The 2018 Digital Publishing Awards, recognizing excellence in the content and creation of Canadian digital publications, were handed out May 29 in Toronto. The National Media Awards Foundation presented Gold and Silver awards in 23 categories. Gold winning publications HuffPost Québec, ICI Radio-Canada Première, The Deep and The Sprawl all captured their first DPAs this year. The Globe and Mail’s “Unfounded” investigation – led by Dennis Choquette, Robyn Doolittle, Laura Blenkinsop, Jeremy Agius, and Michael Pereira – won Gold in both Best Digital Editorial Package and Best News Coverage, while Hakai Magazine and Air Canada enRoute also took home multiple awards. Global News (globalnews.ca) was a two-time winner: “Canada’s #ToxicSecret” was the Gold winner in the Best Social Storytelling category, while “Fire Watch: B.C. Wildfire Coverage” was the Silver winner for Best News Coverage. View the full list of winners here.
DAZN has secured exclusive rights to the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League in Canada, starting this summer. The three-year deal means TSN will no longer air the games unless DAZN strikes a secondary agreement with the network for terrestrial broadcast rights.
The Tyee will publish a multi-part series exploring new voting systems in advance of BC’s referendum on proportional representation thanks to The Merv Adey Fellowship. A resident of southern Vancouver Island, Adey ran political and media watchdog site BCVeritas.com, up until his death last August. Fellow blogger Norman Farrell of In-sights.ca led the legacy project. A committee of Tyee staff, Adey’s family and funders will award the $3,000 fellowship.
Bell Media has entered into an agreement with Montréal-based WatchMojo whereby it will be the exclusive representative for WatchMojo’s advertising sales in Canada. Launched in 2005, WatchMojo is a video content producer and syndicator, and one of the largest channels on YouTube with content focused on pop culture, music, TV, film, video games and reviews. The video powerhouse has 25 million subscribers globally, and 100 million unique monthly viewers who watch each video for an average of six minutes on YouTube.