Call for Entries: 2017 Digital Publishing Awards

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The NMAF is excited to announce the Call for Entries for the 2017 Digital Publishing Awards, honouring excellence by Canada’s digital publishers and creators in 22 awards categories. Submissions are now being accepted at digitalpublishingawards.ca and the deadline is January 31.

“In our second year as Canada’s preeminent digital awards competition, the 2017 DPAs have expanded to reflect new trends and attitudes in digital publishing and content. Over the past year, Canadian publishers and creators have thrilled audiences with informative and innovative digital journalism and storytelling. We are looking forward to rewarding the very best of Canada’s digital creators.”
Nino Di Cara, President, NMAF

Submissions are open to Canadian digital publishers and content creators whose work appeared in them during 2016. Eligible publications—including those that support established brands in magazine, newspaper, broadcast, B2B and other journalism, as well as those that serve their audiences exclusively as digital brands—is one with a permanent editorial staff in Canada and published in either English or French or a combination of both.

Awards for individual creators include a cash prize of $500.

WHAT’S NEW THIS YEAR
After a successful inaugural year in 2016, the Digital Publishing Awards has expanded its program under the guidance of our Advisory Committee, feedback from participants and judges, and the NMAF Board of Directors.

  • 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 & Culture
    • Best Service Feature: Lifestyle
    • Best Service Feature: Family, Health & Careers
    • Best Fashion & Beauty
    • Emerging Excellence Award
    • Digital Publishing Leadership Award

RULES & JUDGING
For a complete guide to eligible publications and content, please see the DPA Rules.
For a complete description of judging procedures, please see the DPA Judging Process.
To nominate a colleague as a judge, please see the DPA Call for Judges.

SUBMISSIONS & DEADLINE
Submissions can be made online at digitalpublishingawards.ca.
The entry fee for most awards is $95 at the Early-Bird rate (by January 20).
The final deadline for all entries is January 31.

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
For sponsorship inquiries, please contact Barbara Gould, Managing Director, at staff@digitalpublishingawards.ca or 416-939-6200.

ABOUT THE DIGITAL PUBLISHING AWARDS
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.

The Digital Publishing Awards are produced by the National Magazine Awards Foundation, a not-for-profit, registered charity that has administered Canada’s annual National Magazine Awards since 1977. With a reputation for facilitating a rigorous, fair and transparent awards program in which content creators are recognized and rewarded for outstanding achievement in magazine journalism, the NMAF is proud to present the Digital Publishing Awards in partnership with Canada’s leading producers and creators of digital publishing.

NMAF Announces New Strategic Initiatives & Board Members

[This post has been updated.]
The National Magazine Awards Foundation (NMAF) is pleased to announce a number of important changes and new initiatives as we get ready to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the National Magazine Awards and an exciting new year for the Digital Publishing Awards.

At its AGM and meeting of August 30th, the NMAF Board of Directors approved a new strategic plan that will ensure the National Magazine Awards and Digital Publishing Awards continue their important role in recognizing and celebrating Canadian creators.

These changes are designed to maintain and advance the NMAF’s 40-year status as the gold standard of creative excellence and the pinnacle of professional achievement for award recipients. Specific initiatives include:

  • Refining the categories of the National Magazine Awards to a more focused number of awards;
  • A reformatted awards event to facilitate more conversation and networking;
  • Introducing a more rigorous definition and criteria of the Magazine of the Year award;
  • Expanding the Digital Publishing Awards;
  • A more streamlined judging process for assessing English and French submissions in the same category;
  • Enhancing the national footprint of the awards through more regional events and closer collaboration with regional institutions outside of Ontario;
  • Being more inclusive of the diversity in Canadian magazine and digital publishing;
  • In a first for any Canadian publishing awards, raising the profile of Canadian creators on the international stage, by:
    • recognizing the excellence of Canadian contributors to international media, and
    • introducing judges from the international magazine community.

The NMAF invites all members of the Canadian magazine industry—whether you regularly participate in the awards or not—to join us in this process, whether volunteering to serve on the board, committees or working groups; volunteering as a judge; or simply providing your input on how the NMAF can best serve Canada’s magazine and digital creators. Get in touch with us at staff@magazine-awards.com.

NEW BOARD MEMBERS
The NMAF is pleased to announce that Nino Di Cara has been elected Board President for a two-year term effective August 30. Mr. Di Cara is the Executive Vice-President, Content Marketing, at Bookmark (formerly Spafax), and previously held senior titles at Rogers Communications and TC Media.

