CAJ Award nominees revealed

The Canadian Association of Journalists has released the full list of nominees in the 2018 CAJ Awards program. The recipients in each category will be announced May 4 at the CAJ Awards Gala in Winnipeg, as part of the #CAJ19 Annual Conference at the Radisson Hotel. There were a total 340 entries for the 2018 awards program.

The finalists in the OPEN MEDIA category are:

Trina Roache

Trina Roache

History Decolonized

APTN Investigates


Jacques Marcoux, Katie Nicholson

Deadly Force

CBC News


Heather Persson, Andrea Hill, Arthur White-Crummey, Brandon Harder, Alex MacPherson, Kayle Neis, Heather Polischuk, Mark Melynchuk, Troy Fleece, Liam Richards

Lines of Fire

Saskatoon StarPhoenix / Regina Leader-Post


Laura Kane, Aleksandra Sagan

Contagion: Edging closer to a world without antibiotics

The Canadian Press


David Bruser, Robert Cribb, Mike De Souza, Patricia W. Elliott, Carolyn Jarvis, Emma McIntosh, Patti Sonntag, Michael Wrobel

The Price of Oil

The Toronto Star / Global News / National Observer / StarMetro Calgary / Concordia Institute for Investigative Journalism


The finalists in the COMMUNITY MEDIA category are:

Dan Taekema

Breaking the ‘Code of Silence’ at the South West Detention Centre

CBC News – Windsor


Grant LaFleche

All the Chair’s Men

The Standard, St. Catharines, Ont.


Michael Robinson

Sounding the Alarm: An Ambulance New Brunswick Investigation (no link available)

Telegraph-Journal, Saint John, N.B.


The finalists in the OPEN BROADCAST FEATURE category are:

Trina Roache

The Law of the Land

APTN Investigates


Josh Bloch, Kathleen Goldhar, Anita Elash, Heather Evans, Mieke Anderson

Uncover: Escaping NXIVM

Uncover: Escaping NXIVM

CBC News / CBC Podcasts


Julie Ireton, Jennifer Chevalier

No More Secrets

CBC News – Ottawa


Avery Haines, Derek Miller, Kathlene Calahan, Brett Mitchell, Anton Koschany

No Witnesses



Brigitte Noël, Matthew Joycey

Des thérapies bidon pour «guérir» l’homosexualité

Quebecor Media – Bureau d’enquête


The finalists in the OPEN BROADCAST NEWS category are:

Willow Fiddler

“It’s going to reopen again”: Elder told mother

APTN National News


Laurie Hamelin, Kathleen Martens


APTN National News


Tamara Pimentel, Lucy Scholey

Travelling the Pipeline

APTN National News


David Cochrane

The Hassan Diab Extradition

CBC News – The National


The finalists in the COMMUNITY BROADCAST category are:

Nick Murray

Nunavut Spends

CBC News – Iqaluit


Carolyn Ray

Carolyn Ray

Selected pieces from The Search

CBC News – Nova Scotia


Ted Blades

We Didn’t Think We Were Doing a Lot

CBC Radio – On The Go (CBC Newfoundland & Labrador)


Lisa Xing

Chinese student guardianship

CBC News – Toronto


The finalists in the DATA JOURNALISM AWARD category are:

David Common, Melissa Mancini, Katie Pedersen, Valerie Ouellet

Crying Out For Care

CBC Marketplace


Karissa Donkin, Jack Julian

Fatal Fun: How Atlantic Canadians are dying on recreational vehicles

CBC News – Atlantic


Glen McGregor

Glen McGregor

Racial Profiling at Canada Border Services

CTV National News


Bill Curry, Tom Cardoso

Federal Liberals violated own fundraising rules

The Globe and Mail


Diana Zlomislic, Rachel Mendleson, Marco Chown Oved, Robert Cribb, Andrew Bailey, Emma Jarratt, Emma McIntosh, Anne-Marie Jackson, Matt McClure, Haley Ryan, Jeremy Nuttall, Jesse Winter, Lynn McAuley, Fadi Yaacoub, Tania Pereira, Edward Tubb, Bert Bruser

Medical Disorder

The Toronto Star


The finalists in the ONLINE MEDIA category are:

Zi-Ann Lum

Zi-Ann Lum

Nowhere To Turn

HuffPost Canada


Gareth Charter

Canada’s missing Syrians

Freelancer /


Jon Milton, Erin Seatter, Ethan Cox

Fireforce Ventures: unmasking the military and political operatives behind a white supremacist web store

Ricochet Media


Hilary Beaumont

Parliament Hill’s weak anti-harassment policies and toxic culture are failing women

Vice News Canada


The finalists in the PHOTOJOURNALISM category are:

Jonathan Hayward

Portfolio (no single link available)

The Canadian Press


Aaron Vincent Elkaim

It devours our land

The Narwhal


Pat Kane

Indigenous guardians reclaim the land

The Narwhal


Larry Wong


Postmedia Network – Edmonton (Journal, Sun, Examiner)


