TORONTO – The Globe and Mail claimed eight of the 22 awards Friday at the 63rd National Newspaper Awards gala in Toronto, while the Toronto Star was next with five.
Getty Images, Hamilton Spectator, La Presse of Montreal, Le Journal de Montreal, London Free Press, Reuters, St. John’s Telegram, Sarnia Observer, and Vancouver Province each claimed a single award.
Globe journalists Stephanie Nolen, Grant Robertson and Mark MacKinnon earned two NNAs each. MacKinnon and Andy Hoffman shared an award in the category of Business Reporting for a series of stories on Sino-Forest Corp.
The Vancouver Province, an NNA finalist for five years in a row, won for the second time in the Special Project category for its examination of elder abuse.
There were 71 finalists and 1,350 entries.
The winners and runners-up were announced at an awards ceremony at the downtown Fairmont Royal York Hotel. Winners received cheques for $1,000 and a certificate of award. Runners-up received citations of merit.
This is the 23rd year for the NNAs under a board of governors that includes editors, publishers and the public from across Canada as well as representatives from the Toronto Press Club.
The National Newspaper Awards were founded by The Toronto Press Club in 1949.
* Multimedia Feature: Winner: The Toronto Star for a revelation of the ongoing despair and famine in Somalia; Runners-up: The Halifax Chronicle-Herald for a multimedia study of racism in Nova Scotia; The Globe and Mail for an examination of the Palestinian militant group Hamas.
* News Feature Photography: Winner: Chris Wattie, Reuters, for a photo of Jack Layton’s casket in the foreground of a sea of faces; Runners-up: John Lehmann, The Globe and Mail, for a photo of a 13-person canoe about to leave on an expedition visiting remote native villages between Tofino and
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