COPA Awards 2011More than 250 publishers, editors, designers and other publishing pros packed the Gladstone Hotel ballroom in Toronto on Monday, October 24, 2011 to celebrate the best in editorial-based online and digital publishing at the third annual Canadian Online Publishing Awards. The awards capped off the first annual COPA+ Digital Publishing Conference, also at the Gladstone, featuring keynote presentations, panels, vendor demonstrations and exhibits. Among the big winners of the evening were Sparksheet, which dominated the Blue division (Business-to-Business) with seven Gold medals; and Torontoist, leading the pack in the Red division (Consumer) with three Gold medals. In the Green division (Newspaper and Broadcaster), the accolades were divided among leading titles including The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, National Post, CBC, The Tyee and others. CBC Radio’s Nora Young, host of the network’s show on culture and technology, Spark, emceed this year’s COPA.

The awards honour excellence in online and digital journalism and editorial in three divisions:

Red: Consumer magazines including custom titles, public associations, online only brands

Blue: Business to Business magazines including farm, professional association, university and b-to-b online only titles

Green: Newspapers and broadcasters

2011 COPA Finalists and Winners

BEST NEWS COVERAGE

Red Division:
Gold Winner: Torontoist
Silver Winner: Rabble.ca

Blue Division
Gold Winner: Quill & Quire
Silver Winner: IT World Canada

Green Division
Gold Winner: CBC News: Canada Votes
Silver Winner: The Tyee

BEST BLOG

Red Division:
Gold Winner: Torontoist
Silver Winner: Reader’s Digest Canada

Blue Division:
Gold Winner: Sparksheet/Spafax Interactive
Silver Winner: Dr. Sharma’ Obesity Notes/U of A

Green Division:
Gold Winner: TheStar.com – Photo Blog
Silver Winner: I’m The It Girl

BEST VIDEO/MULTIMEDIA FEATURE

Red Division:
Gold Winner: Toronto Standard
Silver Winner: Magic Santa/Sympatico.ca

Blue Division:
Gold Winner: TheThunderbird.ca
Silver Winner: TruckNews.com – Beer Run

Green Division:
Gold Winner: National Film Board – Welcome to Pine Point
Silver Winner: The Globe and Mail – Inside Hamas

BEST USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA

Red Division:
Gold Winner: Canadianliving.com
Silver Winner: Walrusmagazine.com

Blue Division:
Gold Winner: Sparksheet
Silver Winner: Salon 52

Green Division:
Gold Winner: Nationalpost.com
Silver Winner: CBCNews.ca

BEST ONLINE-ONLY ARTICLE OR SERIES:

Red Division
Gold Winner: OpenFile – The Poppy File
Silver Winner: OpenFile – Toronto Votes

Blue Division:
Gold Winner: Sparksheet – Brand New Havana
Silver Winner: TheThunderbird.ca – Aging in B.C.

Green Division:
Gold Winner: The Tyee – Growing the Local Bounty
Silver winner: CBCNews.ca: Who Killed Lebanon’s Rafik Hariri

BEST CROSS-PLATFORM INITIATIVE

Red Division:
Gold Winner: Ontario Tourism
Silver winner: Toronto Life

Blue Division:
Gold Winner: CIO Canada – Brainstorm Centre
Silver winner: Canadian Occupational Safety

Green Division:
Gold Winner: Cyberpresse – Federal Election
Silver winner: CBC News: Canada Votes

BEST E-NEWSLETTER

Red Division:
Gold Winner: 20 Minute Supper Club
Silver winner: Toronto Life

Blue Division:
Gold Winner: Sparksheet
Silver winner: Mortgage Broker News

Green Division:
Gold Winner: The Globe and Mail – Wine Newsletter
Silver winner: Vancouver Observer

BEST SMARTPHONE APP

All divisions:
Gold Winner: Vite une recette
Silver winner: CBCNews.ca

BEST MOBILE-OPTIMIZED SITE

All divisions:
Gold Winner: Sparksheet
Silver winner: Advisor.ca

BEST DIGITAL EDITION (or digital replica)

All divisions:
Gold Winner: CIO Canada
Silver winner: Condominia

BEST TABLET APP
Gold winner: CBCNews.ca

BEST WEB DESIGN

Red Division:
Gold winner: Toronto Standard
Silver winner: TheStyleSpy.com

Blue Division:
Gold winner: Sparksheet
Silver winner: University Affairs

Green Division:
Gold winner: Nationalpost.com
Silver winner: CBC News

BEST ONLINE-ONLY SITE (for sites with no print companion)

Red Division:
Gold winner: Torontoist
Silver winner: Toronto Standard

Blue Division:
Gold winner (tie):
ITBusiness.ca
Sparksheet
Silver winner: theheart.org

Green Division:
Gold winner: CBCNews.ca
Silver winner: RedNation Online

BEST COMPANION WEB SITE (for titles with a print companion brand):

Red Division:
Gold winner: Walrusmagazine.com
Silver winner (tie):
enRoute Online
Toronto Life

Blue Division:
Gold Winner: University Affairs
Silver winners (tie):
Conseiller.ca
Quill & Quire

Green Division:
Gold winner: The Globe and Mail
Silver winner: Nationalpost.com

More information on the Canadian Online Publishing Awards.