CMA Announces Recipients of 2012 Media Awards for Health Reporting

Ottawa, Sept. 18, 2012 – The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) is proud today to announce the recipients of the 2012 Media Awards for Health, Canada’s premier health journalism awards.

“Each year, we are increasingly impressed with the quality of health-related journalism we see. Reporters show an incredible ability to cover emotional and complex topics in way that Canadians can understand, while also helping advance health policy in this country,” said Dr. Anna Reid, president of the CMA. “Once again, journalists have risen to the challenge of providing their audiences with insight into key issues affecting the lives of Canadians.”

The CMA Media Awards honour outstanding Canadian journalism that enhances understanding of health, the health care system and the role of health professionals. Independent panels of individuals with backgrounds in journalism, medicine and health care evaluated the entries, selecting winners in 11 categories from among close to 100 submissions. Reflecting current trends in health care and health coverage, four new categories were added this year: digital media, emerging health issues and multicultural and international health reporting.

Entries were evaluated on fairness and balance, timeliness, insight, impact, and writing/production quality.

The 2012 Media Award for Health Reporting recipients are:

The Michelle Lang Award for Excellence in Print Reporting – In-depth feature article 
Lisa Priest
Globe and Mail – End of lifeSpecial mention
Janet French
The StarPhoenix – The lost children; dental issues plague northern families
Excellence in Health Reporting – Print (Large market) 
Sharon Kirkey
Postmedia News – Who will stop the pain? Canada’s silent epidemic of suffering
Excellence in Health Reporting – Print (Mid-size market) 
Louisa Taylor
Ottawa Citizen – Unhealthy welcome: Why Canada is hazardous to their health
Excellence in Health Reporting – Television news 
Dany Croussette, Michel Rochon, Patrick André Perron, Gilles Turcotte, Ronald jr Roy, Normand Bourget
Radio-Canada – L’état d’urgence Special mention  
Kelly Crowe, Melanie Nagy, David MacIntosh
CBC News – Frozen eggs trade
Excellence in Health Reporting – Television in-depth reporting 
Joseph Loiero, Terence McKenna, Gil Shochat, Alex Shprintsen
CBC News, The National – Fatal deceptionSpecial mention
Lucy Van Oldenbarneveld, Jennifer Beard
CBC News – Kathleen Petty interview
Excellence in Health Reporting – Radio 
Alison Motluk, Jim Handman, Bob McDonald
CBC Radio, Quirks & Quarks – Cheating the clockSpecial mention
Carol Off, Jeff Douglas, Kevin Robertson, David McDougall
CBC Radio, As it Happens – Refugee health changes
Excellence in Local Health Reporting – Print and broadcast
Sonja Koenig, Kate Kyle, Sara Minogue, Joanne Stassen
CBC North – Cancer: A northern journeySpecial mention
Heather Rivers
Woodstock Sentinel Review – The sad truth : Prescription drug use
Excellence in Emerging Health Care Issue – Print and broadcast
Jennifer Tryon
Global National News – Attawapiskat housing crisisSpecial mention
Jennifer Tryon
Global National News – Refugee health cuts
Excellence in Multicultural Health Reporting – Print and broadcast 
Sudha Krishnan
OMNI Television – Diabetes – Fighting a leading killer in the South Asian community
The Norman Bethune Award for Excellence in International Health Reporting – Print and broadcast 
Tanya Springer, Joan Webber, Pam Bertrand CBC Radio 1, The Current – Of mothers and merchantsSpecial mention
Dominique Forget
L’actualité – La peste blanche est de retour
Excellence in Digital Health Reporting 
Julia Belluz – Science-ish on evidence-based health policies

“This year’s nominees were of exceptional quality. I offer my thanks to the judges for making the tough choices and my congratulations to the winners for their excellent coverage of what can be a challenging field,” said Dr. Reid.

The CMA Media Award winners will be honoured at a gala celebration on Oct. 17, 2012, at the Château Laurier inOttawa. Tickets may be purchased online at

For further information:

Lucie Boileau
Canadian Medical Association
Tel: 613-731-8610 ext. 1266
Cell: 613-447-0866  Email: [email protected]


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