Mr. Di Cara has been elected with a broad mandate to spearhead new strategic initiatives for the NMAF, as well as to engage and work collaboratively with the Foundation’s stakeholders—creators, publishers, judges, partners, sponsors and more—to build on the NMAF’s core mission to Celebrate Canadian Creators.

To help achieve this exciting agenda for 2017 and beyond, the NMAF is pleased to announce the first wave of new additions to its board:

JoAnne Caza is a member of the Mercedes-Benz Canada executive team. She heads up the Communications and Public Relations department which is responsible for several of the marketing activities at Mercedes-Benz Canada. She is the company’s spokesperson and the PR aspect of her job includes day-to-day media relations on a corporate front as well for all of Mercedes-Benz’ brands.

Derek Finkle is the founder of Canadian Writers Group which represents independent Canadian writers, and which aligned with Parcel, a brand strategy and communications design firm, in 2016. He is the former editor of Toro magazine, contributing editor of Saturday Night, and a National Magazine Award-winning writer. He is the author of the book No Claim to Mercy, an examination of the troubling Robert Baltovich murder case. No Claim to Mercy won the Crime Writers’ Arthur Ellis Award for best non-fiction and was named a Notable Book of the Year by The Globe and Mail.

Tom Gierasimczuk is an award-winning journalist and media executive with a proven record of developing effective multi-platform, editorially driven marketing strategies that engage audiences and infuse brand communication with purpose and utility. Tom has built media properties for clients ranging from WestJet Airlines to Microsoft while working in senior leadership roles with Canada’s largest media and communications companies including Rogers Media, Transcontinental, Canada Wide Media and Yellow Pages, where he was Publisher and GM of Vancouver magazine and Western Living.

Peter McNeill is the National Director of KPMG Enterprise and a marketing executive with over twenty years of experience providing leadership and strategy to both start-ups and major Fortune 500 brands. He specializes in Global Brand Building and Management, Marketing Programs, Partnerships & Alliances, Marketing Strategy, People Management, Public Relations, Digital Media, Business Development. He has previously served as Chair of the Board of Directors of United Way of York Region.

Raf Katigbak is Creative Lead at Virtue, the agency arm of VICE. He started at VICE as a columnist in the magazine in 2004, eventually becoming the Canadian editor of the publication, and then Senior Editor of the ‪VICE.com website. Over the years, he’s produced engaging, multi-platform content including documentaries, photo essays, and field reports, and written stories for a variety of publications and companies including The Montreal Mirror, En Route, and ALDO.

Dan McPhee is Head of Media Platforms at Google Canada. He is a trailblazing sales and marketing strategy thought leader, specializing in helping organizations capture market share while improving their bottom line. Combining deep business knowledge with a complete understanding of today’s consumer, Dan transforms business units into profitable market leaders that know how to win, and win the moments that matter.

Erin Millar is the Co-Founder and CEO of Discourse Media. She is an author, public speaker, magazine writer, and former president of Canadian University Press. She has reported from 15 countries around the world and her work has been translated into 34 languages. She teaches journalism at Quest University.

Our new electives join an existing NMAF Board of Directors that includes:

  • Liana Bell, CA, CPA, Partner, Clark-Henning LLP (Treasurer)
  • Joyce Byrne, Publisher, Avenue Magazine (Past President)
  • Julie Cailliau, Editor-in-Chief, Les Affaires
  • Christopher Frey, Toronto Correspondent, Monocle
  • Curtis Gillespie, Editor, Eighteen Bridges
  • David Hayes, Freelance Journalist
  • Judith Pereira, Senior Editor, Report on Business
  • Marnie Peters, Associate Vice-President, Public Relations, Royal Ontario Museum
  • Paul Roelofs, Creative Director & Publication Designer, Vancouver Magazine & Western Living
  • Terry Sellwood, former President, Cottage Life Media (Executive-At-Large)
  • Melony Ward, Publisher, Canada’s History & Kayak
  • Lisa Whittington-Hill, Publisher, THIS Magazine

MORE TO COME
We are humbled by the fact that, according to feedback from our stakeholder surveys, Canadian magazine publishers and creators continue hold the NMAF brand in the highest regard as a not-for-profit, charitable organization that facilitates trustworthy, inclusive and transparent awards programs that reflect the strength and breadth of magazine and digital publishing across Canada.

We encourage all Canadian publishers, editors, art directors, staff and contributors to join us as we celebrate the 40th anniversary National Magazine Awards and the 2nd annual Digital Publishing Awards.

The NMAF will provide regular updates this fall regarding strategic initiatives and changes to its awards programs.

