Winner: Karena Walter, St. Catharines Standard It was one of those assignments that could have been nothing, but turned out to be quite something. While reporting on the local impact of provincial funding cuts to an inter-library loan program, Karena
Winner: The London Free Press newsroom (9 reporters, 2 photographers) At a time when local journalism is under siege, it is inspiring to see the vigour the newsroom of the London Free Press brought to bear on this remarkable project.
Winner: Josh Brown, Waterloo Region Record Josh Brown’s entry shows quite clearly he’s learned that winning sports entries usually have very little to do with the game being played. His keen eye for what will draw a reader to a
This award recognizes the collaborative nature of producing video. Winner: Max Martin, Randy Richmond and Brice Hall, London Free Press, “We Are The Cops” Despite extremely limited visuals and circumstances, this video was an effective and engaging way to
Winner: Julie Jocsak, The St. Catharines Standard Julie Jocsak was out on assignment when the allure of flashing lights drew her to the scene of a tragic developing story. A car was perched curiously on a sidewalk, its hood tangled
Winner: Randy Richmond, London Free Press – We Are the Cops This series exposing police misbehaviour is a perfect example of why the public needs vigorous media oversight of public officials and their conduct. Over a year in the making,
Beat Reporting (over 25,000 circulation) Winner: Trevor Wilhelm, Windsor Star Runner-up: Nicole O’Reilly, The Hamilton Spectator Runner-up: Jane Sims, London Free Press Beat Reporting (under 25,000 circulation) Winner: Grant LaFleche, St. Catharines Standard Runner-up: Sabrina Bedford, Brockville Recorder &
The 2019 Ontario Newspaper Awards gala — originally scheduled to be held in Hamilton on April 25, 2020 — has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, the winners of the awards will be announced on this website on
Beat Reporting (over 25,000 circulation) Nicole O’Reilly, The Hamilton Spectator Jane Sims, London Free Press Trevor Wilhelm, Windsor Star Beat Reporting (under 25,000 circulation) Sabrina Bedford, Brockville Recorder & Times Alan Hale, Cornwall Standard Freeholder Grant LaFleche, St. Catharines Standard
Postmedia Regional Vice President, Joe Ruscitti (right), celebrates with Dax Melmer, after Melmer won Photojournalist of the Year.
Editor-in-chief of Metroland’s Niagara daily newspapers, Angus Scott (left), congratulates the 2018 Journalist of the Year, Grant LaFleche.
Arts & Entertainment Writing: Greg Mercer, Waterloo Region Record Beat Reporting: Joanna Frketich, Hamilton Spectator Column/Opinion Writing: Rick Gibbons, Ottawa Sun Enterprise Reporting: Grant LaFleche, St. Catharines Standard Feature Photography (over 25,000): Dax Melmer, Windsor Star Feature Photography (under 25,000):