The finalists in the SCOOP category are:

Erica Johnson, Enza Uda, Alison Downie, Amar Parmar

Telling on Telcos

CBC News – Go Public


Dave Seglins, Rachel Houlihan, Laura Clementson, Dave Pizer, Farhan Ahmad, Raj Ahluwalia, Robert Cribb, Marco Oved, Lynn McAuley

Ticketmaster’s Secret Scalper Program

CBC News – Investigates / The Toronto Star


Stewart Bell

Stewart Bell

Canadian ISIS member captured

Global News


Shaamini Yogaretnam

Team officials and Hoffman knew about harassment allegations for weeks, agent says

Ottawa Citizen


Kim Bolan

Young BC gangsters executed after international hit

Vancouver Sun


The finalists in the DAILY EXCELLENCE category are:

Charles Hamilton, Janani Whitfield, Natascia Lypny, Karin Yeske, David Hutton


CBC News – Saskatchewan


Team entry

Humboldt Broncos bus crash

The Canadian Press


Omar Sachedina

Omar Sachedina, Marc D’Amours

Indonesian Earthquake from Palu

CTV National News


Andrew Duffy

The death of Jonathan Pitre

Ottawa Citizen


Heather Persson, Kevin Mitchell, Andrea Hill, Arthur White-Crummey, Darren Zary, Brandon Harder, Mark Melnychuk, Alex MacPherson, Phil Tank, Kayle Neis, Thia James, Tim Switzer, Hannah Spray, Austin Davis

Humboldt Broncos crash

Saskatoon StarPhoenix / Regina Leader-Post


Michael Robinson, Alexandre Boudreau

‘There were no goodbyes’ (no link available)

Telegraph-Journal, Saint John, N.B.

* due to the extraordinary quality of entries in the daily excellence category, six finalists are being named.


The finalists in the TEXT FEATURE category are:

Natalie Wong

Matthew Campbell, Natalie Wong

The unsolved murder of an unusual billionaire

Bloomberg Businessweek


Grant Robertson

Stay of execution

The Globe and Mail


Kyle Edwards

Fighting foster care



Amy Dempsey

Improbable Cause

The Toronto Star


Martin Patriquin

Warning Signs

Freelance / The Walrus


The finalists in the JHR / CAJ AWARD FOR HUMAN RIGHTS REPORTING category are:

Rob Smith

Justice for Colten

APTN Investigates


Jennie Russell

Jennie Russell

Unassisted death

CBC News – Edmonton


Team entry

Beyond 94

CBC News – Indigenous / CBC News – Saskatchewan


Faculty and fellows of the International Reporting Program, HuffPost Canada


International Reporting Program, University of British Columbia / HuffPost Canada


Sarah Fodey

Sarah Fodey

The Fruit Machine

TVO / Sand Bay Entertainment



Hans Rollman

Should unions say no to closed-door negotiations?

Briarpatch Magazine


Verity Stevenson, Jaela Bernstien, Jessica Rubinger, Jean-Philippe Robillard, Daniel Boily, Antoni Nerestant, Meeker Guerrier

How a Haitian asylum seeker was swept up in a shadowy industry of temp agency work

CBC News – Montreal


Alicia Bridges

The Grader Operator

CBC Radio – The Doc Project


Andrew Yates, Tim Querengesser

The Nature of Work

HuffPost Canada


Sharon J. Riley

Life After Coal

The Narwhal



Tamara Pimentel


APTN National News


Nic Meloney

Nic Meloney


CBC News – Indigenous


Kyle Edwards


Maclean’s Magazine


Emilee Gilpin

Portfolio / First Nations Forward

National Observer


Andrea Smith


The Tyee


The finalists for the APTN / CAJ RECONCILIATION AWARD are:

Jorge Barrera


CBC News – Indigenous


Catou MacKinnon

Catou MacKinnon


CBC News – Quebec


Carl Meyer


National Observer


Katie Hyslop, Paul Willcocks

Portfolio on child welfare

The Tyee


Jon Thompson

Portfolio Northwestern Ontario Hub, Thunder Bay, Ont.


The finalists for the STUDENT AWARD OF EXCELLENCE are:

Justin Langan, Josh Delaronde

A Mother’s Story (no link available)

Assiniboine Community College, Brandon, Man. / Prairie Hearts


Amber McLinden, Rayane Sabbagh, Simran Sachar

Lost in the System

Mount Royal University, Calgary


Natalie Valleau, Courtney Ingram, Breanne Kramer


Mount Royal University / Calgary Journal

Connie Thiessen
Connie Thiessen
Connie has worked coast-to-coast as a reporter, editor, anchor and host at CKNW and News 1130 in Vancouver, News 95.7 and CBC in Halifax, and CFCW Edmonton, among other stations. With a passion for music, film and community service, she led News 95.7 to a 2013 Atlantic Journalism Award and regional RTDNA award for Best Radio Newscast. More recently, she was nominated for Music Journalist of the Year at Canadian Music Week 2019. To report a typo or error please email -

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