CBCNews.ca, Maclean’s, Globe and Mail among big winners at 2016 Digital Publishing Awards

Tonight in a room full of Canada’s best digital publishers and creators at the Spoke Club in Toronto’s fashionable King West district, the NMAF presented the winners of the 2016 Digital Publishing Awards–recognizing excellence in the content and creation of Canadian digital publications.

The NMAF presented Gold and Silver awards in 14 categories at the Digital Publishing Awards Soirée at the Spoke Club in Toronto’s chic King West district, hosted by journalist Christopher Frey.

DIGITAL PUBLICATION OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by Suite 66

The winner of the prestigious award for Digital Publication of the Year is CBCNews.ca.

CBCNews.ca also won 3 other Gold Medals:

The Digital Publishing Awards jury remarked that

“CBCNews.ca makes the most of their tremendous resources to deliver high-quality multimedia digital content, while adapting quickly to new trends and technologies in digital publishing to ensure an efficient, relevant and satisfying user experience. It’s a truly excellent digital publication that serves all Canadians and flexes some serious digital skills in the process.”

Honourable Mention for Digital Publication of the Year was awarded to: Canadian Business, L’actualité, Maclean’s, and Toronto Life.



Also receiving Honourable Mention: Canadaland, Canadian Art, Canadian Business, Chatelaine, L’actualité, Planète F Magazine, Torontoist and TVO.org.


BEST DIGITAL INITIATIVE
Sponsored by Candescent

 Gold Medal
I Love Potatoes
National Film Board of Canada

Silver Medal
Star Touch Slice
Toronto Star


BEST USE OF MULTIPLE PLATFORMS

Gold Medal
Sportsnet

Silver Medal
Today’s Parent


BEST DIGITAL DESIGN

Gold Medal
torontolife.com
Toronto Life

Silver Medal
Canada’s Best New Restaurants 2015
Air Canada enRoute


BEST DIGITAL EDITORIAL PACKAGE

Gold Medal
Missing & Murdered: Unsolved cases of indigenous women and girls
CBCNews.ca

Silver Medal
Out of the Shadows
UBC International Reporting Program


BEST ONLINE VIDEO
Sponsored by Very Good Studios

Gold Medal
Thirty Hours of Terror
The Globe and Mail

Silver Medal
Elton McDonald: The tunnel digger
Maclean’s


BEST FEATURE: LONG

Gold Medal
Omar Khadr in his own words
The Toronto Star

Silver Medal
The Wreck Of HMS Erebus
BuzzFeed Canada


BEST FEATURE: SHORT
Sponsored by Viafoura

Gold Medal
Refugee crisis makes for strange sights on Lesbos
CBCNews.ca 

Silver Medal
Beating Back the Crazy Ants
Hakai Magazine


BEST PODCAST SERIES
Sponsored by Evolusent

Gold Medal
The Thrill
Maclean’s

Silver Medal
At the Letters
Sportsnet


BEST VISUAL STORYTELLING

Gold Medal
Life at CFS Alert
The Globe and Mail

Silver Medal
The Science of Sport
Toronto Star


BEST USE OF DATA

Gold Medal
Election Forecast
The Globe and Mail

Silver Medal
Rental Calculator
The Globe and Mail


BEST MULTIMEDIA STORYTELLING IN A SINGLE FEATURE

Gold Medal
The Taken
The Globe and Mail

Silver Medal
Bad Dream
The Globe and Mail 


BEST NEWS COVERAGE

Gold Medal
Canada Votes
CBCNews.ca

Silver Medal
Federal Election 2015
Maclean’s


BEST BLOG OR ONLINE-ONLY COLUMN

Gold Medal
QP Live
Maclean’s 

Silver Medal
Stacey May Fowles column (web exclusive)
The Walrus


Visit live.digitalpublishingawards.ca to view the winners in all 14 categories.

Follow the Digital Publishing Awards on Twitter @DPAwards and #DPA16.


ABOUT THE DIGITAL PUBLISHING AWARDS

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.

This year, 63 Canadian digital publications participated in the DPAs, submitting the best of their digital content, design and innovation from the past year for consideration in 14 awards categories. 42 individuals volunteered their time, their expertise, and their passion for digital publishing in serving as judges for this year’s awards. They nominated 66 entries from 21 different digital publications for this year’s awards, including 5 finalists for the coveted award of Digital Publication of the Year.

The Digital Publishing Awards are produced by the National Magazine Awards Foundation, a not-for-profit, registered charity that has administered Canada’s annual National Magazine Awards since 1977. With a reputation for facilitating a rigorous, fair and transparent awards program in which content creators are recognized and rewarded for outstanding achievement in magazine journalism, the NMAF is proud to present the Digital Publishing Awards in consultation with Canada’s leading producers and creators of digital publishing.

