By: Daniela Olariu, RSJ ’17

The Ryerson School of Journalism has been nominated for four Canadian Online Publishing Awards (COPA).

RRJ.ca is listed as a finalist for best publication under the academic category, while the RyersonianTV is nominated for best video content.

Two pieces of student work have also been nominated.

The Ryerson Review of Journalism’s Pull Quotes Podcast is nominated for best article or series. The podcast started in October 2017 and has 17 episodes in season one created by Laura Howells, Jacob McNair, Emily Pardo and Annie Arnone. The first episode of season two came out last Friday and aired on CJRU Tuesday morning. This season is hosted and produced weekly by Lidia Abraha and Michal Stein.

Stein, who is a second year Master’s student is very happy for the team that did the podcast last year. “It’s very well-deserved and a great model to follow in their footsteps this year.”

The second piece of student work, Covering Disasters, by Daina Goldfinger, Luke Elisio and Alexis Kuskevics is one of the finalists for best interactive story.

The interactive package is the result of an eight-month investigation. It explores how journalists report on natural disasters, their experiences covering them, what natural disasters mean in a Canadian context and the effects of disaster coverage on various communities. The Ryerson Review of Journalism also hosted a conference on the topic.

“Over the last two to three years, we’ve turned the RRJ into a multiplatform magazine,” says Stephen Trumper, one of the professors that oversee the RRJ. “We have a podcast, a conference and a much more dynamic website in addition to what we’ve been doing for years and this is recognized by winning these kinds of awards.”

He adds that “our goal as instructors is to strive for excellence on every platform and the award nominations are an evidence of that.”

Some of the RSJ’s competitors are Sheridan College Journalism, The York University Magazine, UBC’s School of Journalism and University of King’s College School of Journalism.

The COPA awards were established in 2009 and bring together all of the media brands and companies that are producing online content in one big competition. According to their website, “It is a chance to see the talent that Canada has to offer and some of the great things that are being done around the country.” Entries are reviewed by a prestigious panel of content, creative, digital, web tech, marketing, media and advertising experts and winners are selected in 15 categories across three divisions.

This year, the winners will be announced on Nov. 14 at the 10th Annual COPA Awards Party.