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Posted by Belinda Alzner on January 14, 2013

Student journalists from across the country were in Toronto last week for Canadian University Press’ 75th annual national conference, which included Saturday evening’s John H. McDonald Journalism Awards.

The awards, which have been given out in this capacity since 2003, are open to student newspapers across the country.

Among the big winners this year, Concordia University’s The Link took home four of the Johnnies’ 14 awards, and a number of honourable mentions as well. Le Délit, McGill’s Francophone student paper, swept the French categories, and Wilfrid Laurier University’s The Cord was another multiple winner, taking home Sports Writing and Graphics, along with some honourable mentions as well.

The full list of winners is below:


News Writing Category:

Finalist: B.C. forests in dire need of restocking by Julie McIntosh, The Martlet

Finaist: Small town GGI: the Carré Rouge where there is no university by Colin Harris, The Link

Winner: A pioneering program for education in refugee camps by Arno Rosenfeld, The Ubyssey


French News Category:

Presented by: Geraud Le Carduner

Finaliste: Les déboires des Partenariats Public-Privé par Nicolas Quiazua et Laurent Bastien, Le Délit

Finaliste: Le Doyen des Arts propose la révision du Code du Conduite de l’Étudiant par Camille Gris Roy, Le Délit

Gagnant: Mourir contre la peine de mort par Mathilde Michaud, Le Délit


Arts Writing Category:

Sponsored by: Amber Webb-Bowerman Memorial Foundation

Presented by: Shelby Blackley

Finalist: Humour as defiance by Hillary Pasternak, The McGill Daily

Finalist: Superheroes, comics, and your childhood self by Kevin Hatch, The Cord

Winner: The psychobilly and the sitar by Colin Harris, The Link


French Arts Category:

Presented by: Geraud Le Carduner

Finalist: Entre images et sons par Anne Pouzargues, Le Délit

Finalist: L’identité à fleur de peau par Mathilde Michaud, Le Délit

Gagnant: Les rues ont des oreilles par Anselme Le Texier, Le Délit


Sports Writing Category:

Presented by: Shelby Blackley

Finalist: Confessions of an injured athlete by Madeleine Cummings, The McGill Daily

Finalist: Should fighting be allowed in CIS hockey? By Kaan Eraslan, The Ubyssey

Winner: When hits to the head hit close to home by Kevin Campbell, The Cord


Diversity Writing Category:

Sponsored by: CWA/SCA

Presented by: Dave Bosveld

Finalist: Controversial Art Creates Cultural Conversation by Taylor Rocca, The Omega

Finalist: Where are the gender-neutral bathrooms? By Oliver Leon, The Link

Winner: Fat happiness: is it wrong to be fat? By Ljudmila Petrovic, The Peak


Features Category:

Sponsored by: Spundge

Subscription given by: The Walrus

Presented by: Shelby Blackley

Finalist: Homeless on Purpose by Kate McGillivray, The McGill Daily

Finalist: Travers Roy Wimble: 1928-2012 by Justin McElroy and Laura Rodgers, The Ubyssey

Winner: Taken for a ride by Riley Sparks, The Link



French Features:

Sponsored by: CWA/SCA

Presented by: Geraud Le Carduner

Gagnant: La dépression étudiante par Fanny Devaux, Le Délit


Labour Category:

Sponsored by: CWA/SCA

Presented by: Katherine Lapointe

Finalist: Why high school students walking out gives me hope by Mick Sweetman, The Dialog

Finalist: This is all we have to give you by Riley Sparks, The Link

Winner: You’re an open (Face)book by Jeff Lagerquist and Sarah Del Giallo, The Eyeopener


Opinion Writing Category:

Sponsored by: rabble.ca

Presented by: Michelle Gregus

Finalist: Elections are not a solution by Kevin Paul, The McGill Daily

Finalist: From quarks to quirk: a critical look at science journalism by Shannon Palus and Anqi Zhang, The McGill Daily

Winner: That transexual guy by Oliver Leon, The Link


Humour Writing Category:

Sponsored by: The Albatross

Presented by: Ishmael Daro & John Morrison III

Finalist: Broad-based admissions should measure chillness, not quality of handshake by Bryce Warnes, The Ubyssey

Finalist: A university president responds to the World University Rankings by Jonny Wakefield, The Ubyssey

Winner: Dear Mother by Scott Moraes, The Capilano Courier


Layout/Design Category:

Sponsored by: Campus Plus

Presented by: Robert May

Finalist: Open Market by Ross Vincent, The Gateway

Finalist: Putting a Face to Homelessness by Lindsay Purchase, The Cord

Winner: Young, Fresh, Profesh by Kayla Watson, Interrobang


Graphics Category:

Sponsored by: Web Express

Presented by: Carl Turnbull& Byron Sheardown

Finalist: Showdown in the city: Can Anton or Robertson build a student-friendly Vancouver? By Indiana Joel, The Ubyssey

Finalist: The Quebec Question by Alex Manley and Paku Daoust-Cloutier, The Link

Winner: The Game of Laurier by Taylor Gayowsky, The Cord


Photography Category:

Sponsored by: NPAC

Presented by: Shelby Blackley

Finalist: Tommy Gossland jumps by Geoff Lister, The Ubyssey

Finalist: World’s biggest dodgeball game by Matt Hirji, The Gateway

Winner: Tipping Point by Sam Slotnick, The Link



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