Students and faculty at the UBC School of Journalism have received four nominations for the 2019 Canadian Online Publishing Awards, which recognizes excellence in Canadian online publishing.
This year’s student nominations span four categories in the Academic and Consumer divisions: Best Article or Series, Best Interactive/Infographic Story, Best Video Content, and Best Use of Social Media/Influencers. Student work is showcased from the courses Integrated Journalism and Reporting in Indigenous Communities.
Last year, UBC Journalism students won three gold and one silver award.
“It is tremendous to see our students recognised by industry. Our students have consistently shown they can produce high calibre work that contributes to the journalism landscape in Canada,” said School director and associate professor Alfred Hermida.
Finalists’ stories span different media
Up for three awards are student pieces on The Thunderbird, the School’s online publication that students and faculty produce during the first-year course Integrated Journalism.
Jasmine Mani and Carol Eugene Park have been nominated for Best Video Content. They produced a video story exploring the lived experiences of six young people of mixed race.
“I’m thrilled for Jasmine and Carol,” said senior instructor Kathryn Gretsinger, who aided as faculty editor on the video. “They were genuinely curious about the experience of young, mixed race people. They asked good questions, edited the piece together carefully and created a piece that is both technically and editorially excellent.”
“Awards like this make a difference,” said Gretsinger. “It is one thing to get an A plus grade and quite another to get professional recognition. I’m thrilled for these students.”
Brandon Wei produced a multimedia story on the funding challenges that face search and rescue services in B.C. amid rising demand. He and Braela Kwan produced a video as part of the piece, investigating how prepared backcountry goers were on West Vancouver’s Cypress Mountain. Their work is nominated for Best Interactive/Infographic Story.
The Best Use of Social Media/Influencers category sees Alison Knill as a finalist for her interactive Twitter Moment on the relationship between people and exercise, based on findings from a UBC study.
The series “Renew: Stories of Indigenous Innovation” is up for Best Article or Series. First and second year students produced stories for this series in the course Reporting in Indigenous Communities. They travelled across the Lower Mainland to do storytelling on this year’s theme, Indigenous innovation.
The winners will be announced in November at an awards ceremony in Toronto.