Edmonton JournalThe Edmonton Journal received three excellence in online journalism nominations Thursday, September 20, 2012 from the Canadian Online Publishing Awards. Reporter Brent Wittmeier and data journalism editor Lucas Timmons were nominated in the data visualization category for their work on an interactive online map of Edmonton’s 2011 record-breaking homicides. Columnist Paula Simons was nominated for best use of social media, in recognition of her innovative use of Facebook and Twitter to cover breaking news and provide social commentary. Digital editor Stuart Thomson and crime bureau chief Jana G. Pruden, along with the Journal news team that covered the devastating Slave Lake fire were nominated in the best cross-platform initiative category for the iBook, “How Could a Whole Town Burn?”

The three nominations are a testament to the innovative work the Journal is doing in a variety of digital ways,” said Stephanie Coombs, the Journal’s managing editor. “We are determined to bring strong, local journalism to Edmonton readers in the ways they want it, whether that is social media, interactive online tools or electronic books. I’m so pleased our work has been recognized by the Canadian Online Publishing Awards.

Timmons and Journal Digital Editor Kerry Powell are in San Francisco this week to represent the Journal at the 2012 Online Journalism Awards. Winners of those awards will be announced Saturday. [Unfortunately, the Journal did not win in their categories in the Online Journalism Awards in San Francisco. However, the NFB won in the category of “Online Commentary, Small Market”, for its mesmerizing 20 minute documentary on Grizzly Bears called Bear 71 that’s well worth watching.]

The Canadian version of the Online Publishing Awards Awards are presented by Masthead Online. The winners will be announced at a ceremony in Toronto on Oct. 22.

from the Edmonton Journal, September 20, 2012