Congratulations to the 2016 CAJ Awards recipients!

NOTE: This is a revised version of a news release published on April 30.

OTTAWA, April 30, 2017 /CNW/ - A front-line presentation of Fentanyl's impact in Vancouver has been awarded the Canadian Association of Journalists' Don McGillivray Award.

The Don McGillivray Award is presented to the piece submitted to the CAJ's annual awards program that a panel of judges felt best exemplified the top investigative journalism completed by Canadian media in the 2016 calendar year. Candidates for this award were drawn from the seven recipients of the CAJ Awards' investigative categories.

Travis Lupick and Amanda Siebert of the Georgia Straight won the 2016 McGillivray Award, for their work showcasing the impact this dangerous opioid is having within Vancouver's vulnerable neighbourhoods.

The CAJ Awards honours exemplary journalism across 14 categories, including seven investigative categories. The winning entry in most categories received a $500 cash prize. The recipients were announced April 29 at the CAJ Awards gala and conference banquet in Ottawa, part of the #CAJ17 annual conference at the Sheraton Ottawa Hotel.

Please note the media outlet listed is where the finalist worked at the time their entry was broadcast/published or where the particular entry was broadcast/published. Links, where available, have been provided in the titles of the recipients' entries.

The recipients in the OPEN MEDIA category are:

Karen Howlett, Justin Giovannetti, Nathan VanderKlippe, Andrea Woo, Les Perreaux, Laura Blenkinsop, Trish McAlaster, Michael Pereira, Melissa Tait
Killer High: How Canada Got Addicted to Fentanyl
The Globe and Mail

The recipients in the COMMUNITY MEDIA category are:

Travis Lupick, Amanda Siebert
A community response: How the worst overdose epidemic in Vancouver's history left the Downtown Eastside to fend for itself
The Georgia Straight

The recipients in the OPEN BROADCAST FEATURE category are:

Shiral Tobin, Johanna Wagstaffe, Jessica Linzey, Lee Rosevere
Fault Lines
CBC News Vancouver

The recipients in the OPEN BROADCAST NEWS category are:

Adrienne Arsenault, Michelle Gagnon, Nazim Baksh
The Extremes
CBC News The National

The recipient in the COMMUNITY BROADCAST category is:

Abigail Bimman
Unregistered nurse
CTV News Kitchener

The recipients in the CAJ / MARKETWIRED DATA JOURNALISM AWARD are:

Renata D'Aliesio, Les Perreaux, Allan Maki, Jeremy Agius, Laura Blenkinsop
The Unremembered
The Globe and Mail

The recipient in the ONLINE MEDIA category is:

Mike De Souza
The Charest Affair
National Observer

The recipient in the PHOTOJOURNALISM category is:

Nahlah Ayed
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CBC News

The recipients in the SCOOP category are:

Diana Swain, Lori Ward, Timothy Sawa
Students Unhushed
CBC News Investigative unit

The recipients in the DAILY EXCELLENCE category are:

John Cotter, Lauren Krugel, Dean Bennett, Sylvia Strojek, Mary Jo Laforest, Gwen Dambrofsky, Ken Trimble, Chris Purdy, Bob Weber, Robert Drinkwater, Jennifer Graham, Tim Cook, Kevin Ward
Fort McMurray Wildfire
The Canadian Press

The recipients in the TEXT FEATURE category are:

Jason Markusoff, Nancy Macdonald, Charlie Gillis
The Great Escape
Maclean's

The recipients in the JHR / CAJ AWARD FOR HUMAN RIGHTS REPORTING are:

Marc Ellison, Daniel Lafrance
Safe House
Freelance / The Toronto Star

The recipient in the CWA CANADA / CAJ AWARD FOR LABOUR REPORTING is:

Min Sook Lee
Migrant Dreams
TVO

The recipients in the CAJ / CNW GROUP STUDENT AWARD OF EXCELLENCE are:

Allister Aalders, Skye Bryden-Blom, Jennie Cyril, Joel LeBlanc, Daniel Mackenzie, Nic Meloney, Whitney Middleton, Matthew Moore, Hilary Pettigrew, Jean-Marc Samson, Blake Seymour, Callum Smith, Benoit Crawford-Leblanc, Jenn Edwards, Chris Lee, Nicole Ly, Dan MacIsaac, Ethan Saulnier, Brandon Munroe, Kadence Ellis, Kristen Brown, Ellen Coles, Ed Halverson, Scott Hastings, Nicole Martelle, Jane Nicholson, Andres Porras, Christian Roach, Marilyn Sexton, Olesya Shyvikova, John Wimberly, Morgan Jessome, CJ Killam, Nick Madore, Jake Nissen, Romney Tarasco, Jason Cohanim, Michael Decoste, Wyatt Estabrooks, Richard Harris, Caitlin Hartlen, Alyssa Lewis Graham
Untitled: The Legacy of Land in North Preston
Nova Scotia Community College

Consistent with information in the entry package instructions, judges had the discretion to name between one and five finalists in each award category. There were a total 276 entries for the 2016 awards program.

Congratulations to all our recipients. Your work stands as a testament that despite the increasing, complex challenges facing our industry, Canadian journalists continue to produce exemplary journalism.

The Canadian Association of Journalists is a professional organization with about 600 members across Canada. The CAJ's primary roles are public-interest advocacy work and professional development for its members.

*The original version of this news release was unclear about the winner of this year's Don McGillivray Award, which was announced at the CAJ gala on April 29.

SOURCE Canadian Association of Journalists

For further information: Nick Taylor-Vaisey, CAJ president - 647-968-2393 cell, nick@caj.ca; Hugo Rodrigues, Awards committee chair - hugo@caj.ca; www.caj.ca | www.facebook.com/CdnAssocJournalists | www.twitter.com/CAJ

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