HuffPost Canada editor-in-chief Andree Lau announces The Sprawl's win at the Digital Publishing Awards on May 29. Photo: John Packman

The Sprawl wins award, rolls out new crowdfunding system

Now in Canadian currency.

We've got news.

The Sprawl—a scrappy, member-driven Calgary journalism startup that launched in 2017—just landed a big win on the national stage.

At the Digital Publishing Awards in Toronto on May 29, The Sprawl won a gold award for general excellence in digital publishing. This award is given out in three divisions: small publication, medium and large.

The Sprawl took gold in the small category, standing alongside national media heavyweights Maclean's (medium) and CBC News (large).

The judges described The Sprawl as "refreshing," embracing the spirit of digital to convey unwavering focus. They also lauded Sam Hester's Sprawl comic (The Listener), and the "smart audio" of Sprawlcast.

We can do all of this thanks to our 750+ members—the Calgarians who kick in a few bucks every month to make it all happen! Your continued support means so much.

To celebrate, we're rolling out our new payment system that allows you to support The Sprawl in Canadian dollars. This is something that many of our readers and listeners have been asking for—and we're glad to deliver on it.

Our Patreon account won't change; if you're an existing member who supports us on Patreon in USD, you can keep doing that if you prefer. But we recommend switching over, as the new system charges us less in fees. (Here's a handy guide to making the switch.)

Thanks so much for all the support. Let's keep building this thing together!

—Jeremy Klaszus, founder/editor

The Sprawl is crowdfunded, ad-free and made in Calgary. Become a Sprawl member today to support thoughtful, independent Calgary journalism!