CNA and CMA Announce Recipients of 2008 Media Awards for Excellence in Health Reporting



    OTTAWA, Feb. 4 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) and
the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) are pleased to announce the recipients
of the 2008 Media Awards for Excellence in Health Reporting, Canada's premier
health journalism awards.
    "We were extremely pleased to have received a record-breaking
150 submissions this year," said Dr. Marlene Smadu, president of CNA. "Year
after year, the quality and visibility of health care reporting in Canada is
astounding. As health issues become more and more complex, the media plays an
important role in informing policy development"
    The CNA and CMA Media Awards honour outstanding Canadian journalism that
enhances understanding of health, the health system and the role of health
professionals. Independent panels of individuals with backgrounds in
journalism, nursing, medicine, and health care evaluate the entries and select
the winners in nine categories. Entries were evaluated based on fairness and
balance, timeliness, insight, impact and quality of writing and production.
"These media awards are an opportunity for Canada's physicians to thank the
journalists who bring critical health issues to the public and
decision-makers, and who advocate for a better, more humane health care system
for all Canadians," said Dr. Brian Day, President of the Canadian Medical
Association. "Health reporters can be a truly powerful force for change, as
this year's recipients clearly demonstrate. Your work does make a difference."

    The 2008 recipients are:

    Excellence in International Reporting: Judy Jackson, CBC Television, The
    Nature of Things : "Stephen Lewis : The Man Who Couldn't Sleep"

    Excellence in Print - News: Lisa Priest, The Globe and Mail, "Hospital-
    Acquired Infections"

    Excellence in Print - In-depth: Erin Anderssen, Lisa Priest, André
    Picard, Carolyn Abraham, Anne McIlroy, Martin Mittelstaedt, John Lehmann,
    Margaret Philp, Moe Doiron, Cinders McLeod, Noreen Rasbach, Carl Wilson,
    Bob Levin and Cathrin Bradbury, Globe and Mail, "The Globe and Mail's
    Cancer Project"

    Excellence in TV - News: Maureen Taylor, CBC Television, CBC News: The
    National : "Fecal Transplants"

    Excellence in TV - In-depth: Jennifer Tryon, Health Specialist, Global
    National, "Vital Signs: HPV Series"

    Excellence in Radio - News: Mark Quinn, CBC Radio, "Cancer Test Scandal"

    Excellence in Radio - In-depth: Line Pagé, Liette Cloutier, Jean-Ann
    Bouchard, Caroline Jarry, Janic Tremblay, Radio Canada, "Nursing
    Shortage: from problems to solutions"

    Excellence in Local Reporting - Print: Catherine Litt, Kamloops Daily
    News, "Too Young to Die"

    Excellence in Local Reporting - Broadcast: Mia Sosiak, Global Television
    Calgary , "12 Hours in Emergency"

    Dr. Smadu and Dr. Day congratulate all the entrants for their outstanding
work and commitment to health journalism.

    The CNA and CMA Media Awards winners will be honoured at a gala
celebration on March 4, 2008 at the Château Laurier in Ottawa. Tickets are
available by visiting www.mediaawards.ca.




For further information:

For further information: Tina Grznar, Canadian Nurses Association, (613)
237-2159 ext. 283, Cell: (613) 240-7830, tgrznar@cna-aiic.ca; Lesly Bauer,
Canadian Medical Association, (613) 731-8610 ext. 2288, Cell: (613) 255-2095,
lesly.bauer@cma.ca


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