Nominations for Canadian Bar Association Awards for Excellence in Journalism

Nominations are open until May 1, 2013 for the Stephen Hanson Awards for Excellence in Journalism (formerly the Justicia Awards)

Organized by the Canadian Bar Association, the Awards recognize “outstanding journalism that fosters public awareness and understanding of any aspect of the Canadian justice system and the roles played by institutions and participants in the legal system”.

There are awards for French or English stories in two categories: print and broadcast media.

The judges evaluate submissions based on “accuracy, originality, effectiveness in explaining issues to the public, informational value, and insight”.

The rules state (among other things):

  • Any article published in Canada in print or posted on a Canadian-based website, or report/program broadcast in Canada, about the Canadian legal system between May 16, 2012 and April 30, 2013. If an article or posting or report/program is published or broadcast more than once, it is the original date that will determine its eligibility.
  • A series of articles/programs/postings will be considered as one entry.
  • A series of articles or stories/reports/postings prepared by a group and presented together will be considered as one entry. A maximum of three stories/reports/postings may be submitted as a single entry.
  • The majority of the articles or stories/reports/postings must have been published during the eligibility period

The first Justicia Awards were handed out in 2000. The website has a complete list of winners from previous years. From the list, it looks like the CBC and Radio-Canada blow away the competition (11 awards in all).

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