Thank you! From the 2018 Digital Publishing Awards

From all of us at the National Media Awards Foundation, thank you to everyone who helped make the 3rd annual Digital Publishing Awards a great success.

Special thanks to Kenny Yum—last year’s Digital Publishing Leadership Award winner—for starting off the night by congratulating the nominees and thanking the 78 volunteer judges; Adrian Lee for hosting the event and keeping the audience laughing throughout the night; and Irene Thomaidis, for introducing this year’s Digital Publishing Leadership Award winner, Brodie Fenlon.

Thanks also to Mathieu Baril (managing director of DDI Canada) who presented the winner of the Best Podcast or Audio Storytelling category! 

We are enormously grateful for our 78 judges, who are the crux of the award program. You can read more about the 2018 roster of judges here.

Many thanks to those who attended the event (and to those who followed along via the live-stream and on Twitter), and to the participants, nominees, and winners of this year’s awards. We hope you enjoyed celebrating the best of Canada’s digital talent, and we look forward to welcoming you back in 2019 for the 4th annual DPAs!

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Visit live.digitalpublishingawards.ca to view all the winners of the 2018 Digital Publishing Awards. The 2019 Call for Entries will open on January 1st, 2019. Follow us on Twitter (@DPAwards) for updates.

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2018 Digital Publishing Award Winners

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The National Media Awards Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 Digital Publishing Awards. This awards season saw 79 Canadian digital publications enter their best work from 2017, for consideration in 23 awards categories. 78 dedicated judges carefully evaluated the entries, deliberated upon the finalists, and on May 29th, the Gold and Silver winners were announced at the annual DPA Soirée, hosted by Adrian Lee.

20 different digital publications took home Gold and Silver medals. From them, four (HuffPost Québec, ICI Radio-Canada Première, The Deep and The Sprawl) were first-time winners.

Gold winning publications included Canadian Art, CBC News, Global News (globalnews.ca), Hakai Magazine, HuffPost Quebec, ICI Radio-Canada Première, The Globe and Mail, The Sprawl, The Walrus, and TVO.org. In most categories, the Digital Publishing Awards Gold winners received a $500 cheque alongside their award.

Taking home Silver medals were Air Canada enRoute, BuzzFeed Canada, CBC Original Podcasts, Discourse Media, Hazlitt, National Observer, Options politiques, Today’s Parent, Toronto Life, and VICE.

“Congratulations to all the winners of the third annual Digital Publishing Awards. Your success highlights not just your creativity and excellence in journalism, but your mastery of digital platforms to tell compelling stories. It is a reminder of the vast pool of talented creators, and publishers, in Canada’s digital media industry. We’re thrilled to recognize your wonderful work through the DPA program.” — Nino Di Cara, NMAF President

GENERAL EXCELLENCE IN DIGITAL PUBLISHING

The 2018 award for General Excellence in Digital Publishing was presented in three divisions: small, medium, and large publications.

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The Deep won the Gold Medal for General Excellence in Digital Publishing: Small Publications. “They’re doing remarkable work with a very small staff, using their resources intelligently so that each story has the greatest impact. Their mandate—to tell in depth stories based on the East Coast—feels not only necessary, especially with the erosion of local news, but like one that they are well-positioned to carry out, considering their balance of a considered design with engaging stories,” remarked the digital publishing awards jury. “As traditional publishers grapple with diminished capacity, it will take efforts like those of The Deep, to ensure deeper, longer stories are still told and more importantly, heard!

Honourable Mention in General Excellence in Digital Publishing: Small Publications was awarded to Fjord Review and National Observer.

Hakai Magazine received the Gold medal for General Excellence in Digital Publishing: Medium Publications. “Hakai is the realization of what a great digital magazine can be. With beautiful imagery, clean design, crisp writing, and well-integrated digital features, Hakai sets the standard for a high-quality digital publication,” said the Digital Publishing Awards jury. “Everything about the site is in support of its content and the reader, as it should be.”

