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


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.


Elizabeth Melito, CBC News


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.”




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.






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.


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

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!

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. 


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.


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).



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.



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.


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
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.  

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.



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.


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.


The 2018 Digital Publishing Awards Jury

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The NMAF is proud to present the roster of judges for the 2018 Digital Publishing Awards. Each year, the Foundation relies on the expertise of over 75 volunteer judges—writers, editors, publishers, designers and other digital creators—to evaluate the entries, debate their merits, and decide on the nominees and winners. Our sincerest thanks to all of the judges who volunteered their time and shared their expertise!

Aaron KylieCanadian 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.

Alex BaldingerAlex Baldinger is a senior editor at Toronto Life, where he oversees the magazine’s food coverage. He previously worked at The Washington Post, where he was a James Beard Award-nominated food writer and the digital editor for the newspaper’s Food section. He lives in Toronto’s Leslieville neighbourhood.



Alicia Cox

Alicia Cox Thomson has worked in media for 15 years for some of Canada’s biggest lifestyle brands including Chatelaine, HGTV Canada and Flare. When not taking care of her two kids, she freelance writes and consults on digital and social media projects. Visit Thomson on Twitter @aliciahcox



Andree LauAndree 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.


Angela Misri - Eugene ChoiAngela Misri is an award-winning journalist who has worked for the CBC, The Banff Centre, The Globe and Mail, and now as the Digital Director for The Walrus. Angela also teaches journalism and brand journalism courses at Ryerson University and at the University of Toronto in addition to authoring the Portia Adams Adventures.



Anita LiAnita Li is the director of communities at Discourse Media and founder of The Other Wave, a website dedicated to covering media from a multicultural perspective. Prior to that, she served as senior editor of Fusion’s flagship Justice vertical and as news director at Complex. Anita has also held reporting and editing positions at media outlets across North America, including Mashable, The Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, CBC and CTV. In 2015, she gave a TEDx talk on the importance of diversity in newsrooms. Anita frequently provides commentary on journalistic innovation and the future of media.

Anna Minzhulina 1Anna Minzhulina is an art director and design artist. For more than a decade she art directed and designed Maisonneuve magazine. During that time, the publication has won the Magazine of the Year award twice. Many artists were nominated as well as rewarded for their work under her direction. Minzhulina herself was nominated multiple times and National Magazine awards for Best Cover, Best Issue, and Best Art Direction. She previously served as a judge for Still Life Photography category and Best Editorial Package.



Antoine BordeleauAfter studying classical and jazz music in college, Antoine Bordeleau started shooting photos and videos pretty naturally. Combining his musical experience to his newfound love of moving images, he rapidly grew as a music video artist amongst the Québec and Montréal underground scenes. After directing many music videos and 43 episodes of a gonzo documentary video series, he was recruited by VOIR in Montreal, entering the world of cultural journalism and bringing into it his attraction to the lesser-known strata of Québécois music. He now heads the MishMash Media audiovisual creation department, producing podcasts, videos, photos and articles for both VOIR Magazine and L’actualité.

Aphrodite SalasAphrodite Salas is a broadcast journalist and academic based in Montreal. She is currently Assignment Editor and Video Journalist at CTV Montreal. She is also an Assistant Professor of Journalism at Concordia University for the 2017-2018 academic year. Prior to her work at CTV Montreal, Aphrodite was senior anchor for Global Quebec. Prior to that, she covered national politics on Parliament Hill for CityTV’s Toronto and Vancouver stations. Aphrodite has also worked as a national correspondent for CTV News in Montreal, and was the network’s transportation reporter in Toronto. As an anchor, Aphrodite has been on the desks of CTV’s Newsnet, CityTV’s CP24 and for two CTV affiliates – CKCO Kitchener and CFQC Saskatoon. Aphrodite holds an Honours BA from the University of Toronto, an MA in Public Administration from Concordia University and a Certificate of Proficiency in French from McGill University.

Arjun BasuArjun Basu is the Senior Vice President, Products, at Bookmark Content & Communications, and a past President of the National Media Awards Foundation.






Britt GallpenBritt Gallpen is a Toronto-based writer, editor and curator. Since 2015, she has been Editor of the Inuit Art Quarterly. Britt has written catalogue texts for the Banff Centre’s Walter Phillips Gallery and grunt gallery, in addition to contributions to numerous publications including Canadian Art, esse art + opinions and Prefix Photo.




Bruce GillespieBruce Gillespie is an associate professor in the digital media and journalism program at Wilfrid Laurier University. He is the author of “News Writing and Reporting: An Introduction to Skills and Theory” (Oxford University Press) and was the editor-in-chief of J-Source.ca from 2013-16.



Bruno Boutot.jpgBruno Boutot is a digital media consultant, 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.



ckennyCaitlin Kenny is a beauty and style editor with a knack for digital storytelling. 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. In her current role as The Kit’s digital director, she develops content for thekit.ca and its social media channels. From 140-character hits to engaging videos, the mix of formats keeps her job exciting. She has also written for Hello! Canada, Glow, Cosmetics and Beautezine.


Cameron Williamson 2An experienced editor and creative director, Cameron Williamson is the Editor-in-Chief of FLARE and the Director of Entertainment, Digital Content & Publishing for Rogers Media. Prior to joining FLARE in 2014, Williamson launched Globe Style Advisor, the lifestyle quarterly published by The Globe and Mail. From 2006 to 2009, he was the Art Director at Chatelaine and earlier in his career, he was Fashion Editor at Saturday Night and the National Post and Creative Director at Toro Magazine. Since FLARE became digital-only in early 2017, the brand has experienced exponential growth, hitting an all-time high of 1.1 million Canadian unique views in comScore in January 2018—making it the second largest digital-only fashion and beauty brand in the country.

Chantal BraganzaChantal Braganza is a digital editor at TVO.org, where she writes and produces stories about politics, policy and social justice. Her writing has appeared in Toronto Life, the Globe and Mail, New York Times Magazine, Chatelaine, and FASHION, among others.



Chris FreyChris Frey is a partner in No Media Company, a multimedia creative studio, and the Toronto correspondent for Monocle. He is a six-time National Magazine Award winner and the founding editor of Hazlitt and Toronto Standard. His writing has appeared in The Guardian, The Walrus, Globe and Mail, Kinfolk, Maisonneuve, Azure, enRoute and the Alpine Review.




Christa MorrisonChrista Morrison specializes in the science and art of digital teaching and learning, storytelling, and strategic content management. She keeps her finger on the pulse of emerging media, educational and marketing technologies & trends. Christa taught in Journalism and Business programs in Canada and offers boot camps in South Africa. She loves poetry, the presence of trees, young adults, and the wrinkles around her knees.


Christian DuperronChristian Duperron is the deputy editor-in-chief and audience development manager for HuffPost Québec, a team that he joined 5 years ago. Previously, he worked as director of digital platforms and web editor-in-chief for the Métro Montréal newspaper.



Christian PansonFuelled by a passion to blend design, the arts, and disruptive technology, Christian Panson led the Free Press team to a number of firsts for traditional media companies. The Free Press made history in North America as the first major newspaper to implement a micro-accounting and post-pay digital paid platform that also allowed content recommendation to be at the core of its publishing effort. Before joining the Free Press in 2006. Christian was a partner in Lazer-fare Media Services, a software development and consulting company, which also had a history of blazing new territory, including transitioning over 100 publishers from paste-up to desktop publishing, migrating many to full PDF publishing workflows, and in turn, leading them to digital publishing. A self-described early adopter junky, Christian is also a father and grandfather.

Claudine St GermainAfter earning a degree in Journalism, Claudine St-Germain became a freelance writer before joining Coup de pouce magazine, occupying successively the role of feature editor, executive editor and editor in chief. She is now the executive editor at L’actualité.






Conan Tobias.jpgConan Tobias is a print- and digital-media editor, writer, publisher, and consultant, and the editor-in-chief and publisher of Taddle Creek, a general-interest arts magazine.




Corina MilicCorina Milic is an editor at the literary humour magazine, The Feathertale Review. She has over a decade’s worth of digital experience as an award-winning journalist, news editor and currently, as a digital communications manager.




craigsailaCraig Salia is a leader in digital experience design, guiding businesses in the creation and development of innovative and engaging products on a range of connected platforms. He is currently leading the product and design teams for CBC’s digital offerings.




