TORONTO, March 13 /CNW/ - The Globe and Mail leads all newspapers in
Canada with 15 finalists in the 59th National Newspaper Awards competition.
The Toronto Star was next with eight, followed by Montreal's La Presse
and the Ottawa Citizen with six each, and the Winnipeg Free Press with four.
The Canadian Press had three with the National Post, Montreal Gazette,
The Hamilton Spectator, Kingston Whig-Standard and Victoria Times Colonist
collecting two each.
The Barrie Examiner, Brandon Sun, Calgary Herald, Cornwall
Standard-Freeholder, Edmonton Journal, Halifax Chronicle-Herald, Prince George
Citizen, Saint John Telegraph-Journal, Saskatoon StarPhoenix, The Vancouver
Sun, and The Record of Waterloo Region have one each.
The 63 finalists in the 21 categories were announced on March 13, 2008,
from the National Newspaper Awards office in Toronto. There were 1,408 entries
in this year's competition for works that appeared in the year 2007, the third
highest in NNA history.
In all, 22 news organizations have been nominated.
The winners will be announced at a gala awards ceremony in Toronto on
Friday, May 9. Winners will receive cheques for $1,500 and a certificate of
award. Runners-up receive citations of merit and cash awards of $250 each.
This is the 19th year for the NNAs under a Board of Governors which
includes editors, publishers and the public from across Canada as well as
representatives from the Toronto Press Club. Previous to 1989, the NNAs had
been sponsored by the Toronto Press Club. The awards are administered from the
National Newspaper Awards office at the Canadian Newspaper Association.
The National Newspaper Awards were founded by The Toronto Press Club in
- Graeme Smith of The Globe and Mail has been nominated in
two categories, Short Features and International Reporting.
- Lisa Rochon of The Globe and Mail has been nominated for a
third straight year in Arts and Entertainment.
- The Globe and Mail is guaranteed one NNA after being nominated
three times in International Reporting.
- Stephanie Nolen of The Globe and Mail has been nominated in
International Reporting for the fifth straight year and has another
nomination this year in Explanatory Work.
- Bruno Schlumberger of the Ottawa Citizen has been nominated twice in
the four photography categories.
- The Toronto Star has been nominated for the 11th time in
- News Feature Photography: John Lehmann, The Globe and Mail, for a
photo of a young mother kissing her conjoined twins in Vernon, B.C.;
Bruno Schlumberger, Ottawa Citizen/CanWest News Service, for a photo
of retired military nursing sisters having a snack at the National
Military Cemetery; Tara Walton of the Toronto Star for a photo of a
two-year-old girl recovering from a heart transplant.
- Beat Reporting: Frank Armstrong, Kingston Whig-Standard, for crime
and justice reporting; Bruno Bisson, La Presse, Montreal, for
reporting on Montreal's transportation issues; Jen Skerritt, Winnipeg
Free Press, for stories on health care in Manitoba.
- Explanatory Work: Maria Cook, Ottawa Citizen, for a story on an
engineering revolution that makes it faster and safer to replace
aging bridges; Linda Gyulai, The Gazette, Montreal, for an
examination of Montreal's crumbling water system from reservoir to
sewers; and Stephanie Nolen, The Globe and Mail, for a story on how
inexpensive vaccinations, mosquito nets and vitamins are saving the
lives of children in the developing world.
- Politics: Gary Dimmock, Ottawa Citizen, for the alleged political
backdoor negotiations of mayoral candidate Terry Kilrea and Ottawa
Mayor Larry O'Brien; Kathryn May, Ottawa Citizen, for stories about
the mismanagement of the RCMP pension and insurance funds; and Paula
Simons, Edmonton Journal, for stories on an Alberta government
agency's tactics against a group of farmers.
- Short Features: Emilie Côté, La Presse, Montréal, for a piece on
Bangladesh refugees forced to flee their homes because of rising
seas; Roy MacGregor, The Globe and Mail, for a story on the funeral
service for a slain RCMP officer; and Graeme Smith, The Globe and
Mail, for a story on what happens when an Afghan is found dead.
- Local Reporting: Gordon Hoekstra, Prince George Citizen, for
stories about air quality issues in the city; Elisabeth Johns of the
Cornwall Standard-Freeholder for a series on domestic violence in the
community; Ann Lukits of the Kingston Whig-Standard for stories on
declining care for seniors and a shortage of doctors in nursing
- Presentation: Geneviève Biloski, National Post; Brian Hughes,
Toronto Star; Spencer Wynn, Toronto Star.
