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RDS, The Narwhal among big winners at Canadian Online Publishing Awards

The Canadian Online Publishing Awards were handed out last night (Nov. 14) in Toronto, recognizing outstanding contribution to online publishing.

In the Media category, RDS was the big winner claiming eight awards including Gold for Best Publication, Best Podcast, Best Blog Column, Best Sports Feature, Best Video Content, and Best Use of Social Media.

Independent, Victoria-based environmental-focused news site The Narwhal, which launched just six months ago, earned four awards, winning both Gold and Silver for Best Photojournalism and Silver for Best Publication.

The Narwhal co-founders Emma Gilchrist and Carol Linnitt

Emma Gilchrist, The Narwhal editor-in-chief and co-founder, told Broadcast Dialogue the recognition is a morale boost for the startup’s small staff.

“We certainly didn’t expect this. We were up against such big players,” said Gilchrist, one of the publication’s three full-time staff members. “We were really pleased just to be finalists. To actually win four of them was beyond our wildest dreams.”

The Narwhal features indepth, investigative journalism on the environment – a beat Gilchrist said is being covered by fewer and fewer mainstream reporters. About one third of the publication’s revenue originates from crowd funding with its staff of freelancers and contractors working remotely. Gilchrist said that low overhead model has allowed it to step in to fill a void.

“I think there’s a tonne of potential. Canadians are definitely craving a different type of news, and if you provide a service to them they are willing to pay for it. Working as an online startup, it’s an uphill battle to get recognition…it’s also a really nice boost for our reporters and photographers who have worked really hard the last six months to create some groundbreaking indepth journalism.”

In addition to the Media category (see the full list of winners below), awards were also handed out in Academic, Business and Consumer categories with HuffPost Canada and HuffPost Quebec earning a total of five nods across all four. Find the full list of winners and finalists here.

Best Publication:

RDS captured Gold for Best Publication at the Canadian Online Publishing Awards.

Gold: RDS (Bell Media)

Jocelyne MorissetteDirecteur, produits numériques
Daniel DumoulinChef médias numériques
Stéphane LeducChef de produits médias numériques
Marc-Andre NobertSuperviseur média interactif
Patrick RoyRédacteur en chef web
Luc DansereauCoordonateur vidéos, Médias numériques
Robert LatendresseProducteur de contenu
Nicolas LandryProducteur de contenu
Sébastian GomezGest. Princ., Projets Plateforme WCM
Stéphane Sauriol-FrancovicDirecteur, développement numérique

Silver: The Narwhal (The Narwhal News Society)

Emma GilchristCo-founder
Carol LinnittCo-founder
Jimmy ThomsonDeputy Editor

Best Blog Column/Video:

Gold: RDS (Bell Média)

Daniel LequinWriter
Daniel DumoulinChef médias numériques

Silver: Policy Options (Institute for Research on Public Policy) 

Jennifer DitchburnEditor-in-Chief



Best News Coverage:

Gold: CTV News Calgary (Bell Media) – CTV Civic Election 2017

Silver: (Bell Média) – Tom Dundon gardera les Hurricanes en Caroline

François GagnonÉditiorialiste
Patrick RoyRédacteur en chef
Daniel DansereauChef médias numériques

Best Continuing Coverage of a News Story:

Gold: HuffPost Canada (Oath Canada) – Federal Hiring Process Filled with Sexual Innuendos For Job Candidate
Catherine LévesqueReporter
Althia RajEditor
Andree LauEditor

Silver: The Hockey News (Roustan Media Ltd.) – THN In Humboldt: Healing Will Take A Long Time. ‘It Will be Tough. They’re Never Going To Get Over This.’

Ken Campbell, Senior Writer
Sam McCaigFeatures Editor
Matt LarkinAssociate Senior Writer
Ryan KennedyAssociate Senior Writer
Edward FraserManaging Editor

Best Investigate Article or Series:

Gold: (The Centre for International Governance Innovation) – Canada’s missing Syrians

Gareth ChantlerJournalist
Eva Salinas, Managing Editor
Catherine TsalikisSenior Editor
Maya HautefeuillePhotographer

Silver: HuffPost Québec (Oath Canada) – Quand L’Agriculture Tue

Nicolas MeslyReporter
Hugo Jolion-DavidVideo Journalist
Christian DuperronEditor
Patrick WhiteEditor

Best Interactive/Infographic Story:

Gold: CTV News (Bell Media) – W5 North by Northwest

Phil HahnWeb producer
Omar SachedinaCorrespondent
Allya DavidsonField Producer
Kirk NeffDirector of Photography

