OTTAWA, April 16 /CNW Telbec/ - Corina Milic, formerly of The Sault Star,
and James Bradshaw of The Globe and Mail are the 2008 winners of the Hon.
Edward Goff Penny Memorial Prizes for Young Canadian Journalists.
The awards program, administered by the Canadian Newspaper Association,
provides for cash prizes of $1,500 to the winners in each circulation
category, under 25,000 and over 25,000. The competition is open to journalists
between the ages of 20-25 working for CNA member newspapers. The competition
began in 1992. This is the 18th year for this award.
The Hon. Edward Goff Penny (1820-1881) rose from the position of reporter
at the Montreal Herald in the late 1800s to editor and publisher. He was the
first president of the Parliamentary Press Gallery in Ottawa and in 1874
became the first newspaperman to be appointed to the Senate. The awards in his
name were established in 1991 at the bequest of the estate of the late Arthur
Guy Penny, another newspaper editor and Quebec civil servant who was Edward
Goff Penny's grandson. Arthur G. Penny, who died in 1963, asked that these
prizes go specifically to young journalists between the ages of 20-25, and he
set out the criteria by which the works were to be judged.
The judging, which was based on works published in 2008, was done by
three senior editors selected by the CNA. Points were awarded to each entrant
and the points were tabulated by CNA in Toronto. Both winners were 25 years
old when their articles were written.
In the 25,000 and under category, the winner is Corina Milic, a former
reporter with The Sault Star in Sault Ste. Marie now freelancing in Toronto.
Two of her entries were part of a series following youth in the struggling
town of Wawa, just north of Sault Ste. Marie. Milic spent a month as an intern
in Rwanda and used that lens to write about hotel manager Paul Rusesabagina,
the real-life inspiration for the Hollywood blockbuster, Hotel Rwanda. Her
final entry pieced together the story of a young child's drowning at a local
pool, while examining city pool protocols.
In the 25,000 and over category, the winner is James Bradshaw of The
Globe and Mail. He won the judge's approval with three stories on the Tory
government cuts to culture spending that started out with a routine
announcement of minor cuts and ended with Bradshaw exposing a major list of
cuts that quickly became a major election issue. When the government claimed
arts funding was being increased, Bradshaw went to work, again digging through
the numbers to reveal the downward trend in spending on the arts. His eye for
feature writing was apparent in his fourth submission, profiling an art
adviser and delving into the little-seen world of high profile art and the
tension on the auction floor when millions of dollars are on the block.
The awards will be presented during the CNA/CCNA annual luncheon on
Friday, May 22, 2009 at Le Centre Sheraton Hotel Montréal.
For further information:
For further information: Susan Down, Managing Director Dailies, CNA,
(416) 923-3567, ext. 231