Best Digital Initiative, top 4 finalists

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In 2016, we were introduced to countless new and compelling ways of consuming digital content. Designed and executed by some of the country’s biggest talents—digital initiatives, those that keep you scrolling through until the very end— make for the most engaging and memorable news stories, and we’re excited to share the judges’ top picks for this year’s Best Digital Initiative.

The jury has selected 4 nominees for this year’s award, which honours an innovative digital creation, project, design or concept. This may include a tool, an application, a package, a presentation of data, etc., which enhances audience engagement and/or user experience.

This year’s nominated pieces include an investigation into the hidden hardships of Chile’s most vulnerable, an in-depth look at the consequences of the lack of diversity in newsrooms, un robot français qui peut répondre á toutes vos questions, and personalized newsletters sent straight to your inbox.

Explore all four pieces below:

Hidden in Plain Sight
UBC School of Journalism

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Taylor Owen, Creator
Chantelle Bellrichard, Digital developer
Contributors: Kathryn Gretsinger, Claire Ward, Daniel Hernandez, Michelle Ghoussoub, Codi Hauka, Jon Hernandez, Mike Lakusiak, Peter Mothe, Ahmed Najdat, Konstantine Roccas, Natalie Walters and Daisy Xiong
Luc Rinaldi and Steve Kupferman, Creators
Matthew Warland, Adam Campbell and Ian Jackson, Digital developers
Matthew Warland, Designer
Contributors: Marc Weisblott and Rebecca Flemin
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Naël Shiab, Creator, Digital Developer and Designer
Ryerson Review of Journalism
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Fatima Syed & Carine Abouseif, Creators
Kat Eschner, Editor
Lindsay Smith, Digital developer
Fatima Syed & Carine Abouseif, Designers

Contributors: Eternity Martis, Allison Baker, Viviane Fairbank, Laura Hensley, Blair Mlotek, Tim Falconer, Lauren McKeon, Jonah Brunet, Erin Sylvester, Sydney Hamilton and Davide Mastracci


The winners of the Best Digital Initiative award will be announced at the Digital Publishing Awards Soirée on Thursday June 1, 2017 in Toronto. Congratulations to all of this year’s nominees!

Full list of 2017 nominees
Digital Publishing Awards Event Details
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