CBC Montreal, Quebec receive 27 nominations for RTDNA journalism awards

CBC journalists in Montreal and Quebec City have received a total of 27 nominations for their work in 2016 from RTDNA Canada, the Association of Electronic Journalists.

Nominations include CBC Montreal's station-wide Real Talk on Race project, coverage of Richard Bain trial

CBC Montreal's coverage of the fire that destroyed the historic Robillard Building is nominated for Spot Coverage on both digital and television platforms. (Radio-Canada)

CBC's English-language journalists in Montreal and Quebec have received a total of 27 award nominations for their work in 2016 from RTDNA Canada, the Association of Electronic Journalists.

The RTDNA awards recognize journalistic excellence in individual reporting, as well as for programs and stations across radio, television and digital platforms.

"As our industry continues to weather a bombardment from many fronts, it is crucial to pause, regroup and celebrate outstanding Canadian journalism," said RTDNA Canada's president, Ian Koenigsfest, in announcing the finalists for Quebec and Ontario.

"All finalists should be proud of the exceptional work they have submitted for the RTDNA's prestigious awards; our industry is stronger because of them."

Jonathan Montpetit's analysis pieces, including one on P.K. Subban (above), Ron MacLean and hockey's culture wars, won the Sam Ross award for best editorial or commentary. (Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

The number of nominations in a single year is a new record for CBC in Quebec, which received 26 nominations last year.

CBC's teams in Montreal and Quebec City went on to win five regional awards and two at the national level.

 "We're constantly striving to break stories and give the most complete coverage of breaking news, and to tell Quebecers' stories in an understandable and compassionate way," said managing editor Helen Evans. "So it's great to get the recognition of such an impressive number of nominations."

Sazini Nzula with her sons, 6-year-old Jayden and 9-year-old Ethan, who both have autism, were featured in one of Shari Okeke's contributions to our multi-platform project, Real Talk on Race. (Shari Okeke)

    Digital nominations

    CBC Montreal has received 10 nominations for its digital reporting:

    In the category of Diversity:

    In the category of Spot News:  

    In the category of Data Storytelling: 

    The Sûreté du Québec serves more than 2.5 million people, however, fewer than one per cent of its officers are not Caucasian. (Sûreté du Québec)

    In the category of Digital Media, large market:

    In the category of Continuing Coverage:

    ​In the category of Editorial/Commentary:

    In the category of Live Special Events:

    In the category of Sports Feature Reporting: 

    John Elias has a collection of baseball memorabilia he hopes to eventually put on display. Elias is featured in Kamila Hinkson's story, which won the RTDNA digital award for Sports Feature Reporting. (Charles Contant/CBC)

    Radio nominations

    For its radio coverage, CBC Montreal received eight nominations, and CBC Quebec City received four:

    In the category of Diversity:

    Nina Segalowitz's birth mother had all her seven children taken away from her. Nina was taken away as a baby after she was sick and her parents dropped her off at the hospital 1:48

    In the category of Short Feature (large market):

    • Montreal: Move over Tinder: Slow dancing for singles

    In the category of Long Feature (small/medium market):

    In the category of Long Feature (large market):

    For Remembrance Day, CBC Montreal Daybreak asked Afghanistan veteran Sgt. Yves Leduc to interview WW II veteran Okill Stuart, to discuss their experiences. 12:04

    In the category of Creative Use of Sound:

    In the category of best Radio News Information Program:

    • Montreal: Can a student go to English public school and end up bilingual?
    • Quebec City: Six Quebecers killed in Burkina Faso terrorist attack

    In the category of Continuing Coverage: 

    In the category of Sports Feature Reporting:

    Psychologist Jodie Richardson wants to use mindfulness yoga to educate people about eating disorders and body image issues. 0:27

    Television nominations

    In television, CBC Montreal received four nominations:

    In the category of Diversity:

    In the category of Spot News:

    • Montreal heritage building up in flames

    In the category of Continuing Coverage:

    • Controversial dog regulations hit Montreal after woman's death
    Malefiya Zeleke, her daughters Hirut and Eleni Eyob and Hirut's daughter Méshama share a Shabbat meal and talk about how their colour and their Jewish faith affect their lives in Montreal. 4:41

    The awards will be announced on April 22 in Toronto.