Past Years

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.


  • Kevin Ward - AJAs Chair, Chief of Atlantic Services, The Canadian Press
  • Mark Campbell, Director News and Programming, Rogers Radio Atlantic
  • Andrew Cochran, Regional Director, CBC Atlantic, Halifax, NS
  • Glenn Deir, Journalist, NL
  • Frank De Palma, Newsroom Director, The Chronicle Herald
  • Mark Dwyer, Director of News and Current Affairs, NTV 
  • Kelly Gallant, Associate Vice-President Communications and Marketing, Mount Saint Vincent University
  • Janet Gallant, Senior Account Executive, Atlantic Region, CNW Group
  • Peter Haggert, Editor-in-Chief, Metroland Media Toronto
  • Jim Haskins, Station Manager/News Director, Global Maritimes
  • Fred Hutton, News Director, VOCM, St. John's NL
  • Tracy Kenney, Corporate Communication, Atlantic Lottery
  • Gary MacDougall, Managing Editor, The Charlottetown Guardian, PEI
  • Karen O'Neill, Vice President Corporate Relations, Nalcor Energy
  • Gerry Phelan, Journalist, St. John's, NL
  • Tracy Taweel, Assistant Deputy Minister, Communications Nova Scotia
  • John Wishart, Editor-in-chief, Brunswick News


  • Ted Bartlett, Editorial ConsultantCaribou Communications
  • Brad Burrell, Regional Sales Manager, Frischkorn Audiovisua
  • Malcolm Fitzgerald, Sales Manager, Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel
  • Jamie Irving, Vice-President, Brunswick News Inc.
  • David Murray , COO, Newcap Radio Inc.

Atlantic Journalism Awards Contact

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

Natalie Clifford - Project Coordinator
Email: ajas.natalie@gmail.com
Telephone: 902.240.4080

AJAs Office
Email: office@ajas.ca
Telephone: 902.425.2727
Website: www.ajas.ca

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) 902-425-2727; (Email) office@AJAs.ca