Finalists announced for 2007 National Newspaper Awards



    TORONTO, March 13 /CNW/ - The Globe and Mail leads all newspapers in
Canada with 15 finalists in the 59th National Newspaper Awards competition.
    The Toronto Star was next with eight, followed by Montreal's La Presse
and the Ottawa Citizen with six each, and the Winnipeg Free Press with four.
    The Canadian Press had three with the National Post, Montreal Gazette,
The Hamilton Spectator, Kingston Whig-Standard and Victoria Times Colonist
collecting two each.
    The Barrie Examiner, Brandon Sun, Calgary Herald, Cornwall
Standard-Freeholder, Edmonton Journal, Halifax Chronicle-Herald, Prince George
Citizen, Saint John Telegraph-Journal, Saskatoon StarPhoenix, The Vancouver
Sun, and The Record of Waterloo Region have one each.
    The 63 finalists in the 21 categories were announced on March 13, 2008,
from the National Newspaper Awards office in Toronto. There were 1,408 entries
in this year's competition for works that appeared in the year 2007, the third
highest in NNA history.
    In all, 22 news organizations have been nominated.
    The winners will be announced at a gala awards ceremony in Toronto on
Friday, May 9. 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 19th 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 from the
National Newspaper Awards office at the Canadian Newspaper Association.
    The National Newspaper Awards were founded by The Toronto Press Club in
1949.

    
    Highlights:

    -   Graeme Smith of The Globe and Mail has been nominated in
        two categories, Short Features and International Reporting.

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

    -   The Globe and Mail is guaranteed one NNA after being nominated
        three times in International Reporting.

    -   Stephanie Nolen of The Globe and Mail has been nominated in
        International Reporting for the fifth straight year and has another
        nomination this year in Explanatory Work.

    -   Bruno Schlumberger of the Ottawa Citizen has been nominated twice in
        the four photography categories.

    -   The Toronto Star has been nominated for the 11th time in
        Special Project.

    The nominees:

    -   News Feature Photography: John Lehmann, The Globe and Mail, for a
        photo of a young mother kissing her conjoined twins in Vernon, B.C.;
        Bruno Schlumberger, Ottawa Citizen/CanWest News Service, for a photo
        of retired military nursing sisters having a snack at the National
        Military Cemetery; Tara Walton of the Toronto Star for a photo of a
        two-year-old girl recovering from a heart transplant.

    -   Beat Reporting: Frank Armstrong, Kingston Whig-Standard, for crime
        and justice reporting; Bruno Bisson, La Presse, Montreal, for
        reporting on Montreal's transportation issues; Jen Skerritt, Winnipeg
        Free Press, for stories on health care in Manitoba.

    -   Explanatory Work: Maria Cook, Ottawa Citizen, for a story on an
        engineering revolution that makes it faster and safer to replace
        aging bridges; Linda Gyulai, The Gazette, Montreal, for an
        examination of Montreal's crumbling water system from reservoir to
        sewers; and Stephanie Nolen, The Globe and Mail, for a story on how
        inexpensive vaccinations, mosquito nets and vitamins are saving the
        lives of children in the developing world.

    -   Politics: Gary Dimmock, Ottawa Citizen, for the alleged political
        backdoor negotiations of mayoral candidate Terry Kilrea and Ottawa
        Mayor Larry O'Brien; Kathryn May, Ottawa Citizen, for stories about
        the mismanagement of the RCMP pension and insurance funds; and Paula
        Simons, Edmonton Journal, for stories on an Alberta government
        agency's tactics against a group of farmers.

    -   Short Features: Emilie Côté, La Presse, Montréal, for a piece on
        Bangladesh refugees forced to flee their homes because of rising
        seas; Roy MacGregor, The Globe and Mail, for a story on the funeral
        service for a slain RCMP officer; and Graeme Smith, The Globe and
        Mail, for a story on what happens when an Afghan is found dead.

    -   Local Reporting: Gordon Hoekstra, Prince George Citizen, for
        stories about air quality issues in the city; Elisabeth Johns of the
        Cornwall Standard-Freeholder for a series on domestic violence in the
        community; Ann Lukits of the Kingston Whig-Standard for stories on
        declining care for seniors and a shortage of doctors in nursing
        homes.

    -   Presentation: Geneviève Biloski, National Post; Brian Hughes,
        Toronto Star; Spencer Wynn, Toronto Star.

    -   Special Project: Halifax Chronicle-Herald for a series of stories in
        Afghanistan focusing on the 2nd Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment,
        based in the Maritimes; Toronto Star for a project on poverty with a
        focus on social justice; La Presse of Montreal for a worldwide look
        at the implications of a world without a clean and abundant supply of
        water.

