Best Arts & Culture Story, Top 3 Finalists

The award for Best Arts & Culture Story is one of many new categories added to this year’s Digital Publishing Awards lineup. Arts & culture stories help us make sense of our beliefs, values, behaviours, attitudes and much, much more. These are important stories to tell, and our jury has nominated 3 outstanding pieces for Best Arts & Culture Story. 

The award honours the best overall story dealing with issues or subjects of arts, culture or entertainment, including essays, reviews, reporting and/or literary journalism.

This year’s nominees include a choose-your-own-adventure piece, a look at what’s lost when POC entertainers make it into the mainstream and a personal essay reflecting on Leonard Cohen.

We encourage you to explore this year’s Best Arts & Culture Story nominees:

How to go on, after Leonard Cohen
Maclean’s

503Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall, Writer
Adrian Lee, Editor

North Exposure
The Globe and Mail
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Mark Medley, Reporter
Lisan Jutras and Mason Wright, Editors
Danielle Webb, Digital Developer & Designer

What We Lose When POC Entertainers Crack Into The Mainstream
BuzzFeed Canada
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Navneet Alang, Writer
Scaachi Koul, Editor


The winners of the Best Arts & Culture Story award will be announced at the Digital Publishing Awards Soirée on Thursday June 1, 2017 in Toronto. Join us!

Tickets are now on sale ]

Full list of 2017 nominees
Digital Publishing Awards Event Details

Best Service Feature: Family, Health & Careers, Top 4 Finalists

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The award for Best Service Feature: Family, Health & Careers honours the best digital service feature story that focuses on family, health, education, personal finance and/or careers, with an emphasis on excellence in storytelling and packaging of content.

This year’s judges have nominated four exceptional pieces for this award, with the winners being presented at the Digital Publishing Awards Soirée, happening on June 1.

With stories about mistreatment during childbirth, how dangerous recreational drug use has become, the emotional decision some families are forced to make and an analysis of infertility treatments across Canada, we invite you to review this year’s nominees in Best Service Feature: Family, Health & Careers:

Childbirth stories
CBCNews.ca

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Annie Burns-Pieper, Writer
Heather Evans, Editor
Contributors: Diana Swain and Dave Pizer

It’s Never Been Less Safe To Try Out Drugs
VICE

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Allison Tierney, Writer
Josh Visser, Editor

Paying to treat infertility: Coverage varies widely across Canada
Global News (globalnews.ca)

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Monique Scotti, Writer
Sarah Kelsey, Editor

Saving Sid
CBC News

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Janet Thomson & Andre Mayer, Writers
Brodie Fenlon, Editor
Contributors: Dwight Friesen, animations & development; Richard
Grasley, design and Michael Leschart, design & development


The winners of the Best Service Feature: Family, Health & Careers award will be announced at the Digital Publishing Awards Soirée on Thursday June 1, 2017 in Toronto. Join us!

Tickets are now on sale ]

Full list of 2017 nominees
Digital Publishing Awards Event Details

Best Service Feature: Lifestyle, Top 5 Finalists

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Food, travel, sports, leisure, style, design and décor — all delightful topics that fall within the lifestyle feature designation. As shown by this year’s finalists in Best Service Feature: Lifestyle, digital publishers are finding new ways to transport us directly into these various worlds, allowing us to enter spaces that help to influence our own lifestyle choices whenever we like.

This year’s jury has nominated five exceptional digital service features that focus on lifestyle, with an emphasis on excellence in storytelling and packaging of content.

Some of this year’s nominees help us find new ways to navigate our cities, such as a robust and ever-expanding list of Toronto’s hidden gems and a Top 25 Best New Restaurants Guide, while others provide answers to questions on current wedding trends, how to make awe-inspiring cakes or what the best books of the year are.

We invite you to explore this year’s Best Service Feature: Lifestyle finalists:

2016 Wedding Trends Guide
Weddingbells

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Jen O’Brien, Editor
Jennifer Abela-Froese, Designer
Contributors: Matthew Warland, Angie McKaig, Alison McGill, Roseanne
Dela Rosa and Carlo Mendoza

Hidden Toronto
NOW Magazine

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Jonathan Goldsbie, Kate Robertson, Richard Longley, Michelle da Silva, Eldon Garnet and Enzo DiMatteo, Writers
Tanja-Tiziana, Photography
Enzo DiMatteo, Editor
Kate Robertson, Web Producer

