REMINDER: Nominate your story for RNAO Media Awards

TORONTO, Jan. 25, 2016 /CNW/ - Time is running out for journalists to submit their best nursing and health-care stories to the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario's (RNAO) Media Awards competition.

The annual awards recognize journalistic excellence that educates and inspires on issues important to the health of Ontarians. Since 1998, the contest has honoured journalists from CTV News, the Globe and Mail, Maclean's, CBC Radio, and many more. Winning entries have covered diverse issues, including poverty among Canadian seniors, increasing numbers of youth suicides, and nursing shortages in the north of the country.

This year, some of the biggest health-care headlines include the Supreme Court of Canada overturning the country's ban on assisted death, the need to reform Ontario's fledgling home care system, and the legal battle over health coverage for refugee claimants – just to name a few.

The association is encouraging reporters, editors, and producers from across Ontario to submit their work via the online submission form no later than Friday, Jan. 29, 2016.

Entries must have been published or broadcast in Ontario during the 2015 calendar year. Stories are judged on content, writing, creativity and their impact on communities. This year's categories are:

Daily newspaper

  • Best news story
  • Best in-depth feature
  • Best series

Community newspaper

  • Best news story
  • Best in-depth feature


  • Best story


  • Best news story
  • Best in-depth feature


  • Best news story
  • Best in-depth feature


  • Best story

Exceptional reporting on an RN/nursing issue

  • Best story

Winners will be announced in the spring, and awards will be handed out at the President's Banquet of RNAO's annual general meeting in May 2016.

Only one entry per person will be accepted.

For more information, or to fill out an entry form, please visit:

The Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO) is the professional association representing registered nurses, nurse practitioners, and nursing students in Ontario. Since 1925, RNAO has advocated 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 more information about RNAO, visit our website at or follow us on Facebook  and Twitter.

SOURCE Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario

For further information: For more information about the awards, please contact: Daniel Punch, Communications Officer/Writer, Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO), Phone: 416-408-5606 / 1-800-268-7199 ext. 250,


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