The winners of the 2012 Canadian Online Publishing Awards (COPA) presented by Masthead were announced at The Hoxton in Toronto last night with a record number of attendees.
The COPAs honour excellence in digital journalism and design from magazines, newspapers, broadcasters and online-only publishers. Entries were placed in three divisions: Red (consumer, custom, religious, public association); Blue (business-to-business, professional association, farm, scholarly); and Green (daily and weekly newspapers, and broadcasters).
CBC News took Top Gold designation in six categories, while the Toronto Star’s digital desk won second-place honours for best news coverage, best data visualization, and best video or multimedia feature. The National Post won three Canadian Online Publishing Awards, including the category for best newspaper website.
In the Blue division Sparksheet (Spafax) won four golds and three silvers, including being named the best in the online-only website and website design categories, and University Affairs captured two golds and two silvers. Other golds in the Blue division included The Thunderbird (UBC Graduate School of Journalism) for best video/multimedia feature, Open Canada (Canadian International Council) for best online-only article or series, and Alberta Venture for cross-platform initiative.
The COPAs were hosted by Amber Mac, an entrepreneur, television host, professional speaker, and bestselling author. Additionally, attendees also took home the first-ever COPA Book of Winners, the who's who of digital publishing in Canada.