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Loyalist Grads and Students Take Home More Than 40 Media Industry Accolades

May 08, 2012

Best College/University Newspaper Website Awarded to Loyalist for 2nd Year from OCNA

Belleville, Ontario, May 8, 2012 – Loyalist College is proud to announce that its graduates and students received more than 40 accolades, including 16 first place prizes, from six professional media organizations during their annual award ceremonies on April 27th and 28th.

“We would like to congratulate all of our graduates and students who were honoured with these prestigious national and provincial industry awards,” said Loyalist President, Maureen Piercy. “We are so proud of what they’ve accomplished and how they’ve built on the academic instruction and practical training they received in our highly acclaimed School of Media Studies. It is rewarding to see the impact that they are making through a wide range of media outlets and careers.”

A testament to the superior quality of multimedia education provided through Loyalist’s Photojournalism and Journalism – Online, Print, and Broadcast programs is the success of graduates and students. Altogether, they received seven National Newspaper awards, 18 National Pictures of the Year (NPOY) awards by the News Photographers Association of Canada (NPAC), one Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) award, 11 Canadian Community Newspaper Association (CCNA) awards, and a Sony World Photography award. In addition, Loyalist won the Best College/University Newspaper at the Ontario Community Newspaper Association Awards (OCNA), and Loyalist students placed first, second and third in the Student Photography award.

“I’m not surprised that we, Loyalist alumni, swept up so many industry awards,” said Galit Rodan who won both the Best News Story, circulation 4,000 to 12,499 from the CCNA and the Student Photography award from the OCNA at the Better Newspaper Competition. Galit has been working as a reporter and photographer for the Yellowknifer in Yellowknife, NT, and will soon start an internship at the Globe & Mail. “There’s no doubt in my mind that Loyalist provides the best education and training in Canada for photojournalists. The professors are attuned to the changing demands of the industry and are dedicated to ensuring students have all the skills they need to be competitive. I’m honoured to have won these awards and I’m really proud to have graduated from a program that gets recognized at this level.”


News Feature Photography

  • Winner: Chris Wattie (Photojournalism, 2001), Reuters, for a photo of Jack Layton’s casket in the foreground of a sea of faces.
  • Runner-up: John Lehmann (Photojournalism, 1991), The Globe and Mail, for a photo of a 13-person canoe about to leave on an expedition visiting remote native villages between Tofino and Port Alberni.
  • Runner-up: Tara Walton (Photojournalism, 2006), The Toronto Star, for a photo of an elderly Alzheimer’s patient who had been sexually assaulted.

Sports Photography

  • Winner: Derek Ruttan (Photojournalism, 1993), London Free Press, for a hurdles runner outdistancing his opponents at a high school meet.

Feature Photography

  • Runner-up: Mathew McCarthy (Photojournalism, 1990), Waterloo Region Record, for a photo of a woman with an umbrella seen through rain droplets on a car window.

News Photography

  • Winner: Rich Lam (Fast Track Student, 2000), Getty Images, for a photo of a couple kissing during the Vancouver Stanley Cup riots.
  • Runner-up: Steve Russell (Photojournalism, 1995), The Toronto Star, for a photo of Jack Layton just after the election results were known.

For a complete list of winners, please visit:


Photojournalist of the Year– Sponsored by Reuters

  • Winner: Steve Russell (Photojournalism, 1995) – The Toronto Star
  • Finalist: John Lehmann (Photojournalism, 1991) – The Globe and Mail
  • Finalist: Rick Madonik (Photojournalism, 1991) – The Toronto Star

Student Photojournalist of the Year – Sponsored by SAIT

  • Winner: Chloe Ellingson (Photojournalism, 2012) – Loyalist College

Spot News sponsored by The Camera Store

  • Second: Tijana Martin (Photojournalism student, 2012) – Independent
  • Third: Deborah Baic  (Photojournalism, 1997) – The Globe and Mail
  • Honorable mention: Tyler Anderson (Photojournalism, 2002) – The National Post

General News sponsored by CNW

  • Second: Rick Madonik (Photojournalism, 1991) – The Toronto Star

Feature sponsored by The Winnipeg Free Press

  • Winner: Carlos Osorio (Photojournalism, 2005) – The Toronto Star

Portrait/Personality sponsored by Beau Photo

  • Winner: John Lehmann (Photojournalism, 1991) – The Globe and Mail

Sports Action sponsored by Nikon Canada

  • Winner: Steve Russell (Photojournalism, 1995)– The Toronto Star

Sports Feature sponsored by Lowepro Canada

  • Third: Ben Nelms (Photojournalism, 2010) – Reuters

Pictorial sponsored by Canon Canada

  • Second: John Lehmann (Photojournalism, 1991) – The Globe and Mail

Social Issue sponsored by Headshots

  • Second: Matthew Sherwood (Photojournalism, 2009) – Independent

Single Multimedia sponsored by The Globe and Mail

  • Third: Melissa Tait (Photojournalism, 2012) – The (Kitchener)
  • Honorable mention: Ryan Jackson (Photojournalism, 2006) – The Edmonton Journal

