Former Governor General On Hand To Introduce All-New Award Category
VANCOUVER, June 22 /CNW/ - Global News Calgary was recognised this
evening as the first-ever recipient of the Adrienne Clarkson Diversity Award
from the Radio-Television News Directors Association of Canada (RTNDA), in
recognition of their week-long News Series "Racism at The Door". The Right
Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, and former Governor General, introduced and
presented the namesake honour at the RTNDA President's Dinner in Vancouver.
Accepted on behalf of Global Calgary by News Director Dave Budge, the
'Diversity Award' recognizes stories, features or series that best exemplify
or explore an issue of diversity in a Canadian news program.
The winning series, "Racism at the Door" examined the issue of racial
profiling at Calgary nightclubs.
Reporter Jill Croteau's hidden-camera investigation launched a week of
feature reports, including a special first-person "day-in-the-life" narrative
from a local anti-racism activist Derrick Shirley on what it is like to be
black living in Calgary. The series culminated with a public forum held at the
Global Calgary studios to discuss the problem and possible solutions.
This award was announced separately from the RTNDA National Awards, which
will be presented at a gala event on Saturday, June 23 in Vancouver.
RTNDA Canada represents the nation's radio and television newsrooms and
new media operations. The RTNDA is dedicated to fostering excellence in
electronic journalism and honours the very best in Canadian Radio, Television
and New Media journalism each year with the prestigious Regional and National
RTNDA Awards Program.
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