Ryersonian named as finalist in online publishing awards

The Ryersonian’s website, www.ryersonian.ca, was named as finalist for four Canadian Online Publishing Awards.

The news site, produced by second-year masters students and fourth-year undergraduates at the Ryerson School of Journalism, is nominated in the blue division for business-to-business, professional association, farm, and scholarly sites.

The awards, launched in 2009, celebrate excellence in online publishing. Twelve students are involved in the nominations.

Reporters Vidya Kauri and Melinda Maldonado, and editor Emma Prestwich are nominated for best news coverage.

“The sex assaults happened just days after I wrapped up my internship at The Canadian Press, and like all of my colleagues at the ‘Sonian, I hit the ground running on the first day of school,” said Maldonado. “From homophobia in the Latin community to shockingly unhealthy ‘healthy’ foods, the ‘Sonian was a great chance to play with multimedia to tell stories, and I’m so honoured to share a nomination with a team of talented young journalists.”

“It is an honour to be nominated for best news coverage in the 2013 Canadian Online Publishing Awards,” said Kauri, who won Student Journalist of the Year at the Ontario Newspaper Awards this past spring for some of the same reportage. “Thanks to everyone for the support, and best wishes.”

Reporter Samuel Greenfield and reporter/editor Derek Kirk are nominated for best video or multimedia feature.

The Ryersonian is also nominated for best use of social media for reporter Dan Berlin’s work on a live blog.

The site is nominated twice in the category of best cross-platform initiative. Reporter Asher Greenberg, managing editor Rebecca Tromsness, features editor Laura Anderson and Ishani Nath are nominated for their coverage about mental health on campus.  Aaron Hutchins and graphics editor Jeff Fraser were nominated for a feature about utility-box art throughout Toronto.

Other nominees in the same category include Canadian Business and Canadian Cattlemen.

A group of publishing experts judged the nominees and winners are announced on Nov. 13 in a downtown Toronto ceremony.

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