Crystal ChanCrystal Chan is a journalist, writer, and editor. Currently, she is the developmental editor at UBC Press of a new interactive platform and digital publication series for Indigenous and collaborative authorship. Previously she was an artist-in-residence in the Banff Centre’s Digital Narratives program. Based in Montreal, she was born in Hong Kong and raised in Vancouver.




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




David ToppingDavid Topping is the Senior Manager of Product at St. Joseph Media, which publishes Toronto Life and FASHION, among other titles, where he leads digital product development and management for all of the company’s editorial brands, as well as the clients of its custom content wing, Strategic Content Labs. In his career in Canadian media, largely in digital leadership roles, he’s launched successful products, built fledgling outlets into powerhouses, and turned decades-old legacy brands towards their digital futures. 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.

Dawn Calleja.jpgDawn Calleja has held writer and editor positions at Canadian Business, Financial Post Magazine and Report on Business magazine, where she has been a senior editor for more than a decade and has won numerous National Magazine Awards. When she’s not chasing after her two young kids, she leads the Canadian chapter of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, and writes for publications including enRoute, Azure and Today’s Parent.


Elaine AnselmiElaine Anselmi is the managing editor of Up Here magazine, based in Yellowknife. She got here by way of Dawson Creek, B.C., and before that Toronto. It was an internship and a music festival that sold her on the North.




unnamed.jpgElamin 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.


Fadi YaacoubFadi Yaacoub is the executive creative director, digital, of the Toronto Star, the largest newspaper in Canada. He is a hands-on media design expert with a track record of success at the largest Canadian media corporations. His achievements include establishing design departments, building tablet and mobile news apps, branding television networks, designing prime time newscasts, crafting brand identities, developing go-to-market strategies, creating advertising campaigns, winning awards and hitting numbers. He speaks French, English and Arabic, and currently resides in Toronto, Canada.

Genna BuckGenna Buck is a lifestyle and science reporter at Metro Canada and a frequent contributor to the Toronto Star. With Andrés Plana, she is the co-creator of Metro Science, an innovative and visual science journalism initiative that appears weekly in Metro newspapers across the country. She received the 2015 National Magazine Award for Best New Writer for her piece Autistic and Searching For a Home, an investigative feature in Maisonneuve Magazine about New Brunswick’s institutionalization of people with intellectual disabilities.

George BrowneAs Director, News Content for Globalnews.ca, George Browne is responsible for the daily editorial, development and workflow for Global News digital properties, leading a team of national digital producers in both Toronto, Ottawa and across the country. George has almost a quarter century’s worth of experience working with Global News at the local, national, and digital level. George is also the founding Executive Producer of Global National, helping develop Global’s nightly national newscast into a premier destination for Canadians from coast to coast. George is also a passionate documentary filmmaker and broadcast journalism instructor at Centennial College. He has won more than a dozen national and international awards for his news and documentary work, and has earned five Gemini nominations.

Giorgina BigoniGiorgina Bigoni started her career in beauty on the marketing team for Clinique, way back. She serendipitously made her way into fashion and beauty publishing, first at FLARE magazine. Eventually, she became the publisher of FASHION magazine. She started The Kit in 2010, and soon after sold it to the Star Media Group. She continues to lead The Kit team today. Giorgina oversees the business side of The Kit, and focuses on long-term growth, strategy and making sure that the team is happy.

Haley CullinghamHaley Cullingham is a senior editor at Hazlitt and Penguin Random House Canada.








Harley Rustad is an editor at The Walrus magazine. He has written for publications including Outside, the Globe and Mail, and Geographical. His first book, Big Lonely Doug, based off a silver National Magazine Award-winning feature in The Walrus, is out September 2018.



Jaclyn LawJaclyn Law is a freelance writer and editor in Toronto. Formerly copy chief at Chatelaine and managing editor of Abilities, Jaclyn works with magazines, companies, agencies, non-profit organizations and websites. She is a past-president of the Professional Writers Association of Canada’s Toronto Chapter.




Jacqueline LochJacqueline 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.

