Jennifer Pagliaro from the Toronto Star and Katie May Lethbridge Herald have been selected as the two recipients of the 22nd annual Hon. Edward Goff Penny Memorial Prize for Young Canadian Journalists.
In the over 25,000 circulation class, 23-year-old Jennifer Pagliaro from the Toronto Star impressed the judges with her diverse coverage of breaking news both at home and internationally. Pagliaro’s submissions included an article about off-roading through Uganda to interview beekeepers, an emotional piece on the burden faced by Canadian families coping with mental illness, and a human-interest story about at-risk youth dealing with complex crime and social concerns in their Toronto community.
Judges selected Katie May from the Lethbridge Herald in Alberta as the winner in the 25,000 and under circulation category. The 25-year-old reporter/photographer submitted a series of investigative articles tackling a number of issues affecting the local area. May interviewed community members devastated by a local fire, reported on the aftermath of a police college cancellation, and was the first reporter to uncover a mistake made by the Lethbridge police force during a marijuana bust.
The judging, which was based on works published in 2012, was performed by three experienced industry representatives selected by Newspapers Canada.
Pagliaro and May will be awarded the Goff Penny Memorial Prizes at the World Press Freedom Day luncheon on Friday, May 3 during the INK+BEYOND newspaper conference in Ottawa.
About the winners:
Jennifer Pagliaro is a Toronto Star reporter currently covering crime. She graduated with a Bachelor of Journalism from Carleton University where she fell in love with newspapers and reporting at The Charlatan.
She has previously worked for The Globe and Mail, the Ottawa Citizen and the Canadian Press.
Katie May began working as a newspaper reporter when she was 17 years old, starting with a high school placement at her hometown daily in Cornwall, Ont. The thrill of uncovering and sharing people's stories gripped her and wouldn't let go, so she travelled across Canada in pursuit of the craft. She's worked in three provinces and one territory, from the East Coast to the Arctic to the Prairies.
In 2009, Katie graduated from the University of King's College in Halifax with a combined honours degree in Journalism and Canadian Studies. She has been with the Lethbridge Herald since June 2011. This is her first national journalism award.
About the Goff Penny Memorial Prizes for Young Journalists
The Edward Goff Penny Memorial Prizes for Young Canadian Journalists were established in 1991 at the bequest of the estate of the late Arthur G. Penny, grandson of Edward Goff Penny. The first awards were presented in 1992.
Arthur G. Penny, a former newspaper editor in the early 1920s with the old Quebec Chronicle and later a Quebec civil servant, died in 1963. In his last will and testament, he left provisions that, upon the death of his wife and son, two prizes for young journalists should be established in memory of his grandfather, Edward Goff Penny.
The Hon. Edward Goff Penny rose from the position of reporter at the Montreal Herald in the late 1800s to editor and publisher. He was the first president of the Parliamentary Press Gallery in Ottawa and in 1874 became the first newspaper reporter to be appointed to the Senate.
In keeping with the terms of the bequest, the annual awards offer cash prizes to two individuals working or writing for daily newspapers in two circulation classes: under 25,000 and 25,000 and over. Prize money is $1,500 for each category. Competitors are required to submit four (4) editorial articles published during the 2012 calendar year. Entrants must be between the ages of 20 and 25 at the time of publication in order to be eligible for consideration.
Click here for complete rules and entry forms from the 2012 competition»
For more information about the Goff Penny Memorial Prizes for Young Journalists please contact Jessica Napier at email@example.com.
Under 25,000 circulation:
- 1991 - Paul Grant, Peterborough (ON) Examiner
- 1992 - Nicole Adams, Prince Albert (SK) Daily Herald
- 1993 - Cheryl Belzner, Chatham (ON) Daily News
- 1994 - Sean Silcoff, Cornwall (ON) Standard-Freeholder
- 1995 - Sean Silcoff, Cornwall (ON) Standard-Freeholder
- 1996 - Steve Walters, Simcoe (ON) Reformer
- 1997 - Rachel Evans, Lloydminster Daily Times
- 1998 - Kalvin Reid, The Simcoe Reformer (ON)
- 1999 - Cherri Greeno, Woodstock Sentinel-Review (ON)
- 2000 - Amanda Thibeault, The Simcoe Reformer (ON)
- 2001 - Karen Snider, Peterborough Examiner (ON)
- 2002 - Lee Berthiaume, Woodstock Sentinel-Review (ON)
- 2003 - Deirdre Healey, Woodstock Sentinel-Review (ON)
- 2004 - Matthew Van Dongen, The Standard
- 2005 - Greg Mercer, Guelph Mercury (ON)
- 2006 - Elisabeth Johns, Cornwall Standard-Freeholder
- 2007 - Rachel Mendleson, The Daily News
- 2008 - Corina Milic, Sault Star
- 2009 - Nicole O'Reilly, The Guelph Mercury
- 2010 - None
- 2011 - None
- 2012 - Katie May, Lethbridge Herald
Over 25,000 circulation:
- 1991 - Susanne Craig, Windsor (ON) Star
- 1992 - Carolyn Abraham, Ottawa (ON) Citizen
- 1993 - Carolyn Abraham, Ottawa Citizen
- 1994 - Shawn Ohler, Edmonton (Alta) Journal
- 1995 - Shawn Ohler, Edmonton (Alta) Journal, and Elena Cherney, Montreal (QC) Gazette
- 1996 - Elena Cherney, Montreal (QC) Gazette
- 1997 - Michelle Shephard, The Toronto Star
- 1998 - Luiza Chwialkowska, National Post (ON)
- 1999 - Chris Jones, National Post
- 2000 - Luiza Chwialkowska, National Post
- 2001 - Aaron Sands, Ottawa Citizen
- 2002 - Graeme Smith, The Globe and Mail
- 2003 - Joseph Brean, National Post
- 2004 - Greg McArthur
- 2005 - Caroline Touzin, LaPresse
- 2006 - Katie Lewis, Ottawa Citizen
- 2007 - Omar El Akkad, The Globe and Mail
- 2008 - James Bradshaw, The Globe and Mail
- 2009 - Daniel Dale, Toronto Star
- 2010 - Daniel Dale, Toronto Star
- 2011 - Jesse McLean, Toronto Star
- 2012 - Jennifer Pagliaro, Toronto Star