Goff Penny Awards

Newspapers Canada is pleased to announce that Eric Andrew-Gee and Alex Migdal have been named the winners of the 24th annual Goff Penny Memorial Prizes for Young Journalists!

Circulation Over 25,000

Eric Andrew-Gee, Staff Reporter, Toronto Star.

Eric has been a general assignment reporter at the Toronto Star since June 2014.  Previously, he was an editor at Maisonneuve Magazine in Montreal, and an intern at The New Republic in Washington, D.C. He has been published in Canadian Art, The Walrus, and Toronto Life, and been nominated for two National Magazine Awards. Eric graduated from McGill University in May 2014.

Eric impressed the judges with his well-researched and unique feature on the video of the highly publicized Sammy Yatim death by police shooting. His unique angle of creating a biography of the video coupled with interviewing the major parties involved enabled him to demonstrate the importance of the video to the case. His submission package also included a piece titled “TTC in 18,000 crashes since 2009” which shed light on the alarming number of crashes by Toronto Transit Commission buses, streetcars and Wheel-Trans vehicles between 2009 and 2013.

Click here to view Eric Andrew-Gee’s winning stories

Circulation 25,000 and Under

Alex Migdal, former staff reporter, Guelph Mercury.

Alex is an Edmonton-based journalist and a soon-to-be graduate of the English and FilmStudies program at the University of Alberta. He began his journalism career at his campus newspaper, The Gateway, where he served as news editor and multimedia editor. He has since done reporting stints at the Guelph Mercury, Edmonton Journal and the Edmonton bureau of The Canadian Press. Alex was nominated for a 2015 Ontario Newspaper Award for novice reporting for his work at the Mercury.

Alex earned the judges’ praises for his health-lifestyle reporting piece titled “Guelph doctor goes against the grain with low-carb diet.” In his story he captures Dr. Anna Issakoff-Meller’s mission and her passion to help change the way the community eats by encouraging a low-carb diet. Other stories submitted included a piece on the 20th anniversary of the fatal Guelph car crash that sparked the creation of Ontario’s graduated licensing program.

Click here to view Alex Migdal’s winning stories

Newspapers Canada would like to thank the judges, Carl Fleming, managing editor at the Cape Breton Post, Clint Harris, publisher and general manager at The Chronicle-Journal and Margo Goodhand, editor in chief at The Edmonton Journal. We’d also like to thank all the young journalists who participated in this year’s competition.

Both winners will be awarded the Goff Penny Memorial Prizes at a luncheon on Friday, May 22, during the Newspaper’s Canada’s National Conference in Toronto, ON.

Contest Information:

Rules of Entry and Judging Criteria
Entry Form
Previous Winners

For more information about the Goff Penny Memorial Prizes for Young Journalists please contact Taylor Kormann at awards@newspaperscanada.ca


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 2014 calendar year. Entrants must be between the ages of 20 and 25 at the time of publication in order to be eligible for consideration.