Co-operator website earns national silvers

The website for Manitoba’s farm newspaper of record has earned two silver medals from the Canadian Online Publishing Awards (COPAs).

The Manitoba Co-operator’s website, ManitobaCooperator.ca, part of Glacier Media’s Farm Business Communications division in Winnipeg, won silver for Best Media Website, coming in second behind SalonMagazine.ca in the Blue division (scholarly, farm and B2B publishing).

The Best Media Website award goes to “the media website that best serves its target audience through content, design, navigation and overall reader experience on any device that includes desktops, laptops, tablets and smartphones.” A “media” website is a site bearing the brand of a media property such as a newspaper, magazine or broadcast outlet.

ManitobaCooperator.ca’s second silver in the Blue division came in the Best Editorial Packaging category, for “the digital property that provides an editorial message that meets the highest journalist(ic) standards in serving (its) intended audience.”

The site finished second in Best Editorial Packaging behind foreign policy and international affairs site OpenCanada.org.

ManitobaCooperator.ca was also a finalist in the Blue division for Best Video Content, while sister site AGCanada.com was a finalist in the same division for Best News Coverage.

The COPAs, an annual juried awards competition run by Mississauga-based publishing industry magazine Masthead, were held Thursday night at Toronto’s Phoenix Concert Theatre.

Manitobans earning COPAs Thursday night also included Winnipeg-based Canada’s History, which won gold for Best Email Newsletter Design and Engagement; Winnipeg web company Modern Earth, which won silver for Best Website Design, for its site for law firm Pollock and Co., both in the Red (consumer magazines and websites) division; and the Winnipeg Free Press, which earned silvers for Best Editorial Packaging and Best Infographic/Data Visualization in the Green (news) division.

Another Glacier Media site, Vitamin Daily, earned silver in the Red division for Best Use of Social Media.

The Co-operator site also earned national silver, the Henry Heald Award for best World Wide Website, at the Canadian Farm Writers Federation awards in Calgary in September. — AGCanada.com Network

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