Accuracy, analysis, original investigations and gripping imagery helped CBC News win big at the inaugural Digital Publishing Awards, handed out Thursday night in Toronto.
The awards, in 14 categories, aim to recognize all of the people — writers and editors, designers and developers, video and podcast producers, photographers and others — who create the digital content that Canadians read, share and engage with every day
CBCNews.ca won the award for Best Editorial Package for the project documenting cases of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. Through a combination of police checks and more than a hundred interviews with families, community leaders and other organizations, the CBCNews.ca team built an interactive database of the names, photos and stories of more than 250 missing and murdered women and girls.
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The project continues, with tips coming in from the public and new names being added to the list. Several cold cases have been reopened in light of CBC's reporting.
CBCNews.ca also won the award for Best News Coverage of a Single Topic or Event for the live election night coverage, Canada Votes 2015.
A live interactive results page allowed the audience to see results for every riding and candidate as the votes were counted. Users could create and edit their own customized results lists on the fly and browse real-time results by postal code, map and riding name. Users could stream live TV and radio specials and check in at any time on live raw video feeds from each of the main party headquarters.
"These awards, which come on the eve of the 20th anniversary of online news at cbc.ca, are a testament to the world-class digital news service the CBC has built," said Brodie Fenlon, Senior Director of Digital News, CBC News and Centres.
CBC's Europe correspondent, Margaret Evans, took the gold award for Best Online-Only Short Feature, for her story Refugee crisis makes for strange sights on Lesbos, in which she reported on the strange juxtaposition of beach-going tourists amid refugee boats arriving on the shore of the Greek island.
CBCNews.ca also won Digital Publication of the Year.
"I'm particularly proud of the Digital Publication of the Year Award," said Fenlon. "It's a fitting tribute on a year of milestones that included record-breaking digital audiences to our election coverage and local news, ground-breaking investigative journalism and the best online foreign reporting of any news outlet in Canada."
The Digital Publishing Awards are produced by the National Magazine Awards Foundation, a not-for-profit, registered charity that has administered Canada's annual National Magazine Awards since 1977.