2011 Canadian Online Publishing Awards: VO honoured in three categories

The Vancouver Observer won silver for the "best newsletter" category of the The Canadian Online Publishing Awards last night. It was also a finalist in the categories of "best overall online-only publication website" and "best online-only article or series of articles".

VO's weekly e-newsletter, which highlights news and recent blog posts on the website, placed second to the Globe and Mail.

The Vancouver Observer, along with The Tyee, was a finalist for "best overall online-only publication," while CBCNews.ca took gold in the category and RedNation Online took silver.

In the "best online-only article or series of articles", The Vancouver Observer was chosen as a finalist for its extensive coverage of the proposed mega-casino at B.C. Place. Coverage of the casino by The Vancouver Observer and other media led to a unanimous vote by City Council in April rejecting the proposed gambling venue.

The gold in this category went to The Tyee for its 17-part series,  Growing the Local Bounty, which investigated challenges facing local food producers, highlighting solutions emerging in British Columbia and Ontario.

The Canadian Online Publishing Awards are produced by Masthead and recognize the best in online editorial and innovation by Canadian publishers. The VO was judged in the new Green Division for daily and weekly newspapers and sites produced by broadcasters.

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