Several citizen journalists received awards at the inaugural Community News Commons Citizen Journalism Awards held last night.
Here are the links to the stories that were nominated in each category with the winners listed first:
Excellence in Audio Storytelling (presented by Nolan Bicknell, co-host of River City 360 on CJNU 93.7 FM)
The human cost of homelessness – Written and produced by Sara Arenson, Julien Cooper, Kitty Kittie, Susan Huebert and Michael Welch. A documentary exploring what it’s like to be homeless in Winnipeg, what are some of the reasons people become homeless and what impact does this have on them and on our society. (Winner)
Annishnaabe Water Walk highlights pipeline threat – Written and produced by Michael Welch. An audio documentary that follows a week-long Indigenous Water Walk focused on First Nations’ concerns about the proposed Trans Canada Energy East Pipeline.
Anyone can become homeless – From high income earner to unemployment and depression, Al Wiebe describes his catastrophic tumble into despair and homelessness in this interview with citizen journalist Susan Huebert.
Excellence in Videography (presented by Rick Walker, Manager of Library Services, City of Winnipeg)
Introducing the Phoenix Sinclair Little Star’s Playhouse – Written, directed and narrated by Paul S. Graham. There is a serious side to play, one that citizen reporter Paul S. Graham had never considered until he met with some remarkable women in the midst of an ambitious project in the heart of Winnipeg’s North End. (Winner)
Human Rights Showcase Gallery celebrates museum’s opening – In the series, visual artist and citizen reporter Faye Hall profiles local artists who were inspired to create works of art for the Human Rights Showcase Gallery at last year’s Manitoba Art Expo. The special themed showcase was in honour of the opening of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Faye Hall uses video in each profile to capture the artists’ inspiration behind the creation of their impressive works of art.
Lita Fontaine: Bringing Indigenous perspective alive in Seven Oaks – Citizen reporter and teacher Joan Suzuki was inspired to bear witness to a celebration of art-making reflecting Indigenous culture of this region in the hallways and classrooms of Victory School, where she discovers Lita Fontaine, artist in residence for the Seven Oaks School Division.
Excellence in Photography (presented by Rick Frost, CEO, The Winnipeg Foundation)
Dragon Boat race by Greg Petzold (winner)
Excellence in Writing (presented by Sarah Lilleyman, Associate Editor, Operations and Engagement, Winnipeg Free Press)
Ghosts of the Exchange – Greg Petzold explores the streets and alley ways of Winnipeg’s Exchange District. Here he finds timeless artworks and buildings, hidden in plain view, that convey fascinating histories of its restless occupants.
Excellence in Journalism (presented by James Turner, Journalism Instructor, Red River College)
Plight of beaten woman ignored by general public – On her way to work one morning in downtown Winnipeg, citizen reporter Vivian Ketchum comes across an Indigenous woman in distress. As she tries to help the woman, who has clearly been assaulted, the response from bystanders is disheartening and frightening. (Winner)
‘Tis the season to consume voraciously, buy nothing or give to charity – Written by Marie LeBlanc. When Black Friday, one of the biggest shopping days of the year, lands on Buy Nothing Day, mall shoppers pause to consider their options.
Tiny homes make big dreams come true as minimalist living quarters become popular – Written by Armande Martine. More people are discovering tiny houses are a better fit for their lifestyle.
Outstanding Contribution to Citizen Journalism – Special recognition award to Doug Kretchmer for his exemplary work as a photographer, videographer, writer and storyteller on CNC. (presented by Noah Erenberg, Convener, Community News Commons).
Since 2012, Community News Commons has published over 1,700 pieces of journalism created by citizens from all walks of life, telling a huge variety of stories from their neighbourhoods across the city and throughout the province.
All photos by Nolan Bicknell