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Maclean's earns seven COPA nominations

Maclean's newsroom picks up seven nods in six categories at the Canadian Online Publishing Awards


Maclean’s is pleased to announce it has earned seven nominations in six categories for this year’s Canadian Online Publishing Awards (COPA), the most nominations of any media outlet in our class.

The awards, which will be announced at a Toronto gala on Nov. 20, recognized Maclean’s in the following categories: Best website design, best news coverage, best infographic, best digital publication for desktop and tablet, best interactive story, and twice for best blog or column.

“This is a fantastic honour,” said Maclean’s editor Mark Stevenson. “We’re so appreciative of COPA’s recognition of our team’s hard work in producing a quality digital product for our readers.”

Here’s a closer look at some of our work that earned a COPA nomination:

Best website design


Launched in March of 2014, our new website is clean, more interactive, and is designed for easy, fluid use across all platforms—from desktop, tablet to mobile—reflecting the evolving ways that readers are consuming the news. Our digitally focused redesign, too, was fuelled in part by a renewed commitment to delivering our incisive commentary and analysis of national and international events to our readers in new ways, which has thus far included new podcasts and digital newsletters.

Best interactive story: One Step From Death


Senior writer Michael Friscolanti went to Elliot Lake, Ont., when the Algo Centre collapsed in June of 2013; together with the remarkable video and photography of Jessica Darminin and digital producers Paul Watson and Michelle Turingan—overseen by Sue Allan—Maclean’s produced a deep, multimedia-driven long-form packaged that probed the lead-up and aftermath of the mall’s tragic collapse.

Best infographic, Amanda Shendruk


Amanda Shendruk’s work firmly blends data and design, using visualizations to break down hard-to-understand information and deliver it in an engaging way. That work has driven the kind of infographic work that Maclean’s now espouses, from our uniquely visual Canada Day issue to our Blog of Lists series. Shendruk was nominated in the infographic for this feature on Chris Hadfield.

She was also nominated in the blog category:

Best blog or column: Sarah Lazarovic


Exemplifying Maclean’s affection for coverage that is both deeply relevant and, when possible, slightly irreverent, Lazarovic’s amusing live-sketches of events—from a Rob Ford speech to the Olympic opening ceremonies—have become some of our most popular content, proving that illustrations can be genuinely illustrative. In August, Lazarovic earned a nomination in the online commentary category for the Online News Association’s Online Journalism Awards. Here’s a sample of her work: