CNA and CMA Announce Recipients of 2009 Media Awards for Health Reporting

    OTTAWA, Jan. 26 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) and
the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) today announced the recipients of the
2009 Media Awards for Health Reporting, Canada's premier health journalism
    "This is an excellent opportunity for Canada's doctors and nurses to work
together in order to honour the outstanding efforts of health reporters," said
Kaaren Neufeld, president of CNA. "Every single year, the Media Awards
continue to demonstrate the quality of health care reporting in Canada. It is
an honour to celebrate those who go above and beyond in their commitment to
keeping Canadians informed on health issues and advancing health policy."
    The CNA and CMA Media Awards honour outstanding Canadian journalism that
enhances understanding of health, the health care system and the role of
health professionals. Independent panels of individuals with backgrounds in
journalism, nursing, medicine, and health care evaluate the entries. This year
they selected winners in eight categories out of a total of 80 submissions.
Entries were evaluated based on fairness and balance, timeliness, insight,
impact and quality of writing and production.
    "This year's entries were all timely, insightful, thoroughly researched
and well-crafted. It made the selection process extremely difficult," said Dr.
Robert Ouellet, president of the CMA. "We congratulate the winners for their
exceptional work in Canadian health reporting. We also would like to thank our
judges, who worked tirelessly to ensure that the best entries were given the
recognition they so richly deserve."

    The 2009 Media Award recipients are:

    Excellence in Print - News: Joan Walters with Naomi Powell, Carmela
    Fragomeni, Hamilton Spectator, "C. Difficile Outbreak"

    Excellence in Print - Local Reporting: Jon Thompson, Kenora Daily Miner &
    News, "Two drinking fountains in Ontario's Northwest"

    The College of Family Physicians of Canada Award for Excellence in Print
    - In-depth Feature Series: The Globe and Mail, "Breakdown: Canada's
    Mental Health Crisis"

    Excellence in TV - News: Avis Favaro with Elizabeth St. Philip, CTV
    National News "Bisphenol A (BPA) in Cans"

    Excellence in TV - In-depth: Guy Gendron with Germain Thibault, Société
    Radio-Canada "Biologie totale: menace fatale"

    Excellence in Radio - In-depth: Pauline Dakin, CBC Radio, "Deadly

    Excellence in Print - In-depth Feature Article: Aaron Derfel, The
    Montreal Gazette, "Pills. Placebos. Depression."

    Excellence in Local Reporting - Broadcast: Michael Tymchuk, CBC Radio
    Victoria, "Ahousaht Justice"

    The CNA and CMA Media Awards winners will be honoured at a gala
celebration on February 18th, 2009 at The Canadian Museum of Civilization in
Gatineau, Quebec. Tickets can be purchased online at

For further information:

For further information: Michelle Dennis, Canadian Nurses Association,
(613) 237-2159 ext. 283, Cell (613) 697-7507,; Lesly
Bauer, Canadian Medical Association, (613) 731-8610 ext. 2288, Cell (613)

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