2017 Winners



16 different publications received Digital Publishing Awards this year, including 10 publications which received their first-ever award.

Canadian Art, Canadian Press, Discourse Media, Hazlitt, HuffPost Canada, L’actualité, Policy Options, Ryerson Review of Journalism, VICE and Wedding Bells all won their first Digital Publishing Award this year.

CBC News, BuzzFeed Canada, Hakai Magazine, Today’s Parent, The Globe and Mail and Toronto Life won Digital Publishing Awards for the second year.

Naël Shiab won the inaugural Emerging Excellence Award, as well as the Silver Medal in Best Digital Initiative for his L’actualité piece, “Allez-vous être remplacé par un robot? Demandez-le à… notre robot!”

The Globe and Mail’s “Crichton Farm” story won Gold in two categories: Best Feature Article: Short and Best Social Storytelling.

Toronto Life won the Gold Medal in Best Digital Design for the second year in a row.

The leading publication in this year’s Digital Publishing Awards is The Globe and Mail, winning a total of 12 awards, including 8 Gold and 4 Silver. They also received Honourable Mention in General Excellence in Digital Publishing: Large Publications.

LisBethNational ObserverYMC: Motherhood UnfilteredFILLER MagazineThe TyeeDaily XtraThe WalrusNUVO MagazineGUTS MagazineMaclean’sNOW MagazineGlobal NewsChatelaineSportsneturbania.caFashion Magazineand UBC School of Journalism all received Honourable Mention.

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General Excellence in Digital Publishing: Small Publications
Canadian Art

General Excellence in Digital Publishing: Large Publications
CBC News

Emerging Excellence Award
Naël Shiab, L’actualité

Digital Publishing Leadership Award
Kenny Yum, HuffPost Canada

Best Digital Editorial Package
GOLD: The TraffickedThe Globe and Mail
SILVER: Power StruggleDiscourse Media

Best Blog or Online-Only Column
GOLD: Tim Caulfield: The CurePolicy Options
SILVER: Presidential Poll TrackerCBC News

Best News Coverage: National & International
GOLD: Fentanyl CrisisThe Globe and Mail
SILVER: What’s in your weed?The Globe and Mail

Best News Coverage: Local & Provincial
GOLD: The Frontline of FentanylCBC.ca/bc
SILVER: When A Tree FallsThe Globe and Mail

Best Feature Article: Short
GOLD: Crichton FarmThe Globe and Mail
SILVER: Online Scam Artists Are Using Hoaxes About Terrorist Attacks To Make MoneyBuzzFeed Canada

Best Feature Article: Long
GOLD: Graffiti KidsThe Globe and Mail
SILVER: Crocodiles RisingHakai Magazine

Best Personal Essay
GOLD: The Widowhood EffectThe Globe and Mail
SILVER: A Grief Like ThisHazlitt

Best Arts & Culture Story
GOLD: North Exposure, The Globe and Mail
SILVER: What We Lose When POC Entertainers Crack Into The MainstreamBuzzFeed Canada

Best Service Feature: Lifestyle
GOLD: 2016 Wedding Trends GuideWeddingbells
SILVER: The Globe 100: Best Books of the YearThe Globe and Mail

Best Service Feature: Family, Health & Careers
GOLD: Saving SidCBC News
SILVER: It’s Never Been Less Safe To Try Out DrugsVICE

Best Online Video: Short
GOLD: How the powerful opioid fentanyl kills: A CBC News explainerCBC News
SILVER: 15 Fun Facts About SpermToday’s Parent

Best Online Video: Feature
GOLD: Toddler with paralysis zips around in homemade wheelchairThe Canadian Press
SILVER: The Right to RoamHakai Magazine

Best Online Video: Mini-Doc
GOLD: Salute, HuffPost Canada
SILVER: Growing PainsThe Globe and Mail

Best Podcast
GOLD: Colour CodeThe Globe and Mail
SILVER: Missing & Murdered: Who Killed Alberta WilliamsCBC News

Best Digital Design
GOLD: torontolife.comToronto Life
SILVER: U.S. election: Live resultsCBC News

Best Social Storytelling
GOLD: Crichton FarmThe Globe and Mail

Best Digital Initiative
GOLD: Why DiversityRyerson Review of Journalism
SILVER: Allez-vous être remplacé par un robot? Demandez-le à… notre robot!, L’actualité