The National Media Awards Foundation (NMAF) Thursday evening announced the winners of the 2017 Digital Publishing Awards, recognizing excellence in the content and creation of Canadian digital publications. Gold and Silver awards were made in 21 categories at the Digital Publishing Awards Soirée held at the Spoke Club in Toronto's King West district and hosted by author and illustrator Evan Munday.
“Congratulations to the
winners of the 2017 Digital Publishing Awards. The impressive achievements we
have honoured tonight underscore the incredible innovation, diversity, and
creativity of Canada's digital creators and publishers. We are fortunate to
have a vibrant digital media industry in this country and we are proud to
support it with the Digital Publishing Awards program.” – Nino Di Cara, NMAF President
Digital Publishing Awards winners in many categories received a $500
cash prize with their award.
GENERAL EXCELLENCE IN DIGITAL PUBLISHING
Canadian Art won the Gold Medal for General Excellence in Digital Publishing:
“The originality and the creativity of the article subjects is
striking,” said the Digital Publishing Awards jury. “Making a magazine that's
both dense and approachable is what every editor hopes to achieve, and Canadian
Art has succeeded where a lot of us fall short."
CBC News won the Gold Medal for General Excellence in Digital Publishing:
"CBC News represents
a high-water mark for digital publishing in Canada,” remarked the Digital
Publishing Awards jury. “Outstanding writing is backed up with photography,
video and interactive assets across a breath of topics that matter to
Canadians. The team at CBC News continues a great tradition of producing a site
that not only leads its peers in Canada, but stands comfortably with any news
organization in the world.”
The CBC News team won 3 other Gold Medals in Best News Coverage:
Local & Provincial, Best Online Video: Short and Best Service Feature:
Family, Health & Careers.
EMERGING EXCELLENCE AWARD
Naël Shiab of L’actualité was
named this year’s recipient of the
Emerging Excellence Award. The award honours an individual whose early work
in Canadian digital publishing shows the highest degree of craft and promise.
According to the Emerging
Excellence Award jury:
“Naël Shiab is a bright
light shining across the world of journalism. He combines the inquisitiveness
and skepticism of a journalist with the creativity and three-dimensional
thinking of a coder to create astonishing data-led work that illuminates and
educates and entertains. He is the future of journalism and the more Naël
Shiabs at work, the better off we are as an informed citizenry.”
DIGITAL PUBLISHING LEADERSHIP AWARD
The Digital Publishing
Leadership Award was presented to Kenny
Yum, managing editor of HuffPost Canada. The award honours an individual
whose career contributions to Canadian digital publishing deserve recognition
“Kenny Yum is the kind of journalistic leader who represents
everything that’s exciting and worthwhile in our industry. Long before digital
media was a priority for most places, Kenny was already working on merging
high-quality Canadian journalism with innovative formats to connect intimately
with audiences. After roles at The Globe and Mail, National Post, Financial
Post and CBC, Kenny helped launched HuffPost Canada six years ago. There, he’s
built one of the country’s youngest, most culturally diverse newsrooms, where
he challenges us to strive for excellence and innovation every day.” - Andree Lau, Managing Editor of News at HuffPost
16 different publications received Digital Publishing Awards
this year, including 10 publications which received their first-ever award.
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- 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
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.
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