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PMAC Awards for Excellence in Investment Journalism

Prix D’Excellence en Journalisme Économique et Financier de L’AGPC

The 2020 competition is closed.
Read the winners announcement here.

The full collection of winning articles can be found in the event booklet here.

2020 Recipients

Long Article Category:

First Prize: Mark Rendell & Tim Kiladze (The Globe and Mail) for their article: All dried up: How Bay Street cashed in on the cannabis frenzy before the carnage. This article also received first prize overall.
Second Prize: Tim Shufelt (The Globe and Mail) for The data game.

Short Article Category:

First Prize: Clare O’Hara (The Globe and Mail) for her article: Investors continue to be abused: Anger builds over lack of reforms to early withdrawal on mutual funds.
Second Prize: Yan Barcelo (Morningstar) for his series: DisruptionAn overarching financial cycle is spawning corporate zombies, Invest in transportation disruption, and Investing in a de-globalizing world.

The judging panel gave honourable mentions to the following writers:
The Globe and Mail’s Niall McGee for Golden Blunders and to Financial Post’s Victor Ferreira for The inconvenient truth about responsible investing.

About the Awards

The purpose of the awards is to promote and reward excellence in Canadian newspaper, magazine and online journalism that fosters a better understanding of the investment industry, its products and services and, ultimately, helps to improve Canadian financial literacy. The secondary purpose is to meet the needs of Canadian investors and the public at large in their search for up-to date information on the economy, and domestic and international financial markets.

New in 2020, there is two categories of submissions for both short and long articles, with a first and second prize awarded in each category. In addition, one of the winning entries in either the short or long story category will earn the top award and be named as first prize winner overall.

Short Article Awards: One (1) to three (3) different/unrelated articles each of which must be 1,000 words or less

  • First prize $4,000
  • Second prize $3,000

Long Article Awards: One (1) article containing 1,000 words or more; OR one series of related articles.

  • First prize $4,000
  • Second prize $3,000

Top Award: First Prize Overall – $1,000 bonus

Eligibility

  • To be eligible for the 2020 Awards, an article must have been published between March 1, 2019 and February 29, 2020 by a Canadian print or online publication, in English or French.
  • Each Award applicant is permitted to make one submission, in either the short article category or long article category.
    • Short Article Awards: One (1) to three (3) different/unrelated articles each of which must be 1,000 words or less.
    • Long Article Awards: One (1) article containing 1,000 words or more; OR one series of related articles.
  • Submissions must have appeared in print publications or on-line media available to the Canadian public.
  • Any article that is written by an employee, director, or officer of a financial services or investment firm is ineligible.

Nominations

  • Nominations can be made by the author(s) of the submitted article(s), editor or other employee of the publication or by the general public at large.
  • Nominations must be received by March 31.
  • The awards will be presented at an event held within three months of the application closing date.

Selection Process

Each qualifying entry will be considered in competition with all others by an independent panel of judges / jury de prix that will be appointed annually.

The panel will comprise of an appropriate balance of experienced and knowledgeable professionals with expertise in either the field of journalism or investment/financial services:

  • At least one judge will be fluent in French and English.
  • All potential judges will be screened for any actual or perceived conflict of interest.

In evaluating the merit of an entry, judges shall consider:

  • The article’s content meeting the stated purposes of the Award;
  • Professional journalistic ethics and commonly accepted standards;
  • The constraint of the article length given the complexity of the topic covered; and
  • Journalists that go “above and beyond” to write thoughtful and substantive articles that provide a perspective on topical issues pertinent to the Canadian investing public.

Application Download & Resources

2020 competition is now closed.

Read about the 2020 winners of the awards.

Previous Recipients

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