James BaxterJames Baxter is the founding editor and publisher of iPolitics and in his previous life has been an award-winning sportswriter, political journalist, bureau chief and editorial writer. A third-generation public affairs journalist, James’s work covering politics, first in Ottawa and then in Alberta, earned him a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University in 2008, where his studies focused on the future of media businesses and the role of the press in democracy. That led him back to Ottawa, where he conceived of and launched iPolitics in late 2010. James holds degrees in international relations, journalism, and media administration. He lives in Ottawa with his wife, Sarah, three children and a very big dog. When he’s not chasing stories, he coaches football, plays tennis and golf and is an exuberant skier.

0Jason Chiu is the creative director of internationally recognized and award-winning projects in editorial, marketing, and broadcasting. He is currently Deputy Head of Visual Journalism at The Globe And Mail.




JF L.jpgJean-François Légaré is the Editor-in-Chief at SID LEE, where he oversees content initiatives for a variety of clients. Previously, Jean-François was the Editor-in-Chief of Air Canada enRoute, where he won numerous editorial awards, including Best inflight magazine in the world from Monocle magazine. He lives in Montreal.


Jean-Philippe Cipriani

Jean-Philippe Cipriani is a journalist and director of digital content at L’actualité magazine. He can be heard regularly as a columnist on various TV and radio shows in Quebec. He has been a reporter for the Radio-Canada newsroom, the head of digital news at La Presse Canadienne and the head of news at the HuffPost Quebec.


Jennifer DitchburnJennifer Ditchburn is the Ottawa-based Editor-in-Chief of Policy Options magazine, published by the Institute for Research on Public Policy (IRPP). She was previously a parliamentary correspondent with The Canadian Press and CBC National Television.





Joe Castaldo.Joe Castaldo is a reporter at Maclean’s. Previously, he spent ten years as a writer and editor for Canadian Business magazine. He has won both a Gold and Silver National Magazine Award in Investigative Reporting.




Jordan TimmJordan Timm has been the National Post’s executive producer, news since 2015, overseeing the Post’s newsgathering efforts, coordinating with other Postmedia properties on national stories and playing a key role in the reinvention of the Post’s digital newsroom. He has previously worked as city editor at the Ottawa Citizen and as managing editor at Canadian Business.


Joshua HatchJoshua Hatch is a Knight Science Journalism fellow at MIT on leave from the Chronicle of Higher Education and the Chronicle of Philanthropy where he works as assistant managing editor for data and interactives. He served on the board of the Online News Association since 2011 and as president since 2016. Previously interactives director at USA Today, Josh teaches online and data journalism in the graduate journalism program at American University.




Jude Isabella 2Jude Isabella is editor in chief of Hakai Magazine, an online publication that explores coastal science and societies. She writes about science and environment for readers big and small, with sojourns into videography. Next year, Kids Can Press will publish her latest book for kids, which is about the predators and ecology in Yellowstone National Park.



Julia WolfeJulie Wolfe works FiveThirtyEight as a visual journalist where she has covered elections, economics and natural disasters — all through data visualizations. She is also an adjunct lecturer at CUNY’s Graduate School of Journalism. Before FiveThirtyEight, she worked at The Wall Street Journal, The Globe and Mail and The Toronto Star. She has won several awards, including the 2016 Statistical Society of Canada’s Excellence in Data Journalism Award and a 2015 SND award of excellence for digital design. You can follow her on twitter at @juruwolfe.



Karen Pinchin 2Born in Toronto and based in Fredericton, Karen Pinchin writes about the economics, science, history, and culture of food systems and producers for magazines and newspapers across Canada and the United States. A trained cook and longtime freelance journalist, she is currently working on a book about Atlantic seafood.




Katie EngelhartKatie Engelhart is a journalist based in New York City. She works as a Reporter and Producer for NBC Left Field: a new documentary film unit at NBC News. She is also a Fellow at New America in Washington D.C, and is writing a non-fiction book for Saint Martin’s Press, Macmillan (2019). She was formerly a London-based Correspondent for VICE News and a writer for Maclean’s. Her reporting has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, Foreign Policy, The Atlantic, The New Republic, BBC History and other publications. Katie is the winner of numerous journalism awards, including the Canada National Magazine Award. @katieengelhart

