The Walrus Wins Silver in the Best Column category at the 2024 Digital Publishing Awards

Congratulations to Contributing Writer Michelle Cyca

The ninth annual Digital Publishing Awards soiree took place today. The awards “recognize excellence in the content and creation of Canadian digital media,”. The Walrus is delighted that Contributing Writer Michelle Cyca has won Silver in the Best Column category.

“The digital medium is at the core of how we convey our journalism to readers, and we’re happy to see our commitment to it recognized,” Editor-in-Chief Carmine Starnino said. “We’re very proud of the winner, Michelle, and the nominees and are thankful to work with such talented writers.”

The Walrus received four nominations: two in the Best Column category, and two for Best Personal Essay.

“It’s exciting to be celebrated alongside so many compelling voices and examples of thoughtful online storytelling. We’re especially happy that the writers who launched our contributing writer program are being considered at these awards for their timely and wide-ranging stories.”
—Monika Warzecha, Digital Editor

As an independent media organization, The Walrus thrives on creating in-depth, investigative stories that appeal to audiences in Canada and beyond through digital channels. The stories and writers recognized at the Digital Publishing Awards personify that goal.

The Walrus congratulates all the contributors and staff who were nominated and won awards for their digital storytelling.


SILVER WINNER for Best Column / Meilleure chronique
Michelle Cyca Contributing Writer Column
The Walrus
Writer: Michelle Cyca
Contributor: Harley Rustad, handling editor

Best Column / Meilleure chronique
Tajja Isen Contributing Writer Column
The Walrus
Writer: Tajja Isen
Contributor: Dafna Izenberg, handling editor

Best Personal Essay / Meilleur essai personnel
The Taliban Is Dangerous to Me. I’m Dangerous to the Taliban
The Walrus
Writer: Soraya Amiri
Contributors: Samia Madwar, handling editor; Emma Wilkie, fact checker; Siddhesh Inamdar, copy editor

100 Years after the Exclusion Act, Chinese Canadians like Me Still Question Their Belonging
The Walrus
Writer: Adrian Ma
Contributors: Phoebe Xiao, illustrator; Monika Warzecha, handling editor; Hannah Ziegler and Ally Baker, fact checkers; Siddhesh Inamdar, copy editor

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