University Affairs magazine won two gold and two silver awards at the 2012 Canadian Online Publishing Awards ceremony in Toronto on Oct. 22. The magazine’s website won in the blue division, representing business-to-business, professional and scholarly publications, picking up an award in every category it entered.
The gold awards were won for best news coverage and best blog, the latter for the Margin Notes blog by University Affairs deputy editor Léo Charbonneau. It was the second time that Margin Notes was recognized with the gold award. The blog has been nominated every year since the Canadian Online Publishing Awards were created in 2009. The University Affairs’ blog Speculative Diction, by York University PhD student Melonie Fullick, was also a finalist for best blog this year.
In news coverage, University Affairs’ staff and contributors won for three news stories from 2012: Court rules students may sue, by Judith Knelman; Is Canada producing too many PhDs? by Léo Charbonneau; and Are high school marks enough? by Rosanna Tamburri.
University Affairs took the silver awards in the categories of best website design and best overall companion website (the latter is for publishers that produce both a website and a print publication). The gold winners in those categories were SalonMagazine.ca, for best overall companion website, and Sparksheet, for best website design.