Global News has been honoured with a total of 13 RTDNA 2015 Network Awards for its television and online news coverage.
RTDNA Canada, the Association of Electronic Journalists, honours the best journalists, programs, stations and newsgathering organizations in radio, television and digital annually.
Chief Political Correspondent Tom Clark was also honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award at a gala ceremony in Toronto Saturday night.
The 2015 federal election saw the dramatic defeat of the Harper Conservatives, as Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party painted much of the nation red. Globalnews.ca and Global National both picked up awards for their coverage.
The Charlie Edwards Award for Spot News — Globalnews.ca covered election night minute-by-minute, with in-depth look at both triumph and defeat as poll results came in from coast to coast. With live pages profiling each of the 338 ridings, voters were provided everything they needed to know to make an informed decision.
The Gord Sinclair Award, Live Special Events — Dawna Friesen and Tom Clark led Global National’s live television special, Decision Canada: 2015 Election. The hours-long broadcast featured commentary from special guests and Global National reporters embedded at each leader’s headquarters.
Rod Laidlaw Award, Continuing Coverage – Global National with Dawna Friesen’s coverage of the tragic Paris attacks in November offered viewers the raw emotion from the French capital in the days following the attacks. The coverage profiled the aftermath of the senseless violence, the raids and manhunt for suspects and the resilience of the people.
Dave Rogers Award, Short Feature (TV) – Coping with life after war can be a challenge for many veterans. Global National’s Jeff Semple revealed how creativity can be an outlet with his feature, Afghanistan veterans find healing in their creative sides.
Dan McArthur Award, In-depth/Investigative — 16×9’s explosive investigation Under Fire explored the Moncton RCMP shootings and whether officers were ready for the call.
The RCMP pleaded not guilty to four Labour Code charges stemming from the June 2014 shooting rampage last month. The charges followed an investigation into whether the Mounties had the proper equipment and training to deal with active shooter situations.
Data Storytelling Award – The stunning beauty of British Columbia, with its towering mountains and deep clear lakes, can also lend itself to treacherous highways hugging the landscape. Global News BC detailed the most deadly of B.C.’s highways, with an interactive chart, infographic and map providing a visual perspective to the trove of data.
Sports Award, Large Market – An oral history of the Vancouver Grizzlies, Global News BC’s ode to the West Coast’s NBA team from 1995 to 2001, reveals a bittersweet history. With 101 wins and 359 losses, the team holds the worst six-year record of any team in NBA history. Yet the team’s legacy lives on, remembered fondly by former players, staff and fans.
Dave Rogers Award, Long Feature – After 100 years, Vancouver’s St. Paul’s Hospital is set to close and be rebuilt; Global News BC took an in-depth look at the heath centre’s past, present and future in its Transforming healthcare: St. Paul’s hospital feature.
Adrienne Clarkson Award, Diversity – Global Calgary report Jill Croteau’s report on the Witness Blanket, an art project commemorating and bringing to light the tragic history of Canada’s residential schools, digs deep into the system’s painful past.
Gord Sinclair Award, Live Special Events – After 12 straight majorities, Albertans had clearly had enough of the Progressive Conservatives running the province; the NDP led by Rachel Notley swept to power. Global News Calgary’s award-winning live coverage, Decision Alberta 2015, included work from employees of both Global News Edmonton and Global News Lethbridge.
Ron Laidlaw Award, Continuing Coverage – Shocking videos brought to light the abuse some Calgary taxi drivers face on the job. Global Calgary’s exclusive, ongoing coverage – which prompted RCMP to reopen one case – explored workplace abuse and hate crimes in the city.
Sam Ross Award – Editorial / Commentary — Former Alberta premier Jim Prentice started a firestorm with his words on the province’s economic turmoil, that “in terms of who is responsible, we all need only look in the mirror.” Bob Layton’s editorial for Global Edmonton explored how the words struck a nerve with Albertans, grappling with economic uncertainty as the price of oil plummeted and unemployment rates soared.