The Globe and Mail's coverage of a gunman's attack on the Parliament Buildings and the shooting of Corporal Nathan Cirillo at the nearby National War Memorial won top honours among an international field at this year's Online Journalism Awards.
The distinction from the Online News Association was received at a ceremony in Los Angeles on Saturday. Coverage of the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris and the Baltimore riots in the wake of Freddie Gray's death also received top prizes.
"Winning the breaking news award for the Ottawa shooting is proof positive we are the best in the world," said The Globe and Mail's Editor-in-Chief David Walmsley.
The Globe and Mail received the most nominations of any foreign news service at this year's awards, handed out by the Washington-based organization.
In addition to its coverage of the October, 2014, shooting on Parliament Hill, which won the Breaking News (Large) category, The Globe was nominated for two features. The nominations were for Saving Cyla, a multimedia feature about an operation on a 19-year-old woman to remove a tumour; and for Kim's Choice, about a woman with Huntington's disease who chooses to starve herself to death before the illness makes her too weak to decide her own fate.
"Our two nominations in feature storytelling offer validation for the highest standards we insist on," Mr. Walmsley said. "And the whole weekend showed that when working as a team, full of passion and commitment, the journalists at The Globe and Mail are unbeatable. Lots more to come."
The Globe's coverage of the shooting on Parliament Hill began with one tweet – "gunfire in parliament" – and included dramatic cellphone footage of the shootout inside the Centre Block that became the iconic image of the attack on Ottawa, used by news organizations across Canada and around the world. The video has now been viewed by more than 4 1/2 million people.
In winning the breaking news category, The Globe and Mail was up against entries from Al Jazeera, the New York Times, The Post and Courier and Redaccion de Clarin.