Canada’s daily newspapers honoured at Canadian Online Publishing Awards

Canada’s three major dailies were honoured with gold medals last week at the annual Canadian Online Publishing Awards, hosted by Masthead. The prizes, awarded annually since 2009, celebrate excellence in online content that targets Canadian readers. The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star and the National Post all received gold and silver medals in various categories. The Edmonton Journal, La Presse and Metro English Canada each received a silver medal at this year’s awards.

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The Best of Canada Digital Content of the year award went to The Globe and Mail for their interactive story “No Safe Use” on the hazards of asbestos. The story also earned a gold in the Best Interactive Story category. In the Best News Coverage category, the Globe earned the top prize for its four-part investigative series on the Lac-Mégantic disaster. Rob Carrick’s e-mail newsletter Personal Finance Reader won a silver medal in the Best Email Newsletter Design and Engagement category

The Toronto Star earned the top prize in the Best Article or Series category for What Michael Did, a multimedia story with a custom-built template that explored how a shattered family coped when a 23-year-old man killed his mother during a psychotic episode. The Star also won top prizes in the Best Infographic category for the interactive city hall policards and in the Best Use of Social Media category for its Big Ideas project. The Toronto Star’s political team earned a silver medal for their Ontario election coverage.

The National Post won gold for the Best Media Website. The National Post was also honoured with a silver medal in the Best Article of Series category for Hacker, Creeper, Soldier, Spy. Postmedia also received the first place prize in the Best Email Newsletter Design and Engagement category for Gastropost.

The Edmonton Journal earned a silver medal in the Best Use of Social Media category for YEGQUEST competition. La Presse’s La Presse+ app earned silver in the Best Digital Publication for Desktop and Tablet category. Finally, Metro English Canada columnist Matt Elliot received a silver medal in the Best Blog or Column category.