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Why the Canadian Online Publishing Awards is Good for Canada.

The Canadian Online Publishing Awards aka COPAs has become the tip of the spear for the digital publishing industry in Canada by showcasing and helping Canadian content creators move the needle forward for their brands on the global stage. The COPAs was started in 2009 as an industry showcase of the Best Digital Content creators in the magazine and newspaper industries. In 13 years it has become the largest Digital Publishing Awards Program in Canada with 4 divisions - Academic, B2B, B2C and News/Sports with a mandate  to reflect Canada’s multi-cultural diversity whenever possible. 

 

The COPAs is supporting News Media Canada in their efforts in the Digital Reset of the Media Industry - “The Government recognizes the need for revenue sharing; understands that there is a negotiating imbalance between digital platforms and news outlets; and acknowledges the need for tools that allow press publishers to negotiate commercial deals on a level playing field,” said Paul Deegan, president and CEO of News Media Canada.

The entries are reviewed by a Who’s Who’s of the digital publishing in Canada. The panel has over 90 judges and is a collection content, creative, digital, web, tech marketing, media and publishing experts. 

FREE to ENTER

There are two categories that anybody can enter for for FREE - the Best Feel Good Story and Best Multicultural Story. This is part of the COPA’s inclusiveness policy to ensure that anybody can win a COPA. There are 4 divisions Academic, B2B, B2C and News/Sports. The COPA’s has become a badge of honour for the winners. Winners are announced at a COPA Awards Party in Toronto. 


The 2021 COPA Judging Panel
The Who’s Who’s of Canada in Digital Publishing

The COPA’s have become the tip of the spear for the Canadian digital publishing industry to help promote Canadian talent to the world and the COPA’s is now the largest Digital Publishing Awards program in Canada.

 

The 2021 COPA Judging has now been released on the COPA website and there are over 90+ judges this year along with 30 new ones to help determine who is the best in Canada. The COPA Judges is a volunteer panel and has participation of all geographic regions in Canada. Some of the new judges this year are shown below and they offer a blend of expertise that includes digital publishing, podcaster, art director, photographer, marketer, publisher, editor, journalist and academia. Industry participation from all sectors is growing each year. You can see the full Judging Panel at this link.

 


 






























The 2021 Catgories Have Been Released


The Call for Entries Begin July 1, 2021


The COPAs enter their 13th year in 2021 and the COPAs has grown into the largest Digital Awards program in Canada. One of the COPA’s mandates is to provide a forum for all publishers in Canada to participate and to reflect the nation’s multicultural diversity. The best way is to allow them to enter for free. In 2020, this was provided via a COVID news category to help publishers participate in what was a very challenging year. In 2021 it has been expanded to include two categories - the Best Feel Good Story” and Best Multi-Cultural story. Also, new in 2021 are the Best Webinar and Best Virtual Event categories.
 

 

 









































The COPAs wishes to provide a forum for publishers to help change the narrative about visible minorities in Canada with the Best Multi-cultural story as the events of the past year show that Canada’s history has a lot of secret skeletons in the closet and these will have a chance to win a COPA award this year. The Call for Entries begins on Canada Day - July 1, 2021. All entries must have been published between September 1, 2020 to September 30, 2021 to be eligible for the 2021 awards. The 2021 Rules are available at this link. BusinessWire has also come back as returning sponsor in 2021.
 

 











HuffPost Canada the Big Winner of the 2020 COPAs
 
The 12 Annual 2020 COPA Party was held on Thursday, February 4 in what can be considered a fun time for all that had 150 people from across Canada attending. To add some fun for the attendees the virtual event was packaged as a 3 day Virtual Retreat on a Paradise island as the theme for this year’s COPA Party. There were activities such as a COPA finalist podcast/video showcase and webinars from BusinessWire and Happyfication.
 

The Big Winner this year was HuffPost Canada (Quebec) with 7 Gold and 2 Silver out distancing second place, IT World Canada by 4 medals who had 4 gold and 1 silver. Third place this year was York University in the Academic category with 4 Gold. York also won Gold for Best of Canada for Best Publication, which was a first for the COPAs by a school entry.

 

 Marty Seto presents Gold for Best Video to Annie Martineau from Tabloïd























One of the mandates of the COPAs is to foster the dialogue between schools and the publishing industry and this year one of the judges (Pepper Parr, Burlington Gazette) decided to pick up a story entry, written by Akshay Kulkarni , who attends UBC, that happened to win Gold. Article Link. 

 
Another goal of the COPAs is to be inclusive to the whole media industry and the introduction of a FREE entry opportunity in the COVID category provided the proverbial long shot in winning a COPA award. This year two long shots emerged as part of the cream of the crop of this year’s entries from the COVID category. First, was PressProgress that won Gold for Best Independent Publisher and Silver for Best Content of the Year that was won by HuffPost Canada. Article LInk, Cabin Radio from the NWT, who came in a very close second to Press Progress in the COVID Category was able to grab silver for Independent Publisher of the Year. Article Link

 

 The HuffPost Canada COVID Team Photo Virtual Version

















There was a multi-cultural diversity of this year’s COPA winners that had English, French, Chinese and new this year Native tribal communities (IndigNews (gold and Silver) and Nuu-chah-nuith Tribal Council (Silver). Elle Canada Quebec (two gold,) Tabloïd (gold, silver), Fête Chinoise (two gold ) and Xtra magazine a gender magazine won a silver were the other notable medal winners.

 

The winners were scattered across Canada with Western Canada with 25%, Central (Ontario) with 55% and Eastern (Quebec and Maritimes) with 20% of the 94 winners. A podcast entry from Alberta, Cross-polliNation, won a Best of Canada Gold for for Best Digital Solution, they beat out another podcast from the CBC and VG for the honours. The Cross-polliNation podcast team is part of creative hub of podcasters called the Alberta Podcast network.

 

You can visit the COPA winners page here to check out some great Canadian Content
  









 
Watch the Live Twitter Broadcast of the COPAS!
IMPORTANT DATES
2021 SCHEDULE

May 1: Call for Judges
July 1: Call for Entries
Aug 13: Early Bird Deadline
Sept 30: Entry Deadline
Dec 1: Finalist Announcement
Feb 2022: COPA Awards (TBA)

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