Kirstine StewartKirstine Stewart is TribalScale’s President and CRO. She is a top-tier executive responsible for TribalScale’s continued growth and international expansion. She leads TribalScale’s revenue and sales strategies, and operations, while actively fostering collaboration and innovation amongst the Tribe, and its partners in mobile, AI, and voice tech. Kirstine brings revolutionary and diverse ideas to TribalScale, contributes to our leadership thinking, and inspires at all levels of the organization. Kirstine earned her BA from the University of Toronto, graduated from the Harvard Kennedy School’s Global Leadership in the 21st Century Program, as well as the University of Oxford’s Transformational Leadership Program. She sits on the board of Kognitiv, the Score, and WOW Entertainment, she is also a member of the DMZ Advisory Council, and a mentor for theBIGPush, #MoveTheDial, and TechStars. Kirstine’s book Our Turn, published by Random House in 2015, is a best-seller geared towards women in leadership in today’s world.

Kunal GuptaKunal Gupta is the Founder & CEO of Polar, a technology platform provider whose mission is to enable a business model for premium content. Polar’s partners include major global publishers and the business is headquartered in Toronto with offices in New York, London and Sydney. Kunal is passionate about finding calm and focus in a modern era. Kunal is on the board for CAMH, Canada’s leading mental health hospital and research organization. He writes regularly on the topics of leadership, mindfulness and technology culture on his blog at findfocus.today. You can connect with him on LinkedIn.

Laura Osborne 2Laura Osborne is the Editor-in-Chief of the award-winning Ricardo magazines, the number one magazine in Quebec and Canada’s only cooking magazine. 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 including Maisonneuve magazine.




Lauren ChealLauren Cheal is the Audience Development Manager at ECHO Storytelling, and co-founder of The Pop Culture Reference. She previously served as Circulation Manager and Digital Marketing Director for Modern Dog and Modern Cat magazines. With an MA in Mass Communication and a Masters of Publishing (MPUB), Lauren has extensive experience in evaluating storytelling through popular media. She has produced 3 podcasts of her own about popular culture, including an upcoming series on the NBC TV show Frasier called Café Nervosa.

Lauren McKeonLauren 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.

Laurie FewLaurie Few is a journalist with 28 years experience producing news and current affairs. She currently holds the title of Director of Digital and Creative Content at Cable and Public Affairs channel, CPAC. Before joining CPAC she was the Executive Producer of the award-winning, multi-platform national news and current affairs show, 16×9, airing on Global television. Laurie’s exacting standards and visual production sense created a strong brand identity that was recognized with multiple industry awards including the Canadian Screen Award for Best News and Information Series in 2016. Prior to 16×9 Laurie was an investigative producer for CTV’s long-running news and current affairs show, W5 and the producer of the investigative segment Goldhawk Fights Back airing on CTV national news. Laurie taught investigative journalism at Sheridan College. Laurie was a lawyer prior to becoming a journalist.

LeataLeata Lekushoff is the senior editor at the award-winning Professionally Speaking magazine. She brings more than 10 years of experience in publishing, as well as a background in film, video and photography.






download.jpgOriginally 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.

Liz HarmerLiz Harmer’s essays, stories, and reviews have been published widely, in journals like The New Quarterly, Hazlitt, The Malahat Review and elsewhere. She has been three times nominated for National Magazine Awards and won gold for Personal Essay in 2014. Her debut novel, The Amateurs, is soon to be published with Knopf.





Matt FrehnerAs Head of Visual Journalism at The Globe and Mail, Matt Frehner leads a cross-disciplinary team of editors, designers, developers, photographers, videographers and graphic artists. His team tells stories across all platforms – from breaking news to in-depth features and investigations.



Matthew McKinnonMatthew McKinnon is an award-winning editor, writer, developer, and designer based in Toronto. He was recently the editorial director of Passport 2017, a sesquicentennial project produced by St. Joseph Media, and is currently doing similar work for SJM’s Strategic Content Labs.





Monica CorcoranMonica 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.

Navneet AlangNavneet Alang is a technology and culture writer based in Toronto. He is currently the technology columnist for The Week, a Contributing Editor at both Hazlitt and Real Life Magazine, and his work has appeared in The Atlantic, The Globe and Mail, New Republic, Macleans and more.



