VANCOUVER, Nov. 8, 2019 /CNW/ - Western Canada's preeminent journalism awards were presented this evening at the 2019 Jack Webster Awards, held at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver in downtown Vancouver B.C. The awards recognize excellence in journalism in B.C.
Submissions were encouraged from print, radio, television and online media sources that cover news, sports, the arts, business, community issues, and more. The winners for the 2019 Jack Webster Awards are:
Jack Webster Award for Excellence in Business, Industry and Economics Reporting, Endowed by Jean Cormier -Brent Jang, The Globe and Mail for Coastal GasLink Blockade
Jack Webster Award for Excellence in Digital Journalism -Tamara Baluja, Dillon Hodgin, Peter Scobie, CBC Vancouver for Walking a mile in their combat shoes
Jack Webster Award for Best Community Reporting -Dustin Godfrey, Abbotsford News for Finding a way home
Jack Webster Award for Best Reporting, Chinese Language -Jocelyn Wang, Fairchild TV for Magazine 26: Shortage of Seniors Care Workers
Commentator of the Year – City Mike Award, presented in memory of Linda Webster -Daphne Bramham, The Vancouver Sun
Jack Webster Award for Excellence in Science, Technology Health, and Environment Reporting -Penny Sakamoto, Katherine Engqvist, Nicole Crescenzi, Nick Murray, Shalu Mehta, Nina Grossman, Ruby Della Siega, Michelle Gjerde, Lily Chan, Jennifer Blyth, Arnold Lim, Victoria News – Black Press Media for Special Report: Opioid Crisis
Jack Webster Award for Excellence in Legal Journalism, Sponsored by the Law Society of British Columbia -Jason Proctor, Vivian Luk, Stephen Quinn, Geoff Walter, Theresa Duvall, CBC Vancouver for Sanctioned
Best Breaking News Reporting - Radio -Gord Macdonald, Terry Schintz, Janet Brown, Mark Madryga, Jordan Armstrong, Kristi Gordon, Erin Ubels, 980 CKNW for December Windstorm
Best Breaking News Reporting - TV, presented in memory of Keith Bradbury -Richard Zussman, Al Coen, Keith Baldrey, Kristi Gordon, Global BC News for Wildfire: State of Emergency 2018
Best Breaking News Reporting - Print/Text-Based Online -Frances Bula, The Globe and Mail for Campaign Finance:The Civic Edition
Excellence in Feature/Enterprise Reporting - Radio -Anne Penman, Joan Webber, CBC Vancouver for On Gladys Avenue
Excellence in Feature/Enterprise Reporting – TV -John Hua, Sam Cooper, Ted Anhorn, Sergio Magro, Tavis Dunn, Global BC News for Casino Diaries
Excellence in Feature/Enterprise Reporting - Print/Text-Based Online -Kathy Tomlinson, The Globe and Mail for False Promises
Also, at the awards, the 2019 Bruce Hutchison Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Fabian Dawson and the 2019 Bill Good Award was presented to the organization, Megaphone. Nahlah Ayed, an award-winning foreign reporter, and now host/producer of Ideas on CBC was the event's featured guest.
This year's Jack Webster Awards were made possible by: BCGEU, BCIT, Capital Direct, Coast Capital Savings, FortisBC, Global Container Terminals Inc., Greater Vancouver Board of Trade, Langara, LNG Canada, Lyft, Port of Vancouver, UDI, and Unifor, with Hyphen as the Film Partner, Jelly Marketing & PR as the Communication Partner and Rocky Mountaineer as the Raffle Prize Partner. Thanks to Cision for also sponsoring this announcement.
The Jack Webster Foundation was founded in 1986 and named after the man who was Western Canada's best-known and most influential reporter. He left his mark on the B.C. journalism scene with his hard-hitting reporting style. In his more than 40 years of print, radio and television journalism, Jack Webster was synonymous with insightful, accurate and unabashed reporting. Today the Jack Webster Foundation carries on Jack's legacy by fostering excellence in journalism to protect the public interest for British Columbians by: holding the annual Jack Webster Awards for excellence in journalism in B.C., awarding annual Student Awards to aboriginal and senior journalism students, awarding Professional Development Fellowships to working journalists, and providing educational seminars for the media.