A feature on Nunavut’s struggle with crime and poverty, front-line reporting on the Japanese tsunami, and an inside look at a Canadian filmmaker adapting one of the world’s greatest postmodern novels – these were just three of The Globe and Mail’s journalistic efforts that garnered National Newspaper Awards on Friday.
In total, the paper scooped up eight NNAs – considered the industry’s top honour – more than any other publication. The Globe received a record 24 nominations for the finalists' list.
“We’re proud of all our nominees. Their array of work should be proof positive that newspaper journalism is as good as it’s ever been – from courageous overseas reporting and rigorous business journalism to critical commentary and long-form writing,” said editor-in-chief John Stackhouse. “If anything, I hope the awards reflect the value that our readers place in original journalism.”
Three Globe reporters – Grant Robertson, Mark MacKinnon and Stephanie Nolen – took two awards each.
The awards were handed out at a gala in Toronto.
The Toronto Star finished second to The Globe, with five awards. Individual prizes went to Getty Images, the Hamilton Spectator, Montreal’s La Presse and Le Journal, the London Free Press, Reuters, The St. John’s Telegram, The Sarnia Observer and The Vancouver Province.
The Globe's winners:
Arts and entertainment
New Delhi bureau chief Nolen gained access to the secretive set of Midnight’s Children in Sri Lanka, where director Deepa Mehta – whose films have outraged Hindu fundamentalists in India – adapted the most celebrated work of Salman Rushdie.
Andy Hoffman and Mr. MacKinnon shed light on Sino-Forest Corp., a Chinese company accused of perpetrating a large stock fraud with Canadian investors.
Mr. MacKinnon also won for his dispatches from the disaster zone following the tsunami and earthquake which struck Japan, where he detailed both the personal stories of people who had lost everything to the wave and the mounting nuclear catastrophe.
Mr. Robertson’s piece explained how Canada’s currency overhaul was caused by an alarmingly high number of fake bank notes in circulation, which prompted Canada to replace paper with polymer in the manufacture of new bills.
In a series of stories, videos and interactive maps, Ms. Nolen also won for her profile of outcast girls at the bottom of India’s caste system attending a groundbreaking school.
Reporter Patrick White studied life in Nunavut to chronicle both the human and social costs of crime, substance abuse and poverty on the territory’s 12th anniversary.
Daniel Leblanc, a reporter in The Globe’s Ottawa bureau, took this category for detailing political collusion in the Quebec construction industry _ including allegations of political interference in an appointment to the Montreal Port Authority.
Mr. Robertson went to Italy to profile Lance Stroll, 13-year-old from Montreal developing into a Formula One racing phenom.
The Globe also made the finalists list (there are three per each category) 16 other times in all categories. Follow the links below to read those articles and columns or to view the photos and video.
- Report on Business's National Newspaper Award nominations
- Brian Gable's NNA cartoon submission
- The senator, the port authority and the 'big boss' in Quebec