SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!

We interrupt your regularly scheduled programming to bring you this breaking news bulletin.

Guys, I’ve been nominated for not one, not two, but five awards at the Ontario Community Newspapers Association! I couldn’t be more thrilled! Here’s a quick breakdown of each one. All categories have been narrowed down to three nominees, of which the final winner will be announced in a gala on April 7.

1. Stephen Shaw Award for Reporter of the Year

– It was my proudest accomplishment to date when I won this award last year and to be nominated again is truly an honour.

2. Best Education Writing

– My story on the potential closing of one of Oshawa’s downtown secondary schools and the fight that went into trying to save it.

READ – “Deciding the future of Oshawa Central CI”

3. Best Investigative News Story

– My stories and coverage of South Oshawa and the terrible living conditions endured by tenants in a series of apartment buildings and landlords who ignored the problems.

READ – “Tenants standing up to absent landlord”

READ – “Oshawa’s Impoverished”

READ – “Are these Oshawa’s slums?” 

4. Best Feature Writing

– My story on former city councillor Robert Lutczyk kidnapping the city’s lawyer at gunpoint. This was the final product of almost two years of reporting, sitting in courtrooms and taking notes that were previously protected under a publication ban. This is, in my opinion, one of the best stories I’ve put together in my career.

READ – “There’s an anger and a fury that builds up inside”

5. Best News Story

– My piece on a ruling by the Information and Privacy Commissioner (IPC) ordering a local councillor to release emails she was trying to keep confidential.

READ – “Commissioner orders release of emails”

Thank you all so much for your support! And thanks for reading!

J.J.W.

P.S. My editor was also nominated in the Best Business and Finance Writing category, so six nominations for our small paper!

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