Finalists announced for 2006 National Newspaper Awards



    TORONTO, March 9 /CNW/ - The Globe and Mail leads all newspapers in
Canada with 13 finalists in the 58th National Newspaper Awards competition.
    The Toronto Star and Montreal's La Presse have seven nominations each,
followed by the Ottawa Citizen with four.
    The Canadian Press and Edmonton Journal have three each.
    The Hamilton Spectator, National Post, The Vancouver Sun, Kingston
Whig-Standard, Reuters, Montreal Gazette, The Record of Waterloo Region,
Winnipeg Free Press, and Le Journal de Montreal have two nominations each.
    Valley Today of Windsor, N.S., Guelph Mercury, The Windsor Star, Victoria
Times Colonist, and Saskatoon StarPhoenix have one each.
    The 60 finalists in the 20 categories were announced on March 9, 2007,
from the National Newspaper Awards office in Toronto. There were 1,380 entries
in this year's competition for works that appeared in the year 2006, the third
highest in NNA history.
    In all, 20 news organizations have been nominated.
    The winners will be announced at a gala awards ceremony in Winnipeg on
Friday, May 11. This marks the first time the awards have ever been presented
in Winnipeg. Winners will receive cheques for $1,500 and a certificate of
award. Runners-up receive citations of merit and cash awards of $250 each.
    This is the 18th year for the NNAs under a Board of Governors which
includes editors, publishers and the public from across Canada as well as
representatives from the Toronto Press Club. Previous to 1989, the NNAs had
been sponsored by the Toronto Press Club. The awards are administered by the
National Newspaper Awards office at the Canadian Newspaper Association.
    The National Newspaper Awards were founded by The Toronto Press Club in
1949.

    
    Highlights:

    -   Ryan Remiorz of The Canadian Press has been nominated for a second
        straight year in sports photo.

    -   Lisa Rochon of The Globe and Mail has been nominated for a second
        straight year in Arts and Entertainment.

    -   Dave Pugliese of the Ottawa Citizen has two nominations in this
        year's competition - in Beats and in Politics.

    -   Sean Fine of The Globe and Mail has been nominated for a fourth
        straight year in Editorial Writing.

    -   La Presse designers in Montreal have been nominated for a fifth
        straight year in Presentation. Designers from the newspaper have won
        this award four years in a row.

    -   Stephanie Nolen of The Globe and Mail has been nominated in
        International Reporting for the fourth straight year and has been
        nominated in Beats as well.

    -   Brian Gable of The Globe and Mail has been nominated for the eighth
        time in Editorial Cartooning. He has won the award four times.

    -   Carole Morris was nominated for Local Reporting in Valley Today, an
        Annapolis Valley region daily which lasted three months before
        folding earlier this year.

    -   The Toronto Star has been nominated for the 10th time in Special
        Project.


    The nominees:

    -   Arts and Entertainment: Robert Everett-Green, The Globe and Mail, for
        stories about the arts scene; Lisa Rochon, The Globe and Mail, for
        stories about architecture; Juan Rodriguez of The Gazette in Montreal
        for features about Quebec's music scene and pop culture.

    -   Beat Reporting: Kim Bolan, The Vancouver Sun, for coverage of crime;
        Stephanie Nolen of The Globe and Mail for stories of the AIDS crisis
        in Africa; David Pugliese of the Ottawa Citizen for coverage of the
        Canadian military.

    -   Breaking News: Steve Mertl, Terri Theodore, Dirk Meissner of The
        Canadian Press for their stories of the sinking of the Queen Of The
        North ferry near Prince Rupert; a newsroom team from The Gazette in
        Montreal for their coverage of the shootings at Dawson College; and a
        newsroom team from La Presse in Montreal for their coverage of the
        Dawson College incident last September.

    -   Business: James Bagnall and Glen McGregor, Ottawa Citizen, for
        stories of the $146 million Department of National Defence fraud
        case; Brent Jang and Paul Waldie of The Globe and Mail for a look at
        the Westjet-Air Canada spy case; Jacquie McNish, The Globe and Mail,
        for a behind-the-scenes look at the Falconbridge-Inco takeover
        battle.

     -  Columns: Yves Boisvert, La Presse, Montreal; Susan Clairmont, The
        Hamilton Spectator; Paula Simons, Edmonton Journal.

     -  Editorial Cartooning: Marc Beaudet, Le Journal de Montréal; Brian
        Gable, The Globe and Mail; Graham Harrop, The Vancouver Sun.

     -  Editorial Writing: David Evans, Edmonton Journal; Sean Fine, The
        Globe and Mail; John Roe, The Record of Waterloo Region.

