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Globe and Mail honoured for two digital journalism projects

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Major investigations by The Globe and Mail into immigration to Canada and the caste system in India are being recognized as among the best Internet journalism of the past year.

The Online News Association released the shortlist on Wednesday for its 2012 awards, praising the honorees for "pushing the envelope of innovation and excellence in digital storytelling and distribution." Among the mostly American honorees were two in-depth projects by The Globe.

One is an exhaustive look at immigration to Canada – including where the next Canadians will come from, how Canada can compete globally for the best and brightest and how Canada must change to foster equality for all residents. Led by demographics reporter Joe Friesen, the series was short-listed in the category of explanatory reporting by a medium-sized news organization. Breaking Caste – a series of articles by Stephanie Nolen, The Globe's India correspondent – looks at the dissonance between India's rising status as a 21st-century power and the miserable reality for people left, because of their ancestry, at the bottom of the social order. The project was shortlisted in the category of features by a medium-sized news organization.

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"These nominations are testimony to our newsroom's desire to be the great Canadian intersection of original journalism and digital innovation," said The Globe's editor-in-chief, John Stackhouse. "Few issues could be more important to our readers, and few media organizations could dissect them in so many new and compelling ways – video, slide shows, interactive graphics and reader debates combined with great reporting and unparalleled writing. This is what The Globe strives for in all that we do."

The CBC, the Toronto Star and the Edmonton Journal were the only other Canadian news organizations to be shortlisted. The National Film Board picked up a nomination for its Bear 71 project, a Web documentary about a grizzly in Banff.

The award winners will be revealed Sept. 22 in San Francisco.

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