Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario


Community newspaper, best in-depth feature

Blair Edwards, Laura Mueller, Emma Jackson, Jessica Cunha, Michelle Nash, Manotick News, Metroland East
“Dying for dignity”

The team that wrote this winning entry at Metroland East hopes their coverage urges the province to rehabilitate the hospice palliative care system by creating a more realistic funding model and ensuring quality end-of-life care for anyone who wants and needs it.

Blair Edwards is news editor for the Kanata Kourier-Standard and the Ottawa South News. He is also the co-ordinator of the special features section for the Metroland East division.

Laura Mueller found her way to community newspapers after getting a feeling for small-town reporting at the Peterborough Examiner daily paper. With a special interest in medical, mental health and science reporting, Laura has previously been honoured with Ontario Community Newspaper Awards for covering complex issues that affect our everyday lives.

Emma Jackson writes for the Manotick News, a publication that covers the rural villages south of Ottawa. She studied journalism at Carleton University, and has previously written for global trade magazines covering health and science industries.

Jessica Cunha is a reporter for the West Carleton Review. She recently transferred from the Kanata Kourier-Standard. Both publications are award-winning newspapers in Ottawa's west-end. Jessica was a finalist for Journalist of the Year at the 2013 Ontario Newspaper Awards.

Michelle Nash writes for the Ottawa East News, a paper that covers a large portion of Ottawa’s downtown. She studied journalism at Centennial College and film production at York University and the Toronto Film School.