The 62nd National Newspaper Awards are coming up in May, and while the Toronto Star has been nominated for an impressive 16 awards, more than any other news outlet, other Postmedia newspapers have also received a total of 16 nods.
The Globe & Mail received 11 nominations, the Montreal Gazette earned seven, and Canadian Press and La Presse each got six. The National Post, New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal in Saint John, and the Winnipeg Free Press each had three, and the Hamilton Spectator had two. Calgary Herald, Windsor Star, Vancouver Sun, Vancouver Province, and Nanaimo Daily News also received nods. Over 1500 submissions were sent in for the 72 finalists who fall into the 22 categories in total. The winners will receive $1,000 and a certificate.
“I’m incredibly proud of the Star’s 16 nominations,” said publisher John Cruickshank. “They are a testament to the great work and imagination that comes out of this newsroom on a daily basis.”
The National Newspaper Awards will also hand out the Governors’ Award, which will be presented to Kathy Gannon, an Associated Press’s award-winning Afghanistan-based journalist who originally hails from Timmins, Ontario.
The NNAs are chosen by a Board of Governors which includes editors, publishers and the public from across Canada as well as representatives from the Toronto Press Club. The emcees of the event include political columnist Chantal Hébert of the Toronto Star and Robert Russo, Ottawa bureau chief for The Canadian Press. The National Newspaper Awards will be handed out at a ceremony at the LeBreton Gallery of Ottawa’s Canadian War Museum on May 13 at 7pm.