Submissions open for the 2017 Digital Publishing Awards in January. Visit live.digitalpublishingawards.ca for more information.

Your Guide to Canadian Magazines Week

The biggest week in Canadian magazines is finally here, and between now and the exciting grand finale–Friday’s National Magazine Awards–there’s a lot going on for Canada’s top magazine publishers, editors, art directors and creators who are gathering from all over the country here in Toronto for a big week ahead: Canadian Magazine Week.
#CdnMagWeek #NMA16

Vote for Canada’s Best Magazine Cover

TUESDAY JUNE 7

MagNet Marquee
Time: 5:30pm
Place: Marriott Courtyard, 475 Yonge St.
About: Canada’s annual magazine conference–MagNet–kicks off with the afternoon marquee. This year’s keynote speaker is digital revenue maestro Jay Lauf, SVP of Atlantic Media and President/Publisher of Quartz.

62nd annual Canadian Business Media Awards
In Memory of Kenneth R. Wilson
Time: 6:30pm
Place: Grand Banking Hall, Hotel One King West
About: Join Master of Ceremonies D.B. Scott for the annual celebration and recognition of the best in Canadian Business-to-Business media. Top nominees include CPA Magazine, University Affairs, Marketing, Professionally Speaking, Precedent, The Medical Post, and Foodservice & Hospitality. The finalists for Magazine of the Year are BC Business, Marketing, and The Medical Post. Tickets.

WEDNESDAY JUNE 8

MagNet Conference
Time: All Day
Place: Marriott Courtyard, 475 Yonge St.
About: Canada’s annual magazines conference, presented by Magazines Canada, launches its first of two full days of sessions.

CDS Global Circulator & CMC Awards
Time: 5:00pm
Place: Marriott Courtyard, 475 Yonge St.
About: Presented by the Circulation Management Association of Canada (CMC) following its AGM, with the generous support of CDS Global, the “Circulator” is the perfect time to relax and talk about the first day of MagNet. Awards will be presented in the field of circulation, including the Outstanding Achievement Award and Volunteer of the Year.

CSME Editors’ Choice Awards
Time: 6:00pm
Place: Marriott Courtyard, 475 Yonge St.
About: The Canadian Society of Magazine Editors (CSME) welcomes its members to its annual awards ceremony, recognizing outstanding work by Canada’s magazine editors. The top prize is the Editor of the Year award.

THURSDAY JUNE 9

MagNet Conference
Time: All Day
Place: Marriott Courtyard, 475 Yonge St.
About: Day two of Canada’s annual magazines conference, presented by Magazines Canada.

MagNet Squared
Time: 5:00pm
Place: Marriott Courtyard, 475 Yonge St.
About: A networking reception closes out the two-day MagNet conference. Stop for a break and join MagNeteers from across all regions and sectors of the Canadian magazine media industry for hors d’oeuvres and cocktails.

2016 Digital Publishing Awards
Time: 7:00pm
Place: Portland Room, Spoke Club, 600 King Street West
About: Host Chris Frey welcomes Canada’s top digital publishers and digital media creators to the inaugural Digital Publishing Awards, recognizing excellence in 14 categories including Best Online Video, Best Podcast Series, Best Digital Design, Best Feature Story, and Best Digital Initiative. Top nominees include Maclean’s, CBCNews.ca, The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Toronto Life, BuzzFeed Canada and Sportsnet. The 5 finalists for Digital Publication of the Year are Canadian Business, CBCNews.ca, L’actualite, Maclean’s and Toronto Life. Tickets.

FRIDAY JUNE 10

39th annual National Magazine Awards
Time: 6:00pm
Place: Arcadian Court, 401 Bay Street
About: Hundreds of Canada’s top magazine journalists will recognize the best in their field at the National Magazine Awards gala–celebrating Canadian creators. Master of Ceremonies Chris Turner–author, public speaker and 9-time NMA winner–will host this year’s big event, where top nominees like Toronto Life, Canadian Geographic, Maclean’s, L’actualite, Maisonneuve, Report on Business, Cottage Life, The Walrus and Eighteen Bridges as well as dozens of nominated writers and artists will be in attendance. (There’s still time to vote for the People’s Choice winner for Best Magazine Cover.) The finalists for Magazine of the Year are Canadian Geographic, Caribou, Maisonneuve and Nouveau Projet.  Tickets


See the National Magazine Awards nominees for:
Magazine of the Year
Best Magazine Cover
Best Magazine Brand
Best Single Issue

Best New Magazine Writer
Best New Magazine Photographer
Photojournalism & Photo Essay
Fiction
Poetry
Single Service Article Package
Illustration

Art Direction of an Entire Issue
Art Direction of a Single Article
Portrait Photography
Words & Pictures
Columns
Fashion

Complete nominations coverage

Chris Frey to host 2016 Digital Publishing Awards soiree

The NMAF is pleased to announce that writer and digital editor Chris Frey will serve as the host of the inaugural Digital Publishing Awards soiree, Thursday June 9 at the Spoke Club in Toronto. Tickets & Event Info.

