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Jaguar Canada

October 27, 2006 20:16 ET

Jaguar Canada Awards 2006 Automotive Journalist of the Year

NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 27, 2006) -

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At an event gathering a group of Canada's leading automotive journalists, Jaguar Canada recently presented the Automotive Journalist Association of Canada (AJAC) Automotive Journalist of the Year Award to Metro Newspapers' journalist, Nadine Filion.

This coveted award was inaugurated in 1984 by past Jaguar Canada president, John Mackie, who was on hand to present the award, to "reward excellence in automotive journalism". A variety of submissions are considered for this award including feature story, car review, general editorial opinion, with personal style and mastery of the subject taken into account for all applications of media - print, television and radio and internet.

Filion is a second-time winner of this prestigious award. The panel of three judges with extensive journalism and literary backgrounds was impressed with the way in which Filion broke through the clutter of automotive reviews to bring her audience interesting stories to read.

"In a genre dominated by stories that all start to sound the same after a while, Nadine's stories were consistently fresh and flowed easily, never dragging in terms of pace or of content," said Marc Lalonde, journalist with the West Island Chronicle in Montreal, Quebec and one of the judges on the panel. "This year's winner showed an ability to make automotive articles interesting to all readers - not just those who open the automotive section first."

First runner-up in the Journalist of the Year competition, Robert Bosetelaar, a writer for the Ottawa Citizen, was said by the judges to have a "consistently clean, conversational writing style and produced well-balanced car reviews that neither salivate nor skewer each test vehicle."

Second runner-up was awarded to Jil McIntosh of the Toronto Star for providing "exceptionally interesting behind-the-scenes information of which the public likely would not be aware." McIntosh's articles "were especially informative and evidenced excellent investigative reporting."

"When Jaguar founded this award nearly 25 years ago under my leadership, I wanted the most coveted car, Jaguar, to present the most coveted award to our automotive journalist community." said John Mackie, past president of Jaguar Canada. "I'm proud to be part of this award and to honour a group of such hard-working, talented individuals."
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