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The Atlantic Journalism Awards (AJAs) was started in 1981 to honour journalistic excellence and achievement in print and electronic news in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland/Labrador. Close to 1,100 individual journalists have been honoured since the inception of the AJAs. Today a volunteer Board of Directors representing a wide range of news outlets directs the AJAs. The program is funded by a number of partners and contributors. Judging is conducted by independent panels of judges and the awards are presented at a gala awards ceremony in the spring.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS (Alphabetical)

  • Kevin Ward - Chair, Atlantic Bureau Chief - The Canadian Press
  • Ted Bartlett - Editorial Consultant - Riverview, NB
  • Patrick Brethour - Editor-in-Chief - Brunswick News
  • Glenn Deir – Journalist - St. John’s NL
  • Tracy Kenney - Director of Communications - Atlantic Lottery
  • Gerry Phelan - Journalist, - St. John’s NL
  • Fred Hutton - News Director VOCM - St. John’s NL  A1B 3P9
  • Jim Haskins - Station Manager/News Director - Global Maritimes,
  • Peter Haggert - Editor-in-Chief - Metroland Media
  • Richard Simoens - Director, Radio-Canada Acadie
  • Denise Wilson - Senior Managing Director - CBC Atlantic

Atlantic Journalism Awards Council - July 2015

  • Brenda Brown - Executive Assistant to Denise Wilson -CBC
  • Brad Burrell - Regional Sales Manager - FrischkornMediaco Audiovisual
  • Mark Campbell - News Director - Rogers Radio, - Halifax NS
  • Mark Dwyer - Director of News and Current Affairs - NTV, St. John’s
  • Malcolm Fitzgerald - Sales Manager - Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel
  • Gary MacDougall – Former Managing Editor - The Guardian, Charlottetown, PEI 
  • Janet Gallant - Media Specialist – Halifax NS
  • Kelly Gallant - Associate Vice-President - Communications and Marketing - MSVU
  • Megan Greenslade - Nalcor Energy – St. John’s NL
  • Jamie Irving - Vice-President  - Brunswick News Inc.
  • Tara Laing - Corporate Communications Manager – Marine Atlantic
  • Darrell Mercer - Marine Atlantic – St. John’s NL
  • Renee MacLaughlin - Assistant to the President - Stirling Communications Ltd.
  • David Murray - COO, Newcap Radio Inc.
  • Laura Placide - Editor-in-Chief, Newzulu
  • Tracy Taweel - Assistant Deputy Minister - Communications Nova Scotia
  • Carla Burns – Communications Nova Scotia
  • Brian Ward - Vice President, News Content, - The Chronicle Herald
  • Nancy McKay - Director, Stakeholder and Community Relations - CN
  • Nadine Tousignant – CNW Group - Montreal
  • Laurie Smith – CNW Group - Toronto
  • Steve Dinn –Vice President – Business Development – Provincial Airways
  • Sean Power – Marketing Manager – Provincial Airways

Atlantic Journalism Awards Contact

Bill Skerrett - Executive Director
E-mail: bmskerrett@aol.com
Telephone: 902.478.6026

Natalie Clifford - Associate Director
Email: ajas.natalie@gmail.com
Telephone: 902.240.4080

AJAs Office
Email: office@AJAs.ca
Website: www.AJAs.ca

Mail/Courier
46 Swanton Drive
Dartmouth, NS B2W 2C5 

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The Atlantic Journalism Awards has been a continuous annual celebration of journalistic excellence and achievement in Atlantic Canada since 1981. It is now managed by a volunteer industry board of directors representing print and broadcast news organizations. Contact Bill Skerrett at the AJAs office: (Tel) 902-478-6026; (Email) office@AJAs.ca