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March 30, 2011 09:00 ET

Hon. Edward Goff Penny Memorial Prizes for Young Canadian Journalists

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 30, 2011) - Daniel Dale of the Toronto Star has won the 20th Annual Hon. Edward Goff Penny Memorial Prize for Young Canadian Journalists. It is the second win for Dale, who took the prize last year in the over 25,000 circulation category.

The awards program, administered by the Canadian Newspaper Association, provides for cash prizes of $1,500 to the winners in each circulation category, under 25,000 and over 25,000. Begun in 1992, the competition is open to journalists between the ages of 20 to 25 working for CNA-member daily newspapers.

The judging, which was based on works published in 2010, was done by three senior editors selected by the CNA. Points were awarded to each entrant and the points were tabulated by the CNA in Toronto.

In the 25,000 and over category, the winner is Daniel Dale of the Toronto Star. He impressed the judges with his multi-faceted overview of then-Mayor David Miller's four-year-old effort to transform 13 of Toronto's neediest neighbourhoods. Dale talked to dozens of people – including ordinary residents, politicians, bureaucrats and academics – to create a story that raised important questions about the feasibility of such a program. His second submission was an exclusive story on improper prison releases, which was the result of Dale's decision to read all auditor-general's reports for the past five years, his notice of a small item on page 85 on "improper prison releases" and his dogged determination to get an answer from the government on how these releases occur. In his third submission, Dale took a neighbour's complaint and turned it into a poignant piece that looked at all sides of the issue of redevelopment and heritage preservation. Finally, when another reporter had a medical emergency, Dale was sent to Texas with two hour's notice to interview the founder of Boston Pizza. The result was an in-depth, warts-and-all profile that revealed the man behind the legend.

The judges did not award a prize in the 25,000 and under circulation category.

The award will be presented during the Newspapers Canada annual luncheon on Friday, April 29, 2011 during the INK+BEYOND 2011 newspaper conference at the River Rock Casino Resort.

Awards background

The Hon. Edward Goff Penny (1820-1881) rose from the position of reporter at the Montreal Herald in the late 1800s to editor and publisher. He was the first president of the Parliamentary Press Gallery in Ottawa and in 1874 became the first newspaperman to be appointed to the Senate. The awards in his name were established in 1991 at the bequest of the estate of the late Arthur Guy Penny, another newspaper editor and Quebec civil servant who was Edward Goff Penny's grandson. Arthur G. Penny, who died in 1963, asked that these prizes go specifically to young journalists between the ages of 20-25, and he set out the criteria by which the works were to be judged. The awards program is administered by the Canadian Newspaper Association.

Contact Information

  • Newspapers Canada
    Susan Down
    Managing Director Dailies
    416-923-3567, ext. 231