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In the news … June 1, 2018

TORONTO, May 29, 2018 /CNW/ – The National Media Awards Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 Digital Publishing Awards, recognizing excellence in the content and creation of Canadian digital publications.
The NMAF presented Gold and Silver awards in 23 categories at the Digital Publishing Awards Soiree, held on May 29th, 2018 at One King West Hotel in Toronto. The event was hosted by Maclean’s editor Adrian Lee.
“Congratulations to all the winners of the third annual Digital Publishing Awards. Your success highlights not just your creativity and excellence in journalism, but your mastery of digital platforms to tell compelling stories. It is a reminder of the vast pool of talented creators, and publishers, in Canada’s digital media industry. We’re thrilled to recognize your wonderful work through the DPA program.”
— Nino Di Cara, NMAF President

CBC documentary, interactive projects win gold at Digital Publishing Awards

CBC’s interactive documentary Dancing Towards the Light is one of three CBC projects to take gold at the Digital Publishing Awards on Tuesday, winning acclaim in the best online mini-documentary category.
The documentary by Kitra Cahana and Ed Ou explores how dance helps a group of young people in Arviat, a community in Nunavut struggling with high suicide rates.
The awards, presented by the National Magazine Awards Foundation, were announced Tuesday night in Toronto.

Cyber warfare is the new reality. Canada’s allies are offering help. We should take it

Following a visit to Ottawa by Estonian Prime Minister Jüri Ratas, Canada has announced closer digital co-operation with with our Baltic ally. This is a welcome move. Estonia is a world leader in digital public services — and cyber defence. It has to be.
Upon regaining its independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, Estonia’s leaders needed to modernize the country’s economy and infrastructure. Estonia devoted its resources to new fields, particularly the internet. As a result, Estonia has long been one of the world’s most wired states, sometimes called “e-Estonia.” It is the birthplace of Skype, and Estonia’s national data exchange platform, X-Road, used blockchain technology before the word “blockchain” was even invented. These are huge wins for a small country. Sadly, Estonia was also the first victim of politically motivated cyberattacks directed against an entire state.

American Express: 69% of Canadian retailers believe in the power of technology

According to a new report from American Express, Canadian retailers are increasingly recognising the importance of investing readily in improving customer experience in order to remain competitive within the market.
The sixth annual Canadian Retail Insights Report reveals that 97% of Canadian retailers agree that working hard to enhance the in-store experience is important, whilst 69% believe that investing in new technology is integral to continued success within the industry.

The rise of the side hustle 

Perhaps you’ve heard the adage that the way to fulfil your purpose is by following your passion. Find your bliss. Do what you love and you’ll never work another day in your life. Unfortunately, people are often left disappointed when they fail to secure a job that lights them up. But let’s face it: dream jobs don’t always pay the bills.
That’s why a growing trend in the business landscape has emerged: side hustles.
In simple terms, a side hustle is a job that brings in extra income and differs from your main employment. And although you might think our little resort town is readily familiar with sideline jobs—after all, the high cost of living here means many are forced into working multiple jobs just to make ends meet—the art of the side hustle runs deeper.


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