The winners of the 2018 JHM Awards

Photo by Mariah Wilson

The recipients of the 2018 John H. McDonald Awards for Excellence in Student Journalism were announced at NASH81: Refine on Jan. 5 after a keynote presentation from New York Times investigative reporter Susanne Craig. This year’s awards were coordinated by the Canadian University Press, primarily Anthony Burton and Steven Hildebrand. The awards were hosted by the incomparable Ryan McMahon (pictured above).

A star-studded lineup of judges generously volunteered their time to thoughtfully evaluate hundreds of student JHM submissions. These judges were: Kyle Bakx, Genevieve Biloski, Shelby Blackley, Laura Brown, Tom Cardoso, Julie Carl, Michael Creagan, Chloe Cushman, Karissa Donin, Francesca Fionda, Sean Fitzgerald, Angelyn Francis, Bill Gillespie, Becky Guthrie, Monica Heisey, Barry Hertz, Jackie Hong, Chris Kelly, Kris Klassen, Aiken Lao, Erica Lenti, Geoff Leo, Nora Loreto, Abby Madan, Kathleen Martens, Davide Mastracci, Scott Morrison, Adrian Morrow, Kosta Prodanovic, Hugo Rodrigues, Selena Ross, John Semley, Tabasum Siddiqui, Chad Skelton, Ben Spurr, Melissa Stasiuk, Cassie Stocks, Lauren Strapagiel, Theresa Suzuki, Emma Teitel, Marissa Tiel, Stephen Trumper, Jesse Ward, Dennis Ward, Jessie Willms, James Wilt and Tannara Yelland. A huge thank-you to all of our judges. As well, thanks to CWA and Xtra for sponsoring two of the evening’s awards.

Without further ado, here are the winners of the 2018 JHM Awards:

Arts & Culture Writing Award:

What do the Power Rangers, Superman and ancient humans have in common? UBC linguist Christine Schreyer by Bridget Chase, The Ubyssey

Humour Award:

Man born, dies during USC meeting by Richard Joseph, The Western Gazette

The Xtra Award for Diversity Reporting:

My grandmother, Alzheimer’s, and coming out by Connor Garel, The Eyeopener

Feature Writing Award:

An Invisible Struggle by Ilya Bañares and Steven Lee, The Varsity

Investigative Reporting Award:

Questionable claims, high-pressure sales tactics alleged by campus chiropractor patients by Richard Joseph, The Western Gazette

The CWA Award for Labour Reporting:

Choosing ‘between groceries and rent’: Low wages, no security for hundreds of UBC professors by Jack Hauen and Zak Vescera, The Ubyssey

News Reporting Award:

Anonymous packages sent to the RSU contain sex toys by Alanna Rizza, The Eyeopener

Op-Ed Award:

Reducing residential speed limit in Calgary to 30 km/h the right decision by Mariah Wilson, The Gauntlet

Sports Reporting Award:

Laurier graduate Jessica Platt comes out as first openly transgender player in the CWHL by Parnav Desai, The Cord

Indigenous Reporting Award:

No More Stolen Sisters by Ashley Hyshka, The Runner

Data Journalism Award:

Summed up: Digging into language courses at UBC by Alex Nguyen and Zak Vescera, The Ubyssey

Climate Reporting Award:

Wild weather not about to get better by Kevin Goodger, The Dialog

Cover/Layout of the Year:

The Race Issue by The Link

Graphic/Illustration of the Year:

Rachel Wada, The Capilano Courier

Photo of the Year:

Benny by Michael Conley, The Western Gazette

Best Online Media:

The Ubyssey

Prize for Digital Storytelling:

Miseducation: How the old sex-ed curriculum left university students in the dark by Olivia Bednar, The Eyeopener

Student Journalist of the Year:

Samantha McCabe, The Ubyssey

Student Publication of the Year:

The Fulcrum