The Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2020 CAJ Awards for outstanding investigative journalism.
This included presenting the McGillivray Award to Tom Cardoso, whose Bias Behind Bars entry published in the Globe and Mail was chosen as the best from among the program’s seven investigative award-winners. His work looked into risk assessments used within Canada’s correctional system and how the data proves they are biased and support the continuation of systemic racism in our jails.
Earlier in the evening, Cardoso’s work had been named the recipient in the data journalism category.
Data journalism pioneers David McKie and Fred Vallance-Jones were also honoured with the Charles Bury award for for their outstanding contributions to Canadian journalism.
The CAJ Awards were presented online this year, with finalists invited to participate in a video conference that was also livestreamed on the CAJ’s Facebook page.
The recipient in the WRITTEN NEWS category is:
Public health, police find bodies, feces at Dorval seniors’ residence: sources
The recipient in the COMMUNITY WRITTEN category is:
The Behind-the-Scenes Story of How Ignored Warnings at William Head Allowed a Killer to Escape
Capital Daily – Victoria, B.C.
The recipients in the BROADCAST FEATURE category are:
Ken Volden, Josh Shiaman, Rick Westhead, Matt Cade, Craig Chambers, Adam Fair, James Judges, Curry Leamen, Karl Roeder, Scott West, Kevin Fallis
The recipients in the BROADCAST NEWS category are:
Holly Moore, Brittany Guyot
The recipients in the COMMUNITY BROADCAST category are:
Bre McAdam, Matt Olson
The recipient in the DATA JOURNALISM AWARD is:
The Globe and Mail
The recipients in the ONLINE MEDIA category are:
Christopher Curtis, Virginie Ann
Threats, fines and fear: A dump on Mohawk land overflows with industrial waste
Ricochet / The Eastern Door
The recipient in the PHOTOJOURNALISM category is:
Aaron Vincent Elkaim
State of erosion: the legacy of Manitoba Hydro
The recipients in the SCOOP category are:
Avery Haines, Kevin O’Keefe, Kirk Neff, Jerry Vienneau, André Lapalme, Brett Mitchell, Anton Koschany
The recipients in the DAILY EXCELLENCE category are:
Nancy Waugh, Ken MacIntosh, Aly Thomson, Shaina Luck, Preston Mulligan, Haley Ryan, Angela MacIvor, Anjuli Patil, Cassidy Chisholm, Brett Ruskin, Elizabeth McMillan, Kayla Hounsell, Eric Wooliscroft, Brian MacKay, Monty Mosher, Jennifer MacMillan, Melissa Friedman
CBC News – Nova Scotia
The recipients in the WRITTEN FEATURE category are:
Catherine Morency, Yannick Pinel
Toutes les femmes sont à risque
Radio-Canada – Médias numériques
The recipients in the JHR / CAJ AWARD FOR HUMAN RIGHTS REPORTING are:
Mark Kelley, Virginia Smart, Karen Wirsig, Aileen Mcbride, Andy Hincenbergs
CBC News – The Fifth Estate
The recipient of the JHR / CAJ EMERGING INDIGENOUS JOURNALIST AWARD is:
CBC News – Saskatchewan
The recipients in the CWA CANADA / CAJ AWARD FOR LABOUR REPORTING are:
Molly Thomas, Shelley Ayres, Kathlene Calahan, Kirk Neff, Paul Flynn, Brett Mitchell, Anton Koschany
The recipient in the APTN / CAJ RECONCILIATION AWARD is:
The recipient in the ENVIRONMENTAL AND CLIMATE CHANGE category is:
Freelance / BESIDE
The recipients in the STUDENT AWARD OF EXCELLENCE are:
Karina Zapata, Nathan Woolridge
Mount Royal University / Calgary Journal
Consistent with information in the entry package instructions, judges had the discretion to name between one and five finalists in each award category. There were a total 410 entries for the 2020 awards program.
The CAJ congratulates all the recipients and finalists and thanks all those who submitted entries for consideration. Many judges once again noted the excellent quality and breadth of work contained within the pieces submitted into the program.
Journalists continue to produce striking, important, and meaningful work that educates, informs, exposes, uncovers, affects change, and makes our communities better places to live. The CAJ is proud to play a role in recognizing the best of this work on an annual basis.
The Canadian Association of Journalists is a professional organization with over 900 members across Canada. The CAJ’s primary roles are public-interest advocacy work and professional development for its members.
For further information:
Brent Jolly, CAJ president – 289-387-3179, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jason Markusoff, Awards committee chair – email@example.com
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