TORONTO, March 10, 2014 – The Ottawa Citizen and the CBC are the top winners in the 2013 Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario's (RNAO) Media Awards competition. The province's professional nursing association is congratulating all journalists set to receive an award. The organization's annual competition honours reporters working at newspapers, radio and television stations and online publications examining nursing, health and health-care issues.
Elizabeth Payne and Joanne Laucius, both journalists with the Ottawa Citizen, picked up daily newspaper awards for best news story and best in-depth feature, respectively. Payne's piece tackles the stigma surrounding lung cancer and its effect on patients, fundraisers and researchers, while Laucius explores the difficulty teens with chronic conditions experience when moving from the pediatric health system into the adult system.
Reporters with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) will receive awards for their work on a controversial MS procedure, issues with opioids on the streets of Ottawa, and the compelling story of a group of people coming together to give a female orphan refugee a home.
This year, 10 judges pored over almost 40 thought-provoking entries that were submitted from media outlets across Ontario. Nine top-scoring entries nabbed judges' praise. The winners will receive their awards during the President's Banquet at RNAO's annual general meeting in Toronto on Friday, May 2.
Winners who will receive an RNAO Media Award:
RNAO President Rhonda Seidman-Carlson is extending congratulations to all winners on behalf of the organization. "Reporters, editors and producers ought to be commended for taking the time to outline a nursing or health-care issue to members of the public," she says. "These winning stories resonated with the judges because they did just that – and more. They helped to shed light on important topics, expose issues and even clarify misconceptions. This, in turn, helps to fuel dialogue and even possibly policy changes down the road."
"RNAO is tremendously thrilled to recognize these journalists' outstanding work," adds the association's Chief Executive Officer, Doris Grinspun. “A compelling story can have a powerful impact on the public. Nurses know this, and that’s why RNAO has, for over a decade, honoured reporters.”
The Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) is the professional association representing registered nurses 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, please contact:
Melissa Di Costanzo
Communications Officer/Writer, RNAO
Tel: 416-599-1925 / 1-800-268-7199, ext. 250