The report Overdoses: the invisible epidemic by journalist Philippe Mercure and graphic designer Maxime Jean is a finalist in three categories of the Award for Excellence in Digital Publishing. Columnist Patrick Lagacé is also in the running for the best column.
As part of its 8th Annual Excellence in Digital Publishing Awards, the Canadian Media Awards Foundation announced Thursday the finalist media, projects and stories in more than twenty categories.
The report Overdoses: the invisible epidemic by journalist Philippe Mercure and graphic designer Maxime Jean, published in the fall of 2022, is a finalist in several categories, namely best thematic file, best feature article (long) and best digital design.
This report in the form of an eight-part digital story explores various angles of the overdose crisis that is shaking Quebec. We can discover that the victims of overdoses are not those we imagine, with ten portraits far from stereotypes. We also explore new data on the crisis in Quebec, solutions and bold projects to fight against the scourge.
For its realization, the team searched more than 1250 coroners’ reports and collected the testimonies of 18 people.
“Our goal with this digital story has always been to break down prejudices and help change mentalities about overdoses and drug users,” explains Philippe Mercure. Each new appointment brings visibility to the file and contributes to this objective. »
Overdoses: The Invisible Epidemic is also nominated for the World Association of Newspapers’ Best Journalism Project in America award, as well as the Global Media Awards, a series of prestigious awards presented by the International News Media Association ( INMA), in the “Best Use of Visual Journalism and Storytelling Tools” category.
He recently found himself among the finalists of the competition for the best investigative journalism in Canada, presented by the Canadian Journalism Association.
Columnist Patrick Lagacé is also in the running for Best Column, alongside Alicia Elliott from CBC Arts, Chantal Braganza from Châtelaine, Drew Hayden Taylor from TVO Today and Letitia Henville from University Affairs.
In total this year, The Globe and Mail has been nominated 24 times for Excellence in Digital Publishing Awards. The Ontario media is followed by Radio-Canada, with 14 nominations, and The Narwhal, with 13 nominations. The daily Le Devoir also stands out with 7 nominations.
The awards will be presented on June 2 at Arcadian Court in Toronto, Ontario.