Journalists and photographers from The Press earned 14 selections at the prestigious Canadian Newspaper Competition. This is the best daily harvest in 15 years.
“There is something to be proud of, because these 14 nominations crown the work of all those who are in the running, but also of all the journalists, photographers and craftsmen who work in the newsroom of The Press “Reacted the assistant editor, François Cardinal, describing the harvest as” exceptional “.
“For every work, every person nominated, a dedicated team works hard behind the scenes to ensure that work is widely shared and well showcased,” he said.
Selected for the 15e time, columnist Isabelle Hachey is nominated in three categories, including the Norman Webster Prize for her extensive reporting in Ukraine at the start of the war and the George Brown Prize for his major investigation, carried out with 98.5 FM journalist Marie-Ève Tremblay, who revisited the Julien Lacroix affair.
Mme Hachey is also a finalist for the Mary Ann Shadd Cary Award for her chronicles of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Quebec legislation surrounding the parental rights of children born of rape, and the husband of an Indigenous woman who died in hospital under the racial slurs from nursing staff.
In the same category, international columnist Laura-Julie Perreault stood out with a series of columns on the war in Ukraine.
Other feats of arms
The great reporter Katia Gagnon collected her 7e selection in the prestigious competition. She earned a place among the finalists for the Joan Hollobon prize, which rewards specialized journalism, thanks to her in-depth coverage of the youth protection system in Quebec.
Selected for the 10e Times, investigative journalist Caroline Touzin is a finalist in the same category, thanks to a series of stories highlighting the effects of deadly violence and rising child abuse on Montreal hospitals during the pandemic.
In addition, investigative team leader Vincent Larouche earned a selection in the “Reporting Sustained” category thanks to his coverage of a mysterious criminal trial from which traces had been erased.
In total, the judges reviewed 923 entries from 76 news organizations.
In the running for the John Wesley Dafoe Prize, parliamentary correspondent Fanny Lévesque distinguished herself with various reports on the impact of Bill 79 on Aboriginal families and on the 16-hour shifts imposed on nurses.
For their reports on the arrest of three Saint-Laurent high school basketball coaches for crimes of a sexual nature, investigative journalist Daniel Renaud and reporters Alice Girard-Bossé and Henri Ouellette-Vézina are selected in the breaking news category.
Investigative journalist Charles-Éric Blais-Poulin and cultural journalist Marissa Groguhé are finalists in the “Culture” category for their report on a wave of suicides that hit stage artisans during the pandemic.
16e selection for Serge Chapleau
The Canadian Newspaper Competition also marked the 16e career selection of the caricaturist of The Press Serge Chapleau.
Chief columnist Stéphanie Grammond is in the running for the Claude Ryan prize thanks to her editorials on the war in Ukraine, the construction of the REM and the protection of French.
Also in the editorial team, journalist Vincent Brousseau-Pouliot stood out in the “Explanatory text” category for his analysis of data on immigration to Quebec.
Finally, note the selection of photographer Robert Skinner in the “General News Photo” category for a shot of a young homeless man pirouetting while hospitalized with COVID-19.
The winners will be announced at a gala in Toronto on May 5.