Chris Frey is a Toronto-based writer, editor, and radio producer. Currently the Toronto correspondent for Monocle, he’s a six-time National Magazine Award winner and has contributed to The Guardian, The Walrus, Globe and Mail, Icon, Maisonneuve, Azure, and CBC Radio. In a past life Chris was the founding editor of Hazlitt, the Toronto Standard and Outpost magazine. In a future life (and any day now) he will finally complete his book Broken Atlas, a collection of international reportage.

The nominees have been announced for awards in 14 categories for the 2016 Digital Publishing Awards. View all nominated work here.

Don’t miss the event of the year when the online publishing community gathers at the Spoke Club in Toronto on Thursday, June 9, 2016 to celebrate the very best in Canadian digital publishing. Tickets & Event Info.

Nominees announced for the 2016 Digital Publishing Awards

Today the NMAF announced the nominees for the inaugural Digital Publishing Awardsrecognizing excellence in the content and creation of Canadian digital publishing.

This year, 63 Canadian digital publications participated in the Digital Publishing Awards, submitting the best of their digital content, design and innovation from the past year for consideration in 14 awards categories.

The judges have nominated 66 entries from 21 different digital publications for this year’s awards, including 5 finalists for the coveted award of Digital Publication of the Year.

NOMINATED PUBLICATIONS

Also receiving a nomination: Air Canada enRoute, Canadaland, Canadian Art, Canadian Business, Chatelaine, International Reporting Program, National Film Board of Canada, Planète F Magazine, The Walrus, Today’s Parent, and TVO.org.

Visit live.digitalpublishingawards.ca to view the nominations in all 14 categories.

Follow the Digital Publishing Awards on Twitter @DPAwards and #DPA16.

2016 DIGITAL PUBLISHING AWARDS SOIREE
Join members of Canada’s digital publishing industry for the 2016 Digital Publishing Awards soirée on Thursday, June 9 in the newly redesigned Portland Room at the Spoke Club in Toronto’s King West district, hosted by Chris Frey. TICKETS

Chris Frey is a Toronto-based writer, editor, and radio producer. Currently the Toronto correspondent for Monocle, he’s a six-time National Magazine Award winner and has contributed to The Guardian, The Walrus, Globe and Mail, Icon, Maisonneuve, Azure, and CBC Radio. In a past life Chris was the founding editor of Hazlitt, the Toronto Standard and Outpost magazine. In a future life (and any day now) he will finally complete his book Broken Atlas, a collection of international reportage.

Tickets include one free drink and food provided by the Spoke Club’s classically trained chef Rob Klunder, who creates sophisticated dishes influenced by seasonal ingredients, prepared simply but with flair. Cash bar and celebration of Canadian digital media will continue throughout the evening.

ABOUT THE 2016 DIGITAL PUBLISHING AWARDS
The DPAs provide a platform to 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 program aims to recognize, celebrate and promote to a national audience the innovative publishing teams that produce digital content in Canadian media.

Gold, Silver and Honourable Mention awards will be presented at the inaugural Digital Publishing Awards soirée on Thursday, June 9 at the Spoke Club’s fabulous Portland Room at 600 King Street West, Toronto. Gold and Silver awards in most categories include a cash prize. Tickets are on sale at digitalpublishingawards.ca.

Digital Publishing Awards: Last Call for Early-Bird Entries

The Digital Publishing Awards program is looking for Canada’s best digital content creators, designers, innovators and publishers, with awards in 14 categories for feature writing, news coverage, blogging, visual storytelling, video, podcast, multiplatform publishing, design and more.

The early-bird deadline is Monday, February 8: Enter online by that date to save 20% on entries. The final deadline is February 16.

We look forward to presenting the inaugural Digital Publishing Awards on June 9, recognizing excellence by Canada’s best digital publishers and content creators, and we hope you’ll be a part of the experience.

To enter, visit http://digitalpublishingawards.ca/.

With questions, email us at staff@digitalpublishingawards.ca.