CBC journalists in Quebec take home 6 national RTDNA awards

The RTDNA Canada awards recognize journalistic excellence in individual reporting, as well as for programs and stations across radio, television and digital platforms. In 2017, CBC Montreal was recognized for breaking news, for best overall website, for best podcast — and for a TV feature on the far-right group La Meute.

Coverage of 2017 Quebec Mosque attack, Montreal spring floods earn top honours for breaking news

Journalists Sean Henry and Jonathan Montpetit collect CBC Montreal's 6 national RTDNA awards in Toronto May 26, 2018. (CBC)

CBC teams in Quebec have taken home six national awards, including three for breaking news, from the Canadian Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA).

The RTDNA awards pay tribute to the best journalists and news-gathering organizations on radio, television and digital platforms across Canada.

The awards were handed out in Toronto Saturday evening.

Veteran political journalist and CBC broadcaster Bernard St-Laurent was also honoured Friday by the RTDNA with a lifetime achievement award.

Best large-market website

CBC Montreal's web team won four awards for its digital coverage.

That includes winning, for the third time in four years, the Digital Media Award for best large-market website in Canada.
Montrealers Christelle Saint-Julien, Myriam Keyloun, Peter Wong, Christine Zachary-Deom talked about their Montreal roots as part of an interactive project for the city's 375th anniversary. This project contributed to a win for CBC Montreal as best overall large-market website. (CBC)

CBC Montreal strives to make every visit to the website an engaging and informative experience, exemplified by these five projects that explored new, innovative and mobile-first approaches to elevate our storytelling and journalism in 2017.

Breaking news: Quebec City mosque attacked

In the 24 hours that followed the deadly shooting at the Quebec Mosque, CBC's digital team published more than a dozen stories, continually updated, on the attack.

We produced social videos, streamed live events, hosted a live blog and delivered varied content on multiple platforms. Our first, breaking story garnered 2.8 million page views.

Because CBC Quebec had already fostered a relationship with the city's Muslim community, we could immediately tell the story of that community's insecurity in the face of Islamophobia. 

For our coverage, CBC.ca won the Charlie Edwards Award for best network coverage of a breaking news event.

Breaking news: Flood strikes Montreal

CBC Montreal won two more Charlie Edwards Awards for breaking news, for our coverage on the web and on radio.

When flood waters submerged Montreal's West Island and suburban communities in May, 2017, CBC Montreal was a live, reliable and important source of information for people — many of whom were forced from their homes with a bag and a cell phone.
CBC Montreal's award-winning coverage of the civil security emergency on Sunday, May 7, 2017, as spring floodwaters continued to rise on the Ottawa River, the Rivière des Prairies and elsewhere. 30:10
Pierrefonds-Roxboro workers were ordered to destroy sandbags days before flooding, leaving the borough scrambling when flood waters rose overnight, forcing the evacuation of dozens of homes. (Sudha Krishnan/CBC)

Best podcast

CBC also picked up the national RTDNA award for best podcast for Montreapolis

(Illustration by Pat Hamou)

Co-produced by Carrie Haber and Sara DuBreuil and hosted by journalist Steve Rukavina, the series presented candid conversations with Montrealers from across the city's ever-evolving landscape, each offering their unique perspective on life in today's Montreal.

Inside La Meute wins short TV feature

In the weeks prior to the deadly shooting at a Quebec City mosque, CBC Montreal journalist Jonathan Montpetit completed a series entitled Inside Quebec's far right, based on exclusive access to a shadowy network of extremist groups.
CBC Montreal's feature video offers a behind-the-scenes look at Quebec's largest far-right group. 4:15

Montpetit's continuing coverage and this four-minute exclusive report earned him the national Dave Rogers award in the television category for best short feature.

The feature — Out of the Shadows: Inside La Meute — was co-produced by social media editor Molly Kohli.

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