Noémi Mercier.jpgReporter au magazine L’actualité depuis 2010, Noémi Mercier se spécialise dans les grands reportages et les portraits. Son enquête sur les crimes sexuels dans les Forces armées canadiennes a provoqué d’importantes réformes au sein de l’organisation et lui a valu plusieurs distinctions. Elle s’intéresse de près aux enjeux liés au genre et aux inégalités entre les hommes et les femmes, qu’elle décortique tous les mois dans sa chronique « Des gars, des filles ». Elle est régulièrement de passage à la télé et à la radio, notamment à l’émission Dans les médias, à Télé-Québec, où elle pose son regard aiguisé sur le monde de l’information, et à Plus on est de fous, plus on lit! à ICI Radio-Canada Première. Noémi Mercier a récolté de nombreux prix de journalisme, dont cinq médailles d’or aux Prix du magazine canadien, trois prix Judith-Jasmin et des nominations aux Prix Michener et Albert-Londres.

Pary BellPary Bell has been a digital leader in Canada helping traditional media companies navigate digital transformations to embrace new audience platforms and business plans. Most recently, as the head of Digital for Rogers Media, he established and drove the digital strategy for the large Canadian media company. He oversaw the creation of hundreds of innovative digital products and generated net-new revenue streams and business models. As President of Digital Media for CanWest Broadcasting, he was responsible for the digital growth of high profile brands including Global Television, the Food Network, HGTV, History Television, E!, Showcase and Slice. He also served as Vice President of Digital Content for Alliance Atlantis Communications, and, prior to that, he led the Children’s and Youth Interactive Division at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). Bell studied at Queen’s University, UBC, and has a BFA from the Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver.

Philip PrevillePhilip Preville is a freelance writer based in Peterborough. His work appears regularly in Toronto Life, Cottage Life and other publications. He is a winner of two National Magazine Awards, including the 2016 award in the Science, Technology and the Environment.


Philippe GohierPhilippe Gohier is the editor-in-chief of VICE Québec, which was launched in Montreal in the summer of 2016. Prior to joining VICE, Philippe served as a digital editor at L’actualité and Maclean’s. His first-ever journalism gig was writing Maisonneuve’s dearly-missed Mediascout newsletter.





Pierre Kattar 3Pierre 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.

Rachelle McDuffRachelle McDuff has been working for the Journal de Montréal as Assistant Director of Information for two months. Before that, she worked for eight years at the Montreal Metro newspaper where she has been a web journalist, news director and until recently editor-in-chief. She also worked for almost two years at the radio of Radio-Canada.



Rebecca EcklerRebecca Eckler is the Executive Editor of Savvymom.ca. She was a columnist at the National Post, The Globe and Mail, and a contributing editor at Maclean’s Magazine. She is the author of nine books and her work has been published on numerous websites across North America, including the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times. She is presently working on her tenth book about Blended families. She won best blogger in 2017 for the Canadian on-line publishing Awards. She lives with her two children in Toronto.


Roger LemoyneRoger LeMoyne studied film and Music at Concordia University in Montreal, toured Canada with a band and worked in film and music before turning to photography. Since the 1990’s, he has been documenting the human condition, conflict, human rights issues and international aid in the Middle East, Africa and Eastern Europe. His images have garnered more than 50 awards internationally, including a National Magazine Award in 2014, the Michener-Deacon Fellowship in 2013, A Canada Council for the Arts Grant in 2013, a Quebec Arts Council grant in 2009, the Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize (Duke University)  in 2007, and the “World Understanding Award” from POYi (Missouri School of Journalism) in 2006. His work has been nominated for 15 National Magazine Awards and has appeared in Communication Arts Photography Annual 7 times. A freelancer his entire career, his pictures are distributed by Getty Images and Redux Pictures of New York. He lives in Montreal with his wife, a physician, and their two children.

Saleem KhanSaleem Khan is a digital news pioneer, journalist, media trainer and consultant with diverse management experience, and a passion for the public interest.




ShirazShiraz Janjua is a writer and producer based in Toronto. His recent work includes an interactive documentary with the National Film Board of Canada. He previously won a Peabody Award with the public-radio program Speaking of Faith.



steve-ladurantaye.jpgSteve Ladurantaye is a managing editor at the Canadian Broadcasting Corp., where he’s responsible for restructuring and leading the country’s No. 1 source of online news and helping to increase the reach of the broadcaster’s news programs. While at Twitter, he worked with newsrooms around the world on content strategy in his role as global chair for news and helped heads of state all over the world utilize the platform to reach constituents. He’s the winner of two National Newspaper Awards (and one-time loser) for his reporting and writing, and his CBC digital news team built and won the Top News Website in Canada in 2018.

