RTNDA Canada announces 2006 Prairie Regional Award Recipients

May 12, 2007

REGINA, May 12 /CNW/ - RTNDA Canada - The Association of Electronic
Journalist has honoured the best in electronic journalism in the Prairie
region in 2006. RTNDA Canada presented the coveted RTNDA Awards at the
Association's annual Prairie Regional Professional Development Seminar.
This year RTNDA Canada created five new award categories to recognize
outstanding videography, use of sound, new media, information programming and
diversity.
The RTNDA "Diversity Tool Kit" which was released across the country in
January offers practical solutions to bring diversity to our stories and to
our newsrooms. To acknowledge those accomplishments RTNDA created a new
Diversity Award this year. Congratulations to Global Calgary and CBC
Saskatchewan for winning the inaugural awards in the Prairie region.
Twelve television and eight radio stations received a prestigious RTNDA
Canada Excellence in Broadcast Journalism award. Global stations in Saskatoon,
Calgary, Winnipeg and Regina took home four awards followed by CTV stations in
Calgary, Regina and Edmonton. Other winning stations included: CBC North;
CHAT; City TV Calgary; CBC Saskatchewan and Southwest TV News.
Radio winners included: Zed 99 in Red Deer and CBC North in the small
market category. Medium market winners include: News Talk 650 CKOM Saskatoon,
News Talk 980 Regina and CBC Radio Saskatchewan. The large market winners were
CBC Edmonton, 660 News Calgary and 630 CHED Edmonton.
"Congratulations to all the winners" said RTNDA Canada President Bob
McLaughlin. "This is an incredible accomplishment and it shows the outstanding
quality of journalism in Canada"
The Prairie Regional winners go on to compete for the RTNDA National
Awards to be presented at the RTNDA National Convention in Vancouver, BC on
June 23, 2007.

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The 2006 TELEVISION winners are:
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Bert Cannings Award - Best Newscast

- CBC North for CBC North, Northbeat - (Small Market)
- Global Saskatoon for Global Saskatoon News - Oct. 25, 2006 -
(Medium Market)
- Global Winnipeg for In Your Community - Assinobola - (Large
Market)

Charlie Edwards Award - Spot News

- CTV Calgary for Carseland Fire

Dan McArthur Award - In-depth/Investigative

- CTV Edmonton for Essays for Sale

Dave Rogers Award - Short Feature

- CHAT-TV for Newswatch - (Small Market)
- CTV Regina for In The Mead - (Medium Market)
- CityTV Calgary for Avalanche Reserve Dogs - (Large Market)

Dave Rogers Award - Long Feature

- CBC North for CBC Northbeat - (Small Market)
- CBC Saskatchewan for Miracles for Sale - (Medium Market)
- Global Television Winnipeg for Saving Grace The Harry Lehotsky
Story - (Large Market)

Gord Sinclair Award - Special Events

- Global Calgary for Decision Canada

Ron Laidlaw Award - Continuing Coverage

- CBC Saskatchewan for Spiritwood RCMP Shootings

Sam Ross Award - Editorial/Commentary

- CityTV Calgary for Get Over It "Leadership Contenders"

Best Videography Award

- Global Regina for Horse Guy

News Information Program Award

- CTV Regina for Calling Home

Best Use of New Media Award

- Southwest TV News for www.southwesttvnews.com

Diversity Award

- Global Calgary for Racism at the Door
- Global News Edmonton for Another World - (Honourable Mention)

The 2006 RADIO winners are:
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Byron MacGregor Award - Best Newscast

- Zed 99 for The 7 AM News - (Small Market)
- CBC Radio Saskatchewan for CBC Radio News July 31, 2006 - (Medium
Market)
- 660 News Calgary for Christmas Crunch and Fruitcake - (Large
Market)

Charlie Edwards Award - Spot News

News Talk 650 for In the Line of Duty: The Spiritwood Shootings

Dan McArthur Award - In-depth/Investigative

- 630 CHED for The Inside Story with Michelle Boden

Dave Rogers Award - Short Feature

- CBC Radio Edmonton for Oilers Pep Talk - (Large Market)

Dave Rogers Award - Long Feature

- CBC North Radio One for A Dream of a Fish - (Small Market)
- CBC Radio Saskatchewan for Guns, Drugs & Oil - (Medium Market)
- CBC Edmonton for "After The Genocide" Grant Gelinas - (Large
Market)

Ron Laidlaw Award - Continuing Coverage

- News Talk 980 CJME for Amber Alert

Sam Ross Award - Editorial/Commentary

- News Talk 980 CJME for The Wood File - Sexskatchewan

Best Use of Sound Award

- CBC North Radio One for A Dream of a Fish - Compilation

Information Program Award

- CBC Radio Saskatchewan for Morning Edition - Dagenais Arrest

Best Use of New Media Award

- CBC Saskatchewan Website for CBC Saskatchewan

Diversity Award

- CBC Radio Saskatchewan for As If Taxes
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RTNDA Canada is the voice of electronic journalists and news managers in
Canada. The members of RTNDA Canada recognize the responsibility of broadcast
journalists to promote and to protect the freedom to report independently
about matters of public interest and to present a wide range of expressions,
opinions and ideas. The RTNDA Canada Code of Ethics, adopted by the Canadian
Broadcast Standards Council, is used to measure fairness and accuracy in our
profession.

For further information: Sherry Denesha, Operations Manager, RTNDA Canada at (416) 756-2213 or email: sherry@rtndacanada.com


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