TORONTO, March 26 /CNW/ - The Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario
(RNAO) is pleased to announce the recipients of this year's Award for
Excellence in Health-Care Reporting.
This year's winners were chosen from more than 50 entries. The winning
entries represent large and small media outlets including The Globe and Mail,
CBC Radio, Global Television and Burlington Post. The awards will be presented
during the President's Banquet at RNAO's annual general meeting, Friday,
April 11 at the Hilton Suites in Markham.
The winners of the 2008 Award for Excellence in Health-Care Reporting
- Mike Adler, Joanna Lavoie and Lisa Queen of the Scarborough Mirror
for best community newspaper series for their stories on drug
- CBC Radio reporters Sandra Bartlett, Phil Harbord, David McKie and
Susanne Reber won this year's radio, best in-depth feature category
for their series on violence and medication in long-term care.
- This year's best in-depth feature, online, entry comes from Lisa Day
at Toronto Community News. She wrote about grandparents faced with
the task of raising their grandchildren.
- Mary Gazze is the winner of this year's student journalism award. Her
story Canada: Destination for Infertile Couples was completed while
she was a student at Carleton University and later published in the
Globe and Mail.
- The Hamilton Spectator won best series, daily newspaper, for its look
at caring for the aging population in Full Circle: A Family Guide to
- Marcia Kaye's story about the HPV vaccine, Hot shot, published in
More Magazine, took the magazine, best story category
- Waterloo Region Record reporter Anne Kelly's portrait of the inner
workings of local emergency rooms, won the daily newspaper, best in-
depth feature category.
- Joanne Laucius, The Ottawa Citizen, is the winner in the best news
story, daily newspaper category, for her article 'Draconian' Policy
Stymies Cancer Patient.
- Vanessa Moss's story on farmers' mental health, published in the
Elmira-based paper, The Observer, won in the community newspaper,
best in-depth feature category.
- Globe and Mail health reporter André Picard won best column for Who
will endure as nursing's leading light?
- Tim Whitnell, Burlington Post, won for his story Jo Brant dialysis
unit on hold, in the community newspaper, best news story category.
- Global News reporter Allison Vuchnich won for best in-depth feature
and best news story, television, for her stories about mental health
and bisphenol A in baby bottles.
"These reporters have excelled at drawing out the stories that show the
impact our health-care system has on millions of patients and health
professionals in Ontario," says RNAO President Mary Ferguson-Pare. "The
diversity of this year's entries reveals that health-care remains a priority
to the public."
"It's inspiring to see the high calibre of this year's winning entries,"
adds Doris Grinspun, Executive Director of RNAO. "These journalists show a
commitment to telling stories that are both important and of interest to
people in Ontario."
RNAO is the professional association representing registered nurses
wherever they practise in Ontario. Since 1925, RNAO has lobbied for healthy
public policy, promoted excellence in nursing practice, increased nurses'
contribution to shaping the health-care system, and influenced decisions that
affect nurses and the public they serve.
For further information:
For further information: Jill Scarrow, Communications Officer, RNAO,
Tel: (416) 599-1925, 1-800-268-7199, ext. 210, firstname.lastname@example.org