TORONTO, June 3 /CNW/ - Toronto Star reporter Iain Marlow was awarded the
2008 SONG Labour Journalism Award today by Canada's largest print media labour
Marlow won the award for his feature, entitled: "The Reckoning: The final
heartbeats of a dying factory," which appeared on the front page of the
Toronto Star on Sunday, Nov. 30, 2008. It's the story of union activist Abdul
Samad who finds himself among the last of four workers at a closing exhaust
The award is sponsored by Local 87-M of the Communications, Energy and
Paperworkers Union of Canada (Southern Ontario Newsmedia Guild) to recognize
journalistic excellence on the working lives of Canadians.
Along with the award, Marlow was presented with a cheque for $500 by CEP
Local 87-M President Brad Honywill.
"The judges were effusive in their praise of Marlow's work," Honywill
said. "He put a human face to the devastation in our manufacturing sector."
"He focuses on splendid detail such as the "dangling cables that loop
down like jungle snakes from the rafters" in the "cavernous factory,..." wrote
judge Mark McNeil of the Hamilton Spectator. "Yet, Marlow doesn't lose sight
of his story line and the human emotion behind it. He puts the reader inside
the dying plant and inside the heart and mind of a displaced worker."
"In the hands of a lesser writer, Abdul Samad could have come across as a
brainwashed union puppet," wrote judge Maryanna Lewyckyj. "Instead, he becomes
the heart of the union - still beating against all odds."
CEP 87-M services most of the newspapers in Ontario, including the
Toronto Star, Globe and Mail, Toronto Sun, Hamilton Spectator, London Free
Press and Waterloo Region Record, as well as London's Atv and the House of
Commons broadcast/technical group.
For further information:
For further information: Brad Honywill, CEP Local 87-M President, (416)
461-2461, ext 7