Goff Penny Awards


Congratulations to Molly Hayes and Katie May, the winners of the 23rd annual Goff Penny Memorial Prize for Young Journalists!

Circulation Over 25,000

MOLLY HAYES is a staff reporter at The Hamilton Spectator. A born and raised Hamiltonian, Molly returned to the city after graduating from Ryerson J-school in 2012. She won an Ontario Newspaper Award for general news feature writing in 2013 for her feature on the Hamilton’s notoriously seedy City Motor Hotel.

Hayes impressed the judges with her thorough and well researched articles covering the highly publicized Tim Bosma murder. Hayes found stories within the story—writing about the forensic anthropologist assigned to the case, the friend who became a spokesperson for the Bosma family, and the accused murderers' first months in jail. Her submission package also included an original e-book titled The Penniless Millionaire, about a Hamilton woman who won $10 million in a lottery and then lost it all on foolish spending.

Circulation 25,000 and Under

KATIE MAY began her journalism career as a high school student writing for the Cornwall Standard-Freeholder and has since chased meaningful stories from the East Coast to the Western Arctic. Five years out of j-school, she has put her University of King's College journalism/Canadian studies degree to use reporting and editing in four provinces and one territory across the country. She recently joined the Winnipeg Free Press newsroom.

The accomplished reporter/photographer submitted an impressive portfolio of work which included a poignant interview with the parents of a young man who was shot killed by a local police officer, an investigation into illegal suites in the Lethbridge area, a story on the plight of temporary foreign workers brought to Canada under a troubled federal government program, and a special report on high-school bullying.

Newspapers Canada would like to thank our judges, Joey Smith, News Editor at the Truro Daily News; Paul Harvey, Associate Managing Editor, Local News at the Calgary Herald; and Sylvia Stead, Public Editor at The Globe and Mail. We’d also like to thank all the young journalists who participated in this year’s competition.

Hayes and May will be awarded the Goff Penny Memorial Prizes at a special recognition luncheon on Thursday, May 29 during the INK+BEYOND newspaper conference in Charlottetown, PEI.


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 tkormann@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.