The National Newspaper Awards were established in 1949 by the Toronto Press Club, and developed a new governance structure in 1989 under the auspices of the not-for-profit Canadian Daily Newspaper Awards Programme Administration Corporation.
The program is funded by annual fees paid by Benefactor organizations, entry fees and sponsorships. The 2023 fee is $30 per entry.
There are 23 categories: Arts and Entertainment, Beat Reporting, Breaking News, Business, Columns, Editorial Cartooning, Editorials, Explanatory Work, Feature Photo, International, Investigations, Local Reporting, Long Feature, News Photo, Photo Story, Politics, Presentation/Design, Project of the Year, Short Feature, Special Topic, Sports, Sports Photo and Sustained News Coverage. In addition, a Journalist of the Year is selected (as merited) from amongst the winners, while a Special Recognition Citation may also be awarded (as merited) to a piece of journalism that doesn’t necessarily fit into the above categories.
Judging is done by prominent representatives from within the industry and other qualified individuals selected from across the country. Three judges in each category arrive at a consensus decision after examining the entries independently over a six-week period.
National Newspaper Awards
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Executive Director: Bev Wake
Program Director: Andria Samis
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