The Globe and Mail emerged with five NNAs to lead all newspapers in the 62nd National Newspaper Awards competition
The Toronto Star and La Presse of Montreal picked up three each.
The Gazette in Montreal, The Canadian Press, and The Hamilton Spectator earned two each
Single awards went to the Brandon Sun, Lethbridge Herald, Nanaimo Daily News, New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal, and The Vancouver Sun.
There were 72 finalists in the 22 categories out of more than 1,470 entries.
The winners and runners-up were announced at an awards ceremony at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa . Winners received cheques for $1,000 and a certificate of award. Runners-up received citations of merit.
This is the 22nd 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 from the National Newspaper Awards office in Toronto.
The National Newspaper Awards were founded by The Toronto Press Club in 1949.
* Lucas Oleniuk of the Toronto Star has won his third award for photography.
* Brian Gable of The Globe and Mail took home his sixth NNA for editorial cartooning.
* Marty Klinkenberg of the New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal won his third NNA, twice in Arts and Entertainment and once in Sports.
* The Globe and Mail has won the newest award, Multimedia Feature, in both of the years it has existed.
* The Nanaimo Daily News has won its first-ever NNA.
* André Pratte of La Presse has won the editorial writing award in three of the past four years.
* Geoffrey York of The Globe and Mail won his second straight International Reporting award.
* Paul Chiasson of The Canadian Press has won his second NNA.
*The Hamilton Spectator won its second award for Special Project.
* Ian Martens of the Lethbridge Herald has picked up his second photo award.
* Jason Chu has won his second presentation award in a row. He was part of a winning team last year.
The winners and runners-up:
* Multimedia Feature: Winner: The Globe and Mail for a study of local efforts in Haiti to rebuild after the earthquake. Runners-up: The Canadian Press for an online feature on the victims and their families of those injured or killed in Afghanistan; the Toronto Star for a look at people waiting for organ transplants.
* News Feature Photography: Winner: Lucas Oleniuk, Toronto Star, for a photo of looters walking past a dead teenage Haitian girl still clutching her stolen mirrors after she was shot by police. Runners-up: Mark Blinch of Reuters for a photo of a protester at the G20 Toronto summit doing a handstand as a police car burns in the background; Lucas Oleniuk, Toronto Star, for a photo of opposition supporters leaping over burning tires during a protest of the outcome of the Haitian national elections.
* Beat Reporting: Winner: Charlie Fidelman, The Gazette, Montreal, for stories of secret practices revealed from her health beat. Runners-up: Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press, for stories from his defence beat from both Ottawa and Afghanistan; Sonja Puzic, Windsor Star, for stories from her health beat, notably at the troubled Hotel Dieu Hospital; Mary Agnes Welch, Winnipeg Free Press, for a variety of stories from her public policy beat.
* Explanatory Work: Winner: Jennifer Yang, Toronto Star, for a story of the rescue efforts for the 31 Chilean miners. Runners-up: Peggy Curran, The Gazette in Montreal, for a study of the future facing high school dropouts; Richard Johnson, National Post, for the barbaric practice of stoning in Iran;
* Politics: Winner: Jennifer Ditchburn and Heather Scoffield of The Canadian Press, for the federal government’s decision to eliminate the long-form census. Runners-up: Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press, for stories of the command-and-control tactics of the Harper government’s implementation of its economic stimulus plan; Kevin Dougherty of The Gazette in Montreal for coverage of the Canadian government’s cooperation with the United States to provide secure air travel; Jeff Outhit of the Waterloo Region Record for coverage of municipal politics.
* Short Features: Winner: Paul Benedetti of The Hamilton Spectator for a story of how his daughter learned to play Debussy’s Clair de Lune as a Christmas present in memory of her grandmother she never knew. Runners-up: Ingrid Peritz, The Globe and Mail, for a story of a heart-shaped book created and signed in Auschwitz by 19 young women as a birthday gift to a fellow prisoner; Oakland Ross, Toronto Star, for piece on an endangered tree that is responsible for the best-quality bows for string instruments.
* Local Reporting: Winner: Derek Spalding, Nanaimo Daily News, for getting behind the secrecy over a deadly C-difficile outbreak at a local hospital. Runners-up: News team, Belleville Intelligencer, for coverage of the Russell Williams crime spree; Tara Jeffrey, Sarnia Observer, for stories about a local epidemic in youth suicide; Gillian Slade, Medicine Hat News, for the bureaucratic failure in awarding a private company millions of dollars from handling disaster relief claims from the 2010 floods.
* Presentation: Winner: Jason Chiu, The Globe and Mail. Runners-up: Catherine Farley, Toronto Star; Yanick Nolet, La Presse, Montreal.
* Special Project: Winner: The Hamilton Spectator for a project on what it means to grow up poor in Hamilton. Runners-up: The Calgary Herald for an expose of job-related deaths in boom-time Alberta; the New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal a study of the 15 First Nations in New Brunswick; The Province in Vancouver for a stark snapshot of B.C’s children and the physical and mental health issues they face.
