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 SoirĂ©e 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, 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


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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Best Podcast, Top 3 Finalists

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Over the past decade, podcasts have emerged as one of the most captivating form of non-fiction storytelling. They inform us of the news, provide context and insight, educate and excite us.
South of the border, we were (and continue to be) enthralled by podcasts like This American Life, Serial and Radiolab. Now, we have our own impressive selection of shows from Canadian creators to choose from, and we’re excited to show you our judges’ selections for the Best Podcast award. 
This year’s award will honour the podcast series that best serves its intended audience. The originality of the theme and the quality of production will be judged, as well as creative use of the podcasting medium.
This year’s nominees are nothing short of momentous, relevant and urgent. They include conversations with multifaceted, real, interesting, and flawed women, an re-investigation into the murder of a 24-year-old Indigenous woman in BC in 1989, and conversations about race in Canada, and why they’re so important.
We encourage you take a listen to this year’s nominees:
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Connie Walker, Creator
Heather Evans, Editor
Marnie Luke, Producer
Contributors: Lori Ward; Cesil Fernandes; Ashley Walters; Harold Dupuis
Colour Code
The Globe and Mail
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Hannah Sung and Denise Balkissoon, Creators & Producers
Timothy Moore, Editor
Danielle Webb, Digital developer
Danielle Webb, Designer
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Lauren Mitchell
and Anshuman Iddamsetty, Creators
Jordan Ginsberg and Anshuman Iddamsetty, Editors
Anshuman Iddamsetty, Producer


The winners of the Best Podcast 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 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:
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The Globe and Mail
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Jill Mahoney and Leyland Cecco, Reporters
Nicole MacIntyre
, Editor
Murat Yukselir, Designer
Terra Ciolfe, Contributor
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Ashley Geddes, Editor
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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