The Globe and Mail won the most awards at the 70th National Newspaper Awards, taking the top prize in 10 of 21 categories for journalism that explored such issues as how communications giant Huawei fits into China’s global ambitions and efforts by the National Gallery of Canada to sell art.
The full list of Globe winners:
- Arts and Entertainment: Chris Hannay and Daniel Leblanc, Globe and Mail, for investigating the National Gallery of Canada’s botched attempt to sell a major piece of art by Marc Chagall in order to free up money to buy another artwork.
- E. Cora Hind Award for Beat Reporting: Zosia Bielski, Globe and Mail, for coverage of gender and sexuality.
- Business Reporting: Jeff Lewis, Jeffrey Jones, Renata D’Aliesio and Chen Wang for investigating the fate of Canada’s aging oil and gas wells.
- Explanatory work: Carolyn Abraham, Globe and Mail, for “Cracks in the Code,” which explored how science’s ability to “read” DNA has far outpaced its capacity to understand it.
- Feature photo: Chris Donovan, Globe and Mail, for a photo of a woman saying farewell to a friend just before her medically assisted death.
- William Southam Award for Long Feature: Grant Robertson, Globe and Mail, for a feature about an experiment in which three lab monkeys were quietly moved to a sanctuary to retire, instead of facing the death sentence that awaits most animals used in medical research.
- Photo essay: Renaud Philippe, Globe and Mail, for pictures documenting the plight of the Rohingya and their escape from genocide in Myanmar.
- John Wesley Dafoe Award for Politics: Robert Fife, Steven Chase, Sean Silcoff and Christine Dobby, Globe and Mail, for looking into how Huawei fits in with Beijing’s global ambitions, and just how far Canada was willing to go to accommodate the technology juggernaut’s quest for expansion.
- Presentation: Laura Blenkinsop and Christopher Manza, Globe and Mail, for their work showcasing a Brazilian road trip, a major investigation and a true crime saga.
- Bob Levin Award for Short Feature: Patrick White, Globe and Mail, for a story about a humble, rural attraction – a simple sunflower patch – that had been ruined by a social media mob.
The full list of winners, and all finalist entries, can be viewed on the NNA website.
Overall, The Globe had 20 finalists spread over 13 categories, including three in the business category, and others in international, investigations, beat reporting and politics.
The NNA competition is open to daily newspapers, news agencies, and online news sites approved by the NNA board of governors. There were 63 finalists in 21 categories, selected from 951 entries for work published in 2018.
Since the awards were established by the Toronto Press Club in 1949 to encourage excellence and reward achievement in daily Canadian newspaper work, The Globe has won 189 NNAs – more than any other news organization.