Categories Announced for the 6th Annual Digital Publishing Awards

The National Media Awards Foundation is pleased to announce the lineup of categories for the 2021 Digital Publishing Awards. Our program for 2021 features 24 categories, including expanding the Best Podcast award into two separate categories and introducing a new category, Best Virtual Event, to better reflect the content being produced by the industry.

We’re also pleased to introduce a new, cross-programming initiative. For the categories highlighted below, we welcome the work of National Magazine Awards and National Magazine Awards: B2B participants, in addition to Digital Publishing Awards participants. Entries in each category will be evaluated by a single panel of judges, and winners will be announced across all three programs. Here’s the full lineup:

  1. Best Digital Editorial Package
  2. Best Column
  3. Best News Coverage (Community Publication)
  4. Best News Coverage
  5. Best Feature Article
  6. Best Feature Article: Short
  7. Best Feature Article: Long
  8. Best Personal Essay
  9. Best Arts & Culture Storytelling
  10. Best Science & Technology Storytelling
  11. Best Service Feature
  12. Best Online Video: Short
  13. Best Online Video: Feature
  14. Best Online Video: Mini-Doc
  15. Best Podcast: News & Politics
  16. Best Podcast: Arts & Culture
  17. Best Digital Design
  18. Best Photo Storytelling
  19. Best Social Storytelling
  20. Best Editorial Newsletter
  21. Innovation in Digital Storytelling
  22. Best Virtual Event
  23. Emerging Excellence Award
  24. Digital Publishing Leadership Award
  25. General Excellence in Digital Publishing: Small, Medium, and Large Publications

If you’re interested in submitting to the 2021 DPAs, please note that the call for entries opens on December 22, 2020 and closes on January 29, 2021. To save on fees, get your entries in by the early bird deadline of January 22, 2021.

Our Freelancer Support Fund will be available once again this year, ensuring that the Digital Publishing Awards recognize the best work from a broad range of Canadian creators.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Enjoy Dmitry’s acceptance speech here:

Last Call for #DPA20 Entries

Mark your calendars: Thursday, January 23rd is your last chance to enter the 2020 Digital Publishing Awards. Entries will be judged by three-member juries made up of Canada’s top digital publishing talent—this is a great opportunity to get your work read by the best of the best! (For more on the judging process, click here). 

With 23 categories to choose from, Canadian writers, editors, art directors, graphic designers, web developers, photographers, illustrators and videographers are sure to find an excellent fit for their work. 

Start the submission process by visiting our online portal. Then, enter the details of your entry and pay the fee. You’ll want to follow us on Twitter (we’re @DPAwards), where we’ll announce the nominees this spring. 

Lastly, though the final deadline is January 23rd, the deadline to nominate someone for the Emerging Excellence Award or the Digital Publishing Leadership Award is March 2, 2020. 

Call for Judges: 5th Digital Publishing Awards

As the 2020 awards season gears up, the NMAF is now welcoming applications for judges for the Digital Publishing Awards, National Magazine Awards, and National Magazine Awards: B2B.

Ideal candidates should fulfill one or more of the following criteria:

  • Internationally renowned journalist, editor, designer or other expert with an interest in supporting the NMAF fulfill its mission;
  • Editor, art director, publisher, web editor or other staff member (past or present) of a Canadian magazine, whether or not your publication participates in the National Magazine Awards, Digital Publishing Awards, or National Magazine Awards: B2B;
  • Freelance or staff writer, illustrator, photographer or digital creator, where a significant portion of your work is in Canadian publications (especially if you have been nominated for or won a National Magazine Award, Digital Publishing Award, or National Magazine Award: B2B yourself);
  • Journalist (print, broadcast, digital) with expertise in a particular field represented by one or more NMA, DPA, or NMA: B2B categories (such as photojournalism, service, arts & culture, fiction, poetry, etc);
  • Academic or industry leader with expertise in a particular field;
  • Professionals and leaders from related cultural sectors, including the visual arts (film and television), the literary arts (book writing & publishing) and the performing arts (theatre, music);
  • Bilingual: Not all of our judges need be bilingual, but all awards juries will have at least one bilingual member.

We welcome applications from individuals who bring different industry perspectives – from recognized leaders to celebrated emerging talents. We also aim for the judging panels to reflect our country’s diverse Indigenous, cultural, and regional communities.

Judging will take place during February and March 2020. For more information, or to nominate a peer to the jury, contact us at

Meet the 2019 Jury

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

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

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

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

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

Après avoir contribué à la mise sur pied de Canoë, Karim Benessaieh a fait partie de l’équipe qui a fondé 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 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 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 and prior to that she helmed the online content strategy at as senior digital editor. Jen’s work has been published in a variety of magazines, newspapers and on websites across Canada including,,, 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, 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 and Computing Canada. An IT journalist since 1997, he’s written for several of ITWC’s sister publications including 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, 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.

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