The Globe and Mail has won five Awards of Excellence from the Society for News Design in the 2015 digital design competition.
Stories that won include The Globe's interactive look at the extreme conditions that define life at the Canadian Forces Station Alert in the remote North, and an investigation of billionaire philanthropist Michael DeGroote's run-in with organized crime in a casino deal gone bad. Both features, also nominated for Canadian Online Publishing Awards in September, were designed and produced by Christopher Manza, in collaboration with Laura Blenkinsop and illustrator Tonia Cowan.
Awards were also given out for an in-depth look at Brazil's race hierarchy and the hefty price that residents pay for it, with Web design by Mr. Manza and Michael Pereira, and The Globe's 2015 federal election forecast, based on design and development by Jeremy Agius and Julia Wolfe.
As senior digital media designer and developer, Mr. Manza was honoured for the second year in a row in the portfolio category for his innovative approach to Web presentation and cross-platform storytelling.
"Telling the story of the human condition requires experimental concepts and risk-taking. We use digital design to bring an immediacy to our audience," said David Walmsley, The Globe's editor-in-chief. "We are grateful to the judges for recognizing our high standards are the best in Canada and among the best in the world."
The Society for News Design is an international organization for news media professionals and visual communicators. The Globe is the only Canadian publication to be honoured at this year's awards, which will be handed out at SND's annual workshop in San Francisco on April 7. Staff