As part of a weekend conference, the Fédération professionelle des journalistes du Québec presented awards for journalism. Radio-Canada was the big winner for the Judith Jasmin awards for reporting, and La Presse the big winner in the photo category.
The coverage in the media was as you might expect, each media outlet trumping its own successes and downplaying others:
- The Gazette: “Radio-Canada dominates news awards” (The Gazette didn’t win any of the awards, though it was a finalist in one news category and two of its photographers were among 20 finalists for awards)
- La Presse: “Des photographes de La Presse primés” (includes Bernard Brault’s winning photo but not that of the other two winning photographers, nor a link to Katia Gagnon’s Judith Jasmin winning story)
- Le Devoir: “Congrès de la Fédération des journalistes du Québec – Un texte sur la place des femmes en politique vaut à Manon Cornellier un des prix Judith-Jasmin” (wow that’s a long headline, focusing on their one win in the opinion category. It’s the only article that explores all the winners.)
- Radio-Canada: Not a peep yet online, strangely
What was particularly annoying about the announcement of the winners is that neither the FPJQ announcements nor any of the news reports about them contained links to the winners’ articles, video reports or photos. This is 2007, for crying out loud. It should be beyond obvious by now that online reports are incomplete without us being able to see what they’re talking about.
So as a public service, here are the winners of the FPJQ’s awards this weekend, with links to the original pieces where appropriate.
Prix Judith Jasmin (reporting)
Grand prize: La leçon de discrimination
Pasquale Turbide & Lucie Payeur
The winner, a TV documentary tackling the hot issue of discrimination, is already available on DVD.
Investigative journalism: Du sable dans l’engrenage
Guy Gendron, Jean-Luc Paquette and Monique Dumont
Radio-Canada (Zone Libre)
An in-depth look at the Alberta oilsands which are booming like nobody’s business now that the high price of oil has made them profitable. It also explores the environmental and (hence) political angles of this industry.
Feature: Inde, poubelle de la planète techno
Mercier’s report on how so-called “recycling” of electronics overseas is really just a long-range garbage dump apparently involved a lot of personal risk on her part.
Opinion: Femmes en retrait
Cornellier’s piece was recognized not for its original subject (the lack of women in power in politics), but for the clear, well-written way it was presented.
Profile/interview: Monique Lépine, 17 ans de silence
Gagné’s interview with the mother of École Polytechnique killer Marc Lépine was one of those epic scoops, even if it wasn’t timely. The interview itself became news all over the country as other outlets reported on it (The Globe, CTV, CBC, La Presse). The timing was unfortunately perfect, coming just days after the Dawson shooting.
The fact that a runner-up in this category was Sue Montgomery’s portrait of Dawson shooter Kimveer Gill (breaking the silence of his mother) says something, either about their selection criteria or about the state of the media.
National news: Hérouxville dicte un code de conduite rigoureux pour ses futurs immigrants
The article that started it all. A reporter talks about a small town called Hérouxville which has some odd ideas about race relations (they polled residents asking “are you racist?”, the answer was 100% “no”). The rest is history.
Honoured for one simple reason: He made the issue of soil erosion sound interesting. I’ll add that it proves that real journalism can in fact come from small markets.
Prix Antoine Desillets (photography)
Daily life: Bernard Brault
A this-must-be-photoshopped silhouette of a vacationer in the Antilles. Brault was a finalist last year for another photo from the Antilles.
Sports: David Boily
This spectacular photo of F1 driver Robert Kubica having his vehicle totalled (I think, there were a few photos that got picked up) made the AFP and Canadian Press wires and got published around the world.
Photojournalism: Olivier Hanigan
La Voie du succès
The words “acid attack” don’t evoke much emotion until you see the photos of these victims in a Bangladesh hospital.
News: Ivanoh Demers
(I’m assuming it’s this photo – it’s part of a gallery with the rest.) A photo of mafia boss Nick Rizzutto being arrested, honoured for its excellent composition of elements denoting the once great man’s being taken down by the law.
Portrait: Bernard Brault
Bernard Brault wins again, for a photo of a security guard at the University of Oxford. Chosen for the way it captures the essence of British style.
The winning photos will be on display in Montreal starting Dec. 4.
Prix Judith-Jasmin hommage (lifetime achievement)
Bourse Arthur-Prévost (aspiring rookie journalist)
This $2,000 financial award went to Marie-Hélène Proulx, who’s currently at Jobboom Magazine but has had her name just about everywhere since starting a freelance journalism career in 2003. Her magazine articles have already won grownup awards.
Prix Jules-Fournier (quality of language in print writing)
This $5,000 prize for quality of writing in a French-language Quebec newspaper went to Valérie Borde, an independent journalist who works for l’Actualité and writes about science.
Prix Raymond-Charette (quality of language in electronic media)
This $5,000 prize went to Hugues Poulin, Radio-Canada’s European correspondent.
These last two awards are sponsored by the Conseil supérieur de la langue française.