Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario


RNAO opens annual Media Awards competition


TORONTO, Dec. 12, 2016 ¬ Ontario journalists who have produced outstanding nursing and health-care stories over the past year are invited to nominate them for the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario's (RNAO) 2016 Media Awards.

The annual competition honours reporters, editors and producers that keep the public informed and contribute to public dialogue on important health-care issues. Awards are handed out in a variety of categories, as judged by a volunteer panel of nurses and fellow journalists.

Past Media Awards winners include journalists from CBC Radio, Maclean's, and Global News. Their work shed light on vital issues such as violence against nurses, gaps in Ontario's home care system, and transgender rights. This year saw a number of health-care stories make headlines, including legalized medical assistance in dying, supervised injection services, and Ontario's plans for health system transformation.

Nominations for the Media Awards must be received via the online submission form no later than Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. This year’s categories are:

Daily newspaper Best news story
Best in-depth feature
Best series
Community newspaper
Best news story
Best in-depth feature
Best story
Best news story
Best in-depth feature
Best news story
Best in-depth feature
Best story
All media
Exceptional reporting on an RN/nursing issue

Winners will be announced in the spring, and awards will be handed out at the President’s Banquet of RNAO’s annual general meeting in April 2017.

Entries must have been published or broadcast in Ontario during the 2016 calendar year. Only one entry per person will be accepted. For full criteria and regulations, or to fill out an entry form, please visit:

The Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO) is the professional association representing registered nurses, nurse practitioners, and nursing students in Ontario. Since 1925, RNAO has advocated for healthy public policy, promoted excellence in nursing practice, increased nurses’ contribution to shaping the health-care system, and influenced decisions that affect nurses and the public they serve. For more information about RNAO, visit our website at or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


For more information about the awards, please contact:

Daniel Punch, Communications Officer/Writer
Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO)
Phone: 416-408-5606 / 1-800-268-7199 ext. 250