Silver: Taproot Edmonton (Taproot Publishing Inc.) – #yegvote

Mack MaleProject Lead / Developer
Karen UnlandEditor
Anna McMillanResearcher

The Narwhal captured Gold in the PhotoJournalism category for its reader-funded photo essay on the B.C.-Alaska mining boom. Photo: Garth Lenz

Best Photojournalism:

Gold: The Narwhal (The Narwhal News Society) – In Photos: The Canadian Mining Boom You’ve Never Seen Before

Garth LenzPhotojournalist
Emma GilchristEditor, researcher
Carol LinnittEditor, researcher, graphic design

Silver: The Narwhal (The Narwhal News Society) – This is Giant Mine

Matt JacquesPhotographer
Jimmy ThomsonJournalist, field producer
Emma GilchristEditor
Carol LinnittEditor

Best Video Content:

Gold: RDS (Bell Média) – Le Globe-footeur

Adrien MeureGestionnaire de communauté
David RiouxÉditeur vidéo
Luc DansereauCoordonateur vidéos, Médias numériques
Daniel DumoulinChef médias numériques

Silver: Journal de Montréal (QUÉBECOR) – [VIDÉO] Une semaine dans la peau d’une préposée aux bénéficiaires

Marie-Christine NoëlJournaliste
Manu ChataignerCaméraman
Frédéric PoirierMonteur vidéo
Hugo MeunierDirecteur du contenu, QUÉBECOR
Jean-Louis FortinAdjoint au directeur de l’information et Chef du Bureau d’enquête

Best Podcast:

Gold: RDS (Bell Média)
Luc DansereauProducteur médias numériques
Daniel DumoulinChef médias numériques
Martin LemayAnimateur

Silver: Policy Options (Institute for Research on Public Policy)
Madi HaslamHost, Policy Options podcast
Jennifer DitchburnEditor-in-Chief

Best Sports Feature: (Bell Média) – Coupe du Monde

Hafid OuazibDéveloppeur web
Martin LarocqueDéveloppeur web
Gabriel FontaineDéveloppeur web
Danny HebertDéveloppeur web
Daniel DumoulinChef médias numériques
Stéphane LeducChef de produit médias numériques
Marc-André NobertStratège médias numériques
Patrick RoyRédacteur-Chef
Luc DansereauCoordonateur vidéo
Mehdi BenguerrahSpécialiste, technologie (Bell Média) – Section speciale sur le repechage 2018 de la LNH – NHL

François GagnonReporter
Daniel DumoulinChef médias numériques
Eric LeblancProducteur de contenu
Nicolas LandryProducteur de contenu
Robert LatendresseProducteur de contenu
Mikael FilionProducteur de contenu
Marc-André NobertSuperviseur médias intéractifs
Maxime DesrochesRédacteur et édimestre
Jérémie AsselinAssistant à la production
Stéphane LeducChef de produits médias numériques

Best Use of Social Media:

Gold: RDS (Bell Média)

Élise RobillardStratège Médias Numériques
Daniel DumoulinChef médias numériques
Luc DansereauCoordonateur vidéos, Médias numériques
Martin LemayAnimateur
Bruno GervaisAnalyste
Stéphane LerouxReporter
Francis JettéGestionnaire de commnauté
Catherine Savoiecoordonatrice de contenu numérique

Silver: UBC School of Journalism

Said Abugattas AbusadaStudent
Ely BahhadiStudent
Sarah ReidStudent
Alexandra RodriguezStudent
Saranaz BarforoushFaculty editor
Alfred HermidaFaculty editor

Best News Website:

Gold: Maclean’s (Rogers Media)

Jason KirbyManaging Editor, Digital
Alison UnclesEditor-in-Chief

Silver: The Narwhal (The Narwhal News Society)

Emma GilchristCo-founder
Carol LinnittCo-founder
IctinusWeb development and design firm

Best Community News Website:

Gold: Apt613 (Apartment613 Community Initiatives)

Hannah ManningEditor
Philippe HaCommunity Manager
Greggory ClarkGeneral Manager
Hingman Leung613TV Creative Director
Chantalle Clarkin613TV Creative Director
Josh LemoinePodcast Producer
François LevesqueBoard Chair & Co-Founder
Katie MarshBoard Member & Co-Founder
Althia RajBoard Member & Co-Founder


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Connie has worked coast-to-coast as a reporter, editor, anchor and host at CKNW and News 1130 in Vancouver, News 95.7 and CBC in Halifax, and CFCW Edmonton, among other stations. With a passion for music, film and community service, she led News 95.7 to a 2013 Atlantic Journalism Award and regional RTDNA award for Best Radio Newscast. More recently, she was nominated for Music Journalist of the Year at Canadian Music Week 2019. To report a typo or error please email -

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