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UBC j-school up for three Canadian Online Publishing Awards

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The UBC journalism school has been nominated for three Canadian Online Publishing Awards.

School-related projects are finalists in the video, community and blog categories. The UBC school is the only journalism department among the nominees.

Two UBC journalism students, Megan Stewart and Darren Fleet, are part of the Vancouver Observer team nominated for best overall website (online-only) and best website design.

The awards recognize excellence in online editorial and innovation by Canadian magazine, newspaper, broadcast and website publishers. The winners will be announced on Oct. 20 at the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto.

The entries for the Canadian Online Publishing Awards were judged in three divisions.

The red division was for consumer, religious, and public association websites, blue for business-to-business, professional association, farm, and scholarly websites, and green for newspapers and sites produced by broadcasters.

Chickens, music and media

The work of UBC journalism school is a finalist in the “best video” in the consumer category for videos on the student publication,

The nominated video by journalism student Daniel Hallen provided an informative and witty look at the debate over the backyard chickens in Vancouver.

The joint CBC Radio 3 and journalism school project, the Canadian Music Wiki, is a finalist in the “community feature” consumer category.

The Canadian Music Wiki was created by UBC journalism graduate Amanda Ash as part of her Masters of Journalism degree. The project was supervised by CBC Radio 3 director Steve Pratt and UBC journalism assistant professor Alfred Hermida, with the financial support of MITACS Accelerate.

Prof Alfred Hermida’s blog, on trends in media, society and technology, is a finalist for the “best blog” in the business/scholarly category

This is the second year the UBC journalism school has been nominated for the awards. The journalism school publication,, was a finalist in 2009 in the category, “best article or series of articles”.

There are a total of 128 finalists for the awards, including, The Globe and Mail, , The Toronto Star, and

The entries were reviewed by a three-person panel, drawn from highly respected industry professionals and experts from across Canada and the U.S.

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