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Tyee snags seven Canadian Online Publishing Awards nominations

The Tyee and The Tyee Solutions Society are well represented among nominees for the Canadian Online Publishing Awards announced today, receiving seven.

The nods were earned in the bracket of Daily and Weekly Newspapers and Broadcasters, which includes The Toronto Star, the CBC, The Globe and Mail, The National Post, The Huffington Post Canada, The Vancouver Observer and others.

Tyee work nominated includes:

In the category of Overall Online-only Publication:

The Tyee

In the category of Best Smartphone App:

The Tyee's mobile app (
Geoff D'Auria, Web and front-page editor
Greg Heo, Javascript developer
Phillip Smith, Technical lead / API developer

In the category of Best Online-only Article or Series:

"Behold, The Mighty Herring"
By Jude Isabella

"Priced Out?"
Luke Brocki, Reporter
David Beers, Editor
Robyn Smith, Senior Editor
(Project in collaboration with CBC News Vancouver, Wayne Williams News Director)

"Death in Remand: A Reader-Funded Tyee Inquiry"
Richard Warnica, Tyee Investigative Fellowship Reporter

Chris Wood, Editor

Tyee Solutions Society projects nominated are:

In the category of Overall Online-only Publication:

"BC's Quest for Carbon Neutrality: Reports from Canada's Climate Policy Frontier"
Tom Barrett, Reporter; Christopher Pollon, Reporter; Geoff Dembicki, Reporter
Chris Wood, Editor, Tyee Solutions Society
Michelle Hoar, Director, Tyee Solutions Society
Fen Hsiao, Acting Director, Tyee Solutions Society

"Successful Practices in First Nations Education"
Katie Hyslop, Reporter
Chris Wood, Editor, Tyee Solutions Society
Michelle Hoar, Director, Tyee Solutions Society
Fen Hsiao, Acting Director, Tyee Solutions Society

"We're very gratified to see this many nominations, particularly since our resources are a fraction of those of others who received a similar number of nods," said Tyee editor and Tyee Solutions Society co-founder David Beers.

"This is a testament to innovative and diverse ways of supporting public interest journalism," Beers noted.

"One Tyee series nominated was paid for by readers' contributions to our Reporting Fellowship Fund. Another Tyee series, on fears of being 'priced out' of Vancouver home ownership, we co-produced with the CBC news department here in Vancouver. And two major series nominated could only have been produced by collaborating with philanthropic sources of funding through The Tyee Solutions Society."

"In the office here today we were chuckling a bit when we saw our mobile phone app had only one competitor: the CBC. I'm betting our budget was a tiny fraction of theirs, so we're just happy to be in the game," said Beers. "But we achieved our aim, which was to use a more affordable HTML5 approach that levels the playing field for some for the little guys."

Beers added, "It's a pleasure and a privilege to work with such committed, creative people here at The Tyee and Tyee Solutions Society."

The Canadian Online Publishing Awards are presented by Masthead Online. You can read more about the awards here.

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