National Newspaper Awards

March 24, 2005 11:38 ET

Finalists announced for 2004 National Newspaper Awards

Attention: Assignment Editor, Books Editor, City Editor, Media Editor, News Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - March 24, 2005) - The Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star, with 10 each, have tied for the most number of finalists in the 56th National Newspaper Awards competition.

In all, 26 news organizations have been nominated, the most in the awards' history.

La Presse of Montreal had five nominations, followed by the Ottawa Citizen with four and The Vancouver Sun with three, including a joint effort with the Victoria Times Colonist.

CanWest News Service, Edmonton Journal, The Hamilton Spectator, Kingston Whig-Standard, National Post, The Toronto Sun, and Winnipeg Free Press had two each.

Barrie Examiner, Calgary Herald, Canadian Press, Halifax Daily News, Lethbridge Herald, Montreal Gazette, New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal, Reuters, Le Soleil of Quebec City, St. Catharines Standard, St. John's Telegram, Saskatoon StarPhoenix, Vancouver's The Province, and Victoria Times Colonist, in addition to the joint entry with The Vancouver Sun, had one each.

The 60 finalists in the 20 categories were announced on March 24, 2005, from the National Newspaper Awards office in Toronto. There were more than 1,310 entries in this year's competition for works that appeared in the year 2004, the third highest in NNA history.

The winners will be announced at a gala awards ceremony in Ottawa on Saturday, June 4 at the National Gallery of Canada. This marks the first time the awards have ever been presented in the nation's capital. 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 16th 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 by the National Newspaper Awards office at the Canadian Newspaper Association.

The National Newspaper Awards were founded by The Toronto Press Club in 1949.

Highlights:
* La Presse has been nominated in the Presentation category for design excellence for the third year in a row. This year's nominee, Geneviève Dinel, won the award in 2002.

* Both of Toronto Star photographer Ken Faught's entries in sports photography were finalists.

* Marina Jiménez of The Globe and Mail has been nominated for a second straight year in Beats. She won the award in 2003.

* Sarah Gibb of The StarPhoenix in Saskatoon has been nominated for a second straight year, this time in Investigations. She was a nominee last year in Long Features.

* Stephanie Nolen of The Globe and Mail has two nominations this year, one in Explanatory Work, the other in International Reporting. She won for International Reporting in 2003.

* André-Philippe Côté of Le Soleil in Quebec City has been nominated for a second straight year in editorial cartooning.

* Andrew McIntosh of the National Post has been nominated for the sixth time in his career, this time in Investigations. He has won three NNAs.

* Christopher Hume of the Toronto Star has been nominated for a fourth time in Arts and Entertainment.

* The Ottawa Citizen has been nominated for a sixth time in Special Project.

* The Barrie Examiner has received its first nomination in the history of the awards

* Iain Hunter of the Victoria Times Colonist has been nominated for a second straight year in editorials.

The nominees:

* Beat Reporting: Marina Jiménez, The Globe and Mail, for reporting on immigration and refugee issues; Sharon Kirkey, CanWest News Service, for her reporting on health issues; Bobbi-Jean MacKinnon, New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal, for reporting on city hall in Saint John.

* Politics: Robert Fife of CanWest News Service for articles on former Immigration Minister Judy Sgro's problems; Shelley Page, Ottawa Citizen, for an account of the electoral battle between the veteran Ed Broadbent and Liberal insider Richard Mahoney in Ottawa Centre; Paula Simons, Edmonton Journal, for columns about Ralph Klein accused of lifting passages from the Internet for a university term paper without crediting his sources.

* News Photography: Ernest Doroszuk of The Toronto Sun for a photo of a protester biting a policeman's arm; Lucas Oleniuk of the Toronto Star for a photo of a mud-caked arm of a victim of the floods in Haiti; David Rossiter of the Lethbridge Herald for a close-up of a firefighter battling a tire fire.

* Editorial Cartooning: André-Philippe Côté, Quebec Le Soleil; Dale Cummings, Winnipeg Free Press; Theo Moudakis, Toronto Star.

* Feature Photography: Brian Gavriloff of the Edmonton Journal for a photo of a mischievous squirrel fleeing across a fairway with a golf ball in its mouth; Frank Gunn of The Canadian Press for a photo of a man performing a karate move against the rising morning sun; Robert Skinner of La Presse in Montreal for a photo of a young girl as she undergoes a female circumcision

* International: Stephanie Nolen, The Globe and Mail, for her stories from Rwanda, 10 years after the genocide; Michèle Ouimet, La Presse, for stories about female genital mutilation in an African nation; Geoffrey York, The Globe and Mail, for stories from a Russian border town, a microcosm of the changing fortunes of Russia and neighbouring China.

