It’s that time of year again when the National Newspaper Awards sends out a press release with a list of nominees, and each newspaper writes about what they’ve been nominated for.
The Globe and Mail far and away leads the pack with 15 nominations in various categories (including a sweep of the international reporting category), more than the entire Canwest chain combined. Following it is the Toronto Star with 8 nominations, La Presse and the Citizen with 6 each, and then the leftovers.
Here’s how Montreal did:
- The Gazette has two nominations:
- Sue Montgomery’s story about Kimveer Gill, in the Long Features category (she was also nominated for an FPJQ award for the same story)
- Linda Gyulai’s series about Montreal’s water system, in the Explanatory Work category.
- La Presse has six nominations:
- Transportation reporter Bruno Bisson, in the Beat Reporting category
- Émilie Côté’s story on rising waters in Bangladesh, in the Short Features category (combined with stories on arsenic contamination, ship recycling and more recently women burned with acid, it represents a very impressive body of work that makes the rest of us journalists seem small by comparison)
- In the special project category, a worldwide look at the issue of potable water. (Côté also contributed to this from Bangladesh. There are other, related dossiers including a series of stories about water in Quebec.)
- Michèle Ouimet’s story about Canadian aid money going to Afghanistan, in the Investigations category
- André Pratte (whose name the press release, and therefore all newspapers reporting the nominees, misspelled), in the Editorials category
- Serge Chapleau, in the Editorial Cartooning category
- Shockingly, the Journal was not nominated in any category, despite its tireless efforts to expose failings in language policy.
- Le Devoir, Metro and 24 Heures were also left empty-handed.
I’m still waiting for my NNA for my tireless reporting about local activities and blogs.