My statement re: Jonathan Kay's blog attacks on me:
As a judge in the National Newspaper Awards, I can't divulge the details of the deliberations that went into choosing the three finalists and the winner in my category (beats).
However, I can say all three judges took this responsibility extremely seriously. For my part, having been nominated five times for national writing awards (NNA, National Magazine Awards, CAJ), I brought to the effort the same serious care that I would hope judges used when judging my own submissions to these types of competition.
We did not look with prejudice or favor upon any company. In fact, the NNAs in this category are personal awards to reporters, and it was on the basis of the quality of the reporting that we made our choices.
I have been very critical of Canwest on this blog, but I have not criticized Canwest's reporters. I certainly would not cheat any of them out of a National Newspaper Award, which is what Mr. Kay suggests.
In fact, in the category that I judged, two of the three nominees are from Canwest newspapers.
I believe it is extremely unprofessional for Mr. Kay to attempt to draw the NNAs into disrepute with innuendo.
Mark Bourrie PhD