RTDNA Canada Announces East Region Award Finalists


Toronto, ONTARIO – (March 9, 2018) – RTDNA Canada is pleased to recognize excellence in electronic journalism in the East Region with the finalists for the regional awards.

RTDNA Canada Awards honour the best journalists, programs, stations and newsgathering organizations in radio, television and digital. “It has been another tumultuous year for journalism in this country but Canadian journalists have stood up to every challenge with passion, integrity and fortitude,” says RTDNA Canada President Ian Koenigsfest. “These prestigious RTDNA awards not only recognize excellence in journalism, they also reflect a healthy, vibrant and increasingly curious profession determined to remain committed to seeking out facts, balance and objectivity.”

East Region winners will be announced at the regional awards ceremony on April 21 in Dartmouth, NS. To read more about the meeting, please visit http://www.rtdnacanada.com/2018–east–regional–meeting/.

Congratulations to the finalists for their exceptional work!


2018 RTDNA Awards – EAST Region Finalists:



Continuing Coverage – Ron Laidlaw Award

  • CBC Nova Scotia, CBC Investigates, IWK Expense Scandal
  • CBC Prince Edward Island, Peace of Mind, PEI’s Mental Health System Strains to Meet the Needs

Data Storytelling Award

  • Global Halifax, Halifax Explosion

Digital Media Award (Small/Medium Market)

  • NEWS957, Halifax Explosion at 100, The City Remembers

Diversity – Adrienne Clarkson Award

  • CBC New Brunswick, “Don’t Be Racist”, Moncton Students Unite When Racism Erupts at High School Football Game
  • CBC Prince Edward Island, 13 Things You Always Wanted to Know About Being Transgender but Were Afraid to Ask
  • CBC Prince Edward Island, The Debate Over Fort Amherst

Podcast Award

  • CBC NL, Tedwalks: Holly Hogan

Social Media Award

  • CBC Iqaluit, How Does Nunavut’s Consensus Government Work?
  • CBC Nova Scotia, CBC N.S. Facebook, Christopher Garnier Trial
  • Global Halifax, Christopher Garnier Trial, Natasha Pace



In–depth or Investigative – Dan McArthur Award

  • CBC New Brunswick, The Lost Children
  • CBC Newfoundland and Labrador, Public Figure, Private Turmoil
  • Global News, The Inspection Gap, Food inspections in Nova Scotia

Innovation Award

  • CBC New Brunswick, At Loggerheads, J.D. Irving and Other Forest Companies Take an Axe to the Longtime Marketing Board System
  • CTV Atlantic, Out in the Open, CTV Election Roundtable 2017



Continuing Coverage – Ron Laidlaw Award

  • VOCM, Municipal Election 2017

Long Feature (Small/Medium Market) – Dave Rogers Award

  • CBC Fredericton, Finding Max
  • CBC Nova Scotia, Atlantic Voice, L’amour Geant

News-Live Special Events – Gord Sinclair Award

  • NEWS957, Nova Scotia Votes 2017

Radio News Information Program – Peter Gzowski Award

  • CBC Prince Edward Island, Island Morning
  • NEWS957, The Sheldon MacLeod Show, Sober Second Thought
  • VOCM, VOCM News Roundtable, The Future of Rural NL – Challenges and Opportunities

Radio Newscast (Small/Medium Market) – Byron MacGregor Award

  • 101.5 The Hawk (CIGO–FM), Noon News
  • 989XFM, 8 a.m. News–October 13th, 2017
  • NEWS957, The NEWS957 Morning News

Short Feature (Small/Medium Market) – Dave Rogers Award

  • 1310NEWS, Life After the Floods
  • NEWS957, Lenore Zann Speaks Out, #metooMLA

Sound – Dick Smyth Award

  • CBC Prince Edward Island, Riley’s Collection



Breaking News – Charlie Edwards Award

  • NTV News, Froude Avenue Fire

Continuing Coverage – Ron Laidlaw Award

  • CBC Atlantic, Deep Trouble, The Perils of the Right Whale
  • CTV Atlantic, Playing the Long Game, SMU’s Fight to Finish the Loney Bowl
  • Global News, Nova Scotia Election 2017, Marieke Walsh

Diversity – Adrienne Clarkson Award

  • CBC NL, Access Denied
  • CBC Nova Scotia, Shaina Luck Beginning Again
  • CTV Atlantic, Midnight Demolition, Documents Reveal Church’s Hidden History

Long Feature (Small/Medium Market) – Dave Rogers Award

  • CBC NL, Persons First: Inside the Wiseman Centre
  • CTV Atlantic, Decision to Die, The Medically Assisted Death of Dr. Doug Henshaw
  • CTV Atlantic, Mystery & Murder, The Last Public Execution in Halifax

News-Live Special Events – Gord Sinclair Award

  • CBC New Brunswick, CBC News: New Brunswick
  • CTV Atlantic, Too Close to Call, NS Election 2017
  • Global Halifax, Decision Nova Scotia, Election 2017

Short Feature (Small/Medium Market) – Dave Rogers Award

  • CTV Atlantic, Hidden in Plain View, The Spy Among Us
  • CTV Atlantic, Huntington Piece
  • Global News, Dramatic Cat Rescue

Sports Feature Reporting Award

  • NTV News, Little Hero, Big Champion

TV News Information Program – Trina McQueen Award

  • CTV Atlantic, Grand Adventure in Grand Pre, Celebrating a 400 Year Friendship

TV Newscast (Small/Medium Market) – Bert Cannings Award

  • CBC Newfoundland & Labrador, Here & Now, 30 Oct 17
  • CTV Atlantic, Battling the Blizzard, Weather Bomb Blankets the Maritimes
  • Global Halifax, Global News at 6, 06 Dec 17



RTDNA Canada is the voice of broadcast and digital journalists and news managers in Canada. We believe an informed public is vital to a democratic society. Canadian Journalisms purpose is to serve the public interest. It is our responsibility to act independently, to be fair and respectful, and to report the facts. The RTDNA Canada Code of Journalistic Ethics, adopted by the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council, is used to measure fairness and accuracy in our profession. We welcome its adoption by all practicing journalists.

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Contact Information

Ian Koenigsfest
President, RTNDA Canada

Dan Appleby
Chair, East Region, RTDNA Canada

Jennifer Nguyen
RTDNA Canada Awards


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