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CNA and CMA Announce Recipients of 2010 Media Awards for Health Reporting – News Release

January 27, 2010, Ottawa – The Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) and the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) today announced the recipients of the 2010 Media Awards for Health Reporting, Canada’s premier health journalism awards.

“It takes a special gift to turn complex health-care issues into compelling stories for the public. The Media Awards for Health Reporting acknowledge the efforts of talented journalists who work so diligently to keep us informed,” said CNA president Kaaren Neufeld. “Health reporters act as a catalyst for positive change by drawing public and political attention to important health-care questions. Their work helps shape tomorrow’s health-care system and supports Canadians in making informed decisions with respect to their own health.”

The CNA and CMA Media Awards honour outstanding Canadian journalism that enhances understanding of health, the health-care system and the role of health professionals. Independent panels of individuals with backgrounds in journalism, nursing, medicine and health care evaluate the entries. This year they selected winners in eight categories out of a total of 141 submissions. Entries were evaluated based on fairness and balance; timeliness; insight; and impact, quality of writing and production.

“From the advent of the H1N1 global pandemic to the impact of the economic downturn, the past year has been a challenging one in the health sector,” said Dr. Anne Doig, president of CMA. “Just as Canada’s health professionals rose to the challenge, so too did our journalists, providing exceptional coverage of the health issues that matter to Canadians. Our congratulations go to the winners of this year’s competition who truly represent the best of an exceptional year of coverage, and our thanks go to the judges who deliberated for many hours to make difficult decisions with integrity, keen judgment and a critical eye for quality.”

The 2010 Media Award recipients are:


Award Recipient(s)

Media Outlet

Title of article/story

Excellence in Print Reporting – In-depth Feature Article
Special Mention

Jen Skerritt

Jennifer Ditchburn, Jeremy Agius, Angela Pacienza

Winnipeg Free Press The
Canadian Press

“Hunger amid the plenty”
“Clearing the air: Carbon monoxide poisoning”

Excellence in Print Reporting – In-depth Feature Series

Jen Skerritt

Winnipeg Free Press

“Tuberculosis: The forgotten disease”

Excellence in Radio Reporting – News

Pauline Dakin

CBC News

“The forgotten cancer”

Excellence in Radio Reporting – In-depth

James Hees, Ann Sullivan, Derek DeBolt

CBC Radio, Edmonton

“Million dollar babies”

Excellence in Television Reporting – News

Laurie Graham

CBC News: The National

“Prescription drug recycling”

Excellence in Television Reporting – In-depth
Special Mention

Chantal Théorêt, Claude D'Astous
Jean-Pierre Rogel, Louis Faure, Claude D'Astous, France Désourdy, Mario Masson, Marièle Choquette

Société Radio-Canada, Découverte
Société Radio-Canada, Découverte

“Le cancer : une révolution se prépare”
“Grippe A H1N1: tout ce qu'il faut savoir”

Excellence in Local Print Reporting

Angela Hill

Prince Albert Daily Herald

“HIV in Saskatchewan”

Excellence in Local Broadcast Reporting

Special Mention

Jennifer Beard, Sandra Abma, Laurie Fagan, Paula Waddell, Ruth Zowdu, Lynn Douris, Emily Chung
Joan Weeks

CBC Ottawa

CBC Cape Breton

“Swine flu – Ready or not”

“Feeling abandoned: Teenage drug addiction treatment”

The winners of the CNA and CMA 2010 Media Awards for Health Reporting will be honoured at a gala celebration on March 2nd, 2010, at The Canadian Museum of Civilization in Gatineau, Quebec. Tickets can be purchased online at www.mediaawards.ca.


For more information, contact:

Paul Watson
Canadian Nurses Association
Tel. (613) 237-2159 ext. 283
Cell (613) 697-7507
E-mail: pwatson@cna-aiic.ca

Lucie Boileau
Canadian Medical Association
Tel. (613) 731-8610 ext. 1266
Cell (613) 447-0866
E-mail: lucie.boileau@cma.ca