Attention Media - 2010 Russ Ramsay Media Awards Application Deadline Extended

MISSISSAUGA, ON, April 22 /CNW/ - The application deadline for the 2010 Russ Ramsay Media Awards for Excellence in Health and Safety Reporting has been extended to Friday, May 14, 2010.

All Ontario trade and consumer media - print (newspapers or magazines), radio, and television - distributed and broadcast in Ontario are invited to submit pieces of work focusing on workplace health and safety. New this year, university and college student entries will also be accepted. Entry categories include:

    -   Trade Media:
        -  Excellence in print feature reporting

    -   Consumer Media
        -  Excellence in print feature reporting (newspapers and magazines)
        -  Excellence in radio feature reporting
        -  Excellence in television feature reporting

    -   Student Media:
        -  Excellence in print feature reporting (newspapers and magazines)
        -  Excellence in radio feature reporting

Journalists are urged to take advantage of this opportunity to have their work recognized. There is no fee for entering. Only work published or aired between January 1, 2009 and December 31, 2009 will be eligible.

All entries will be judged by a panel comprised of media professionals and health and safety specialists. Evaluation will be based on how well the issue of workplace health and safety is covered, the quality of story delivery, and how in-depth and accurate the coverage is on the issue.

The award nomination package, complete with entry form and additional information can be found at:

The Russ Ramsay Media Awards for Excellence in Health and Safety Reporting was established to honour outstanding journalism that enhances the public awareness and understanding of workplace health and safety issues. This is the third year the award will be presented. Past award winners include: Dan Birch - OHS Canada magazine (2009), Kellie Hudson - CBC Radio (2008), and Michelle Morra - Canadian Occupational Safety magazine (2008).

Russ Ramsay was the fifth and last general manager (1987 - 1995) of the Industrial Accident Prevention Association (IAPA). He was a broadcaster, a legislator, and a pioneer in the promotion of workplace health and safety as a critical societal issue. He was affiliated with the broadcasting industry for more than 30 years, holding such esteemed positions as President of the Central Canada Broadcasters' Association and a Board member of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters. He was a former Minister of Labour for the Province of Ontario and was also a recipient of the Order of Canada.

Farm Safety Association (FSA), Industrial Accident Prevention Association (IAPA), and Ontario Service Safety Alliance (OSSA) amalgamated on January 1, 2010 to form a new health and safety organization. Together, they continue to bring innovative and cost-effective health and safety solutions to firms across Ontario. This amalgamation is the result of a major restructuring of the Ontario workplace health and safety system to better assist Ontario businesses in reducing the number of injuries, illnesses, and fatalities in their workplaces. This restructuring resulted in 12 health and safety associations amalgamating to form four new organizations.


For further information: For further information: on the awards, contact: Holly-Ann Campbell, Manager, Corporate Communications, Tel: (905) 614-4272, ext. 2437, Email:

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