    -   Sports Photography: Paul Chiasson, The Canadian Press, for a photo of
        a Canadian hockey player upside down after a check from a Russian
        player; David Cooper, Toronto Star, for a celebration leap by Ontario
        skip Glenn Howard in a curling championship; Darren Stone, Victoria
        Times-Colonist, for an all-out stretch by the ball carrier to reach
        the end zone in a football game.

    -   Business: Renata D'Aliesio, Calgary Herald, for a story of how the
        government and unknown agencies seek to regulate water; Boyd Erman,
        Jacquie McNish, Tara Perkins and Heather Scoffield, The Globe and
        Mail, for stories on the sub-prime mortgage crisis; and Eric Reguly,
        Boyd Erman, Sinclair Stewart, Andrew Willis of The Globe and Mail for
        work on the takeover of BCE Inc.

    -   Columns: Les Leyne, Victoria Times Colonist; Gordon Sinclair,
        Winnipeg Free Press; Margaret Wente, The Globe and Mail.

    -   Investigations: Jim Bronskill and Sue Bailey of The Canadian Press
        for an investigation into the use of tasers by police forces;
        Kevin Donovan, David Bruser and Andrew Bailey of the Toronto Star for
        a series on phony charities; Michele Ouimet, La Presse, Montreal, for
        stories on Canada's mission in Afghanistan and what has happened to
        aid sent there.

    -   Arts and Entertainment: Marty Klinkenberg, Saint John Telegraph-
        Journal, for stories on New Brunswick arts and entertainment;
        Lisa Rochon, The Globe and Mail, for stories on architecture; and
        Jon Wells, The Hamilton Spectator, for a story on producer and
        songwriter Daniel Lanois.

    -   Sports: Colin Hunter of the Waterloo Region Record for features about
        unusual sports such as the culture of a skateboard park;
        Kevin Mitchell of the Saskatoon StarPhoenix for story about
        Fred Saskamoose, a young Cree who gave up on the NHL to return home;
        and Mary Ormsby, Toronto Star, for stories on minor hockey's failure
        to attract immigrants, the relationship between the late
        John Ferguson and his son John Jr., and the purchase of a showjumping
        horse by a wealthy princess.

    -   Feature Photography: Charla Jones, The Globe and Mail, for a photo of
        Leonard Cohen at his home in Montreal; Phil Hossack, Winnipeg Free
        Press, for a shot of lightning illuminating an abandoned grain
        elevator; Bruno Schlumberger, Ottawa Citizen/CanWest News Service,
        for a photo from Paris of a painter hiding his face from the camera
        alongside a self-portrait.

    -   International Reporting: Stephanie Nolen, The Globe and Mail, for a
        story on the quest in South Africa to find and identify bodies of
        people killed during the apartheid era; Doug Saunders, The Globe and
        Mail, for a series on the world's middle class; Graeme Smith, The
        Globe and Mail, for stories on the torture of detainees in the Afghan
        war.

    -   Editorials: Gerald Flood, Winnipeg Free Press; Mary Janigan, The
        Globe and Mail; André Pratt, La Presse, Montreal.

    -   Editorial Cartooning: Serge Chapleau, La Presse, Montréal;
        Patrick Corrigan, Toronto Star; John B. Larter, Brandon Sun

    -   Long Features: Carolyn Abraham, The Globe and Mail, for a story on
        the growing movement to bury the unborn; Ian Brown, The Globe and
        Mail, for a feature on spring cleaning; Sue Montgomery, The Gazette
        in Montreal, for a feature on Dawson College shooter Kimveer Gill.

    -   News Photography: Mike Carroccetto, Ottawa Citizen/CanWest News
        Service, for a photo of a woman cradling her cat who woke her up in
        time to flee a burning building; Dave Chidley, The Canadian Press,
        for a picture of Conrad Black giving a one-finger salute to the
        press; Cathie Coward, The Hamilton Spectator, for a photo of an
        imprint left behind after a five-year-old boy fell nine stories onto
        the soft-waterlogged ground...and lived.

    -   Breaking News: Barrie Examiner team's coverage of the massive fire
        that destroyed much of Barrie's historic downtown; Mary Vallis of the
        National Post for coverage of the Virginia Tech massacre; the
        Vancouver Sun team of Lori Culbert, Neal Hall, Jeff Lee, Chad Skelton
        and Derrick Penner for coverage of the Pickton verdict.
    





For further information:

For further information: Bryan Cantley, Secretary, National Newspaper
Awards, 890 Yonge St., Suite 200, Toronto, ON, M4W 3P4, Tel: (416) 575-5377,
Fax: (416) 923-7206, email: bcantley@cna-acj.ca; Nominated photos can be
viewed at www.nna-ccj.ca

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