Hakai Magazine received six other awards in various categories, including a second Gold in Best Online Video – Feature for “Here Be Tiny Dragons (and Other Micro Beasts).”

Honourable Mention General Excellence in Digital Publishing: Medium Publications was given to Passport and Today’s Parent.

The winner of the General Excellence in Digital Publishing: Large Publication award went to The Globe and Mail.  The jury had this to say: “The Globe and Mail team produced an extremely innovative body of work. Their editorial mandate was not only fulfilled, it was surpassed and truly represented the highest of journalistic standards.”

Le Devoir and Winnipeg Free Press received Honourable Mention in Digital Publishing: Large Publications.

EMERGING EXCELLENCE AWARD

Elizabeth Melito, CBC News

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Elizabeth Melito of CBC News was recognized as this year’s recipient of the Emerging Excellence Award. The Emerging Excellence Award jury was “exceptionally impressed by Elizabeth’s clear demonstration of leadership and initiative in a large and respected organization like CBC News. She joined CBC News, her first media job, in 2015. In a short time she has earned a high level of respect and responsibility and has developed two custom long-form development tools that have been rolled out nationally at CBC.”

 

 

DIGITAL PUBLISHING LEADERSHIP AWARD

Brodie Fenlon, CBC News

Brodie Fenlon CBCBrodie Fenlon,  the Senior Director of Daily News and Bureaus for the CBC, was the recipient of the 2018 Digital Publishing Leadership Award. The award honours an individual whose career contributions to Canadian digital publishing deserve recognition and celebration.

 

 

 

 

WINNERS HIGHLIGHTS

The leading publication in this year’s Digital Publishing Awards is The Globe and Mail. The “Unfounded” investigation—led by Dennis Choquett, Robyn Doolittle, Laura Blenkinsop, Jeremy Agius, and Michael Pereira—won Gold in both Best Digital Editorial Package and Best News Coverage.

Hakai Magazine was also a top-winning publication, receiving two Gold medals, two Silver medals, and three Honourable Mentions. Jude Isabella, the magazine’s editor-in-chief, contributed to three of those winning pieces.

 

“Canada’s Best New Restaurants 2017,” published in Air Canada enRoute, won two silver medals, in the categories of Best Online Video: Short and Best Digital Editorial Package.

 

Global News (globalnews.ca) was a two-time winner: “Canada’s #ToxicSecret” was the Gold winner in the Best Social Storytelling category, while “Fire Watch: B.C. Wildfire Coverage” was the Silver winner in the Best News Coverage category.

 

Visit live.digitalpublishingawards.ca to view the winners in all 23 categories. Follow the Digital Publishing Awards on Twitter @DPAwards and #DPA18.

A complete list of the nominees and winners, in all 23 categories, can be found at live.digitalpublishingawards.ca.

2018 DIGITAL PUBLISHING AWARDS RESULTS

Emerging Excellence Award
Elizabeth Melito, CBC News

Digital Publishing Leadership Award
Brodie Fenlon, CBC News

General Excellence in Digital Publishing: Small
The Deep

General Excellence in Digital Publishing: Medium
Hakai Magazine

General Excellence in Digital Publishing: Large
The Globe and Mail

Best Digital Editorial Package
GOLD: Unfounded, The Globe and Mail
SILVER: Canada’s Best New Restaurants 2017, Air Canada enRoute

Best Blog or Online-Only Column
GOLD: Lauren McKeon, TVO.org
SILVER: Ici et ailleurs: Chronique d’Alain Noël, Options politiques

Best News Coverage: Small Newsroom
GOLD : The Sprawl: 2017 Election Edition, The Sprawl
SILVER: Kinder Morgan’s Pipeline in Canada, National Observer

Best News Coverage
GOLD: Unfounded, The Globe and Mail
SILVER: Fire Watch: B.C. Wildfire Coverage, Global News (globalnews.ca)

