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CBC Atlantic journalists win 5 national RTDNA awards

CBC Atlantic journalists won five national awards at the 2022 Best Canadian Local News Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) awards gala in Toronto on Saturday, June 11.

RTDNA Canada Awards honour the best journalists, programs, platforms, stations, and news gathering organizations in video, audio and digital

And the national awards go to:


Feature News (Small/Medium Market)
CBC Newfoundland and Labrador – Dear Spy

Caroline Hillier won the feature news award for the story that ran on the St. John’s Morning Show of an Afghan interpreter who, after helping the Canadian military, received handwritten death threats from the Taliban. With the help of his former military adviser he escaped Afghanistan the day before it fell, and eventually made his way to St. John’s.


News – Live Special Events
CBC Nova Scotia – Stronger Together 
The one-year anniversary mass casualty special. 

CBC Nova Scotia’s news special on the first anniversary of the April 2020 mass casualty, hosted by Portia Clark and Tom Murphy and produced by Julian Brown, explored how people and communities affected by the tragedy are moving forward. 

Excellence in Video 
CBC New Brunswick – We Were Here: Clyde Wray 

This video by Michael Heenan and Jocelyn Elsdon was part of a larger project that brought to light Black historical figures in Saint John. After seeing so little diversity in the public’s knowledge of the city’s history, Clyde Wray, poet and playwright, penned the monologues in We Were Here.

Throughout the history of Saint John, N.B., there were Black residents who defied racist stereotypes and became leaders in the community. But history buried them, and New Brunswick forgot their achievements. Playwright Clyde Wray has brought some of them back to life on stage. (CBC New Brunswick)

Audio-Visual Storytelling (Small/Medium Market)
CBC Newfoundland and Labrador –
How a tax refund cheque got stuck in a Subway sign

CBC N.L. also picked up this award for audio-visual storytelling, a nod to the work of Zach Goudie and Katie Rowe, who creatively illustrated the journey (of all things) of a paycheque through the streets of downtown St. John’s. 

How a tax refund cheque got stuck in a Subway sign

It sounds like a Mr. Bean skit, but James Murphy really did watch his income tax refund cheque blow away in the wind, then get stuck on the sign of a Subway restaurant in Mount Pearl.


Enterprise Journalism 
CBC New Brunswick – Leaving Doone 

A beautifully illustrated and written story that sheds light on racist attacks on newcomers living in a low-income neighborhood of Fredericton’s north side.  Written by Maria Jose Burgos, edited by Connie Camp, video by Mike Heenan.

Owanjema Ahuka grew up in Burundi and moved to Fredericton with his family eight years ago. He is featured in Leaving Doone. (Maria Jose Burgos/CBC)

“Congratulations to all the RTDNA Canada 2022 award winners!  Once again, we saw the best of the best in journalism and storytelling from across Canada,” said RTDNA Canada President, Fiona Conway in a news release.

“Journalism is not easy, and it’s been especially challenging in the last two years. The work we have seen is impressive and important to our communities. Every nominee and winner should be so proud of their accomplishments.”


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