Best in online and digital publishing announced at COPAs

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The Canadian Online Publishing Awards COPA

More than 250 publishers, editors,
designers and other publishing pros packed the Gladstone Hotel ballroom Monday
night to celebrate the best in editorial-based online and digital publishing at
the third annual Canadian Online Publishing Awards.

The awards capped off
the first annual COPA+ Digital Publishing Conference, also at the Gladstone,
featuring keynote presentations, panels, vendor demonstrations and
exhibits.

Among the big winners of the evening were Sparksheet, which
dominated the Blue division (Business-to-Business) with seven Gold medals; and
Torontoist, leading the pack in the Red division (Consumer) with three Gold
medals.

In the Green division (Newspaper
and Broadcaster), the accolades were divided among leading titles including The
Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, National Post, CBC, The Tyee and others.

A
full list of finalists, Silver and Gold medal winners follows below.

You can follow the blow-by-blow of the evening’s festivities on Twitter by
searching #COPAwards.

CBC Radio’s Nora Young, host of the network’s show
on culture and technology, Spark, emceed this year’s COPA.

The COPAs are
produced by Masthead with the support of the following sponsors:
Gold
Sponsors:
The Audit Bureau of Circulations
CCAB division of BPA
Worldwide
Publishing Services division of The Cornerstone Group
Silver
Sponsor: Mygazines
Bronze Sponsor: Texterity

2011 COPA
Finalists and Winners

BEST NEWS COVERAGE
Red
Division:
Gold Winner: Torontoist
Silver Winner:
Rabble.ca
Finalist:
Fashion Magazine

Blue Division
Gold Winner:
Quill & Quire
Silver Winner: IT World
Canada
Finalists:
Advisor.ca
Mortgage Broker News
University
Affairs

Green Division
Gold Winner: CBC News: Canada Votes
Silver
Winner: The Tyee
Finalists:
Cyberpresse – Arab Spring
Cyberpresse –
City Hall
Edmonton Journal
Nationalpost.com
The Globe and Mail – news
site
Thestar.com – Arab Awakening
Thestar.com – G20
Winnipeg Free
Press

BEST BLOG
Red Division:
Gold Winner: Torontoist
Silver
Winner: Reader’s Digest
Canada
Finalists:
Canadianliving.com
L’actualité.com
Ottawa Magazine
– City Bites
Regret the Error
Spacing Toronto
Toronto Standard – Bert
Archer
Toronto Standard – Ivor Tossell
Walrusmagazine.com

Blue
Division:
Gold Winner: Sparksheet/Spafax Interactive
Silver Winner: Dr.
Sharma’ Obesity Notes/U of A
Finalists:
Margin Notes blog/University
Affairs magazine
ProfessionSanté.ca/Rogers Publishing
Reportr.net/UBC
Graduate School of Journalism

Green Division:
Gold Winner: TheStar.com
– Photo Blog
Silver Winner: I’m The It Girl
Finalists:
Andy Riga’s
Metropolitan News/Montreal Gazette
CBCNews.ca Your Community Blog

Cyberpresse – La mere
Cyberpresse – Rondelle Libre
Spinner/AOL
Canada
The Globe and Mail – Economy Lab
Thestar.com – Doug
Smith
Thestar.com – The Spin

BEST VIDEO/MULTIMEDIA FEATURE
Red
Division:
Gold Winner: Toronto Standard
Silver Winner: Magic
Santa/Sympatico.ca
Finalists:
Canadianart.ca
ELLEQuebec.com
Fashion
Magazine – Ari Seth Cohen
Fashion Magazine – The Fashion Experiment
Femmes
de parole/Rogers
Snowsportsculture
Sympatico.ca Autos
The
Observer/United Church Observer

Blue Division:
Gold Winner:
TheThunderbird.ca
Silver Winner: TruckNews.com – Beer
Run
Finalists:
ITBusiness.ca
TruckNews.com – Fergus
TruckNews.com –
Michelin

Green Division:
Gold Winner: National Film Board – Welcome
to Pine Point
Silver Winner: The Globe and Mail – Inside
Hamas
Finalists:
CBC News – Exile Without End: Palestinians in
Lebanon
Cyberpresse – High Tech Hits
Edmonton Journal –
Dodgeball
Edmonton Journal – Federal Election
Edmonton Journal – Slave
Lake
National Film Board – Gods Lake Narrows
National Film Board – This
Land
Winnipeg Free Press

BEST USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA
Red
Division:
Gold Winner: Canadianliving.com
Silver Winner:
Walrusmagazine.com
Finalists:
Besthealthmag.ca
Coupdepouce.com
Dogs
in Canada
Our Canada
Facebook
Rouge
styleathome.com
sweetspot.ca
Todaysparent.com

Blue
Division:
Gold Winner: Sparksheet
Silver Winner: Salon 52

Green
Division:
Gold Winner: Nationalpost.com
Silver Winner:
CBCNews.ca
Finalists:
Cyberpresse
The Globe and Mail
Winnipeg Free
Press

