Column/Opinion Writing The quality of the submissions was excellent. Kudos to all of the entrants. Winner: Joel Rubinoff, Waterloo Region Record Mr. Rubinoff’s columns are rich, vivid narratives that leave few unanswered questions. Each column is an immersive experience.
COVID-19 Opinion/Analysis Writing Winner: Grant LaFleche, St. Catharines Standard To read Grant LaFleche’s excellent piece on the politics behind an unproven multimillion-dollar COVID testing proposal is to understand how real-time pandemic analysis is done. LaFleche fact-checked the proposal’s fine-print, finding errors, misrepresentations
Beat Reporting (over 25,000 circulation) Winner: Maria Iqbal, Hamilton Spectator I chose Maria as the top entry for me because of how well her reporting struck a chord. She really captured the human story, the human experience behind her
Video Production Winner: Dax Melmer, Windsor Star Aerial video was used to great effect in this winning submission to illustrate the impact of flooding and shoreline erosion around Lake Erie. It’s one thing to hear people talk about the
Spot News Writing (under 25,000 circulation) Winner: Mark Malone, Chatham Daily News Malone turns what could have been a typical cop brief into a gripping read. With some classic gumshoe reporting, he tracks down a witness who describes —
Sports Writing Winner: Cory Smith, Stratford Beacon Herald Superb sports writing can come in many different forms and in this particular case Cory Smith of the Stratford Beacon Herald succeeded in turning a dense topic — data and analytics