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April 05, 2012 10:00 ET

Jesse McLean from the Toronto Star Wins 2011 Goff Penny Award

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 5, 2012) - Toronto Star reporter Jesse McLean has been selected as the recipient of the 21st annual Hon. Edward Goff Penny Memorial Prize for Young Canadian Journalists. McLean impressed the judges with a series of ambitious articles that ranged from local investigations to in-depth foreign reporting. His submissions saw him exposing nearly $2.5 million in unauthorized City Hall spending, filing a dozen Freedom of Information requests to uncover the truth behind missing police weapons and gaining an exclusive interview with an imprisoned revolutionary in Kuwait as part of the Star's Arab Awakening series.

In McLean's entry package, Toronto Star politics editor Colin MacKenzie praised the 24-year-old reporter for his tenacity and his commitment to the field of journalism. "He has been a remarkable force in our newsroom since he arrived in August 2008…writing and reporting with sophistication and diligence."

The annual awards program, administered by Newspapers Canada, provides for cash prizes of $1,500 to winners in two circulation categories, under 25,000 and over 25,000. 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 2011, was performed by three experienced industry representatives selected by Newspapers Canada. The judges did not award a prize in the 25,000 and under circulation category for the 2011 competition.

McLean will be awarded the Goff Penny Memorial Prize at a special luncheon event on Friday, April 27, 2012 during the INK+BEYOND conference in Toronto.

About the Goff Penny Memorial Prizes for Young Journalists:

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 Newspapers Canada.

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