TORONTO, October 5, 2021 – The National Newspaper Awards Board of Governors is today announcing several initiatives aimed at making the competition more diverse and inclusive. These changes, which flow from a commitment made as part of the 2021 awards ceremony in May, include:
Two other initiatives have been discussed by the Board’s Diversity Committee and a new Advisory Panel on Diversity and Inclusiveness. They have not been recommended for approval at this time but are still under consideration:
In addition to diversity initiatives, the NNA Board has also approved two other changes.
A change to the rules governing eligibility for the competition will allow the submission of entries for collaborative work done by multiple individuals, including one or more who would not on their own be eligible to enter the competition. Details of this can be found in the Rules of Entry on the NNA website, specifically Rules 4, 7, 11 and 12.
In response to a significant revenue reduction arising from the elimination of an in-person awards gala due to Covid restrictions, the program is eliminating prize money. Previously, the 22 category winners each received $1,000, and the Journalist of the Year received an additional $2,500.
The National Newspaper Awards were established in 1949 to encourage excellence and reward achievement in Canadian daily newspaper journalism. The contest is also open to Canadian news agencies and other organizations (outside of broadcasting and magazine publishing) that publish original content at least five days a week.
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