The Globe and Mail has been honoured with four gold and three silver prizes at the Canadian Online Publishing Awards for 2015, the most awards overall in Canada for a large media organization.
The awards, announced Thursday at the Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto, celebrate excellence in digital publishing ranging from breaking news coverage to site design. Entrants in three divisions come from media publishers, corporations and advertising agencies.
The Globe also won for best editorial packaging, for its treatment of a range of major stories and series including an investigation into the Canadian government's treatment of thalidomide survivors; an indictment of solitary confinement rules told through the story of Eddie Snowshoe; and longform video storytelling in Saving Cyla and Kim's Choice, among others.
In the category for Digital Content, The Globe's editorial packaging for the same stories also won Best in Canada honours.
The thalidomide series also won a National newspaper Award, a Michener Award and the Canadian Journalism Foundation's Excellence in Journalism Award, the top three prizes in Canadian journalism.
The Globe's reporting on the Ottawa terrorist shooting won for best news coverage, while a feature by Patrick Martin, Michael Snider and Jeremy Agius on the web of alliances and enmities criss-crossing the Middle East took home the spot for best infographic/data visualization. The three silver medals awarded to The Globe came in the categories for best video content; best website design; and best use of social media for Canada Q&A, a feature that allows readers to ask Globe journalists questions.
Other Globe nominations included:
· reporter Greg McArthur's investigation of billionaire philanthropist Michael DeGroote's run-in with organized crime in a casino deal gone bad, featuring Web presentation by Laura Blenkinsop and Christopher Manza and graphics by Tonia Cowan (best article or series); · feature writer John Allemang's exploration of a Canadian military base in the remote North, featuring the same visual team (best interactive story); · an intimate look at a Canadian woman's unique wide-awake brain surgery by Kelly Grant and Patrick Dell (best interactive story).
Last year, The Globe won four COPAs. The awards, handed out annually since 2009, are presented by Masthead Online, a trade publication.