Canadian Magazine Industry News
13 June 2012,     TORONTO
First set of judges announced for COPA Awards
The Canadian Online Publishing Awards (produced by Masthead) has announced its initial round of judges. Entries from magazines, newspapers, broadcasters and digital-only publishers from across Canada are pouring in, with an entry deadline of June 22.

COPA 2012 judges to date include:
 
 
John Gould, Deputy Editor, TheAtlantic.com, Washington D.C.
Doug Wallace, Editor & Associate Publisher, The Kit
Amber MacArthur, Technology Host, Journalist and Strategist, Producer of
Webnation 
JP Fozo, GM Digital, Current Affairs and Business, Rogers Publishing
David Topping, Associate Editor, The Grid
Vanessa Wyse, Creative Director, The Grid
Niel Hiscox, President, Universus Media
Val Maloney, Editor, Media in Canada
Kathy Vey, Online Editor, Launch Team Member, OpenFile.ca
Patrick Walsh, Editor and Brand Manager, Outdoor Canada
Gavin Adamson, Assistant Professor, Online Journalism, Ryerson University
Dave Jaffer, Journalist, Spinner Canada; Digital/Social Media Content Strategist; Instructor, George Brown College
Matthew Blackett, Publisher and Creative Director, Spacing.ca
Emma Woolley, Online Writer & Editor
Tim Shore, Publisher, BlogTo.com
Chris Skinner, Executive Producer, CTV.ca/Bell Media
Shane Schick, Editor at Large, ITWorldCanada.com
Stuart Berman, Online Editor, thegridto.com

To avoid any conflicts of interest, judges are placed in three-person panels in categories for which they or their employers and competitors have not entered. All the COPA categories are posted here.

The COPAs have also announced that Canadian Art and B.C. Medical Journal are the winners in the early-bird entry giveaway contest. Each has won a $1,300 pass to the Folio Show/Media Next event this October in New York City.
 
The COPA entry giveaway continues, with four copies of the min Mobile App Report (value $399 each) and six passes to min digital publishing webinars (value $329 each) up for grabs.

New for 2012, all COPA winners, finalists, judges and sponsors will be published in the COPA Yearbook: The Who's Who of Digital Publishing in Canada, a special case-bound book.
 
The COPA Awards event takes place Oct. 22 at a new venue, The Hoxton, at Bathurst and King streets in downtown Toronto.
 
 The Hoxton, new home for the COPA Awards
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