The Canadian Association of Journalists has announced its first batch of finalists for this year’s awards, which will be presented at the annual CAJ conference gala and banquet on April 28.

The Canadian Association of Journalists has announced its first batch of finalists for this year’s awards, which will be presented at the annual CAJ conference gala and banquet on April 28.

Categories for which finalists have been announced include Magazine, Open Radio News/Current Affairs, Computer-Assisted Reporting, Photjournalism, Print Feature, Scoop, CAJ/CNW Student Award of Excellence.

As well, finalists for the inaugural awards of jhr/CAJ Human Rights Reporting and CWA Canada/CAJ Labour Reporting were announced.

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CBC leads so far with nine nominations—if radio, television and online are grouped together—one of which was for publishing the work of student journalists from University of Western in the Student Award of Excellence category. Toronto Star had three nominations, including two in the photojournalism category for staff photographers Rick Madonik and Steve Russell.

Only one piece of student reporting from a journalism school was nominated in a category outside of the Student Award of Excellence, that being for the investigative project (902)9-1-1, which was nominated in the Computer-Assisted Reporting category. The piece was the result of an investigation undertaken by students and led by instructor (and J-Source contributing editor) Fred Vallance-Jones at the University of King’s College in Halifax, NS and published in Halifax alt-weekly The Coast

The full list of nominees thus far can be seen here.