TORONTO, March 18, 2021 – Coverage of COVID-19, from first-person reporting and poignant pictures to deep investigations and scathing editorial cartoons, dominated as finalists for the 2020 National Newspaper Awards were announced.
Nearly half of the finalists are nominated for work that related in some way to the pandemic.
There are 66 finalists from 20 news organizations in 22 categories, including one new category (Sustained News Coverage). Finalists were selected by three-judge panels in each category from 926 entries submitted for work published in 2020.
Winners will be announced by webcast on Friday, May 7, at 7 p.m. ET. The 2020 Journalist of the Year, chosen from among this year’s individual winners, will also be announced then.
The Globe and Mail has the most finalists with 18, including two in each of four categories: International (Norman Webster Award), Investigations (George Brown Award), Presentation and Sports.
Other organizations with multiple finalists are:
Other highlights of this year’s nominations:
This is the 72nd year for the awards program, and the 32nd under the current administrative structure. The awards were established by the Toronto Press Club in 1949 to encourage excellence and reward achievement in daily newspaper work in Canada. The competition is now open to newspapers, news agencies and online news sites approved for entry by the NNA Board of Governors.
Thanks to donations from sponsors, seven of the 22 category awards are named after important figures in the news industry. They are:
Finalists in all categories:
Arts and Entertainment / Culture
E. Cora Hind Award for Beat Reporting / Prix E. Cora Hind pour Journalisme spécialisé
Breaking News / Nouvelle de dernière heure
Breaking News Photo / Photo de nouvelle de dernière heure
Business / Économie
Columns / Chronique
Editorial Cartooning / Caricature
Claude Ryan Award for Editorial Writing / Prix Claude Ryan pour Éditorial
Explanatory Work / Texte explicatif
Feature Photo / Photo de reportage
General News Photo / Photo d’actualité générale
Norman Webster Award for International Reporting / Prix Norman Webster pour Reportage à caractère international
George Brown Award for Investigations / Prix George Brown pour Grande enquête
Local Reporting / Reportage à caractère local
William Southam Award for Long Feature / Prix William Southam pour Reportage élaboré
John Wesley Dafoe Award for Politics / Prix John Wesley Dafoe pour Politique
Presentation/Design / Présentation/Conception graphique
Project of the Year / Projet de l’année
Bob Levin Award for Short Feature / Prix Bob Levin pour Reportage bref
Sports / Sport
Sports Photo / Photo de sport
Sustained News Coverage / Reportage soutenu
Nominated entries can be viewed at the NNA website at www.nna-ccj.ca. The link to the nominated entries can be found on the right side of the home page, just below the photo of the 2019 Journalist of the Year (Randy Richmond of the London Free Press).
For more information, contact:
National Newspaper Awards