Best Feature Article: Short
GOLD: Aleppo Mayor, written by Cathal Kelly, The Globe and Mail
SILVER: This Is How Your Hyperpartisan Political News Gets made, written by Craig Silverman, BuzzFeed Canada

Best Feature Article: Long
GOLD: The Making of Joseph Boyden, written by Eric Andrew-Gee, The Globe and Mail
SILVER: Death of a Modern Wolf, written by J.B. MacKinnon,  Hakai Magazine

Fiction
GOLD: Young Tomorrow, written by Sean Michaels, The Globe and Mail
SILVER: Half-Pipe, written by Zoe Whittall, Hazlitt

Best Personal Essay
GOLD: Black on Bay Street, written by Hadiya Roderique, The Globe and Mail
SILVER: Kids of addiction, written by Trevor Jang, Discourse Media

Best Arts & Culture Story
GOLD: A Road Trip with Christopher Pratt, written by Mireille Egan, Canadian Art
SILVER: Kent Monkman: The modern touch of an old master, written by Dakshana Bascaramurty, The Globe and Mail

Best Science and Technology Story
GOLD: Understanding the quantum computing revolution, written by Ivan Semeniuk, The Globe and Mail
SILVER: Watts in the Water, written by Bruce Grierson, Hakai Magazine

Best Service Feature: Lifestyle
GOLD: Le Montréal oublié, written by Daphnée Hacker-B., HuffPost Québec
SILVER: Where to Eat Now, written by Mark Pupo, Toronto Life

Best Service Feature: Family & Health
GOLD: How do I talk to my five-year-old about white supremacy?, written by Kalli Anderson, The Walrus
SILVER: Fortunate Son, written by Erin Anderssen, The Globe and Mail

Best Online Video: Short
GOLD: How close are we to the end of the world? Check the Doomsday Clock, The Globe and Mail
SILVER: Canada’s Best New Restaurants 2017 – Battuto, Air Canada enRoute

Best Online Video: Feature
GOLD: Here Be Tiny Dragons (and Other Micro Beasts), Hakai Magazine
SILVER: The ultimate gift: How two dads finally got their son, Today’s Parent

Best Online Video: Mini-Doc
GOLD: Dancing Towards the Light, CBC News
SILVER, Age of Consent, VICE

Best Podcast & Audio Storytelling
GOLD: Disparue(s), ICI Radio-Canada Première
SILVER: Someone Knows Something – Dee & Moore, CBC Original Podcasts

Best Digital Design
GOLD: Census 2016, CBC News
SILVER: The Globe and Mail, The Globe and Mail

Best Photo Storytelling
GOLD: Canada through the lens of Syrian refugees, The Globe and Mail
SILVER: Single Mothers of Afghanistan, The Globe and Mail

Best Social Storytelling
GOLD: Canada’s #ToxicSecret, Global News (globalnews.ca)
SILVER: Coming to Canada: The Immigration and Refugee System, CBC News

Best Digital Initiative
GOLD: A City Destroyed: Experience the Halifax Explosion, CBC News
SILVER: Weigh Anchor, The Globe and Mail

Congratulations to all the winners!

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
The Digital Publishing Awards gratefully acknowledges the support of the Department of Canadian Heritage’s Canadian Periodical Fund, the Ontario Arts Council and the Ontario Media Development Corporation.

The NMAF thanks its partners and generous sponsors: Cision, DDI Canada, Readers Digest Foundation and Very Good Studios.

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

 

 

Announcing the 2018 Digital Publishing Awards Nominees

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The Digital Publishing Awards (DPAs) are pleased to announce the 2018  nominees for their 3rd annual awards program, recognizing excellence in the content and creation of Canadian digital publications. 

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This year, 79 Canadian digital publications entered the DPAs, submitting entries for consideration in 23 awards categories. The top overall prize—General Excellence in Digital Publishing—will presented in three divisions, for small, medium and large publications.