* Editorial Writing: Sean Fine, The Globe and Mail; Iain Hunter, Victoria Times Colonist; Russell Wangersky, St. John's Telegram.

* Arts and Entertainment: Maria Cook of the Ottawa Citizen; Alexandra Gill of The Globe and Mail; Christopher Hume of the Toronto Star.

* Breaking News: Joan Walters, The Hamilton Spectator, for a story of a U.S. company's medical testing in Ontario; Adrian Humphreys, Allan Woods and Nick Kohler of the National Post on the one-day court appearance and guilty plea of Holly Jones' murderer; John Duncanson, Tracy Huffman and Nick Pron from the Toronto Star for stories of a Toronto police scandal.

* Local Reporting: Marg Bruineman of The Barrie Examiner for an anniversary series on the 1985 tornadoes that devastated this Ontario city north of Toronto; Sarah Crosbie of the Kingston Whig-Standard for an investigation into a notorious child molester still active in church music programs despite a church ban; Ann Lukits of the Kingston Whig-Standard for stories on private-versus-public health care.

* Long Features: Carolyn Abraham of The Globe and Mail for stories on people suffering from amnesia; Andrea Gordon of the Toronto Star for a story on raising children in today's fast-paced society; Douglas Todd of The Vancouver Sun for a look at coping with schizophrenia.

* Short Features: Yves Boisvert, La Presse, Montreal, for the story of a Montreal man who had at one time been sentenced to be executed after being wrongfully convicted of trafficking and murder charges in Thailand; Chris Lambie, The Daily News, Halifax, for a story of an experience in a submarine; Allan Thompson, Toronto Star, for a story of a five-year-old coming to grips with Rwanda's genocide.

* Special Project: La Presse, Montreal, for a three-day examination of the 2004 U.S. presidential election; Ottawa Citizen for an eight-part series on the anniversary of the creation of the Anti-Terrorism Act; and a combined Vancouver Sun and Victoria Times Colonist entry on organized crime in British Columbia.

* Sports: Terry Bell of The Province in Vancouver for a story on the NHL labour crisis well before the lockout occurred; Grant LaFleche, St. Catharines Standard, for stories on people taking up boxing; and Randy Turner of The Winnipeg Free Press for a feature on Brent Sutter, a former NHL star now a rancher and owner and coach of the Red Deer Rebels.

* Investigations: Sarah Gibb of The StarPhoenix in Saskatoon for a story of a family that was a target of dubious allegations of sexual abuse; Andrew McIntosh of the National Post for a story of how a National Defence employee allegedly defrauded the government and Hewlett-Packard over a decade; Fred Vallance-Jones and Steve Buist of The Hamilton Spectator for their investigation into Ontario's Drive Clean program that was meant to keep polluting vehicles off the road.

* Columns: Janet Bagnall of The Gazette in Montreal; Mark Bonokoski of The Toronto Sun; Daphne Bramham of The Vancouver Sun.

* Explanatory Work: Erin Anderssen of The Globe and Mail for "Elves of Geodemographics", an indepth explanation of a powerful marketing tool that is used to figure out what makes consumers tick; James Bagnall of the Ottawa Citizen for "Nortel's Numbers: Accounting for the Errors", a view on the world of accounting and its impact on a company's fortunes; Stephanie Nolen of The Globe and Mail for a piece on AIDS vaccine trials in South Africa.

* Presentation: Geneviève Dinel of La Presse in Montreal; Phil King of The Globe and Mail; Graphics team of the Toronto Star.

* Business: David Akin of The Globe and Mail for a series on the way the CIBC carelessly faxed away details of customer information; David Olive of Toronto Star for three columns on Conrad Black, the meaning of a corporation's apology, and the latest business buzzwords; Grant Robertson of the Calgary Herald for a story about Alberta's Direct Energy program.

* Sports Photography: Ken Faught, Toronto Star, for a photo of an Austrian equestrian who has been dumped from his mount at the Olympics; Ken Faught, Toronto Star, for shot of a Canadian competitor tossing her opponent in an Olympic judo bout; Andrew Wallace of Reuters for a photo of a Toronto Raptors basketball player being upended in a game. /For further information: Bryan Cantley, Secretary, National Newspaper Awards, 890 Yonge St., Suite 200, Toronto, ON M4W 3P4. Tel: 416-923-3567, ext. 230; Fax: 416-923-7206; email: bcantley@cna-acj.ca/ IN: MEDIA

Contact Information

  • Bryan Cantley, Secretary, National Newspaper Awards
    Primary Phone: 416-923-3567
    E-mail: bcantley@cna-acj.ca