Meet the NMA Finalists for Best New Magazine Writer

We’re getting ready to celebrate the 35th anniversary National Magazine Awards on June 7 at the fabulous Carlu in Toronto. Among the many great nominees this year are 3 finalists for the special award Best New Magazine Writer, which is generously sponsored by L’Oréal Canada.

This award will go to a writer whose early work in magazines (print or digital) shows the highest degree of craft and promise. The award is open to students and magazine writers with a maximum of two years’ experience in professional journalism.

Click on the images to read the full text of each of this year’s three finalists:

“The New Paparazzi” by Emma Teitel, for Maclean’s

What the judges said about Emma Teitel:
What a voice Emma Teitel has! Well researched and beautifully paced, her story of the Facebook generation is rich with personal insight. Her writing is full of bravura; authoritative and punchy. Writing a column in a national magazine is a remarkable achievement, especially for someone so young. She is clearly a natural for this style of journalism.

“Suicide Notes” by Liam Casey, for the Ryerson Review of Journalism

What the judges said about Liam Casey:
In a rare combination of eloquent personal journalism and meticulous reporting, Liam Casey has confronted a highly charged question that has been dodged for so long – the practice in newsrooms of non-reporting of suicide. With tremendous honesty he has put himself inside the story of the pain of depression, and emerged with a strong commentary on journalism. Not many writers have made such an impact with one of their first pieces.

“Not All Smurfs and Sunshine” by Matthew Scianitti, for the Ryerson Review of Journalism

What the judges said about Matthew Scianitti:
With formidable storytelling chops Matthew Scianitti brings a complicated character – Chris Jones – to life. He combines diligent reporting with an effortless prose style, and deftly mimics the style of his interview subject. He has demonstrated a strong capacity for crafting a profile. A delight to follow, his work is a telling description of a bright young writer.

The winner will be revealed June 7 at the 35th anniversary National Magazine Awards. Tickets are on sale now.

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L’Oréal Canada has developed three programs in Canada under its Education Philanthropic Pillar, for grade school, high school, and university students:

1. Grade school — Actua’s National Girls Mentorship Program:
Inspiring girls in Science, Engineering and Technology (SET), L’Oréal Canada and Actua’s National Girls Mentorship Program was established in 2003 as a result of a noted decrease in female participation in co-ed camps. This program is a set of specialized initiatives designed to proactively increase the engagement of girls in SET studies and careers, and to provide girls with their first opportunity to meet “real life” scientists and engineers.

2. High School — Project Talent
Partnering with the Montreal School Board, L’Oréal Canada’s Project Talent is now in its third year of reaching out to high school students with learning difficulties and who are at high risk of dropping out. The goal is to encourage these students to stay in school by giving the experience of learning through the arts.

3. University — L’Oréal-UNESCO Fellowship Program for Women in Science
L’Oréal Canada believes that the world needs science and science needs women. Today, however, women represent only 20% of scientific researches in the private sector, and in certain disciplines such as math, the number to only 12%. L’Oréal Canada annually awards fellowships to four exceptional Canadian researchers with the support of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO through its “For Women in Science Fellowships” Program.

These three programs enable talented young people from various backgrounds to fulfill their potential for excellence and promote equal opportunities for all Canadian youth. For more information, visit


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