April 5, 2014 7:34 pm

Global Toronto picks up 3 RTDNA awards

WATCH: (Apr. 5, 2014) Mark McAllister led the global charge to three regional awards and Allison Vuchnich won the Adrienne Clarkson Award for her series “Diversity: Our Canada.”

TORONTO – Global News in Toronto has won three Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) awards, including two for a deeply personal and compelling story about one our own who lives with epilepsy.

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Global Toronto has been honoured with the Dave Rogers Award for a long feature in a large market, the Trina McQueen Award for best television news information program and the Adrienne Clarkson Award for diversity.

“The RTDNA awards underline what our audience has come to expect of our Global News team – exceptional storytelling and journalism that reflects the way we experience Toronto,” news director Dave Trafford said. “It’s a commitment we make every day.”

Dave Rogers Award – Long Feature – Large Market

First Person

First person was a story by reporter Mark McAllister delving into his life after being diagnosed with epilepsy.  He was diagnosed in 2011 after he had a seizure while reporting the news.

He was reporting live on Ottawa’s effort in Libya when he stumbled on his words, forming incoherent sentences.  Doctors later told him he had a seizure.

In the story, McAllister talks about the seizure, his diagnosis and how his life has changed as a result.

Trina McQueen Award – Television News Information Program

Inside Epilepsy: A Focus Ontario Special

McAllister’s story was just one of a series Global News produced as part of Inside Epilepsy, a 30-minute special edition of Focus Ontario. The special featured five stories including Mark’s, as well as treatment options, a Toronto woman’s crusade to shed light on the diagnosis and programs that offer support for those living with epilepsy.

The series has been honoured before, being awarded the H.O.P.E. (Helping Out People with Epilepsy) award, and nominated for a Canadian Screen Award.

Adrienne Clarkson Award – Diversity

Our Canada

The Our Canada series by Allison Vuchnich aired in the days leading up to Canada Day in 2013 and feature the stories of several new Canadians coming to Canada. Among the stories is a profile of Grace, an immigrant to Canada who credits the country with saving her life – more than once

The 2014 RTDNA Central Region Awards ceremony, co-hosted by Global Toronto’s Leslie Roberts, was held at the north campus of Humber College Saturday afternoon.

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