June 7, 2014 9:04 pm

Global News picks up 11 RTDNA awards

TORONTO – Global News has won 11 National and Network RTDNA (Radio and Television Digital News Association) awards, the most among Canadian broadcasters.

The awards hailed Global News for its coverage on issues ranging from the 2013 Alberta flooding to an in-depth look at epilepsy and the medical efforts to understand, treat and explain the disorder that affects one in every 100 Canadians.

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“These awards represent the success of the diligence, passion, and dedication from our news teams across the country,” said Troy Reeb, senior VP of news and station operations. “We’re honoured to be recognized by industry leaders for our outstanding achievements in broadcast.”

The awards were presented at the RTDNA annual gala in Toronto Saturday.

The big winner Saturday was Global Calgary after taking home three national awards, including the Bert Cannings Award for Best Newscast and Charlie Edwards Award for Spot News for their coverage of the 2013 Alberta floods. In addition, their story The Africa Project: From Canada to Sierra Leone, won the Adrienne Clarkson Award  for diversity.

The work of Global News’ online reporting was also recognized, with Globalnews.ca seizing the Digital Media Award for their feature, Crude Awakening, an investigative piece on Canada’s oil industry.

“This award recognizes the importance of data journalism at Global News, and its ability to generate investigative storytelling that hits home with Canadians,” said Ron Waksman, senior director of online news and current affairs. “We are fortunate that some of the top data journalists in the country work in our newsrooms.”

Global Toronto and Global Regina both added two awards, with Toronto’s story First Person winning the Dave Rogers Award for Long Feature, and their Focus Ontario: Inside Epilepsy special winning the Trina McQueen Award for News Information Program. Global Regina’s features Saskatchewan Comic Culture and Restored Memories were also winners this evening.

Global’s investigative program 16×9 was honoured with the Adrienne Clarkson Award for their story Gender Identity. And Global National took home the Gord Sinclair Live Special Events Award for in-depth coverage of the Alberta Floods, helmed by anchor and executive editor Dawna Friesen.

Below is a full list of Global’s RTDNA awards.

RTDNA National Awards:

Trina McQueen – News Information Program
Global Toronto
Focus Ontario: Inside Epilepsy

Dave Rogers – Long Feature
Global Toronto
First Person

Charlie Edwards – Spot News
Global Calgary
Alberta Floods 2013: Flash Floods Day 1

Adrienne Clarkson – Diversity
Global Calgary
The Africa Project: From Canada to Sierra Leone

Bert Cannings – Best Newscast
Global Calgary (Large Market)
Alberta Floods 2013: State of Emergency

Sport Award
Global Edmonton
Esks Kitchen

Hugh Haugland – Creative Use of Video
Global Regina
Saskatchewan Comic Culture

Dave Rogers – Short Feature
Global Regina
Restored Memories

RTDNA Network Awards:

Digital Media Award
Global News
Crude Awakening

Gord Sinclair Award
Global National
Alberta Floods Special

Adrienne Clarkson – Diversity
16×9
Gender Identity

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