A small crowd of print, radio and TV journalists in this province are finalists for the 2007 Atlantic Journalism Awards (AJA).
The awards will be presented in a gala ceremony, May 3 in Halifax.
One finalist in each category will be honoured as the overall Gold Award winner. However, everyone's a winner, as all finalists are recognized for their achievement with a framed AJAs Certificate of Excellence in Journalism.
CBC in this province is guaranteed to win at least one award, as they've swept all three nominations in the Continuing Coverage Radio category. I received a note this week from John Gushue, directing me to a CBC link that compiles all the nominations, with video and audio, so that you can see and hear the finalists for yourself. (CBC journalist Kathryn King gets credit for compiling this page.)
This is a tremendous idea and something that all journalism awards organizers should take to heart. Why not prepare a multimedia compilation of all nominated pieces, using audio and video clips and print scans? If that's too much work, they could prepare at the very least a compilation of the winners' work.
Yes, it would take considerable effort and a larger budget, but the result would be highly entertaining not to mention a useful learning tool for journalists. It would also generate more traffic to awards web sites, which certainly could offer more than a list of names.
Congratulations are also extended to Paul Daly, world-class photographer with The Independent, who is up for a Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) Award. Daly is a finalist in the Photojournalism category.
The list of AJA finalists from this province is presented below.
Spot News Television
CBC Television Newsroom, St. John's - Field Street Fire
Doug Greer, CBC Television, Corner Brook Landslide
Enterprise Reporting - Print
Rob Antle - The Telegram, St. John's - System Failure
Continuing Coverage - Radio
Paul Pigott - CBC Radio, St. John's - Naked in Cells
Lee Pitts - CBC Radio, St. John's - Nautical Legacy Rescue
Mark Quinn - CBC Radio, St. John's - Flawed Cancer Tests
Atlantic Magazine - Best Article
Alec Bruce - Atlantic Business Magazine, St. John's - Big Deal
Alec Bruce/Marjorie Doyle/Chris Flanagan/Pauline Furlong/Jack MacAndrew - Atlantic Business Magazine, St. John's - Leaders and Legends
Atlantic Magazine - Best Profile Article
Eleanor Beaton - Atlantic Business Magazine, St. John's - What's Up with Mickey?
Robin Short - The Telegram, St. John's - Gushue Team Break-up
Doug Greer - CBC Television, Corner Brook - Show of Work
Spot News Photojournalism - Television
Doug Greer - CBC Television, Corner Brook Landslide
Feature Photojournalism - Television
Bart Fraize - NTV, St. John's - Moose Trapped in Well