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University Affairs wins best media website

Publication takes home a gold and three silvers at online publishing awards.

BY PEGGY BERKOWITZ | NOV 21 2014

University Affairs took home one gold and three silver awards in the business to business (blue) division at the Canadian Online Publishing Awards, the most important online publishing honours for the magazine industry in Canada.

Web editor Tara Siebarth accepted UA’s top prize in the inaugural Best Media Website category at the Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto last night. Melonie Fullick was awarded silver in the Best Blog or Column category for her work on Speculative Diction – her second year in a row winning an award for her blog. Contributor Moira MacDonald won silver in Best Article for “The plight of the unpaid intern” (she beat out UA contributor David Hayes, who was a finalist in the same category for his article on Trent University’s wildlife DNA lab.

UA also nabbed silver for Best News Coverage for stories by regular contributor Rosanna Tamburri on historians’ role in a tobacco lawsuit and restrictions on advising international students and a story on confidentiality of researchers’ sources by UA digital journalist Natalie Samson.

Four Canadian universities were also recognized in the B2B division. Journalism students at the University of British Columbia cleaned up in the Best Interactive Story category. The international reporting stream of UBC’a graduate school of journalism won gold for China’s Generation Green while another graduate student publication, The Thunderbird, took silver for its story on Vancouver housing co-ops.

The Ryersonian, a student publication at Ryerson University, was a finalist in five categories (Best Media Website, Best News Coverage, Best Blog or Column, Best Infographic, Best Interactive Story). McGill University’s alumni magazine and The Thunderbird also were finalists for Best Article or Series. McGill Monthly got a nod for Best Email Design and Engagement.

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