By H.G. Watson
Canadian news media were well represented among the winners and finalists at the 2015 Online Journalism Awards on Sept 26, 2015.
The Globe and Mail won the award for breaking news coverage for its cumulative reporting on the Ottawa shooting on Oct 22, 2014. Also recognized for its coverage of the shooting was the Canadian Press, which was a finalist in the breaking news coverage category for medium-sized outlets.
The Globe was also a finalist in the explanatory news category for “Saving Cyla,” which went into the operating room as a patient underwent brain surgery, and the feature category for “Kim’s Choice,” about a woman who, without access to physician assisted-death, decides to starve herself to death.
Alfred Hermida, the director of the University of British Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, was a finalist in the online commentary category for his piece on why not to turn to Twitter to get accurate news about incidents of Ebola virus in the United States.
And Sheridan College’s Journalism Broadcast students were among the finalists in the student project category for their multimedia piece “What are the chances?,” which examines how gender, race, income or a mental illness can limit opportunities for millennials.