RTNDA Canada announces 2006 Atlantic Regional Award Recipients



    HALIFAX, June 2 /CNW/ - RTNDA Canada - The Association of Electronic
Journalists has honoured the best in electronic journalism in the Atlantic
region in 2006. RTNDA Canada presented the coveted RTNDA Awards at the
Association's annual Atlantic Regional Professional Development Seminar this
evening in Halifax.
    This year RTNDA Canada created five new award categories to recognize
outstanding videography, use of sound, new media, information programming and
diversity.
    The RTNDA "Diversity Tool Kit" which was released across the country in
January offers practical solutions to bring diversity to our stories and to
our newsrooms. To acknowledge those accomplishments RTNDA created a new
Diversity Award. Congratulations to CBC Radio Halifax for winning the
inaugural award in the Atlantic region.
    Five television and eight radio stations received prestigious RTNDA
Canada Excellence in Broadcast Journalism awards. CTV Atlantic in Halifax,
Nova Scotia and Global News Maritimes in Saint John, New Brunswick each took
home two awards followed by CBC Fredericton, New Brunswick, CBC St. John's,
Newfoundland & Labrador and CBC in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
    Radio winners included: KHJ Fredericton, New Brunswick, CJLS-FM Yarmouth,
Nova Scotia and News 88.9 (CHNI-FM) Saint John, New Brunswick in the small
market category. Medium market winners include: VOCM St. John's, Newfoundland
& Labrador, News 95.7 (CJNI-FM) Halifax, Nova Scotia and CBC Maritimes
stations in Cape Breton and Halifax, Nova Scotia.
    "Congratulations to all the winners," said RTNDA President Bob
McLaughlin. "This is an incredible accomplishment and it shows quality
journalism is thriving in Canada."
    The Atlantic Regional winners go on to compete for the RTNDA National
Awards to be presented at the RTNDA National Conference in Vancouver, BC on
June 23, 2007.

    
    The 2006 TELEVISION winners are:
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    Bert Cannings Award - Best Newscast

        -  CTV Atlantic for War Brides - (Medium Market)
        -  Global News Maritimes for Mains Murder April 17/06 - (Medium
           Market - Honourable Mention)

    Charlie Edwards Award - Spot News

        -  CBC Television New Brunswick for Reaching Atlantica
        -  Global News Maritimes for Bangor Deaths - (Honourable Mention)

    Dan McArthur Award - In-depth/Investigative

        -  Global News Maritimes for Choking Game
        -  CTV News Atlantic for Fort McMoney - (Honourable Mention)

    Dave Rogers Award - Short Feature

        -  CBC TV - Newfoundland & Labrador for Gushue's Mom - (Medium
           Market)
        -  Global News Maritimes for National Guitar - (Medium Market -
           Honourable Mention)
        -  Global News Maritimes for War Brides - (Medium Market - Honourable
           Mention)

    Dave Rogers Award - Long Feature

        -  CBC TV - Nova Scotia for Sri Lanka Diary - (Medium Market)
        -  Telejournal/Atlantique for A Chacun Son CD - (Medium Market -
           Honourable Mention)

    Ron Laidlaw Award - Continuing Coverage

        -  Global News Maritimes for Nowhere To Go
        -  CBC Newfoundland & Labrador for Spending Scandal - (Honourable
           Mention)

    Sam Ross Award - Editorial/Commentary

        -  CBC TV - Nova Scotia for Sparks Commentary

    Best Videography Award

        -  CTV Atlantic for Sail Away - HMCS Fredericton's Missile Exercise

    The 2006 RADIO winners are:
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    Byron MacGregor Award - Best Newscast

        -  KHJ Fredericton for KHJ 5 O'Clock News - (Small Market)
        -  VOCM St. John's for VOCM News - (Medium Market)

    Charlie Edwards Award - Spot News

        -  CBC Cape Breton for Canso Cormorant Crash

    Dan McArthur Award - In-depth/Investigative

        -  CBC Radio Maritimes for Adieu L'Acadie...Hello Alberta

    Dave Rogers Award - Long Feature

        -  CJLS-FM Yarmouth for Sacrifice at the Somme - (Small Market)
        -  CBC Maritimes for Captain Dan's Final Investigation - (Medium
           Market)

    Gord Sinclair Award - Live Special Events

        -  News 95.7 (CJNI-FM) Halifax for The Rolling Stones, Concert on the
           Common

    Ron Laidlaw Award - Continuing Coverage

        -  VOCM St. John's for Breaking News
        -  CBC Radio Fredericton for "McFitness?" - (Honourable Mention)

    Sam Ross Award - Editorial/Commentary

        -  KHJ Fredericton for Poirier's Potty

    Best Use of Sound Award

        -  CJLS-FM Yarmouth for A Nova Scotia Christmas in Boston

    Information Program Award

        -  News 88.9 (CHNI-FM) Saint John for Robert Latimer Speaks Out

    Diversity Award

        -  CBC Radio Halifax for "Immigrant Family"
    

    RTNDA Canada is the voice of electronic journalists and news managers in
Canada. The members of RTNDA Canada recognize the responsibility of broadcast
journalists to promote and to protect the freedom to report independently
about matters of public interest and to present a wide range of expressions,
opinions and ideas. The RTNDA Canada Code of Ethics, adopted by the Canadian
Broadcast Standards Council, is used to measure fairness and accuracy in our
profession.




For further information:

For further information: Sherry Denesha, Operations Manager, RTNDA
Canada at (416) 756-2213 or email: sherry@rtndacanada.com

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