The Discourse is a finalist for 6 Canadian Online Publishing Awards

For the second year running, our small team is turning heads on this national stage.
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The Discourse reporters Julie Chadwick, left, and Lys Morton, right, share a laugh with Louise Belanger, a community supporter of The Discourse in Nanaimo. Photo by Jacqueline Ronson/The Discourse

The Discourse is a finalist for SIX Canadian Online Publishing Awards (COPAs) — a major recognition for a small, independent team like ours.

For the second year running, we’re turning heads on a national stage, competing against big players including the CBC, Global News and The Walrus. Last year, The Discourse won six COPAs, more than any other publisher.

“This is a community effort and we share this recognition with our communities,” said Managing Editor Jacqueline Ronson. “Our reporters are committed to deeply serving their neighbours with in-depth local news, and I’m not at all surprised that others are noticing the quality of their work.”

“I want to especially recognize the community members who support us financially. I’m deeply touched when people show us how much they value this work. Their voluntary contributions allow us to keep our journalism free for everyone — regardless of ability to pay.”

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Lead reporter Shalu Mehta speaks with community members Tim Kulchyski, left, and Parker Jefferson, right, at the 2022 Quw’utsun Sta’lo’ Skweyul (Cowichan River Day) event. Photo by Jacqueline Ronson/The Discourse

The Discourse is part of Discourse Community Publishing, a group of independent publishers in B.C. We’re thrilled to say that our whole publishing family is getting the recognition it deserves. IndigiNews is a finalist for five Canadian Online Publishing Awards, Sun Peaks Independent News is up for one, and The Wren, a brand-new publication serving Kamloops, is up for two. 

Both Sun Peaks Independent News and The Wren are finalists for Best Community News Website, along with The Discourse. Could we sweep the podium? We certainly think we could!

The Canadian Online Publishing Awards will announce the winners in February, 2023. Stay tuned!

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