Picture Story – Sponsored by Leica

  • Honorable Mention: Peter Power (Photojournalism, 1989) – The Globe and Mail

2011 Western Regional Monthly Clips

  • Winner: John Lehmann (Photojournalism, 1991) – The Globe and Mail

For a complete list of winners, please visit:


Photojournalism Category

  • Winner: Steve Russell (Photojournalism, 1995), grad and current member of the Loyalist College Photojournalism Advisory Committee, portfolio entry – The Toronto Star

For a complete list of winners, please visit:


Class 2012 – Best News Story, circulation 4,000 to 12,499

Stephen Shaw Memorial Award sponsored by Metroland Media Group Ltd.

  • Winner: Galit Rodan (Photojournalism, 2011)  (and a fellow journalist), NWT News/North, Northwest Territories, NT

Class 2032 – Best Feature Series, circulation 4,000 to 12,499

Saskatchewan Weekly Newspapers Association Trophy sponsored by SWNA

  • Winner: Adrienne Fox (Photojournalism, 2000), Wawatay News, Sioux Lookout, ON

Class 2112 – Best Spot News Photo Coverage, circulation 4,000 to 12,499

  • Winner: Ian Stewart (Photojournalism, 2005), The Yukon News, Whitehorse, YT

Class 2113 – Best Spot News Photo Coverage, circulation 12,500 and over

  • Winner: Ryan Pfeiffer (Photojournalism 2005), Pickering News Advertiser, Ajax/Pickering, ON
  • Second: Seung-Chul Baik (Photojournalism, 2011), The Richmond Review, Richmond, BC
  • Third: Jenna Hauck (Photojournalism 1999), The Chilliwack Progress, Chilliwack, BC

Class 2132 – Best Sports Photo, circulation 4,000 to 12,499

  • Winner: Adam Jackson (Photojournalism, 2011), Ponoka News, Ponoka, AB

Class 2133 – Best Sports Photo, circulation 12,500 and over

  • Second: Michelle Siu (Photojournalism student 2011), The Beaver, Oakville, ON

Class 2131 – Best Sports Photo, circulation up to 3,999

  • Third: Jon Muldoon (Photojournalism, 1998), The Interior News, Smithers, BC

Class 2143 – Best Photo Essay, circulation 12,500 and over

  • Second: Boaz Joseph (Photojournalism, 1994),  The Leader, Surrey/North Delta, BC
  • Third: Lance Anderson (Photojournalism 1998), Peterborough This Week, Peterborough, ON

For a complete list of winners, please visit:



Best College/University Newspaper

  • Winner: Loyalist College won for the second consecutive year. Sponsored by Gaulin Media, the award was presented to Loyalist for the outstanding quality of work produced by QNET News (, its multimedia news source for the Quinte Region since 2010 and a teaching tool for the Journalism: Online, Print and Broadcast program.

Student Photography sponsored by the Journalists of Oshawa This Week

  • Winner: Galit Rodan (Photojournalism, 2011)
  • Second: Leah Myers (Photojournalism, 2011)
  • Third: Hadas Parush (Photojournalism, 2011)

For a complete list of winners, please visit:


Professional Category: Photojournalism & Documentary

  • Current Affairs Winner: Donald Weber (Canada) / VII PHOTO

For a complete list of winners, please visit:

Loyalist’s School of Media Studies expands to 13 full-time programs as of September 2012, helping to meet employer demands for a workforce with advanced technological media skills. The School of Media Studies offers: Photojournalism, Journalism – Online, Print and Broadcast, 3D Video Production, Advertising and Marketing Communications, Animation, Art and Design Foundations, Broadcast Engineering Technology, Graphic Design, Media Experience, Public Relations, Radio Broadcasting, Sports Journalism, and Television and New Media Production. For more information on these and other Loyalist programs go to

Loyalist College prepares students for a rewarding career by combining rigorous academic standards with hands-on training from industry experts. Programs range from apprenticeships and certificates to diplomas and post-graduate studies. Loyalist offers more than 60 full-time programs and 77 university transfer agreements around the world. The best testament to the College’s value is from students, 97 percent of whom say they would recommend Loyalist to a friend. Loyalist is committed to helping students find great jobs, as well as supporting and enhancing the economic and social development of all individuals in its communities.

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Media Contact: Kerry Lorimer, Media Relations Specialist, Loyalist College,, (613) 969-1913, ext. 2536