     -  Explanatory Work: Steve Ladurantaye of the Kingston Whig-Standard for
        an examination of the real cost of a car accident in both human and
        monetary terms; Jim Rankin of the Toronto Star for look at what
        happens when Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan die; David Staples of
        the Edmonton Journal for a story on the complex and social history of
        infanticide after a jury had found a young mother guilty of killing
        her newborn.

     -  Feature Photography: Colin O'Connor, National Post, for a photo of
        children up a tree in Uganda; Lyle Stafford, Reuters, for a photo of
        PM Stephen Harper getting his nose tweaked; Gord Waldner of the
        Saskatoon StarPhoenix for a photo of a little girl with Santa Claus.

    -   International: Dan Lett, Winnipeg Free Press, for an examination of
        the perils and politics of international food aid; Marie-Claude
        Malboeuf, La Presse, Montreal, for stories on the misery and despair
        that continue to plague the survivors of the Chernobyl nuclear
        disaster; Stephanie Nolen, The Globe and Mail, for stories from
        Zimbabwe chronicling the troubling legacy of Robert Mugabe's brutal
        regime.

    -   Investigations: Patrick Lagacé of La Presse in Montreal for a story
        about former Olympic biathlete Myriam Bédard's relationship with her
        partner; Harold Levy of the Toronto Star for an investigation into
        the lack of protection for homeowners caught in a mortgage fraud;
        Omar El Akkad and Greg McArthur of The Globe and Mail for an indepth
        look at online activities of the 17 Toronto-area young men accused of
        terrorism planning.

    -   Local Reporting: Carole Morris, Valley Today in Windsor, N.S., for
        her stories about the mysterious disappearance and search for a young
        man later found dead in a bog; a team from the Guelph Mercury for
        stories about the 10th anniversary of Guelph's pioneering waste
        management system; Paul Schliesmann of the Kingston Whig-Standard for
        stories about his wife Tracy's battle with cancer that ended with her
        death.

    -   Long Features: Katia Gagnon and Hugo Meunier, La Presse in Montreal,
        for a feature that exposes the state of who owns and who lives in
        Montreal's slums; Mitch Potter of the Toronto Star profiles life
        with a Canadian military unit in the dust of Afghanistan's Kandahar
        province; Jan Wong, The Globe and Mail, examines the world of the
        working poor by taking a job for a month as a cleaning lady for
        $7.75 an hour.

    -   News Photography: Luc Laforce, Le Journal de Montréal, for a photo of
        emergency personnel hustling a wounded student away from Dawson
        College in the aftermath of the September shooting; Peter McCabe for
        a photo of Dawson College students fleeing out of a doorway while a
        police officer, with the body of the suspect at his feet, trains his
        weapon on the doorway, not sure if there are more gunmen; Bruce
        Stotesbury of the Victoria Times Colonist for a photo of an anguished
        protester who was forced to find open air to escape the effects of
        tear-gas.

    -   Politics: Steve Buist, Naomi Powell and Joan Walters, Hamilton
        Spectator, for a series on a secret lease arrangement between the
        city of Hamilton and the operators of John Munro Airport; David
        Pugliese, Ottawa Citizen, for a series tracing the political
        manoeuvring behind the decision to commit Canadian troops to the
        Kandahar war zone in Afghanistan; Michael Valpy, The Globe and Mail,
        for an in-depth, 14,000-word profile of Liberal leadership candidate
        Michael Ignatieff.

    -   Presentation: Geneviève Biloski, National Post; Cinders McLeod, The
        Globe and Mail; Philippe Tardif, La Presse, Montreal.

    -   Short Features: Peter Calamai of the Toronto Star for a science story
        on the killing apparatus and venom of a sea creature in capturing its
        prey; Jen Gerson of the Toronto Star for a story of a Christian youth
        gathering in Hamilton; Agnès Gruda of La Presse in Montreal for a
        story on a young woman who became a lifeguard on the shores of the
        Mediterranean in Gaza.

    -   Special Project: The Globe and Mail for a series on the personal and
        public face of cancer; Toronto Star for a project on drinking and
        driving stemming from routine alcohol-related fatality; The Windsor
        Star for a project on workplace violence after the murder of a local
        nurse.

     -  Sports Writing: Alex Hutchinson of the Ottawa Citizen for a story on
        the hardships facing Kenyan marathon runners enticed to compete in
        Canada; Colin Hunter, The Record of Waterloo Region, for reports on
        athletes engaged in emerging sports like kickboxing and parkour; Paul
        Wiecek, Winnipeg Free Press, for a story on the sad fate of old
        racehorses that wind up as a premium-priced delicacy in Europe and
        Asia.