“We are extremely proud to present the third annual Digital Publishing Awards. The work of the creators and publishers nominated this year speaks to the astounding quality of digital journalism produced here in Canada. To celebrate these innovative, hard working individuals on a national stage and beyond is a true privilege,” said NMAF President Nino Di Cara.

Our dedicated roster of 78 judges volunteered their time, expertise, and passion for digital publishing in serving on this year’s jury. They have nominated 106 entries from 37 different digital publications for this year’s awards. 

FIRST-TIME NOMINEES

Numerous publications received a first nomination this year, including Flare, Fjord Review, HuffPost Québec, ICI Radio-Canada Première, Le Devoir, Motherboard, Passport 2017, Spacing, The Deep, The Kit, The Sprawl, VICE Québec and Winnipeg Free Press.

EMERGING EXCELLENCE AWARD

The three standout nominees for the coveted Emerging Excellence Award, which honours an individual whose early work in Canadian digital publishing shows the highest degree of craft and promise, are: Elizabeth Melito of CBC News, Graeme Bruce of the Winnipeg Free Press, and Ishani Nath of the Entertainment pillar (FLARE and Hello! Canada).

 

LEADERSHIP AWARD

Brodie Fenlon CBC.jpgThe NMAF is pleased to present the 2018 Digital Publishing Leadership Award to Brodie Fenlon, Senior Director of Daily News and Bureaus for the CBC. A respected mentor and leader, Brodie’s pursuit for digital innovation is matched with a desire to build camaraderie in the newsroom. Described by his peers as a “transformative leader” and an “incredibly positive and galvanizing force”, Brodie is lauded for his remarkable achievements and generous personality. Click here to read Brodie’s full biography.

 

TOP NOMINEES

The top nominees this year are: The Globe and Mail, CBC, Hakai Magazine, Today’s Parent, Chatelaine, Hazlitt, TVO.org, VICE Québec, and Winnipeg Free Press.

Earning two nominations each are Air Canada enRoute, Canadian Art, Global News (globalnews.ca), L’actualité, Le Devoir, National Observer, Passport 2017, Sportsnet, The Deep, Toronto Life, and URBANIA.

INDIVIDUAL NOMINATION HIGHLIGHTS

For the third year in a row, Air Canada enRoute’s “Best New Restaurants” guide is nominated for Best Digital Editorial Package. The magazine’s popular guide is also finalist for Best Online Video: Short.

“Unfounded” by reporters Robyn Doolittle, Laura Blenkinsop, Jeremy Agius, and Michael Pereira, published in The Globe and Mail is nominated twice, in Best Digital Editorial Package and Best News Coverage.

CBC News’ “Dancing Towards the Light” is nominated in two categories: Best Arts & Culture Story and Best Online Video: Mini-Doc.

Nominees – General Excellence in Digital Publishing: Small Publication

 

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fjordreview.com, Fjord Review
nationalobserver.com, National Observer
thedeepmag.ca, The Deep

Nominees – General Excellence in Digital Publishing: Medium Publication

 

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hakaimagazine.com, Hakai Magazine
passport2017.ca, Passport
todaysparent.com, Today’s Parent

 

Nominees – General Excellence in Digital Publishing: Large Publication

 

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theglobeandmail.com, The Globe and Mail
ledevoir.com, Le Devoir
winnipegfreepress.com, Winnipeg Free Press

Nominees – Best Digital Editorial Package

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Canada’s Best New Restaurants 2017, Air Canada enRoute
Born on Opioids, Today’s Parent
Fiction: The Story of Canada. The Globe and Mail
Monnaie d’échange 1 à 4, Le Devoir
This Is 40ish. Chatelaine
Unfounded, The Globe and Mail

Nominees – Best Blog or Online-Only Column

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Ici et ailleurs: Chronique d’Alain Noël, Options politiques
John Lorinc’s weekly column, Spacing
John Michael McGrath, TVO.org
Lauren McKeon, TVO.org
Rachel Giese, Chatelaine
31 Thoughts, Sportsnet

