Vancouver Observer wins at Canadian Online Publishing Awards

The Vancouver Observer brought home some shiny hardware from Toronto last night. The Canadian Online Publishing Award for Best Article (Green) was presented to the VO for its Lost Canadians series, an investigation that centered on the story of Canadians who have fallen through the cracks of  archaic and sexist laws.

The VO placed second in the Best Overall Online-Only Website, which was awarded to CBCnews.ca and was nominated in the Best Website Design category which went to Cyberpresse.ca.

Lost Canadians contributing author Megan Stewart accepted the award on behalf of the Vancouver Observer at the sold-out gala awards ceremony. Stewart, now a journalist at the Vancouver Courier, UBC Journalism graduate student Darren Fleet and VO publisher Linda Solomon were contributors to the Lost Canadians ongoing investigation into citizenship laws in Canada.

“I am so proud of the entire Vancouver Observer team—all of the contributors: Megan, Darren, and Emily; our designers; David Egan, our developer; Mary Caros and the essential Meghan Strain—for achieving this outstanding honour in the one year since our re-launch,” said Vancouver Observer publisher, Linda Solomon.

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. Other categories include the Red Division for consumer, custom, religious, and public association websites and the Blue Division, for business to business, professional association, farm, and scholarly websites.

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