Scott Whalen, Loyalist Photojournalism’s dedicated writing teacher sends along this report on the recent Ontario Newspaper Awards.
Loyalist photojournalism graduate Rachel Psutka, from the class of 2012, was a recent finalist in the 2013 Ontario Newspaper Awards.
Rachel was nominated for reporting and writing honours for her work at the Guelph Mercury as a summer student last year. She was nominated in the novice reporting category for newspapers under 25,000 in circulation, by senior editors of the paper, alongside nominees from the Sudbury Star and the Niagara Falls Review.
The award went to Laura Stricker of the Sudbury Star, but Rachel attended the Waterloo awards night and was honoured as a finalist as part of the Mercury’s news team. Rachel is currently employed at The Casket newspaper, in Antigonish, N.S., and was supported by editors there who helped her attend the ONAs.
This is the 59th year the awards have been presented. They are open to 32 daily newspapers across the province.
A number of Loyalist photojournalism former students and alumni, including a current faculty member and member of the advisory committee, were also honoured at the ONAs last weekend.
Luke Hendry, a journalist at the Belleville Intelligencer and faculty member at Loyalist for the news and feature 2 class and Pioneer newsroom courses, won the award for feature photography for newspapers under 25,000 circulation.
Matthew McCarthy of the Waterloo Region Record, and a member of the photojournalism advisory committee, won for the online video production category.
David Bebee, also of the Waterloo Region Record, won for spot news photography for newspapers over 25,000. David was also a finalist for photojournalist of the year.
Bob Tymczyszyn of The St. Catharines Standard won for sports photography (under 25,000) and was a finalist for spot news photography (under 25,000) and feature photography (under 25,000).
Other Loyalist photojournalism former students and alumni who were finalists for ONA honours included:
• Janek Lowe of the Waterloo Region Record for feature photography (over 25,000) and for online video production.
• Derek Ruttan of the London Free Press for feature photography (over 25,000) and for sports photography (over 25,000).
• Dax Melmer of the Windsor Star for sports photography (over 25,000).
• Scott Wishart, a graduate of Loyalist’s print journalism program, and a photojournalist at the Stratford Beacon Herald, was a finalist for spot news photography (under 25,000).
Congratulations to all of the winners and finalists – and please let us know if we forgot to include you here!