Nominees – Best News Coverage: Small Newsroom

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Kinder Morgan’s Pipeline in Canada, National Observer
Racism and Reconciliation in Ontario’s Northwest, TVO.org
The Sprawl: 2017 Election Edition, The Sprawl

Nominees – Best News Coverage

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Assisted Dying, Winnipeg Free Press
Fire Watch: B.C. Wildfire Coverage, Global News (globalnews.ca)
The Border Crossers, Winnipeg Free Press
Unfounded, The Globe and Mail

Nominees – Best Feature Article: Short

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Aleppo Mayor, The Globe and Mail
Je ne sais pas quand je vais vivre, urbania.ca
This Is How Your Hyperpartisan Political News Gets made, BuzzFeed Canada

Nominees – Best Feature Article: Long

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A Prison Pregnancy, The Deep
Anatomy of a Surrogacy, Hazlitt
Death of a Modern Wolf, Hakai
Eight Seconds: The Life and Death of a Cowboy, The Globe and Mail
Please Take Us Back to Iraq’: A Yazidi Family’s Traumatic First Days in Canada, Chatelaine
Sea Change, The Globe and Mail
The Making of Joseph Boyden, The Globe and Mail
The Renfrew County Murders Are Not an Anomaly, Chatelaine

Nominees – Fiction

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Half-Pipe, Hazlitt
Oursonette, The Globe and Mail
The Clap, The Globe and Mail
Young Tomorrow, The Globe and Mail

Nominees – Best Personal Essay

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A Place of Absorption, Hazlitt
Black on Bay Street, The Globe and Mail
Kids of Addiction, Discourse Media
Mummy, am I white?’ What I’ve Learned From Raising Biracial Children, Chatelaine What To Do About Kevin: Demons, Little Fires, and the Man Who Lived in my Ravine, TVO.org

Nominees – Best Arts & Culture Story

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A Road Trip with Christopher Pratt, Canadian Art
Dancing Towards the Light, CBC News
Kent Monkman: The Modern Touch of an Old Master, The Globe and Mail
My Mother Gave Me My IMFA, Canadian Art
The Making of Joseph Boyden, The Globe and Mail
TIFF’s Next Act, The Globe and Mail
Truth in Jest?, Hazlitt

Nominees – Best Science and Technology Story

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From Vilified to Vindicated: the Story of Jacques Cinq-Mars, Hakai Magazine
How Coders Hacked Back to ‘Rescue’ $208 Million in Ethereum, Motherboard
The Hunger Games: Two Killer Whales, Same Sea, Different Diets, Hakai Magazine
Understanding the Quantum Computing Revolution, The Globe and Mail
Watts in the Water, Hakai Magazine

Nominees – Best Service Feature: Lifestyle

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Ça veut dire quoi être genderqueer?, VICE Québec
Le Montréal oublié, HuffPost Québec
Where to Eat Now, Toronto Life

Nominees – Best Service Feature: Family & Health

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Fortunate Son, The Globe and Mail
How Do I Talk to My Five-Year-Old About White Supremacy?, The Walrus
SIDS Deaths Are Now Considered “Undetermined”: What Parents Need to Know, Today’s Parent

Nominees – Best Online Video: Short

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Canada’s Best New Restaurants 2017 – Battuto, Air Canada enRoute
Drag Queen Story Time, Today’s Parent
How close are we to the end of the world? Check the Doomsday Clock, The Globe and Mail
How clothing helped andro babe Megan come out, Daily Xtra
In the studio with Kent Monkman, Canadian Art
Meat Cottage, Chatelaine
The Kit Voices: Generation Z, The Kit

Nominees – Best Online Video: Feature

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A Wall Worth Building: Making Clam Habitat Great Again, Hakai Magazine
Au championnat d’arts martiaux mixtes avec une combattante sans merci, VICE Québec
Avec le shaman qui traite ses patients à la MDMA, VICE Québec
Cette drag-queen de 8 ans fait fureur à Montréal, VICE Québec
Daniel Mazzone: The Blue Jays Artist, Sportsnet
Here Be Tiny Dragons (and Other Micro Beasts), Hakai Magazine
The Ultimate Gift: How Two Dads Finally Got Their Son, Today’s Parent

