building a career in journalism,” says TVO Digital Editor Chantal Braganza, who adds she gained invaluable experience working for Vey at OpenFile.

“She offered a guiding hand in shaping stories and facilitating skills development, but left city editors to manage their own teams, experiment endlessly with tools and engage constantly with audiences. That required a skillset uncommon to many newsroom leaders, particularly those in Canada’s nascent digital startup space,” says Maclean’s Digital Editor Nick Taylor-Vaisey, whose journalism career began with Vey at OpenFile.

“Everyone who runs a newsroom should lead by Kathy’s proven example. To use a sports analogy: she drafts prospects and turns them into all-stars, and no matter which team she leads, they’re contenders while she’s at the helm.”

Nick Taylor-Vaisey, Maclean’s Digital Editor

“She led a small newsroom and encouraged it to take risks and think of new ways of engaging with an audience. She was a tremendous editor and mentor for the young journalists we were lucky to hire,” confirms BuzzFeed News Media Editor Craig Silverman, who worked closely with Vey for two years at OpenFile. Silverman cites the development of “The Poppy File” as a key example of her leadership style. The award-winning project resulted from Vey’s encouragement of OpenFile contributing editor Patrick Cain, who had been collecting the names of Torontonians who died in World War II. Vey devised an interactive map to show where each of the more than 3,000 people had lived in the city, working closely with the product team to realize an innovative data visualization. The resulting interface was not only attractive and functional, but offered a platform for OpenFile reporters to share some of the stories revealed through the project. (Though no longer active on OpenFile, a version of the project is viewable here.)

“The Poppy File” was praised by Toronto mayor David Miller, won a Canadian Online Publishing Award, and earned National Magazine Award and Online Journalism Award nominations. The Guardian’s former data editor Simon Rogers called the project “the pinnacle of what data journalism is supposed to be about.” The project “came together because Kathy immediately saw the potential and brought everyone together,” says Silverman.

OpenFile.ca was a significant and extraordinary achievement… Kathy helped put into practice many of the theories and ideas that are seen as crucial to the evolution of journalism in the age of digital disruption: community engagement and emphasis on social media, the notion of journalists as curators of information and not just news-gatherers, and data-based interactivity,” says John Ferri, TVO Vice-president of Current Affairs & Documentaries and Vey’s longtime colleague. “It’s no exaggeration to say that she has played an instrumental role in building a bridge to the future of journalism in Canada.”

After OpenFile, Vey joined Torstar’s Queen’s Park Briefing as executive editor. According to Ferri, the fledgling online publication—aimed at a politically inclined professional audience—was “in desperate need of a steady hand” when she took the reins. She transformed it within six months. “Kathy believed that there was a role for smart, policy-focused journalism that was willing to look outside of the daily news cycle—and that people would be willing to pay for it—and she was right,” says TVO Columnist John Michael McGrath, who was among the team Vey brought on board.

In 2013, Vey became a part-time instructor at Ryerson University, a natural progression from her newsroom mentoring in earlier years. She was appointed Rogers Journalist in Residence, during which time she developed the Canadian Press Style Coach, a prototype e-learning program designed to help journalists—both emerging and established—master the CP style guide.

“Kathy has consistently demonstrated exactly the kind of values our industry needs, both to meet the challenges of a changing business environment and developing the talent that will tell the stories of the future.”

John Michael McGrath, TVO Columnist

For the past three and a half years, Vey has worked as the Executive Producer, Digital, at TVO, where she oversees all content produced for the web, including daily articles, short video, editorial newsletters, and podcasts, as well as the journalistic social media accounts. “She has been key to the evolution of TVO’s digital presence,” affirms Ferri. “In sum, Kathy Vey has been a catalyst for change. She has a superb analytical mind and is a master of newsgathering logistics. She has demonstrated a clear and cohesive vision of the future of journalism in the digital space. She has shifted easily from working in large traditional media to startups. She is a creative and innovative individual, an industry leader. She is loved and respected by her peers and staff. She has a tremendous wit and style. This kind of passion for our craft deserves to be recognized and fostered.”

For her leadership, innovation, and dedication to Canadian digital publishing, the NMAF is honoured to present Kathy Vey with the 2019 Digital Publishing Leadership Award.

Nominations for the 2019 Digital Publishing Awards will be announced tomorrow at 10am EST. The Digital Publishing Leadership Award will be presented at the 4th Annual DPA Soirée on May 29th in Toronto. Tickets will be available for purchase on May 2nd at digitalpublishingawards.ca.

Eternity Martis to host this year’s DPAs

We’re pleased to announce that award-winning journalist and editor Eternity Martis will host this year’s DPA Soirée on May 29 at One King West Hotel in Toronto.

“I’m very excited to emcee this year’s Digital Publishing Awards and honour the excellent work of journalists, editors, designers, producers and all others in digital publishing who are creating and telling the stories that matter. In the years the DPAs has recognized digital excellence, it’s provided a space for celebrating a range of voices and content that both reflect our cultural landscape and push the boundaries of storytelling. As a young woman fairly new to the industry when the DPAs launched, it was thrilling to see the stories I cared about nominated and awarded. Now as your emcee, I look forward to celebrating another year of astonishing achievements with all of you.”

Eternity is an award-winning journalist and the senior editor at Xtra. Her work, namely on race and gender, has been featured in Vice, HuffPost, The Walrus, CBC, Hazlitt, The Fader, tvo.org and more, and one of her essays was selected by Roxane Gay as part of Salon’s series highlighting writers of colour. 

Her article “A Capital Idea,” exploring the reasons for capitalizing Black and Indigenous, helped influence media style guides changes across Canada including The Ryerson Review of Journalism, tvo.org, and Xtra. Her writing has also been featured on syllabuses at Western University, Carleton University, University of Ottawa, University of West Indies St. Augustine and on numerous #BlackLivesMatter syllabuses around the world.

In 2018, she won Gold for Best Investigative Feature at the Canadian Online Publishing Awards for her piece “The Health Effects of Anti-Black Racism.” In 2017, she was a National Magazine Awards finalist for Best New Writer for her longform feature “Know Your History, Know Your Greatness” in Hazlitt. She recently wrote an essay in the highly-anticipated anthology “Black Writers Matter” from University of Regina Press (2019), and her memoir, They Said This Would Be Fun, about being a student of colour amid growing white nationalism on campus, is forthcoming from McClelland & Stewart.

Eternity is from Toronto and tweets at @eternitymartis.

Come and celebrate with us!

Gold, Silver and Honourable Mentions will be presented at this year’s Digital Publishing Awards Soirée, a night for our industry to come together and celebrate the creators responsible for producing the best digital content in Canada.

Join us on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at One King West Hotel in Toronto. Tickets for the Soirée will go on sale on May 2nd, when the nominations are announced. For sponsorship inquiries, please contact Executive Director, Barbara Gould at info@digitalpublishingawards.ca.