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PressProgress Wins Pair of Top Journalism Awards For Original Labour Reporting During COVID-19 Pandemic

PressProgress wins award as Canada’s Best Independent Publisher

PressProgress claimed a top prize at the 2020 Canadian Online Publishing Awards for its original investigative journalism covering unhealthy and unsafe workplaces during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The COPAs, which recognize outstanding achievements in Canadian digital media and journalism, were announced at a virtual ceremony Thursday evening.

Editor Luke LeBrun and reporters Mitchell Thompson, Emily Leedham, Stephen Magusiak and Alex Cosh had been named as finalists for PressProgress‘ special COVID-19 Special Investigations series.

PressProgress claimed two top awards for its original investigative journalism.

PressProgress won gold as Canada’s Best Independent Publisher of the Year.

COPA Gold Award

PressProgress also won a second award.

In the category recognizing Canada’s Best Digital Content of the Year, PressProgress took home the silver award.

COPA Silver Award

The awards were issued by a panel of 35 expert judges drawn from some of Canada’s top corporate and independent media organizations, including award-winning journalists and faculty from Canadian journalism schools.

Other finalists include talented journalists from major outlets like CBC News, Global News, HuffPost, as well as hyperlocal and community publications like Victoria News, Taproot Edmonton, Cabin Radio and Ha-Shilth-Sa.

Throughout the pandemic, PressProgress‘ COVID-19 Special Investigations series has broken major stories on workplace safety, corporate accountability and landlords threatening renters with eviction.

PressProgress‘ original journalism saw the hashtag #BoycottTimHortons trend on Twitter, caused Ontario Premier Doug Ford to introduce legislation temporarily banning employers from requesting doctor’s notes and compelled Tim Hortons to establish a $40 million fund for sick workers.

Some landlords backed off threats to evict struggling tenants and while provincial authorities launched formal investigations into other landlords in response to PressProgress‘ reporting.

PressProgress is a non-profit news organization with a critical focus on investigative journalism that holds the powerful accountable, exposes unsafe and unfair working conditions and shines a light on hate and bigotry.


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