CBC News a finalist for 2019 Michener Award for public service journalism
CBC investigation into sexual abuse in amateur sport among 6 finalists
CBC News has been selected as one of six finalists for the country's top prize for public service journalism for its investigative series Shattered Trust: Sexual Offences in Amateur Sport.
The CBC series, which was a joint project by CBC News and Sports, revealed that over a 20-year period, at least 222 coaches involved in amateur sports in Canada were convicted of sexual offences involving more than 600 victims under the age of 18.
The reporting led to a new national zero-tolerance abuse policy and toll-free helpline, a federal study into abuse in sport, and the development of a code of conduct for coaches.
Among the five other nominees is the Halifax Examiner for The Wrongful Conviction of Glen Assoun. Assoun spent 17 years in prison before being exonerated last year in the 1995 murder of Brenda Way in Dartmouth, N.S.
Another nominee is La Presse for Dirty Business. Investigative reporter Vincent Larouche exposed alleged illegal dumping by a soil decontamination business that police suspect was infiltrated by organized crime.
- SHATTERED TRUST | View all the content in the series
- 'No sport is immune': CBC investigation reveals scope of sexual abuse in Canada's amateur sports over 20 years
The London Free Press was selected for We Are The Cops, a series looking into the 2016 assault of a young woman in custody that was caught on surveillance video.
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The Globe and Mail was nominated for False Promises, about the exploitation of temporary workers and foreign students by immigration consultants and employers.
The Institute for Investigative Journalism was selected for a collaborative series called Tainted Water. It worked with the Toronto Star, Le Devoir, Regina Leader-Post, Global News, National Observer, Star Halifax/Vancouver to reveal how lead is leaching into Canadian tap water from aging infrastructure.
The Michener Award was founded in 1970 by Gov. Gen. Roland Michener to honour excellence in public service journalism. The judges base their decisions in part on the degree of public benefit generated by the print, broadcast and online entries submitted for consideration.
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The award is normally handed out at a ceremony at Rideau Hall hosted by the Governor General, but this year's ceremony has been postponed to a later date due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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