Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario


Journalists encouraged to nominate stories for RNAO Media Awards


TORONTO, Dec. 4, 2017 ¬ Nominations are now being accepted for the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario's (RNAO) annual Media Awards competition, giving Ontario journalists the opportunity to have their stories recognized by one of the province's leading voices in nursing and health.

The awards are handed out every year to journalists whose outstanding work highlights important nursing and health issues and contributes to public dialogue. Reporters, editors and producers are invited to nominate their work in one of 10 categories for print, broadcast and online media.

Winners of previous Media Awards include journalists from CTV News, the Ottawa Citizen, and CBC Radio's The Current, covering issues like post-traumatic stress disorder among first responders, cuts to nursing care, and teaching mental health in Ontario schools.

Media Award nominations must be submitted via the online form no later than Friday, Jan. 12, 2018. Entries are judged by a volunteer panel of nurses and journalists.

This year’s categories are:

Daily newspaper

  • Best news coverage
  • Best in-depth feature or series

Community newspaper

  • Best news coverage
  • Best in-depth feature or series


  • Best story


  • Best story


  • Best news coverage
  • Best in-depth feature or series


  • Best news coverage
  • Best in-depth feature or series

Winners will be announced in the spring, and awards will be handed out at the President’s Banquet during RNAO’s annual general meeting in April 2018.

Submissions must have been published or broadcast in Ontario during the 2017 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

Marion Zych, Director of Communications, RNAO
Cell: 647-406-5605 / Office: 416-408-5605
Toll free: 1-800-268-7199 ext. 209