The Digital Publishing Awards
Produced by the National Media Awards Foundation, the Digital Publishing Awards promote and reward the achievements of those who create digital publishing content in Canada.

Nominees Announced for the 2018 Digital Publishing Awards


The National Media Awards Foundation (NMAF) is excited to announce the 2018 nominees for the 3rd annual Digital Publishing Awards (DPAs), the most prestigious program recognizing excellence in the content and creation of Canadian digital publications.


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This year, 79 Canadian digital publications entered the DPAs, submitting entries for consideration in 23 awards categories. The top overall prize—General Excellence in Digital Publishing—will presented in three divisions, for small, medium and large publications. Our dedicated roster of 78 judges volunteered their time, expertise, and passion for digital publishing in serving on this year’s jury. They have nominated 106 entries from 37 different digital publications for this year’s awards.


Gold, Silver and Honourable Mention awards will be presented at the Digital Publishing Awards soirée on May 29th at One King West in Toronto, hosted by Adrian Lee, the opinions editor for Maclean's. Gold winners in most categories include a $500 cash prize. Tickets are on sale at


Here are the nominees:



The NMAF is pleased to present the 2018 Digital Publishing Leadership Award to Brodie Fenlon, Senior Director of Daily News and Bureaus for the CBC. A respected mentor and leader, Brodie’s pursuit for digital innovation is matched with a desire to build camaraderie in the newsroom. Described by his peers as a “transformative leader” and an “incredibly positive and galvanizing force”, Brodie is lauded for his remarkable achievements and generous personality. Click here to read Brodie’s full biography.




The three standout nominees for the coveted Emerging Excellence Award, which honours an individual whose early work in Canadian digital publishing shows the highest degree of craft and promise, are: Elizabeth Melito of CBC News, Graeme Bruce of the Winnipeg Free Press, and Ishani Nath of the Entertainment pillar (FLARE and Hello! Canada).





General Excellence in Digital Publishing: Small Publication, Fjord review, National Observer, The Deep






General Excellence in Digital Publishing: Medium Publication, Hakai Magazine, Passport, Today's Parent





General Excellence in Digital Publishing: Large Publication, The Globe and Mail, Le Devoir, Winnipeg Free Press




Best Digital Editorial Package 

Canada’s Best New Restaurants 2017, Air Canada enRoute

Born on Opioids, Today’s Parent

Fiction: The Story of Canada. The Globe and Mail

Monnaie d’échange 1 à 4, Le Devoir

This Is 40ish. Chatelaine

Unfounded, The Globe and Mail


Best Blog or Online-Only Column

Ici et ailleurs: Chronique d’Alain Noël, Options politiques

John Lorinc's weekly column, Spacing

John Michael McGrath,

Lauren McKeon,

Rachel Giese, Chatelaine

31 Thoughts, Sportsnet


Best News Coverage (Small Newsroom)

Kinder Morgan’s Pipeline in Canada, National Observer

Racism and Reconciliation in Ontario’s Northwest,

The Sprawl: 2017 Election Edition, The Sprawl


Best News Coverage

Assisted Dying, Winnipeg Free Press

Fire Watch: B.C. Wildfire Coverage, Global News (

The Border Crossers, Winnipeg Free Press

Unfounded, The Globe and Mail


Best Feature Article: Short

Aleppo Mayor, The Globe and Mail

Je ne sais pas quand je vais vivre,

This Is How Your Hyperpartisan Political News Gets made, BuzzFeed Canada


Best Feature Article: Long

A Prison Pregnancy, The Deep

Anatomy of a Surrogacy, Hazlitt

Death of a Modern Wolf, Hakai

Eight Seconds: The Life and Death of a Cowboy, The Globe and Mail

Please Take Us Back to Iraq’: A Yazidi Family’s Traumatic First Days in Canada, Chatelaine

Sea Change, The Globe and Mail

The Making of Joseph Boyden, The Globe and Mail

The Renfrew County Murders Are Not an Anomaly, Chatelaine



Half-Pipe, Hazlitt

Oursonette, The Globe and Mail

The Clap, The Globe and Mail

Young Tomorrow, The Globe and Mail


Best Personal Essay

A Place of Absorption, Hazlitt

Black on Bay Street, The Globe and Mail

Kids of Addiction, Discourse Media

Mummy, am I white?’ What I’ve Learned From Raising Biracial Children, Chatelaine

What To Do About Kevin: Demons, Little Fires, and the Man Who Lived in my Ravine,


