Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario


RNAO’s annual Media Awards competition is now open


TORONTO, Dec. 5, 2013 - For over a decade, the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO), the province’s professional nursing association comprised of over 36,000 members, has invited reporters, editors and producers to submit their best nursing and health-care stories for its annual Media Awards competition.

RNAO’s Media Awards honours outstanding journalism that helps to inform, analyze and contribute to a better understanding of nursing and our health-care system. Past winners have explored a variety of topics, including youth mental health, the do-not-resuscitate discussion and the integral role palliative care plays in the lives of terminally ill patients. Last year’s winners reported from media outlets such as Maclean’s magazine, CBC Radio, CTV National News, The Ottawa Citizen, Stoney Creek News, and London’s 106.9 The X FM.

The association is strongly encouraging journalists from across Ontario to submit work that covers a nursing or health-care topic. 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

Exceptional reporting on an RN/nursing issue
• Best story

Entries must have been published in Ontario newspapers, magazines, online publications or broadcast on radio or television during the 2013 calendar year. Winners will receive their awards in May at the President’s Banquet held during RNAO’s Annual General Meeting.

Stories are judged on content, writing, creativity and their impact on communities.

Submissions must be received at RNAO’s head office in Toronto no later than January 17, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. Only one entry per person/per category will be accepted. Please note: last year’s winners are not eligible for an award.

For more information, or to fill out an entry form, please visit:

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.

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For more information about the awards, please contact:

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