Nick Hune-Brown, Inori Roy, Tai Huynh, and Craig Madho at the Digital Publishing Awards.

The Local was honoured to take home two Digital Publishing Awards at last night’s soirée, including the gold medal for General Excellence in Digital Publishing (Small Publication), given to The Local for the third year in a row.

The Local also won silver in the Best News Coverage (Community Publication) category for our coverage of the 2022 Toronto election. Last year, we were recognized in the same category for our coverage of vaccination efforts in the city.

“We were impressed by the original content, depth of coverage and artful writing of this independent freelance-powered publication,” the judges said in awarding General Excellence. “Despite its size, The Local rises to the challenge of competing with Toronto’s plethora of larger media outlets to offer unique stories and seamlessly integrate one-of-a-kind data-driven projects to its audience.”

“We’re so proud to have won gold in General Excellence for the third consecutive year,” said editor-in-chief Tai Huynh. “Last year, we took on ambitious projects and new challenges, and it’s exciting to see the response from readers, supporters, and members of the industry as we continue our mission to deliver hard-hitting, revelatory stories about Toronto.”

“From our comprehensive coverage of the municipal election, to issues like ‘Living With It’ and ‘Toronto at 3AM’ that reflect the joys, challenges, and eccentricities of living in Toronto, the work recognized last night was thanks to our brilliant contributors—writers, fact-checkers, illustrators, photographers, web developers, and fellows who helped bring our vision for the year to life,” said senior editor Nicholas Hune-Brown. “These wins are for all of us.”