April 20, 2013 3:00 pm

An award-winning week for Global Toronto

TORONTO – Global News in Toronto has been recognized once again for exemplary journalism winning four RTDNA Edward R. Murrow awards and three RTDNA Central Region Awards this week.

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The RTDNA Central Region Awards, honouring the best programs, stations and news organizations in radio, television and digital media, were handed out at a luncheon in Toronto Saturday afternoon. Global Toronto won the Bert Cannings Award – Best Newscast for coverage of the Danzig St. shooting last July, which left two people dead and dozens injured, along with the Dan McArthur Award  and the Digital Media Award for in-depth, investigative coverage on the serious structural problems along the Gardiner Expressway.

“These awards are named after pioneers and innovators of our industry, and some of them were the founders of our association more than fifty years ago,” said RTDNA Canada President Ian Koenigsfest. “We’re pleased to continue celebrating excellence in electronic and digital journalism. Our founders would be proud of the quality of award winning local news coverage today.”

Earlier in the week Global Toronto took home four RTDNA Edward R. Murrow awards including Best Newscast for coverage of the Danzig St. shooting, Continuing Coverage for the Gardiner Expressway series Trouble OverheadBest use of sound/video for a profile of tightrope walker Jay Cochrane that avoided using any narration and allowed Cochrane’s stunts tell their own story, and Best writing for Dave Gerry’s  profile on Toronto-based artist “whistling” Eduardo Gaya.

“For more than 40 years, the Edward R. Murrow Award has honoured the best of electronic journalism,” said Mike Cavender, Executive Director of RTDNA. “This year’s winners represent the outstanding work being done in local newsrooms, which we are proud to recognize.”

Edward R. Murrow was an American newscaster who led a charge against McCarthyism in the 1950s. During his lifetime Murrow was honoured with numerous awards including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, seven Emmy awards, and three Peabody awards.

“Our audience expects excellence from us day in and day out” said Global Toronto News Director Dave Trafford. “These awards make it clear our broadcast and online journalists deliver on that promise.”

Global News in Winnipeg was also honoured with an Edward R. Murrow award for its online coverage of a fire at Speedway International.

Best Newscast/Bert Cannings Award: Toronto in the Crossfire

Global News broadcasted live from the scene after the Danzig Street shooting that left two people dead and dozens injured.

Continuing coverage/Dan McArthur Award – In-depth/Investigative/Digital Media Award: Gardiner: Trouble Overhead

Utilizing freedom of information requests, Global News broke the news about serious structural problems along the length of the Gardiner Expressway.

Best use of sound/video: Jay Cochrane

A profile of a tightrope walker Jay Cochrane, this story avoided the narration of a reporter and allowed Cochrane’s stunts to tell their own story.

Best writing: Whistling Eduardo

Dave Gerry won the best writing award for his story profiling Toronto-based artist “whistling” Eduardo Gaya.

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