TORONTO, March 14, 2017 /CNW/ - Journalists from CBC Radio's The Current and the Ottawa Citizen are among the big winners as the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO) announces the recipients of its annual Media Awards.
Both news outlets garnered two awards in the competition, which celebrates outstanding journalism that shines a spotlight on nursing, health and health-care issues. Eleven awards will be handed out in total, in categories for print, radio, television and online media.
"It is our honour to recognize these outstanding journalists, who have worked diligently to share the stories of Ontarians on all sides of our health system," says RNAO President Carol Timmings. "Free and independent journalism is a pillar of our strong democracy, and we couldn't be prouder of our award winners."
Winners also include journalists from Global News, CTV, CBC Marketplace, Metroland Media, OZY Magazine, Peterborough This Week and the Woodstock Sentinel-Review. Winning stories tackled a variety of key health issues, including staffing cuts at an Ottawa hospital, the transgender community's struggle to access health care, and post-traumatic stress disorder among Ontario's first responders.
"Without the hours of research, interviewing and adept storytelling of these journalists, many of these stories may not have come to light," says RNAO Chief Executive Office Doris Grinspun. "As registered nurses, nurse practitioners and nursing students, we vow to continue to support Canada's superb news media."
Winners were determined by a panel of judges comprised of nurses and journalists. Awards will be handed out at the president's banquet following RNAO's 92nd annual general meeting on Friday, April 28 in Toronto.
Here is the full list of RNAO Media Award winners:
Metroland Media - Smiths Falls Record News
Community newspaper, best in-depth feature
Peterborough This Week
Community newspaper, best news story
Heather Rivers and Jennifer Vandermeer
Daily newspaper, best news story
Daily newspaper, best series
Exceptional reporting on an RN/nursing issue
Magazine, best story
Carmen Chai and Andrew Russell
Online, best story
Elizabeth Hoath, Cathy Simon and Laura Lynch
CBC, The Current
Radio, best in depth-feature
CBC, The Current
Radio, best news story
Andreas Wesley, Tyana Grundig and David Common
Television, best in-depth feature
Television, best news story
RNAO is the professional association representing registered nurses, nurse practitioners, and nursing students in Ontario. Since 1925, RNAO has advocated 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 more information about RNAO, visit our website at RNAO.ca or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
SOURCE Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario
For further information: Daniel Punch, Communications Officer/Writer, RNAO, Tel: 416-408-5606 / 1-800-268-7199, ext. 250, dpunch@RNAO.ca