Now, the project has a won a Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) in the digital investigative category in the Central Region for one of the initial stories in its Broken Promises investigation.
The award-winning story was released in advance of the launch and reported by a team coordinated by the IIJ’s former managing editor, Annie Burns-Pieper. Reporters from Global News, APTN News, Concordia University and University of King’s College all contributed.
This award comes after the IIJ-led network won six awards and four nominations for its “Tainted Water” project, which revealed elevated lead levels in drinking water in cities nationwide, including the Grand Prix Judith-Jasmine, the Canadian Association of Journalists’ Data Journalism Award, the Atlantic Journalism Award for Enterprise Reporting and others. The IIJ was the first educational institution ever to be nominated for the Michener Award for meritorious public service journalism. And the IIJ’s 2017 pilot project, “The Price of Oil,” garnered nine awards and award nominations.