This year, the Digital Publishing Awards will present awards in 22 categories focusing on the work of Canadian digital creators, while reflecting new trends and attitudes toward digital publishing and content.
[Read the full press release here – PDF]
These changes come as part of the NMAF 2016-17 Strategic Initiatives to expand the DPA program, while continuing it’s efforts to foster, recognize and promote excellent editorial content by Canadian digital creators.
After a successful inaugural year, the industry feedback clearly indicated there was a need to broaden the Digital Publishing Awards to be more inclusive of areas of excellence in the digital landscape. We surveyed our judges, sought feedback from our participants, and convened an Advisory Committee of industry experts to help shape the program for the future. Based on these learnings, the program has substantively evolved to recognize excellence in digital content and journalism, and in particular to call attention to the best practices and innovations in the craft. We believe the program this year reflects that enthusiasm.
–Nino Di Cara, NMAF President
In addition to the these changes in the category lineup, individual Gold winners will now receive a $500 prize.
Changes to the Digital Publishing Awards categories:
- The top overall prize—General Excellence in Digital Publishing—will be presented in two divisions, for large and small publications.
- Other new categories include:
- Best Social Storytelling
- Best Online Video in 3 divisions:
- Short (under 2 minutes)
- Feature (2-5 minutes)
- Mini-Doc (more than 5 minutes
- Best News Coverage in 2 divisions:
- Provincial & Local
- National & International
- Best Personal Essay
- Best Arts & Entertainment Story
- Best Service Feature: Lifestyle
- Best Service Feature: Family, Health & Careers
- Best Fashion & Beauty
- Emerging Excellence Award
- Digital Publishing Leadership Award
This year, the Digital Publishing Awards worked with an Advisory Committee, who provided invaluable guidance to crafting the 2017 program:
- Craig Silverman, Editor-in-Chief, BuzzFeed Canada
- Kenny Yum, Managing Editor, Huffington Post Canada
- Kathy Vey, Executive Producer, Digital, TVO.org
- Haley Cullingham, Senior Editor, Digital, Hazlitt and Penguin Random House Canada
- Laura de Carufel, Editor-in-Chief, The Kit
The NMAF is grateful to the members of the Advisory Committee, as well as to all those who participated in our survey and submitted their feedback.
We look forward to another great year of rewarding excellence in Canadian digital content creation.