* Sports Photography: Winner: Paul Chiasson, The Canadian Press, for a picture of Sidney Crosby after he scored the gold medal winning goal in overtime. Runners-up: David Cooper, Toronto Star, for a shot of a jubilant Japanese goaltender in a Paralympics sledge hockey game victory over Canada; Rick Madonik, Toronto Star, for a picture of two Canadian women hockey players lying on the ice and celebrating their gold medal win with a beer and champagne.
* Business: Winner: Brenda Bouw, Boyd Erman, Andy Hoffman, Jacquie McNish and Eric Reguly, The Globe and Mail, for stories on BHP Billiton’s bid for Potash Corp. Runners-up: Tara Perkins and Grant Robertson, The Globe and Mail, for reportage on the effectiveness of the regulatory system to ensure life insurance money is paid out when people die; Jacquie McNish and Janet McFarland of The Globe and Mail for stories on women’s battle for equity in the workplace; Tamsin McMahon of the New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal for a story of a Florida criminal with extensive New Brunswick land connections.
* Columns: Winner: Peter McKnight, The Vancouver Sun. Runners-up: Rosie DiManno, Toronto Star; André Picard, The Globe and Mail.
* Investigations: Winner: André Noël, Michèle Ouimet and Francis Vailles, La Presse, for their reporting on the scandals surrounding the bankruptcy of the BCIA Security Agency in Montreal. Runners-up: David Bruser, Michele Henry and Andrew Bailey, Toronto Star, for a series of stories about police who break the law; Sandro Contenta, Jim Rankin and Antonia Zerbisias, Toronto Star, for a pre-trial study of Russell Williams and his escalating crimes from voyeurism to murder.
* Arts and Entertainment: Winner: Marty Klinkenberg, New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal, for his piece on the creative life of Molly Lamb Bobak, the first Canadian woman artist to be sent overseas during World War II to record Canada’s involvement. Runners-up: Robert Cushman, National Post, for his coverage of live theatre; Lois Legge of the Halifax Chronicle-Herald for an entry that included a story on Billy Downey, an influential proponent of black music and culture in Halifax.
* Sports: Winner: Réjean Tremblay, La Presse, for a piece about Joannie Rochette’s perseverance in winning a bronze in figure skating two days after her mother died of a heart attack. Runners-up: Bruce Arthur, National Post, for a feature about Toronto Maple Leaf general manager Brian Burke as he experienced the pain of losing his gay son Brendan following a car accident; Ian Brown, The Globe and Mail, for a story of Frederic Bilodeau, the disabled brother of gold medalist Alexandre Bilodeau and their intense bond; the late Tony Proudfoot, a Montreal Alouette defensive back, who incurred Lou Gehrig’s disease and wrote about his experiences for the Montreal Gazette in his dying days.
* Feature Photography: Winner: Tim Smith, Brandon Sun, for a photo of children playing tag on a pyramid of straw bales. Runners-up: Darryl Dyck, The Canadian Press, for a photo of an Olympic torchbearer carrying the Olympic flame through heavy fog in White Rock, B.C.; André Pichette, La Presse, Montreal, for a picture of a cyclist enjoying the rain.
* International Reporting: Winner: Geoffrey York, The Globe and Mail, for stories revealing the human faces and complex causes of maternal deaths in the developing world. Runners-up: Raveena Aulakh, Toronto Star, for stories detailing the exodus to the West of hundreds of young men from Punjab villages; David Graham, Toronto Star, for stories on gay men clandestinely escaping Iran;
* Editorials: Winner: André Pratte, La Presse, Montreal. Runners-up: Catherine Mitchell, Winnipeg Free Press; Paul Waters, The Gazette, Montreal.
* Editorial Cartooning: Winner: Brian Gable, The Globe and Mail. Runners-up: Serge Chapleau, La Presse Montreal; Terry Mosher (Aislin), The Gazette, Montreal.
* Long Features: Winner: Marion Scott, The Gazette in Montreal, for a first-anniversary story on the bullying endured by a young Quebecker who disappeared in February 2009 and has never been found. Runners-up: Sandro Contenta, Andrew Chung and Dale Anne Freed, Toronto Star, for a narrative on those who were on the last Air Canada flight to Haiti on one particular day after the earthquake struck; Melissa Martin, Winnipeg Free Press, for a feature on the disappearing language of the Métis people of Manitoba.
* News Photography: Winner: Ian Martens, Lethbridge Herald, for a photo of a CF-18 fighter pilot ejecting from his doomed aircraft during a pre-airshow practice flight. Runners-up: Lucas Oleniuk, Toronto Star, for a photo of a knife-wielding man robbing a looter in downtown Port-au-Prince, Haiti; Viktor Pivovarov, Moncton Times & Transcript, for a photo of the RCMP chasing a knife-wielding man after an armed robbery and hostage-taking incident in Lakeville, N.B.
* Breaking News: Winner: Team, Toronto Star, for reporting on the G20 summit in Toronto. Runners-up: Christie Blatchford, Greg McArthur, Steve Ladurantaye, Timothy Appleby, The Globe and Mail, for coverage of the Russell Williams case; Steven Edwards, Postmedia Network, for initial stories from the Haiti earthquake.