Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO) honours journalists for their coverage of nursing and health-care issues for 10th straight year



    TORONTO, March 26 /CNW/ - The Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario
(RNAO) is pleased to announce the recipients of this year's Award for
Excellence in Health-Care Reporting.
    This year's winners were chosen from more than 50 entries. The winning
entries represent large and small media outlets including The Globe and Mail,
CBC Radio, Global Television and Burlington Post. The awards will be presented
during the President's Banquet at RNAO's annual general meeting, Friday,
April 11 at the Hilton Suites in Markham.
    The winners of the 2008 Award for Excellence in Health-Care Reporting
are:

    
    -   Mike Adler, Joanna Lavoie and Lisa Queen of the Scarborough Mirror
        for best community newspaper series for their stories on drug
        addiction.
    -   CBC Radio reporters Sandra Bartlett, Phil Harbord, David McKie and
        Susanne Reber won this year's radio, best in-depth feature category
        for their series on violence and medication in long-term care.
    -   This year's best in-depth feature, online, entry comes from Lisa Day
        at Toronto Community News. She wrote about grandparents faced with
        the task of raising their grandchildren.
    -   Mary Gazze is the winner of this year's student journalism award. Her
        story Canada: Destination for Infertile Couples was completed while
        she was a student at Carleton University and later published in the
        Globe and Mail.
    -   The Hamilton Spectator won best series, daily newspaper, for its look
        at caring for the aging population in Full Circle: A Family Guide to
        Eldercare.
    -   Marcia Kaye's story about the HPV vaccine, Hot shot, published in
        More Magazine, took the magazine, best story category
    -   Waterloo Region Record reporter Anne Kelly's portrait of the inner
        workings of local emergency rooms, won the daily newspaper, best in-
        depth feature category.
    -   Joanne Laucius, The Ottawa Citizen, is the winner in the best news
        story, daily newspaper category, for her article 'Draconian' Policy
        Stymies Cancer Patient.
    -   Vanessa Moss's story on farmers' mental health, published in the
        Elmira-based paper, The Observer, won in the community newspaper,
        best in-depth feature category.
    -   Globe and Mail health reporter André Picard won best column for Who
        will endure as nursing's leading light?
    -   Tim Whitnell, Burlington Post, won for his story Jo Brant dialysis
        unit on hold, in the community newspaper, best news story category.
    -   Global News reporter Allison Vuchnich won for best in-depth feature
        and best news story, television, for her stories about mental health
        and bisphenol A in baby bottles.
    

    "These reporters have excelled at drawing out the stories that show the
impact our health-care system has on millions of patients and health
professionals in Ontario," says RNAO President Mary Ferguson-Pare. "The
diversity of this year's entries reveals that health-care remains a priority
to the public."
    "It's inspiring to see the high calibre of this year's winning entries,"
adds Doris Grinspun, Executive Director of RNAO. "These journalists show a
commitment to telling stories that are both important and of interest to
people in Ontario."

    RNAO is the professional association representing registered nurses
wherever they practise in Ontario. Since 1925, RNAO has lobbied for healthy
public policy, promoted excellence in nursing practice, increased nurses'
contribution to shaping the health-care system, and influenced decisions that
affect nurses and the public they serve.





For further information:

For further information: Jill Scarrow, Communications Officer, RNAO,
Tel: (416) 599-1925, 1-800-268-7199, ext. 210, jscarrow@rnao.org


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