Susan NerbergSusan Nerberg is a journalist based in Montreal. After an eight-year stint as the deputy editor of enRoute magazine and, prior to that, working as senior editor at Azure, she’s now a freelance writer (and sometime-editor, because there are bills to pay), switching gears from producing travel and lifestyle content to reporting on the environment, human rights, nature, and architecture and urban issues. When she’s not too comfy reading a good book or magazine, you can find her outdoors — hiking, climbing, skiing, biking, or poking around in her tiny Montreal backyard garden.

Taylor Shute.jpgTaylor Shute is a Toronto based Art Director with almost a decade of experience creating and presenting content for a number of acclaimed publications and brands such as Toronto Star, Maclean’s, Cottage Life and Eye Weekly.


Tom HenhefferTom Henheffer is a consultant with expertise in digital media, government relations, team-building and strategic development, as well as a human rights advocate, former journalist and entrepreneur. Tom was formerly Director of News and Digital at VICE Canada and Executive Director of Canadian Journalists for Free Expression, an organization that’s been protecting the right to free expression in Canada and around the world for more than 30 years. As a journalist, Tom worked on everything from reporting on serial killers, to resource extraction and the Toronto International Film Festival. He’s also launched numerous digital and print products including Canada’s first national Web TV program, Macleans.TV and the Toronto Star’s Small Business Section and Star Business Club. A former videographer and small business owner, Tom has also designed, patented and licensed innovative products for shooting video with digital SLRs. Tom is a board member at Canadian Journalists for Free Expression and Ryerson University’s Centre for Free Expression, a member of the Ontario Anti-Racism Directorate’s subcommittee on Anti-Semitism, a Juror at the Canadian Screen Awards, and a judge for the Digital Publishing Awards, Ali Mustapha Memorial Award, and Grace-Pepin Access to Information Award.

unnamed-1Vanessa Milne is a writer who specializes in evidence-based health articles and parenting pieces. Before becoming a writer, she was an editor at Healthy Debate, The Toronto Star and Chatelaine.







Xavier.jpgXavier Kronström Richard works at CBC/Radio-Canada as the coordinator of digital innovation. He holds a master’s degree in scientific journalism at the Denis-Diderot University (Paris), and is particularly interested in R&D, innovation and creativity processes of the media industry. (Credits: Cindy Boyce.)



Finalists & Winners

The 2018 nominees will be announced on Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 10am EST. Follow us on Twitter (@DPAwards) or at digitalpublishing.blog for the most up-to-date news.

The Digital Publishing Awards soirée will celebrate the winners on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 in Toronto. Details to follow.

A Round-Up of Digital Journalism Programs in Canada

We know that school has just started, but declaring your major and grad school application deadlines will be just around the corner. So, if you’re a Canadian post-secondary student interested in telling stories through podcasts or social media, keep reading.

The Digital publishing Awards have rounded up Canadian journalism programs focused on digital and new media. Program courses range from SFU’s “Social Media for Freelance Writers” to Concordia’s “Mediating Diversity through Audio Story-Telling.” Programs themselves range from a quick, eight-month certificate to an intense, two-year master’s. 

Read through the info below to find the program that’s right for you, and if there’s a program we’ve missed, let us know.

Simon Fraser University (Burnaby, BC)
Certificate in New Media Journalism

Program Description: Journalism has changed. We want to know what’s happening around us and why it matters – but instead of opening the paper or watching the news, we turn to YouTube, Twitter, Instagram or the latest blog. New technology has made journalists of everyone. Some coverage is worth our time, and some isn’t. Good new media reporting is compelling, current and cross-platform.  In SFU’s part-time New Media Journalism Certificate, you’ll learn to use old media skills in the new industry, master new media tools, and polish your writing and reporting skills.

More info: http://bit.ly/2h3OLoK

University of Windsor (Windsor, ON)
Combined Honours Degree in Digital Journalism

Program Description: The University of Windsor offers a combined honours journalism degree unique in Canada. Students learn the theoretical perspectives and technical skills journalists need to compete in the rapidly changing digital marketplace combined with an academic discipline in a four-year honours degree. Our objective is to graduate journalists who can find work in mainstream, alternative and citizen media. All media are moving to digital platforms, which opens up an array of multi-skilled jobs ranging from the traditional storytelling in newspapers and magazines to the very contemporary roles of videographer to web producer.

