Kenny Yum, editor-in-chief of Huffington Post Canada, is to be the first-ever recipient of the Digital Publishing Leadership Award. It is the top individual honour made in the Digital Publishing Awards made by the National Media Awards Foundation. The award will be presented June 1 at the Spoke Club in Toronto at the 2017 DPA Soiree.
“Kenny drove the digital agenda at national newspapers long before digital was accepted as a priority, let alone the very future of journalism,” says Brodie Fenlon, CBC’s senior director of digital news said in a release. “His influence on website design can still be seen today on a number of sites.” In 2011, he was hired to launch The Huffington Post Canada, the first international bureau of the digital news startup. “We knew that in order to succeed in Canada,” says Nicholas Sabloff, executive editor of international for The Huffington Post, “we needed an editor-in-chief who was not only an accomplished leader and serious journalist, but also someone who would keep the site at the forefront of digital innovation and instill a spirit of experimentation and creativity as part of his team’s DNA.” Kenny Yum, he adds, was top of the list.