Emerging Journalist Nomination Form

Nominations for the RTDNA Canada 2023 Emerging Journalist Awards are now closed. Thank you to everyone who applied.
Stay tuned for this year's winner!

RTDNA Canada is inviting nominations for the brand-new Emerging Journalist Award. This award recognizes the achievements and excellent work of Canadian journalists who are at the beginning stages of their career.

Candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Have worked in the media industry for fewer than five years
  • Must work as a journalist for a professional news organization or publication, whether in a full-time, part-time, contract, or freelance capacity
  • Must have made a significant journalistic impact on the audience or community they serve
  • Nominations must come from experienced media professionals who have employed or worked directly with the nominee.

Description and Criteria Summary

Description: Awarded to an emerging journalist who displays excellence in the coverage of original (enterprise) journalism on a single topic, investigative reporting, or continuing coverage of a beat or a major breaking and developing story.

Platforms: Audio, Digital, Multiplatform, Video.

Media – Duration/Format of required media: Maximum ten (10) minutes of audio and/or video. Maximum five (5) URLs pointing to audio, video, articles and/or inter-actives as they were originally presented.


  • Editorial excellence and quality of writing
  • Unique exploration of the topic or issue including in-depth research and analysis
  • Innovation and creativity using multimedia, social tools or digital platforms
  • Story elements *reflect diversity
  • Journalistic impact on audience or community by raising awareness of important issues or bringing about change
  • Professionalism including commitment to accuracy, fairness, and ethical reporting practices

* Reflecting diversity is integral to what we do as journalists. That’s why we’ve made it one of our pillars. So, what do we mean by diversity? We respect that diversity means different things to different people and we encourage you to reflect on what it means for you, and to your community.

We ask that you consider the following for each submission: Whose voices are underrepresented and/or marginalized? Who do we not see or hear from enough on this topic? Think broadly, in terms of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age and physical disabilities, geography and groups that have faced systemic barriers

Nomination period is now closed

Deadline is Tuesday, August 15, 2023

    Please provide the contact information for your Nominee should they be selected for this honour

    Please provide the contact information for the Nominator.