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Global Edmonton nominated for 8 RTDNA Awards

RTDNA logo. File / Global News

Global Edmonton has been nominated for eight Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) Awards in the Prairie region.

RTDNA Canada Awards honour the best journalists, programs, stations and newsgathering organizations in radio, television and digital platforms. The Prairie region awards finalists were announced on Tuesday.

Below are the eight nominations for Global Edmonton’s 2016 content, with three in the digital category and five in the television category.

Digital category:

Charlie Edwards Award – Spot News: Fort McMurray wildfire

Ron Laidlaw Award – Continuing Coverage: Fort McMurray wildfire

In May 2016, wildfires forced about 80,000 residents of the Fort McMurray area to flee their homes. The blaze destroyed over 2,400 homes and other buildings and became one of the worst natural disasters in Canadian history. It was also the most expensive disaster in the country’s history for insurance providers. Global News provided extensive coverage of the state of emergency and its aftermath as the community, in the heart of Alberta’s oilsands, continues to rebuild to this day.

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Read some of the stories below:
All of Fort McMurray evacuated as wildfire intensifies
Fort McMurray wildfire: Residents take to social media as situation intensifies
Fort McMurray wildfire: Where to go if you’ve been evacuated

Watch some of the videos from Global News’ Fort McMurray wildfire coverage below:

Digital Media Award (Large Market): Family Matters

In 2016, Global Edmonton launched the parenting segment Family Matters. It was meant to look at everything from sex ed to screen time and picky eating.

Read about some of the stories below:
Family Matters: an update on stories that resonated with you

View one of the Family Matters videos below:
Click to play video: 'Family Matters celebrates a year of stories that matter to parents' Family Matters celebrates a year of stories that matter to parents
Family Matters celebrates a year of stories that matter to parents – Feb 21, 2017

Television category:

Adrienne Clarkson Award – Diversity: Brotherly Love

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Quinn Phillips is nominated for her telling of a love story between two brothers that has grown through the love of their sport. She reported on the Vriend brothers, a pair of MacEwan Griffins with two different but equally important roles.

Watch the story below:

Click to play video: 'Brotherly love grows through the love of sport' Brotherly love grows through the love of sport
Brotherly love grows through the love of sport – Mar 7, 2016

Bert Cannings Award – Best Newscast (Large Market): Fort McMurray wildfire

Charlie Edwards Award – Spot News: Fort McMurray wildfire

Ron Laidlaw Award – Continuing Coverage: Fort McMurray wildfire

Watch below: Global News thanks the people of Fort McMurray for sharing their stories with grace and courage, and helping our crews cover the wildfire.

Click to play video: 'Global News thanks the people of Fort McMurray' Global News thanks the people of Fort McMurray
Global News thanks the people of Fort McMurray – May 13, 2016

Sam Ross Award – Editorial / Commentary: Life School

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Bob Layton is nominated for his Sept. 23 editorial in which he looked at the separation of elderly Alberta couples, including how he would feel if he was separated from his wife.

Watch Bob Layton’s editorial below:

Click to play video: 'Bob Layton looks at the separation of elderly Alberta couples' Bob Layton looks at the separation of elderly Alberta couples
Bob Layton looks at the separation of elderly Alberta couples – Sep 23, 2016

The Prairie region awards will be handed out on April 29 in Calgary.

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