More info: http://bit.ly/2waE5iM

Wilfrid Laurier University (Waterloo, ON)
Bachelor of Arts in Digital Media and Journalism

Program Description: Our Digital Media and Journalism program develops your researching, writing, reporting, digital storytelling and technical media production skills. It teaches you how to leverage the power of digital and social media platforms to tell compelling transmedia stories and deliver pointed communications. It also helps you make sense of the political, economic and cultural world in which media professionals work. By the time you graduate, you’ll be able to create compelling content for digital and social media platforms, tell intelligent text-based and transmedia stories, as well as understand and analyze the wider social, political and economic forces shaping today’s media environments.

More info: http://bit.ly/2x237xI

University of Toronto, School of Continuing Studies (Toronto, ON)
Certificate in Multimedia Journalism

Program Description: How can journalists and freelance writers adapt to today’s digital world? How do you tell a coherent and compelling story on a website or social media? This new certificate is geared to journalists and freelance writers, communications professionals and writers in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. You’ll learn how to write for the web and use social media to tell a story or promote one online. You’ll learn from industry leaders in journalism, freelance writing and online communications. They’ll share their insights on the old-school skills involved in writing a news story and how to adapt these tools to the digital world. Examine the ethical questions raised by brand journalism and other adaptations of traditional journalism skills. You’ll get valued feedback on your work and emerge with a portfolio that shows your skills in and understanding of digital journalism.

More info: http://bit.ly/2h2t6kv

Seneca College and York University (Joint Program) (Toronto, ON)
Ontario College Diploma for Journalism

Program Description: The Journalism program will provide you with training in television, radio, digital journalism and documentary skills. You’ll gain a higher degree of competency and knowledge and be prepared to obtain entry level positions in television, radio, digital journalism and information programming.

More info: http://bit.ly/2xlxQbd

Sheridan College (Mississauga, ON)
Program: Graduate Certificate in  Journalism – New Media

Program Description: Since its introduction in 2000, Sheridan’s Journalism – New Media program revolutionized journalism curriculum with the creation of innovative courses that ranged from multimedia reporting to interactive documentary production.  Students work directly with professors through project-based learning. JNM’s integrated approach to learning combines practical and technical training – fusing traditional journalism education with trailblazing technology courses you won’t find at other schools. This 8-month long intensive program is perfectly suited for university and college graduates of all disciplines, as well as mid-career professionals seeking to upgrade their skills and digital and entrepreneurial acumen.

More info: http://bit.ly/2y0vg7E

University of Ottawa (Ottawa, ON)
Honours Bachelor Degree in Digital Journalism

Program Description: The Department of Communication offers an Honours Bachelor in Digital Journalism jointly with Algonquin College (in English) and with La Cité (in French). The Department of Communication will provide theoretical, analytical and critical foundations, while courses at the college will focus on practical training. The program is ideal if you are looking for the perfect balance between journalism theory and practice.

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Concordia University (Montreal, QC)
Master’s in Digital Innovation in Journalism Studies

Program Description: Invigorate your passion for journalism by exploring the digital ramifications of a rapidly evolving segment of the media landscape. Our one-of-a kind Master’s program pushes the boundaries of research into the future of journalism with a unique focus on digital innovation, or new approaches to journalism practice. Through seminars and lab sessions, you’ll develop critical thinking skills to enhance your understanding of how digital storytelling intersects with, and redefines traditional mediums such as print, television and radio. Over a period of two-years, you’ll gain training in digital journalism skills combined with a strong research foundation in how to study and experiment with factual storytelling and projected journalism futures.

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Dalhousie University and University of King’s College (Joint Program) (Halifax, NS)
Master of Journalism

Program Description: The professional degree focuses on new methods of journalism research, new multimedia and multiplatform story forms and emerging business models. The Master of Journalism  degree has two streams: Investigative reporting and New Ventures in Journalism. Both the Investigative and New Ventures streams conclude with a professional project and both are built around a core of classes in the craft and economics of digital journalism.

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