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University Affairs wins five gold awards for online publishing


University Affairs magazine won five gold awards at the 7th annual Canadian Online Publishing Awards (COPA) in Toronto on November 19. The magazine’s website won in the blue division, representing business-to-business, trade and association publications.

The COPA awards, produced by Masthead (a digital trade magazine for the Canadian magazine industry), have awarded University Affairs every year since its inception. The awards this year were won for best news coverage; best website design, a collaboration with Toronto-based Underline Studio; best email newsletter; best video content for a series with Informed Opinions’ Shari Graydon; and best blog for Jennifer Polk’s popular From PhD to Life column. Dr. Polk, a career coach and writer, earned her PhD in history from the University of Toronto and has been writing for University Affairs since 2013. Melonie Fullick’s blog, Speculative Diction, was also a finalist for best blog this year.

In news coverage, journalists Rosanna Tamburri and Karen Birchard and University Affairs digital journalist Natalie Samson, won for their stories on Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program, medical marijuana research, and Dalhousie’s dentistry scandal and restorative justice, respectively.

University Affairs congratulates all winners and our entire editorial team.

Jennifer Polk and Ashleigh VanHouten, with the first four gold awards.
Columnist Jennifer Polk and web editor Ashleigh VanHouten with four of the five gold awards.
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