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.


  • Glenn Deir – Chair - Journalist/Author - St. John’s NL
  • Colette Francoeur - Regional Director, Radio-Canada Acadie - Moncton NB
  • Denise Wilson - Senior Managing Director - CBC Atlantic - Halifax NS
  • Gerry Phelan - Journalist - St. John’s NL
  • Mark Dwyer - Director, News and Current Affairs, NTV - St. John's NL
  • Jennifer MacDonald-Donovan - Manager, Corporate Communications - Atlantic Lottery, Moncton, NB
  • Paul MacNeill - Publisher - The Eastern Graphic - Montague, PEI
  • Rob Roberts - Atlantic Bureau Chief, The Canadian Press - Halifax NS
  • Tara Laing - Corporate Communications Manager - Marine Atlantic - St. John's NL
  • Ted Bartlett - Editorial Consultant - Moncton, NB
  • Wendy Metcalfe - Director of Content/Editor-in-Chief, Brunswick News - Saint John NB

Atlantic Journalism Awards Council - February 2019

  • Brenda Brown - Administrator - CBC, Halifax, NS
  • Darrell Mercer - Corporate Communications - Marine Atlantic – St. John’s NL
  • Jamie Irving - Vice-President Brunswick News Inc. - Saint John, NB
  • John Whidden - Communications Nova Scotia - Halifax, NS
  • Lise Thibodeau - Asst. to Colette Francoeur - Radio-Canada Acadie - Moncton, NB
  • Mark Campbell - News Director - News 95.7 Rogers Radio, - Halifax, NS
  • Martin O'Hanlon - President - CWA/SCA Canada - Ottawa, ON
  • Natalie Clancy - National Communications Representative - UNIFOR - Halifax, NS
  • Renee MacLaughlin - Stirling Communications Ltd. - St. John's, NF
  • Viola Kelvey-Mackay - Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel - Halifax, NS

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

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