Journalism Students Win Best Interactive Story with Canadian Online Publishing Awards


Congratulations to Sheridan 2nd Year Journalism Students on their recent win with the Canadian Online Publishing Awards (COPA).

Established in 2009, the COPAs are recognized as the premier Digital Publishing Awards Program in Canada because of its neutrality. Consolidating both traditional and new media brands in one competition, the awards bring together producers and companies who create online content online to showcase the talent within the Canadian publishing industry.  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. Recently, the Sheridan Sun received a nomination in the category for Best Article or Series – Academic. A group of 2nd-year students from the Journalism program’s Online News Production Course won Gold in the category of Best Interactive Story for their interactive project, What U Don’t See.

What U Don’t See, focuses on the lack of visibility surrounding issues of mental health among millennials. The interactive site explores the relationship between social media and self-worth, the cost of mental health treatment, and the alarming suicide rates among young people. The website presents infographics and statistics to provide evidence of these growing social concerns while offering resources for those seeking help. Putting a highly personal spin on the project, students shared their experiences with mental health and conducted several powerful video testimonies with their peers. Their initiative aims to bring attention to these issues, discuss helpful strategies, and keep the conversation going.

The Team behind What U Don’t See:

Arina Aminova
Julia Brown
Taylor Charette
Tyler Choi
Kennedy Coltherd
Kasia Henley
Christy Janssens
Grant Jenkins
Renata Khuzina
Cassandra King
Isabella Krzykala
Hailey Montgomery
Samantha Moya
Natalia Nahon
Adith Natarajan
Danielle Obal
Paige Ogden
Samereh Osborne
Chelsea Owusu
Christina Piper
Colleen Podmoroff
Olivia Pulham
Samantha Russell
Amelia Sher

Sheridan Journalism faculty Nicole Blanchett Neheli and Journalism coordinator Cheryl Vallender acted as advisors on the project.

Image courtesy of the COPA. (From left to right: Christy Janssens, Isabella Krzykala and Amelia Sher) 

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