Best Arts & Culture Story

A Road Trip with Christopher Pratt, Canadian Art

Dancing Towards the Light, CBC News

Kent Monkman: The Modern Touch of an Old Master, The Globe and Mail

My Mother Gave Me My IMFA, Canadian Art

The Making of Joseph Boyden, The Globe and Mail

TIFF’s Next Act, The Globe and Mail

Truth in Jest?, Hazlitt


Best Science and Technology Story

From Vilified to Vindicated: the Story of Jacques Cinq-Mars, Hakai Magazine

How Coders Hacked Back to ‘Rescue’ $208 Million in Ethereum, Motherboard

The Hunger Games: Two Killer Whales, Same Sea, Different Diets, Hakai Magazine

Understanding the Quantum Computing Revolution, The Globe and Mail

Watts in the Water, Hakai Magazine


Best Service Feature: Lifestyle

Ça veut dire quoi être genderqueer?, VICE Québec

Le Montréal oublié, HuffPost Québec

Where to Eat Now, Toronto Life


Best Service Feature: Family & Health

Fortunate Son, The Globe and Mail

How Do I Talk to My Five-Year-Old About White Supremacy?, The Walrus

SIDS Deaths Are Now Considered “Undetermined”: What Parents Need to Know, Today’s Parent


Best Online Video: Short

Canada’s Best New Restaurants 2017 - Battuto, Air Canada enRoute

Drag Queen Story Time, Today’s Parent

How close are we to the end of the world? Check the Doomsday Clock, The Globe and Mail

How clothing helped andro babe Megan come out, Daily Xtra

In the studio with Kent Monkman, Canadian Art

Meat Cottage, Chatelaine

The Kit Voices: Generation Z, The Kit


Best Online Video: Feature

A Wall Worth Building: Making Clam Habitat Great Again, Hakai Magazine

Au championnat d'arts martiaux mixtes avec une combattante sans merci, VICE Québec

Avec le shaman qui traite ses patients à la MDMA, VICE Québec

Cette drag-queen de 8 ans fait fureur à Montréal, VICE Québec

Daniel Mazzone: The Blue Jays Artist, Sportsnet

Here Be Tiny Dragons (and Other Micro Beasts), Hakai Magazine

The Ultimate Gift: How Two Dads Finally Got Their Son, Today’s Parent


Best Online Video: Mini-Doc

Age of Consent, VICE

Born on Opioids, Today’s Parent

Dancing Towards the Light, CBC News


Best Podcast & Audio Storytelling

Disparue(s), ICI Radio-Canada Première


Love Me - The Other Side, CBC Original Podcasts

Someone Knows Something - Dee & Moore, CBC Original Podcasts

The Secret Life of Canada, Passport 2017


Best Digital Design

Census 2016, CBC News

The Globe and Mail, The Globe and Mail

Un Canada sans immigrant, L’actualité


Best Photo Storytelling

Asylum seekers, The Globe and Mail

Canada Through The Lens of Syrian Refugees, The Globe and Mail

Des colis pour le Venezuela, L’actualité

From Janet With Love, National Film Board of Canada

Single Mothers of Afghanistan, The Globe and Mail


Best Social Storytelling

Canada's #ToxicSecret, Global News (

Coming to Canada: The Immigration and Refugee System, CBC News

#WhyICameOut for Pride Toronto,


Best Digital Initiative

A City Destroyed: Experience the Halifax Explosion, CBC News

SJM Variants, Toronto Life

Weigh Anchor, The Globe and Mail


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Gold, Silver, and Honourable Mention awards will be presented at the Digital Publishing Awards soirée on Tuesday, May 29th, 2018 at One King West in Toronto. Gold winners in most categories include a $500 cash prize. Tickets are on sale at Follow the Digital Publishing Awards on Twitter @DPAwards and #DPA18.


The Digital Publishing Awards Soirée will be hosted by Adrian Lee. Adrian is the opinions editor for Maclean's, a Polaris Prize jury member, a Digital Publishing Award winner, and karaoke champion, in order of least to most important facts about him. He is thrilled for the opportunity to attend a gala that allows him to wear a tuxedo, which he purchased in what he describes as "a good idea at the time.”


Digital Publishing Awards Soirée

Tuesday, May 29th, 2018

Doors open at 6pm, show starts at 7pm.

One King West Hotel

1 King Street West, Toronto, ON


Tickets on sale at


The National Media Awards Foundation gratefully acknowledges the support of the Ontario Arts Council and the Ontario Media Development Corporation.


The NMAF thanks its partners and generous sponsors : Cision, DDI Canada, Reader’s Digest Foundation and Very Good Studios.


The National Media Awards Foundation offers its sincere thanks to the highly skilled professionals who generously contributed their time and expertise as judges of this year's Digital Publishing Awards competition.



For sponsorship inquiries, please contact Barbara Gould, Managing Director, at



Produced by the National Media Awards Foundation, the Digital Publishing Awards promote and reward the achievements of those who create digital publishing content in Canada—the writers and editors, designers and developers, video and podcast producers, photographers and illustrators, and many others. The DPA program recognizes, celebrates and promotes to a national audience the innovative publishing teams that produce digital content in Canadian media.



A charitable foundation, the NMAF’s mandate is to recognize, support and promote excellence in content creation of Canadian print and digital publications through an annual program of awards and national publicity efforts. The Foundation produces two distinct and bilingual award programs: the National Magazine Awards and the Digital Publishing Awards.


For further information about the Digital Publishing Awards, please contact Leah Edwards, Digital Communications Coordinator, at