TORONTO — The Globe and Mail was the top winner of the 2021 National Newspaper Awards, earning nearly half of the 22 prizes handed out during a virtual event Friday.
The Globe nabbed 10 wins, followed by the Halifax Chronicle Herald, RMO Today and the Toronto Star with two awards each.
The Canadian Press, Capital Daily, Le Devoir, the London Free Press, the National Observer and La Presse each earned one.
Friday marked the first time that two journalists have been named journalist of the year, with Améli Pineda and Magdaline Boutros sharing the title.
The duo won for in-depth coverage of domestic violence in Quebec and the judges said their work “reminded us that to live free from fear is an unfulfilled promise for many.”
The Toronto Press Club established the National Newspaper Awards in 1949 to encourage excellence and reward achievement in daily newspaper work in Canada.
Photos that won the judges’ notice included a shot by Nathan Denette of The Canadian Press of a COVID-19 patient fighting for his life as a doctor provided urgent care, and Tim Krochak’s snap of a police chase in a weed-infested lake for the Chronicle Herald.
The Globe’s Grant Robertson won for the eighth time, meaning he shares the title of most wins overall with Serge Chapleau, Jacquie McNish and Stephanie Nolen.
There were 66 finalists selected from 869 entries and winners were selected by three-judge panels in each category.
The competition is open to newspapers, news agencies and online news sites approved for entry by the National Newspaper Awards board of governors.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 6, 2022
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