Piece Of Cake
Today’s Parent

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Kathryn Hayward and Lauren Ferranti-ballem, Writers
Kathryn Hayward, Editor
Sun Ngo, Digital Designer
Contributors: Irene Ngo, Rayna Schwartz, Roberto Caruso, David
Zelikovitz, Lauren Ferranti-ballem, Alyssa Ashton

The Globe 100: Best Books of the Year
The Globe and Mail

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Mark Medley and Cliff Lee, Editors
Jeremy Agius, Digital Designer & Developer

Where to Eat Now
Toronto Life

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Mark Pupo, Writer
Rebecca Philps, Editor
Tim Burden, JP Lazaro and Gene Brukson, Digital Developers
Amy Eaton and Natalie McLeod, Digital Designers
Contributors: Alex Baldinger, Christine Dewairy, Daniel Neuhaus, Dave
Gillespie, David Topping, Adam Campbell and Rebecca Fleming


The winners of the Best Service Feature: Lifestyle award will be announced at the Digital Publishing Awards Soirée on Thursday June 1, 2017 in Toronto. Tickets are now on sale. Purchase your tickets for #DPA17

Full list of 2017 nominees
Digital Publishing Awards Event Details

Best News Coverage: Local & Provincial, Top 3 Finalists

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Local news— despite being a hot topic of debate across Canada— is a crucial part of the Canadian media landscape. Canadians depend on local and provincial news coverage for more than just traffic reports and the weather; local news conserves culture, drives conversation, and educates communities on topics often overlooked at the national level.

Following last year’s inaugural Digital Publishing Awards, the Best News Coverage award was split into two divisions: Local & Provincial and National & International.

The award for Best News Coverage: Local & Provincial will honour excellence in news reporting of a single topic or event of local or provincial significance, based on the enterprise and skill of the reporter or team of reporters, including insightful analysis and compelling narrative. This award will go to the digital publication that best serves its audience through timely, original reporting on a single topic or event.
For the 2017 nominees, we see national stories, including the Fentanyl Crisis and the Fort McMurray Wildfires, through a local lens. Also, a deep look into the preservation of a city’s aging trees.
Take a look at the jury’s three finalists for Best News Coverage: Local & Provincial Coverage:
When a tree falls
The Globe and Mail
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Jill Mahoney and Leyland Cecco, Reporters
Nicole MacIntyre
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Murat Yukselir, Designer
Terra Ciolfe, Contributor
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Ashley Geddes, Editor

CBCNews.ca/bc
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Natalie Clancy, Reporter
Alison Broddle, Editor

The winners of the Best News Coverage: Local & Provincial award will be announced at the Digital Publishing Awards Soirée on Thursday June 1, 2017 in Toronto. Congratulations to all of this year’s nominees!

Full list of 2017 nominees
Digital Publishing Awards Event Details
Purchase your tickets for #DPA17

Best Long Feature, Top 5 Finalists

We hope that you’ve had a chance to review this year’s Short Feature nominees, because today we present the finalists for its counterpart— Best Long Feature.

This year the jury has chosen five finalists for the Best Feature Article: Long. The award will honour the best long feature story (minimum 2,000 words) in terms of the overall quality of writing, including but not limited to reporting, criticism, reviews and other non-fiction genres.

The nominated pieces include two from west coast online magazine Hakai, as well as a story of the unlikely revolutionaries of the Syrian War, an investigation into Canada’s work with unmanned aerial vehicles in Afghanistan, and a tour of Canada’s small town Chinese restaurants.

Here are the nominees for Best Feature Article— Long:

Crocodiles Rising
Hakai Magazine
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Jude Isabella, Editor

Hakai Magazine
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 J.B. MacKinnon, Writer
Jude Isabella, Editor
The Globe and Mail
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 Mark MacKinnon, Reporter
Chris Wilson-Smith
and Evan Annett, Editor
Chris Manza and Danielle Webb, Digital Developers/Designers
Contributors: Bryan Gee, Rachel Wine, Dominic Bugatto, Victor Dwyer and Lisan Jutras
Check out our interview with nominated digital developer/designer Chris Manza.

BuzzFeed Canada
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Emma Loop, Writer
Paul McLeod, Editor
Chop Suey Nation
The Globe and Mail
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Ann Hui, Reporter
Denise Balkissoon, Editor
Contributors: Mason Wright and Cliff Lee

The winners of the Best Feature Article: Long award will be announced at the Digital Publishing Awards Soirée on Thursday June 1, 2017 in Toronto. Congratulations to all of this year’s nominees!

Full list of 2017 nominees
Digital Publishing Awards Event Details
Purchase your tickets for #DPA17