    -   Sports Photography: J.P. Muczulski of Reuters for an extreme closeup
        of a tumble involving Jose Garbajosa of the Toronto Raptors and
        Philadelphia 76ers Steven Hunter in a pro basketball game; Ryan
        Remiorz of The Canadian Press for a photo of jubilant B.C. Lions
        holding pieces of a broken Grey Cup after their win over the Montreal
        Alouettes; Steve Russell of the Toronto Star for a photo of a
        controversial and disallowed goal scored by Canada's Rick Nash on
        Swiss goalie Martin Gerber.


                         FINALISTS/FINALISTES - 2006

    Beats/Journalisme specialisé

    -   Kim Bolan, The Vancouver Sun
    -   Stephanie Nolen, The Globe and Mail
    -   Dave Pugliese, Ottawa Citizen

    Explanatory work/Texte explicatif

    -   Steve Ladurantaye, Kingston Whig-Standard
    -   Jim Rankin, Toronto Star
    -   David Staples, Edmonton Journal

    Politics/Politique

    -   Steve Buist, Naomi Powell, Joan Walters, The Hamilton Spectator
    -   Dave Pugliese, Ottawa Citizen
    -   Michael Valpy, The Globe and Mail

    Short Features/Reportage bref

    -   Peter Calamai, Toronto Star
    -   Jen Gerson, Toronto Star
    -   Agnès Gruda, La Presse, Montréal

    Local Reporting/Reportage à caractère local

    -   Carole Morris, Valley Today
    -   Newsroom, Guelph Mercury
    -   Paul Schliesmann, Kingston Whig-Standard

    Presentation/Présentation

    -   Geneviève Biloski, National Post
    -   Cinders McLeod, The Globe and Mail
    -   Philippe Tardif, La Presse, Montréal

    Special Project/Projet spécial

    -   The Globe and Mail
    -   Toronto Star
    -   The Windsor Star

    Sports Photography/Photographie de sport

    -   J. P. Muczulski, Reuters
    -   Ryan Remiorz, The Canadian Press
    -   Steve Russell, Toronto Star

    Business/Economie

    -   James Bagnall, Glen McGregor, Ottawa Citizen
    -   Brent Jang, Paul Waldie, The Globe and Mail
    -   Jacquie McNish, The Globe and Mail

    Columns/Chronique

    -   Yves Boisvert, La Presse, Montréal
    -   Susan Clairmont, The Hamilton Spectator
    -   Paula Simons, Edmonton Journal

    Investigations/Grande enquête

    -   Patrick Lagacé, La Presse, Montréal
    -   Harold Levy, Toronto Star
    -   Omar El Akkad, Greg McArthur, The Globe and Mail

    Arts and Entertainment/Culture

    -   Robert Everett-Green, The Globe and Mail
    -   Lisa Rochon, The Globe and Mail
    -   Juan Rodriguez, The Gazette, Montreal

    Sports/Sport

    -   Alex Hutchinson, Ottawa Citizen
    -   Colin Hunter, The Record, Waterloo Region
    -   Paul Wiecek, Winnipeg Free Press

    Feature Photography/Photographie de reportage

    -   Colin O'Connor, National Post
    -   Lyle Stafford, Reuters
    -   Gord Waldner, Saskatoon StarPhoenix

    International/Reportage à caractère international

    -   Dan Lett, Winnipeg Free Press
    -   Marie-Claude Malboeuf, La Presse, Montréal
    -   Stephanie Nolen, The Globe and Mail

    Editorials/Editorial

    -   David Evans, Edmonton Journal
    -   Sean Fine, The Globe and Mail
    -   John Roe, The Record, Waterloo Region

    Editorial Cartooning/Caricature

    -   Marc Beaudet, Le Journal de Montréal
    -   Brian Gable, The Globe and Mail
    -   Graham Harrop, The Vancouver Sun

    Long Features/Reportage élaboré

    -   Katia Gagnon, Hugo Meunier, La Presse
    -   Mitch Potter, Toronto Star
    -   Jan Wong, The Globe and Mail

    News Photography/Photographie d'actualité

    -   Luc Laforce, Le Journal de Montréal
    -   Peter McCabe, The Canadian Press
    -   Bruce Stotesbury, Victoria Times-Colonist

    Breaking News/Nouvelle de dernière heure

    -   Canadian Press
    -   The Gazette, Montreal
    -   La Presse, Montréal
    





For further information:

For further information: Bryan Cantley, Secretary, National Newspaper
Awards, 890 Yonge St., Suite 200, Toronto, ON M4W 3P4, Tel: (416) 923-3567,
ext. 230, Fax: (416) 923-7206, email: bcantley@cna-acj.ca


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