CAJ Awards finalists revealed

The Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) has revealed the list of finalists for its 2019 CAJ Awards program.

Due to the cancellation of the CAJ Conference, which was scheduled to take place in Montreal at the end of May, the winners will be announced online on Saturday, May 30.

The finalists in the OPEN MEDIA category are:

Jean-François CloutierJean-Louis FortinHugo JoncasPhilippe Langlois, Félix Séguin, Andrea Valéria
Manquements éthiques et prêts douteux à la Caisse de dépôt
Le Journal de Montréal – Bureau d’enquête

Thomas Rohner
OJ’s Story
Freelancer / Toronto Star / CBC News – North

Wendy Gillis
It Took A Village
Toronto Star

Ryan Thorpe
Homegrown hate
Winnipeg Free Press

The finalists in the COMMUNITY MEDIA category are:

Sally PittDonna Allen
Everyone Knew
CBC News – Prince Edward Island

Katrina Clarke
A Shot in the Dark: New Brunswick school vaccination policies
The Daily Gleaner, Fredericton, N.B.

Étienne Fortin Gauthier, Rudy Chabannes
Un journal bilingue siphonne des fonds publics, tout en volant du contenu
ONFR+ / tfo

Grant Lafleche
The Inside Job
The StandardSt. Catharines, Ont.

Michael RobinsonMike Landry
Broken Homes (no link available)
The Telegraph-Journal, Saint John, N.B.

The finalists in the OPEN BROADCAST FEATURE category are:

Cullen CrozierBrittany GuyotHolly MooreMelissa Ridgen
Broken Circle
APTN Investigates

Trina Roache
Living Treaties
APTN Investigates

Julie IretonKristin Nelson
The Band Played On
CBC News – Ottawa

Jean Balthazard, Daphnée Hacker-B., Matthew JoyceyFelipe Bello, Ève Lévesque
Déneigeur sans formation
Tabloïd / Quebecor

The finalists in the OPEN BROADCAST NEWS category are:

Andreas WesleyDiana SwainErica Johnson, Enza Uda, Jean-Francois BenoitNaire BahjatStephen Davis
Border Agents Alleged Misconduct
CBC News – Investigative unit

Devin HerouxDominique BanounJamie StrashinJill EnglishLori WardMichael Drapack
Shattered Trust
CBC News – Investigative unit

Avis FavaroElizabeth St.PhilipAndre LapalmeBrett MitchellAnton Koschany
Deadly Vision
CTV – W5

Anton KoschanyKevin NewmanKathlene CalahanAndre LapalmeKirk NeffBrett Mitchell
The Laundromat
CTV – W5

The finalists in the COMMUNITY BROADCAST category are:

Prajwala Dixit
A New Lens on Newfoundland
Freelancer / CBC News – Newfoundland and Labrador

Carolyn Ray
Facing financial ruin to get a new lung, some are choosing to die instead
CBC News – Nova Scotia

Ashley LegassicKent Simmonds
You’re Not Alone — A Deeper Look into Suicide
CFJCKamloops, B.C.

Gisèle Quenneville, Andréanne Baribeau, Aimé Majeau Beauchamp, Étienne Fortin-Gauthier, Joanne Belluco
Les accents
ONFR+ / tfo

The finalists in the DATA JOURNALISM AWARD are:

Andreas Wesley, Anu Singh, Caitlin TaylorDan TaekemaDavid CommonEllen MauroJorge BarreraJoseph LoieroSian LloydValerie Ouellet
Peer-on-Peer Violence in Canadian Schools
CBC News

Inayat Singh, Naël Shiab, Romain Schué, Valérie Ouellet, Zach DubinskyVincent Maisonneuve
Who’s behind Canada’s Most Active Airbnb Accounts?
CBC News / Radio-Canada – Investigative unit

Institute for Investigative Journalism and media partners
Tainted Water
IIJ / Toronto Star / Global News / Le Devoir / Regina Leader-Post / National Observer

Philippe LangloisSarah-Maude Lefebvre, Andrea Valéria
Combien gagnent vos élus?
Le Journal de Montréal – Bureau d’enquête

Bethanee DiamondAva CoulterIan GibbPiper MacDougallIsabel RuitenbeekJulia-Simone RutgersJane SangsterStacey Seward
The Signal / University of King’s College, Halifax / The Coast / Pictou Advocate / Port Hawkesbury Reporter

The finalists in the ONLINE MEDIA category are:

Craig Silverman
Trap King
Buzzfeed News

Michelle ShephardKathleen GoldharIlina GhoshMitchell StuartJudy Ziyi GuTanya SpringerArif NooraniLeslie Merklinger
Uncover: Sharmini
CBC News – Investigative podcasts

Tim Bousquet
The Wrongful Conviction of Glen Assoun
Halifax Examiner

Sharon J. Riley
15-minute approvals: investigating the Alberta Energy Regulator
The Narwhal

Eilís Quinn
The Arctic Railway: Building a Future or Destroying a Culture?
Radio Canada International – Eye on the Arctic

The finalists in the PHOTOJOURNALISM category are:

Jesse Winter
2019 portfolio (no single link available)

Darryl Dyck
2019 portfolio (no single link available)
Freelancer / The Canadian Press

Valerian Mazataud
2019 portolio from three projects
Le Devoir / Globe and Mail

Amanda Annand
The pit of San Pedro: the life and death of a Canadian mine in Mexico
The Narwhal

The finalists in the SCOOP category are:

Debra Arbec
Montreal-based UN aviation agency tried to cover up 2016 cyberattack, documents show
CBC News – Montreal