Nominees – Best Online Video: Mini-Doc

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Age of Consent, VICE
Born on Opioids, Today’s Parent
Dancing Towards the Light, CBC News

Nominees – Best Podcast & Audio Storytelling

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Disparue(s), ICI Radio-Canada Première
GROSSES TÊTES, URBANIA
Love Me – The Other Side, CBC Original Podcasts
Someone Knows Something – Dee & Moore, CBC Original Podcasts
The Secret Life of Canada, Passport 2017

Nominees – Best Digital Design

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Census 2016, CBC News
The Globe and Mail, The Globe and Mail
Un Canada sans immigrant, L’actualité

Nominees – Best Photo Storytelling

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Asylum seekers, The Globe and Mail
Canada Through The Lens of Syrian Refugees, The Globe and Mail
Des colis pour le Venezuela, L’actualité
From Janet With Love, National Film Board of Canada
Single Mothers of Afghanistan, The Globe and Mail

Nominees – Best Social Storytelling

Canada’s #ToxicSecret, Global News (globalnews.ca)
Coming to Canada: The Immigration and Refugee System, CBC News
#WhyICameOut for Pride Toronto, FLARE.com

Nominees – Best Digital Initiative

A City Destroyed: Experience the Halifax Explosion, CBC News
SJM Variants, Toronto Life
Weigh Anchor, The Globe and Mail

Congratulations to the 2018 nominees! Visit live.digitalpublishingawards.ca to view the individuals nominated this year and their outstanding work. If you would like to make any credit changes, please send details to info@digitalpublishingawards.ca before May 3, 2018.  

DIGITAL PUBLISHING AWARDS SOIRÉE
Gold, Silver, and Honourable Mention awards will be presented at the Digital Publishing Awards soirée on Tuesday, May 29th, 2018 at One King West in Toronto. Gold winners in most categories include a $500 cash prize. Tickets are on sale at digitalpublishingawards.ca. Follow the Digital Publishing Awards on Twitter @DPAwards and #DPA18.

AdrianLeeThe Digital Publishing Awards Soirée will be hosted by Adrian Lee. Adrian is the opinions editor for Maclean’s, a Polaris Prize jury member, a Digital Publishing Award winner, and karaoke champion, in order of least to most important facts about him. He is thrilled for the opportunity to attend a gala that allows him to wear a tuxedo, which he purchased in what he describes as “a good idea at the time.”

 

 

Digital Publishing Awards Soirée
Tuesday, May 29th, 2018
Doors open at 6pm, show starts at 7pm.
One King West Hotel
1 King Street West, Toronto, ON

Tickets on sale at digitalpublishingawards.ca.

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

The National Media Awards Foundation gratefully acknowledges the support of the Department of Canadian Heritage’s Canadian Periodical Fund, the Ontario Arts Council and the Ontario Media Development Corporation.

The NMAF thanks its partners and generous sponsors : Cision, DDI CanadaReaders Digest Foundation and Very Good Studios.

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

 

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
For sponsorship inquiries, please contact Barbara Gould, Managing Director, at info@digitalpublishingawards.ca.

For further information about the Digital Publishing Awards, please contact Leah Edwards, Digital Communications Coordinator, at info@digitalpublishingawards.ca.

 

Brodie Fenlon to Receive the 2018 Digital Publishing Leadership Award

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The National Media Awards Foundation (NMAF) is proud to announce that the CBC’s Senior Director of Daily News and Bureaus Brodie Fenlon is this year’s recipient of the Digital Publishing Leadership Award, which honours an individual whose career contributions to Canadian digital publishing deserve recognition and celebration. Brodie will be presented with his award – the highest individual distinction from the Digital Publishing Award program –  at the DPA Soirée on May 29th.

