Winners of the 31st Annual Hon. Edward Goff Penny Memorial Prizes
News Media Canada is please to announced that journalistsShawna O’Neill and Zak Vescera have been selected as the two recipients of the 31st annual Hon. Edward Goff Penny Memorial Prizes for Young Canadian Journalists for their work published in 2021.
The Hon. Edward Goff Penny Memorial Prizes for Young Canadian Journalists are administered annually by News Media Canada on behalf of the estate of the late Arthur G. Penny. The program provides cash prizes of $1,000 to winners in two circulation classes: under 25,000 and 25,000 and over.
ENTRY DEADLINE: FRIDAY, MARCH 4, 2022
Entries are being accepted until Friday March 4 for the annual Hon. Edward Goff Penny Memorial Prizes for Young Canadian Journalists. Now in its 31st year, the Goff Penny Awards competition is open to young journalists between the ages of 20 and 25 working for daily newspaper members.
Competitors are required to submit four (4) editorial articles published during the 2021 calendar year. Entrants must be between the ages of 20 and 25 as of March 31, 2022, in order to be eligible for consideration.
The Edward Goff Penny Memorial Prizes for Young Canadian Journalists were established in 1991 at the bequest of the estate of the late Arthur G. Penny, grandson of Edward Goff Penny. The first awards were presented in 1992.
Arthur G. Penny, a former newspaper editor in the early 1920s with the old Quebec Chronicle and later a Quebec civil servant, died in 1963. In his last will and testament, he left provisions that, upon the death of his wife and son, two prizes for young journalists should be established in memory of his grandfather, Edward Goff Penny.
The Hon. Edward Goff Penny rose from the position of reporter at the Montreal Herald in the late 1800s to editor and publisher. He was the first president of the Parliamentary Press Gallery in Ottawa and in 1874 became the first newspaper reporter to be appointed to the Senate.
In keeping with the terms of the bequest, the annual awards offer cash prizes to two individuals working or writing for daily newspapers in two circulation classes: under 25000 and 25000 and over. Prize money is $1000 for each class.