BEST ONLINE-ONLY ARTICLE OR SERIES:
Red Division
Gold Winner:
OpenFile – The Poppy File
Silver Winner: OpenFile – Toronto
Votes
Finalists:
Canadianart.ca – Letter from Venice
Canadianart.ca –
Nancy Tousley column
Dogs In Canada
J-Source
Regret the
Error
Spacing Toronto
The Dominion
Torontoist

Blue
Division:
Gold Winner: Sparksheet – Brand New Havana
Silver Winner:
TheThunderbird.ca – Aging in
B.C.
Finalists:
theheart.org
TheThunderbird.ca – Tsunami
Virtually
Learning

Green Division:
Gold Winner: The Tyee – Growing the Local
Bounty
Silver winner: CBCNews.ca: Who Killed Lebanon’s Rafik
Hariri
Finalists:
CBCNews.ca Special Report: Power Switch
The Tyee –
War Over Oil Sands
Vancouver Observer – Mega Casino

BEST
CROSS-PLATFORM INITIATIVE
Red Division:
Gold Winner: Ontario
Tourism
Silver winner: Toronto Life
Finalists:
Coupdepouce.com
The
Hockey News
Todaysparent.com

Blue Division:
Gold Winner: CIO Canada
– Brainstorm Centre
Silver winner: Canadian Occupational Safety

Green
Division:
Gold Winner: Cyberpresse – Federal Election
Silver winner: CBC
News: Canada Votes
Finalists:
Cyberpresse – Flood
Edmonton Journal –
Taste Alberta
Edmonton Journal – Twitchell
Nationalpost.com – How We
Met
Nationalpost.com – Long Road
Thespec.com/Hamilton
Spectator
Thestar.com/The Toronto Star
Winnipeg Free Press

BEST
E-NEWSLETTER
Red Division:
Gold Winner: 20 Minute Supper Club
Silver
winner: Toronto Life
Finalists:
Canadian Family
canadianart.ca
Dogs
in Canada
More.ca
On
Air
sweetspot.ca
Vanmag.com
VitaminDaily.com

Blue
Division:
Gold Winner: Sparksheet
Silver winner: Mortgage Broker
News
Finalists:
Canadian Occupational Safety
In the
Loop
Trucknews.com

Green Division:
Gold Winner: The Globe and Mail
– Wine Newsletter
Silver winner: Vancouver
Observer
Finalist:
Cyberpresse

BEST SMARTPHONE APP
All
divisions:
Gold Winner: Vite une recette
Silver winner:
CBCNews.ca
Finalists:
Canadian Business Mobile
Maclean’s Mobile
The
Hockey News

BEST MOBILE-OPTIMIZED SITE
All divisions:
Gold Winner:
Sparksheet
Silver winner: Advisor.ca
Finalist:
The Globe and Mail
Mobile site

BEST DIGITAL EDITION (or digital replica)
All
divisions:
Gold Winner: CIO Canada
Silver winner:
Condominia
Finalist:
CMAJ

BEST TABLET APP
Gold winner:
CBCNews.ca
Silver winner: Maclean’s
Finalists:
Aggregation
Magazine
Ontario Travel
The Globe and Mail

BEST WEB DESIGN
Red
Division:
Gold winner: Toronto Standard
Silver winner:
TheStyleSpy.com
Finalists:
Aeroplan Arrival
Boulder
Pavement
Canadian Family
Frugalbits.com
Rouge
Scrum
Canada
sweetspot.ca
Walrusmagazine.com

Blue Division:
Gold
winner: Sparksheet
Silver winner: University
Affairs
Finalists:
Advisor.ca
Careers in Nursing – A world of
Opportunities
CMAJ

Green Division:
Gold winner:
Nationalpost.com
Silver winner: CBC News
Finalists:
Cyberpresse
The
Globe and Mail

Next category:
BEST ONLINE-ONLY SITE (for sites with no
print companion)
Red Division:
Gold winner: Torontoist
Silver winner:
Toronto
Standard
Finalists:
Frugalbits.com
OpenFile
Plaisirssante.ca
rabble.ca
sweetspot.ca
TheStyleSpy.com
TORO
Magazine
UrbanMommies

Blue Division:
Gold winner
(tie):
ITBusiness.ca
Sparksheet
Silver winner:
theheart.org
Finalists:
Canadian Investment Review
Cheap Shrimp: Hidden
Costs

Green Division finalists:
Gold winner: CBCNews.ca
Silver
winner: RedNation Online
Finalists:
The Tyee
Vancouver
Observer

BEST COMPANION WEB SITE (for titles with a print companion
brand):
Red Division:
Gold winner: Walrusmagazine.com
Silver winner
(tie):
enRoute Online
Toronto Life
Finalists:
CanadianBusiness.com

Cottage Life
ELLEQuebec.com
Fashion Magazine
Macleans.ca
Outdoor
Canada
Rouge
Vanmag.com

Blue Division:
Gold Winner: University
Affairs
Silver winners (tie):
Conseiller.ca
Quill &
Quire
Finalists:
Advisor.ca
CanadianHealthcareNetwork.ca/ProfessionSante.ca
Renovation
Contractor

Green Division:
Gold winner: The Globe and Mail
Silver
winner: Nationalpost.com
Finalists:
Cyberpresse
Northern News
ServicesOnline
thestar.com

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