The Walrus Wins GOLD for Best Personal Essay at the 2023 Digital Publishing Awards

We applaud all the winners and nominees

The Walrus is honoured to have won GOLD for Best Personal Essay awards at the 8th annual Digital Publishing Awards. Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, The Walrus is proud of its digital publishing achievements and growth on The rise of digital platforms has allowed The Walrus to move from newsstands to newsfeeds to reach a larger audience and create more conversations across Canada and around the world.

“It’s always a thrill to be in the running for a Digital Publishing Award,” said Interim Editor-in-Chief Carmine Starnino, “but I’m especially grateful for this year’s accolades and toast the National Media Awards Foundation for championing the important role digital journalism plays in our society.”

The Walrus has been recognized at the Digital Publishing Awards for several years. This year, the organization was nominated for four stories showcasing the range of topics the organization covers, including celebrity profiles, mental health, the influence of social media, and Indigenous issues.

“It’s wonderful to see this article celebrated,” said Monika Warzecha, Digital Editor at The Walrus. “This year, the Digital Publishing Awards nominees prove that, even in a time of media flux, writers and editors are publishing important and insightful digital stories.”

The Walrus congratulates all the contributors and staff involved in these stellar stories.


GOLD WINNER for Best Personal Essay: 
“Who Gets to Be Mentally Ill?” 
K.J. Aiello

Best Feature Article (Long): 
“The New Residential School System”: How a First Nation Rallied against the Foster Care System” 
Amy Romer
Contributors: Harley Rustad, handling editor; Lucy Uprichard fact checker

Best Arts & Culture Storytelling:
 “Who Does Sarah Polley Think She Is?” 
Sarah Liss
Contributors: Daniel Viola, handling editor; Mashal Butt, fact checker; Christopher Wahl, photographer

Best Science & Technology Storytelling: 
“Doctors on TikTok: The Dark Side of Medical Influencers”
Miranda Schreiber
Contributors: Nicole Schmidt, handling editor; Lucy Uprichard, fact checker; Paige Stampatori, illustrator

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About The Walrus
The Walrus provokes new thinking and sparks conversation on matters vital to Canadians. As a registered charity, we publish independent, fact-based journalism in The Walrus and at; we produce national, ideas-focused events, including our flagship series The Walrus Talks; and we train emerging professionals in publishing and nonprofit management. The Walrus is invested in the idea that a healthy society relies on informed citizens.

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