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Brodie’s career in journalism began after graduating from Western University’s journalism program, when he started working as a newspaper reporter for the London Free Press and the Toronto Sun. In 2007, Brodie switched from print to digital journalism, taking a position as digital editor at The Globe and Mail. Angus Frame, the Senior Vice President of Digital Products and New Product Development at Torstar Corp., says he takes “special pride in being the person who brought Brodie into the world of digital news (…).” Angus goes on to say that Brodie was “one of the best hires I have ever made.”

Brodie spent four years at The Globe and Mail before switching gears and becoming the Managing Editor of News at The Huffington Post Canada; there, he played a strategic role in launching the first international edition of the U.S. website. Angus Frame calls Brodie a “transformative leader at The Huffington Post and now at CBC,” as Brodie has since joined Canada’s national public broadcaster’s team, overhauling their digital news strategy. He “has been a force of nature since the day he stepped through the door,” notes Mari Ito, Executive Producer of Daily News at CBC News. Today, Brodie is the Senior Director of Daily News and Bureaus for the CBC.

At the CBC, Brodie has overseen the launch of new iOS and Android apps, the mobile site, and a number of interactive tools and templates. Under Brodie’s leadership, CBCNews.ca won last year’s Digital Publishing Award for General Excellence.

“He is a marvel,” says Greg Reame, Managing Editor of Daily News at CBC News. “With no apparent understanding of quantum physics, Brodie manages to warp the space-time continuum. It’s the only way to explain how he crams a week’s worth of industry and initiative into each 24-hour day.”

Brodie’s determination to drive digital innovation is lauded by his peers, with Angus Frame describing Brodie as an “incredibly positive and galvanizing force that can transform a staid or negative culture into a creative and optimistic one.” Mari Ito cites Brodie’s “boundless energy, positivity, and knowledge that helped transform CBC News into a place that not only embraces digital, but does so enthusiastically,” while Sasha Nagy (Managing Editor, Video at HuffPost Canada) highlights Brodie’s “enormous hunger to learn, to absorb all he could in order to untap the potential that digital media presented.”

Brodie’s pursuit for digital innovation is matched with a desire to build camaraderie in the newsroom. “He has been able to lead his newsrooms through challenging times and difficult stories, never losing their full support,” says Sasha Nagy, of Brodie’s time at The Huffington Post Canada. Clearly, this is a factor of Brodie’s leadership that he carries with him from newsroom to newsroom, as Mario Ito notes that, “despite his harrowingly packed schedule he makes time to be out on the [CBC] newsroom floor, checking in and connecting with his staff. Whenever anyone asks for one-on-one time with him, he makes it happen. When people are stressed, confused or worried, they know they can go to Brodie because he listens.”

CBC’s digital coverage of major news everts serves as a reflection of Brodie’s ability to lead a well-connected team of digital innovators, as Greg Reaume notes their “impressive digital coverage of major news events including the national inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, the #MeToo movement, the Parliament Hill shooting, Donald Trump’s presidency, and the plight of refugees and migrants.”

Though his career path, brimming with professional achievements, is in itself impressive, Brodie’s peers were all careful to note his kind, generous personality. He is “genetically incapable of meanness” says Greg Reaume, while Sasha Nagy recognizes his knack for balancing work and family, remaining the “most decent journalist [he has] ever had the pleasure of working with.”

“Brodie is the kind of leader who inspires the people working for him and around him to be better,” says Mari Ito.

For his commitment to digital innovation through commendable leadership skills, the NMAF is honoured to present Brodie Fenlon with the 2018 Digital Publishing Leadership Award.

Nominations for the 2018 Digital Publishing Awards will be announced tomorrow at 10am EST. The Digital Publishing Leadership Award will be presented at the 2018 DPA Soirée on May 29th in Toronto. Tickets will be available for purchase on April 26th at digitalpublishingawards.ca.