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RNAO's annual Media Awards honours journalists for outstanding work that helps Ontarians better understand nursing and health care.

Stories published or broadcast in Ontario during the 2021 calendar year are eligible. Entries are scored by an independent panel of judges consisting of nurses and journalists.

Status: Closed

Award categories

In these categories, entries will be judged on news value, information and storytelling.

Category Awards
Daily newspaper Best news coverage

Best in-depth feature or series

Community newspaper Best news coverage

Best in-depth feature or series

Radio Best news coverage

Best in-depth feature or series

Television Best news coverage

Best in-depth feature or series

Online Best story

Best in-depth feature or series

Eligibility

  • All entries must be submitted by the deadline via the online submission form.
  • Limit of one entry per person. Entrants may not submit a single entry to multiple categories.
  • Winners of the last year's awards are not eligible.
  • Entries must be journalistic in nature, based on research and interviews. Opinion pieces and academic articles are not eligible.
  • Materials prepared by RNAO staff or staff of health-related associations or organizations are not eligible.
  • Trade publications, textbooks, or video/audio productions intended for health-care practitioners or audiences are not eligible.

 

How to apply

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For print entries, please send PDF scans of the original article. Please also include a link if the story appears online.

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For broadcast submissions, links and/or electronic audio or video files are preferred.

Additional rules

  • There is no entry fee.
  • If nominating a story on behalf of a journalist, you must inform the nominee prior to submission.
  •  A benchmark cumulative score will be determined before judging commences, and winning entries must surpass this predetermined score to be eligible. If no article in a particular category surpasses this benchmark, no award shall be given out.
  • By applying for an award, you consent to RNAO using the contents of your submission to publicize the awards competition.


Contact us

Winners are announced in the spring, and the awards are handed out at RNAO's Annual General Meeting in June 2022.

For more information, contact Victoria Alarcon at 1-800-268-7199 ext. 211 and Marion Zych at 1-800-268-7199, ext. 209.

Community newspaper – Best news coverage
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Helen Tran
Helen Tran
Freelance journalist, The Voice of Pelham

Helen Tran is a part-time professor of communications at Niagara College and a freelance journalist. She is also a poet and novelist who has had poetry, flash fiction and short fiction published in literary magazines and anthologies throughout Canada. Her work has appeared in The Antigonish Review, Augur Magazine, Carousel Magazine, and Ricepaper Magazine’s Currents anthology, among others.

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Daily newspaper – Best in-depth feature or series
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Robert Cribb
Robert Cribb
Founder and director, Toronto StarInvestigative Journalism Bureau

Robert Cribb is founder and director of the Investigative Journalism Bureau and an investigative reporter at the Toronto Star.

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Declan Keogh
Declan Keogh
Senior reporter, Toronto StarInvestigative Journalism Bureau

Declan Keogh is an award-winning journalist and the Investigative Journalism Bureau’s senior reporter. His work seeks to enlighten the public on important issues — ranging from tainted drinking water, to the devastating overdose crisis, to the state of youth mental health.

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Mashal Butt
Mashal Butt
Journalist, Toronto StarInvestigative Journalism Bureau

Mashal Butt is a Vancouver-based journalist currently with The Walrus as an editorial fellow. Driven by forwarding equality, equity and social justice, Mashal focuses on the intersection between gender, race and sexuality, while centering the human experiences of those she reports on. She has previously worked with the Investigative Journalism Bureau, the Global Reporting Centre and The Tyee.

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Daily newspaper – Best news coverage
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Steve McKinley
Steve McKinley
Atlantic Canada correspondent , Toronto Star

Steve McKinley is the Atlantic Canada correspondent for the Toronto Star.

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Online – Best in-depth feature or series
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Carolyn Jarvis
Carolyn Jarvis
Chief investigative correspondent, Global News

Carolyn Jarvis is Global News’ chief investigative correspondent. Carolyn was awarded the 2018 Canadian Screen Award for a series that exposed shortcomings in Ontario’s probation system.

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Andrew Russell
Andrew Russell
National investigative journalist , Global News

Andrew Russell is a national investigative journalist with Global News. He got his start in journalism in 2013 with an internship at Global after completing degrees at the University of Toronto and Humber College. His reporting has tackled issues like Canada’s COVID-19 response, problems in the long-term care industry, First Nations’ lack of access to safe drinking water, financial crimes and the opioid crisis.

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Emanuela Campanella
Emanuela Campanella
Video journalist , Global News

Emanuela Campanella is a video journalist on the investigative team at Global News. Her work has garnered a Radio Television Digital News Association Award and several Canadian Digital Publishing Awards.

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Jigar Patel
Jigar Patel
Journalist, Global News

Jigar Patel is a former journalist at Global News. He joined Global in the summer of 2019, after graduating from Seneca College. Jigar is passionate about digital investigations and telling stories that matter to everyday people. Throughout the pandemic he has worked on stories ranging from investigations to daily reporting. He left Global News in 2022 and is currently based in Toronto.

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Online – Best story
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Joanna Lavoie
Joanna Lavoie
Journalist, toronto.com

Joanna Lavoie is a Toronto-based bilingual, award-winning journalist with more than a decade of diverse experience. A graduate of Toronto Metropolitan University’s (formerly Ryerson University) journalism program, she was a long-time breaking news/social justice reporter for toronto.com. As of May 2022, Joanna began a new role as a digital journalist with CP24's web team.

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Radio – Best in-depth feature or series
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Imani Walker
Imani Walker
Journalist, CBC Radio

Imani Walker is a Toronto-based journalist with CBC Radio and CBC News. From cultural stories to politics, sports and health reporting, Imani's coverage focuses on Black, Indigenous and other racialized communities.

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Television – Best news coverage
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Caryn Lieberman
Caryn Lieberman
Senior reporter, Global News Toronto

Caryn Lieberman shares her love of news with viewers as a senior reporter for Global News Toronto. A Concordia University journalism and communications graduate, who furthered her studies at the prestigious Poynter Institute, Caryn first joined the Global News team in Montreal before moving to CTV National.

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