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The Local’s journalism has been recognized as among the best in the country, with five nominations from the National Magazine Awards and the Digital Publishing Awards for our coverage in 2022.

Simon Lewsen’s deep-dive into our broken health care system, and what it takes to fix it, was named an NMA finalist in the “Long-Form Feature Writing” category. That story was part of our “Living with It” issue—a collection of stories from early 2022 that captured a nebulous moment in the pandemic—which received an NMA nomination for “Best Editorial Package.” Katherine Laidlaw’s intimate story about the experiences of a group of friends at York Memorial Collegiate Institute during a tumultuous high-school career was recognized with a nomination for “Best Feature.”

At the Digital Publishing Awards, The Local’s coverage of the 2022 Toronto election was named a finalist for “Best News Coverage (Community Publication).” And after winning the category in back-to-back years, The Local was once again nominated for the big prize—“General Excellence in Digital Publishing” in the small publication category.

“It’s such a huge honour to be nationally recognized, especially for our brand of journalism, which is innately local,” said Editor-in-Chief Tai Huynh. “The National Magazine Awards and Digital Publishing Awards are among the most coveted prizes in our industry, so we’re beyond thrilled to be among this year’s nominees.”

Full List of Nominees:

NMA Best Feature
“Fires, Plagues and Also High School” by Katherine Laidlaw

NMA Long-Form Feature Writing
“The Long History (and Scary Future) of Our Broken Health Care System” by Simon Lewsen

NMA Best Editorial Package
“Living With It” by staff and contributors

DPA Best News Coverage (Community Publication)
“Toronto Election 2022” by staff and contributors

DPA General Excellence
The Local