UBC Journalism students and faculty have been named as finalists in the 2015 Canadian Online Publishing Awards.
Students received seven nominations in four categories including Best Article or Series, Best Interactive Story, Best Video Content and Best Digital Publication.
The awards showcase Canadian publishing talent and companies in the digital medium.
“The number of nominations is a testament to the talent of our students and faculty,” said UBC Journalism director Alfred Hermida. “It is terrific that the school has again been recognised as a leader in digital journalism in Canada.”
This is the seventh straight year that students and faculty from the UBC Graduate School of Journalism have been named as finalists in the COPAs.
In the 2014 awards, students received three nominations and won gold in best Interactive Story for the International Reporting Program’s Green China project.
The finalists this year also included OpenCanada.org, whose Editor in Chief is UBC Journalism faculty member Taylor Owen.
Range of stories
All the nominations are in the Blue category which covers academic institutions. Nominated in the Best Article or Series category are:
- Students Emily Blake and Natalie Walters, and adjunct professor Frances Bula for Trans community hopeful for health care equality.
- Students Wawmeesh G. Hamilton and Peter Mothe, and professor Kathryn Gretsinger for Aboriginal youth in foster care find strength in cultural ties.
- Students Ahmed Najdat and Peter Mothe, professor Kathryn Gretsinger and adjunct professor Duncan McCue for Education credits remain elusive for many residential school survivors.
- Students Genevieve Cruz and Wawmeesh G. Hamilton, adjunct professor Duncan McCue and professor Kathryn Gretsinger for Unshaken faith: Keeping the Shaker church alive.
Nominated in the Best Interactive Story category are:
- Student Christopher Cheung, adjunct professor Frances Bula and professor Alfred Hermida for Young generation fuels Chinatown’s future
Nominated for Best Video Content category are:
- Students Jon Hernandez and Jordan Wong, and professor Alfred Hermida for On the road with aspiring rockers The River and the Road
The website of the Reporting in Indigenous Communities course is a finalist in the Best Digital Publication category.
The winners will be announced on November 19 in Toronto.