Emerging Excellence

Sofia Misenheimer of Art/iculation was the 2019 recipient of the prestigious Emerging Excellence award. When discussing the merits of the applicants, the jury had this to say of Sofia: “She is a driven individual who is only going to continue to make a positive impact through her work in the digital media landscape.”


2018 Winner – Elizabeth Melito, CBC News


Elizabeth Melito of CBC News was recognized as the 2018 recipient of the Emerging Excellence Award. The 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.”

2017 WINNER – Naël Shiab


Naël Shiab was named this year’s recipient of the 2017 Emerging Excellence Award. The award honours an individual whose early work in Canadian digital publishing shows the highest degree of craft and promise.

Recruited by CBC/Radio Canada in 2011, Naël Shiab travelled the country as a young journalist for three years before completing a Master’s degree in data journalism at the University of King’s College. Upon returning to Montreal, he worked for Journal Métro before joining the team at L’actualité. Since then, he has worked hard to push the boundaries of Canadian journalism, merging reporting with the most advanced algorithms to bring the reader the most personalized information possible.

Interested in nominating a colleague for the 2020 Emerging Excellence award? Check out the submission requirements.