Joanne ChianelloJennifer Chevalier
Councillor asked job applicant about going braless, woman alleges
CBC News – Ottawa

Todd Battis
C-Section Scandal at The Moncton Hospital
CTV National News

Steven ChaseRobert FifeSean Fine
PMO pressed justice minister to abandon prosecution of SNC-Lavalin
The Globe and Mail

Dave Battagello
Contaminated property collapses into Detroit River; Uranium, radiation concerns dogged former Revere Copper and Brass site
Windsor Star

The finalists in the DAILY EXCELLENCE category are:

Adrienne Arsenault, Briar Stewart
New Zealand Mosque Attack
CBC News – The National

Paul Workman
Ethiopian Airlines Crash
CTV National News

Joe BelangerSebastian BronMax MartinJoe RuscittiGreg Van MoorselCheryl ChuteRobin HarveyBruce UrquhartMegan StaceyJonathan JuhaJennifer BiemanDale CarruthersDan BrownMike Hensen
Explosion rocks Old East Village neighbourhood
London Free Press

Blair CrawfordElizabeth PayneKelly EganJon Willing, Shaamini Yogaretnam, Taylor BlewettJoanne LauciusWayne CuddingtonJulie Oliver
Westboro Bus Crash
Ottawa Citizen

The finalists in the TEXT FEATURE category are:

Grant RobertsonEric Atkins
Blind spots
The Globe and Mail

Angie Landry, Mélanie Picard
Survivre à la 117
Radio-Canada – Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Que.

Nadine Yousif
A small Alberta city is home to the busiest drug consumption site in North America. We spent 12 hours inside
Star Edmonton

Jessica Davey-Quantick
20/20 Vision
Up Here, Yellowknife, NWT

Melissa Martin
Power Surge
Winnipeg Free Press


Melissa Ridgen
The Apprehension of Baby H
APTN National News

Samantha Beattie
Filipino Children Exploited Daily For Pedophiles In Countries Like Canada
HuffPost Canada

Emma McIntoshMike De Souza
How Alberta kept Fort McKay First Nation in the dark about a toxic cloud from the oilsands
National Observer / Toronto Star

Mélissa Guillemette
Les personnes obèses sont-elles bien soignées?
Québec Science

Sarah Lawrynuik
Dragged into U.S. politics, Ukraine’s real challenge is ending a conflict sparked by Russia-backed separatists
Freelancer / Toronto Star


Timothy SawaKimberly IvanyMark KelleyLoretta HicksJohn Badcock
Officer Down
CBC News – The Fifth Estate

Eli Glasner
‘I just broke down crying’: Canadian video game creators face gruelling ‘crunch’ hours
CBC News – The National

Sarah Lawrynuik
‘It’s all worth it,’ says couple who lost everything fighting for farm workers
Freelancer / CBC Radio One – The Doc Project

Kalli Anderson
Providing Care, Barely Getting By
Freelancer /

Brendan Kennedy
I went undercover as an Amazon delivery driver. Here’s what I learned about the hidden costs of free shipping
Toronto Star


Rhiannon Johnson
Portfolio entry
CBC News – Indigenous

Jenna Dulewich
Stoney Nakoda portfolio entry
Rocky Mountain Outlook, Canmore, Alta.

Jamin Mike
Portfolio entry
The / JHR emerging Indigenous reporter program

Chris Beaver
Portfolio entry / TVO Current Affairs and Documentaries

Jolene Banning
Portfolio entry
Freelancer / Various outlets

The finalists in the APTN / CAJ RECONCILIATION AWARD are:

Paul Webster
Portfolio entry
Freelancer / various publications

Christopher Curtis
Portfolio entry
Montreal Gazette

David P. BallJenna MoonKevin Maimann
Jody Wilson-Raybould testimony was ‘Canada’s Indigenous constitution in action,’ say experts
Star Vancouver / Toronto Star / Star Edmonton

Jon Thompson
Portfolio entry
TVO Current Affairs

The finalists in the ENVIRONMENTAL AND CLIMATE CHANGE category are:

Charlotte Morritt-Jacobs
Youth Perspectives on Climate Change
APTN National News

Sarah Leavitt
The Disappearing Islands
CBC News – Montreal

Nicoletta Dini, Lama Farhat
Harbour Rising
The Signal / University of King’s College, Halifax

Marco Chown Oved
Undeniable: Life and Death Under the Dome
Toronto Star

Moira Welsh
Undeniable: When the hard rains fall
Toronto Star

The finalists in the STUDENT AWARD OF EXCELLENCE are:

Oscar Beardmore-GrayMelanie WoodsAnnie RueterRyan Patrick JonesAbi Hayward, Rehmatullah Sheikh, Dustin PatarMonique Rodrigues, Rithika Shenoy, Stephan Kroener
Hao Luo, Jonathan VenturaSebastian Romero TorresYuxian WangShumin WeiDandan Dong
The Fish You (Don’t Know You) Eat
Global Reporting Program, University of British Columbia / NBC Nightly Films

Alannah Page, Huyana Cyprien, Curtis Larson
Left in the Cold: Canada’s First Internment Camps
Mount Royal University / Calgary Journal

Sarah ChewKatie SwyersMartha CurrieStephanie Liu
RSJ Doc / Ryerson University

Trevor GreenKatie LiVartan BzdikianDaniel Drigo
To Die For
RSJ Doc / Ryerson University

Zak Vescera
Canvas is tracking your data. What is UBC doing with it?
The Ubyssey / University of British Columbia

*Judges had discretion to name between one and five finalists in each award category. There were a total 343 entries for the 2019 awards program.

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