It’s a big day at Maclean’s. Not only was the magazine nominated for eight Canadian Online Publishing Awards, but three emerged from the Maclean’s Ottawa bureau. The bureau is nominated for Best Use of Social Media. When the House is in session, Nick Taylor-Vaisey sets up the issues of the day, explores the files in play and points to the politicians who are most likely to be in the hotseat. We stream the session live and the Ottawa bureau liveblogs all the action. Most importantly, we invite readers and pundits to join the fray. When all is said and done each day, we highlight the best clips, explain the talking points and showcase the very best thoughts from the online QP community.
For that nomination, we have some people to thank; namely, you and everyone you know who contributed to our obsessive coverage of Question Period. We spend a lot of time watching and listening and analyzing the politicians in the House of Commons, but we defer to you whenever we can for those 45 minutes when Question Period steals our attention. The best of your opinions and analysis are always worth broadcasting via ScribbleLive, and you share any and all of our successes.
The bureau’s other nominations:
Aaron Wherry is nominated for Best Blog. Aaron has chronicled the myriad conversations on Parliament Hill for years at Beyond the Commons. The blog is a rolling conversation about the characters, debates and disagreements on and around Parliament Hill. Anchored by the Commons, a daily sketch of Parliament when it is in session, the blog aims to broaden and deepen the discussion of Canadian federal politics with analysis, reporting and exclusive interviews.
Amanda Shendruk and Wherry are nominated for Best Infographic. The duo combined forces to create the Interactive Commons, a visual and interactive representation of what goes on in Question Period each day, from who asks questions and who responds to how often the party leaders are there and what percentage of words spoken are in French. Updated regularly when the House is in session, the interactive infographic presents readers with another measure of the work on Parliament Hill.