- Special Project: Halifax Chronicle-Herald for a series of stories in
Afghanistan focusing on the 2nd Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment,
based in the Maritimes; Toronto Star for a project on poverty with a
focus on social justice; La Presse of Montreal for a worldwide look
at the implications of a world without a clean and abundant supply of
- Sports Photography: Paul Chiasson, The Canadian Press, for a photo of
a Canadian hockey player upside down after a check from a Russian
player; David Cooper, Toronto Star, for a celebration leap by Ontario
skip Glenn Howard in a curling championship; Darren Stone, Victoria
Times-Colonist, for an all-out stretch by the ball carrier to reach
the end zone in a football game.
- Business: Renata D'Aliesio, Calgary Herald, for a story of how the
government and unknown agencies seek to regulate water; Boyd Erman,
Jacquie McNish, Tara Perkins and Heather Scoffield, The Globe and
Mail, for stories on the sub-prime mortgage crisis; and Eric Reguly,
Boyd Erman, Sinclair Stewart, Andrew Willis of The Globe and Mail for
work on the takeover of BCE Inc.
- Columns: Les Leyne, Victoria Times Colonist; Gordon Sinclair,
Winnipeg Free Press; Margaret Wente, The Globe and Mail.
- Investigations: Jim Bronskill and Sue Bailey of The Canadian Press
for an investigation into the use of tasers by police forces;
Kevin Donovan, David Bruser and Andrew Bailey of the Toronto Star for
a series on phony charities; Michele Ouimet, La Presse, Montreal, for
stories on Canada's mission in Afghanistan and what has happened to
aid sent there.
- Arts and Entertainment: Marty Klinkenberg, Saint John Telegraph-
Journal, for stories on New Brunswick arts and entertainment;
Lisa Rochon, The Globe and Mail, for stories on architecture; and
Jon Wells, The Hamilton Spectator, for a story on producer and
songwriter Daniel Lanois.
- Sports: Colin Hunter of the Waterloo Region Record for features about
unusual sports such as the culture of a skateboard park;
Kevin Mitchell of the Saskatoon StarPhoenix for story about
Fred Saskamoose, a young Cree who gave up on the NHL to return home;
and Mary Ormsby, Toronto Star, for stories on minor hockey's failure
to attract immigrants, the relationship between the late
John Ferguson and his son John Jr., and the purchase of a showjumping
horse by a wealthy princess.
- Feature Photography: Charla Jones, The Globe and Mail, for a photo of
Leonard Cohen at his home in Montreal; Phil Hossack, Winnipeg Free
Press, for a shot of lightning illuminating an abandoned grain
elevator; Bruno Schlumberger, Ottawa Citizen/CanWest News Service,
for a photo from Paris of a painter hiding his face from the camera
alongside a self-portrait.
- International Reporting: Stephanie Nolen, The Globe and Mail, for a
story on the quest in South Africa to find and identify bodies of
people killed during the apartheid era; Doug Saunders, The Globe and
Mail, for a series on the world's middle class; Graeme Smith, The
Globe and Mail, for stories on the torture of detainees in the Afghan
- Editorials: Gerald Flood, Winnipeg Free Press; Mary Janigan, The
Globe and Mail; André Pratt, La Presse, Montreal.
- Editorial Cartooning: Serge Chapleau, La Presse, Montréal;
Patrick Corrigan, Toronto Star; John B. Larter, Brandon Sun
- Long Features: Carolyn Abraham, The Globe and Mail, for a story on
the growing movement to bury the unborn; Ian Brown, The Globe and
Mail, for a feature on spring cleaning; Sue Montgomery, The Gazette
in Montreal, for a feature on Dawson College shooter Kimveer Gill.
- News Photography: Mike Carroccetto, Ottawa Citizen/CanWest News
Service, for a photo of a woman cradling her cat who woke her up in
time to flee a burning building; Dave Chidley, The Canadian Press,
for a picture of Conrad Black giving a one-finger salute to the
press; Cathie Coward, The Hamilton Spectator, for a photo of an
imprint left behind after a five-year-old boy fell nine stories onto
the soft-waterlogged ground...and lived.
- Breaking News: Barrie Examiner team's coverage of the massive fire
that destroyed much of Barrie's historic downtown; Mary Vallis of the
National Post for coverage of the Virginia Tech massacre; the
Vancouver Sun team of Lori Culbert, Neal Hall, Jeff Lee, Chad Skelton
and Derrick Penner for coverage of the Pickton verdict.
For further information:
For further information: Bryan Cantley, Secretary, National Newspaper
Awards, 890 Yonge St., Suite 200, Toronto, ON, M4W 3P4, Tel: (416) 575-5377,
Fax: (416) 923-7206, email: email@example.com; Nominated photos can be
viewed at www.nna-ccj.ca