The Hamilton Spectator

Spectator journalist Jon Wells up for National Newspaper Award

- TORONTO STAR WITH FILES FROM THE HAMILTON SPECTATOR

Hamilton Spectator journalist Jon Wells has been nominated for a 2023 National Newspaper Award in the Arts and Entertainm­ent category.

Wells was nominated for a collection of stories, including on a North End recording studio in a former church, a 1975 Pink Floyd concert in Hamilton and the time opera superstar Luciano Pavarotti cancelled two shows in the city.

“Jon is a creative writer, a master storytelle­r, and a seasoned journalist, so we’re thrilled he is being honoured once again,” said editor-in-chief Paul Berton. “It’s a reflection of the entire Spectator team, but only a glimpse of the work we do. Spectator journalist­s produced a multitude of award-worthy work last year, as always.”

Wells, who has won numerous awards, including four NNAs, was one of 75 journalist­s from 26 publicatio­ns named finalists in the annual competitio­n.

Wells was nominated with several colleagues from affiliated outlet the Toronto Star, which received eight nomination­s for this year’s awards.

“I’m incredibly proud of our nominees, who used the full range of journalist­ic tools — dogged daily reporting, indepth investigat­ions, beautifull­y written features, artful photograph­y, engaging digital design, podcasting and more — to provide unique coverage of some of the defining issues of our time,” editor-in-chief Anne Marie Owens said.

Here are the Star’s nomination­s: Sustained News Coverage The Star is nominated with The Narwhal for its coverage of Doug Ford’s Greenbelt scandal, which triggered a reversal from the Ford government, the resignatio­ns of two cabinet ministers and a criminal investigat­ion by the RCMP. Joan Hollobon Award for Beat Reporting Alex Boyd is nominated for her reporting on misinforma­tion. Boyd documented how X serves bad informatio­n on the Israel-Hamas war, why our kids are more at-risk for misinforma­tion, and how Danielle Smith’s wildfire comments sparked fears of dangerous distractio­n.

Business Sara Mojtehedza­deh and Rachel Mendleson are nominated for Work Forced, a series documentin­g Canada’s growing labour traffickin­g crisis. Explanator­y Work Amy Dempsey is nominated for her colourful history of how Toronto lost its 100-year war with raccoons.

Presentati­on/Design Susan Kao, McKenna Hart and Tania Pereira are also nominated for their presentati­on of Dempsey’s oral history. Norman Webster Award for Internatio­nal Reporting

Katharine Lake Berz is nominated for her coverage of women and children in Russia’s war against Ukraine. She documented the misogyny facing a trans woman fighting for Ukraine, the abuse of female prisoners of war, and Russia’s strategy of sexual violence.

Photo Story: Steve Russell is nominated for his work in a story with Star reporter Moira Welsh documentin­g a husband’s “lonely struggle” to care for his wife, who has dementia. John Wesley Dafoe Award for

Politics: Althia Raj is nominated for her podcast, “It’s Political,” which tackles issues including Canada’s role in the Israeli-Palestinia­n conflict, how to fix Canada’s housing crisis, and whether it is time for Justin Trudeau to go.

The winners, as well as the 2023 journalist of the year and special citation recipient, will be announced on April 26.

 ?? SPECTATOR FILE PHOTO ?? Hamilton Spectator journalist Jon Wells was one of 75 journalist­s from 26 publicatio­ns named finalists in the annual competitio­n.
SPECTATOR FILE PHOTO Hamilton Spectator journalist Jon Wells was one of 75 journalist­s from 26 publicatio­ns named finalists in the annual competitio­n.

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