Congratulations to Mark Quinn of CBC Radio and Rosie Gillingham of The Telegram, both recent recipients of national awards for excellence in journalism.
In their 2008 Media Awards for Excellence in Health Reporting, the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) and the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) have named Mark Quinn winner of the Excellence in Radio News award for his work on the cancer test scandal.
Here's how the judging panel explained their selection of Quinn's work, from an apparent record number of entries:
"Mark Quinn's reporting on the cancer test scandal in Newfoundland is a good example of solid, clear, responsible reporting. Quinn's work revealed that the health authority did not disclose the full extent of the problem surrounding faulty laboratory tests for cancer patients. The failure of those tests meant that some women may not have received appropriate treatment for their cancer with potentially devastating results. Quinn does a good job of explaining the story and interviews several women who were directly affected by the tests. The stories informed the public, held the medical authorities and the government accountable and likely influenced changes in policy to make the testing better and to make the process more transparent for patients and their loved ones."
Quinn will accept the award at a gala dinner tomorrow night at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier in Ottawa.
Meanwhile, Rosie Gillingham received an Excellence in Journalism Award award last week from the Canadian Bar Association, Newfoundland and Labrador Branch. She received the award based on a series of articles she filed concerning the sentencing of a 19-year-old man convicted of manslaughter. The issue was whether a youth or adult sentence would be appropriate.
This is how Christine Healy, President of the NL chapter, summarized the reasoning behind Gillingham's award:
"The panel was of the view that these articles served to advance the public's level of understanding of youth and adult sentencing, as well as the IRCS program. Sentencing can be a confusing and controversial process, particularly when applied to youthful offenders. This sentencing came out of the first manslaughter conviction in Newfoundland and Labrador under the Youth Criminal Justice Act. These articles clearly outline the sentencing process, and outline the considerations the court weighed in reaching its conclusion. It was the panel's view that this series, as well as Ms Gillingham's other work over the year, demonstrated a clear commitment to informing the public and met the award's goals of increasing public awareness of legal issues in an insightful and accurate way."
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