The National Media Awards Foundation is a bilingual, charitable organization that has been committed to fostering excellence in journalism and visual creation since 1977. A key component of that is recognizing individuals whose early work in Canadian publishing shows the highest degree of craft and promise.
NMA Emerging Excellence Award
The National Magazine Award for Best Emerging Writer, sponsored by the Reader’s Digest Foundation of Canada, was awarded in 2023 to Marina Wang for “A Community’s Quest to Document Every Species on Their Island Home,” published in Hakai Magazine. The jury was impressed with the way Marina weaved a profile with observations and expert insights:
“In this thoughtful and thought-provoking story, Marina Wang takes the reader on a journey to not only unfurl the rarest moss in Canada (among other earthy treasures on B.C.’s Galiano Island) but the power of discovery in transforming a community’s relationship with nature. Marina weaves a profile with observations and expert insights to offer clarity and context on what is really being lost—from species to language to kinship. Kudos also to the Hakai Magazine Journalism Fellowship and editor J. B. MacKinnon for providing such important in-depth writing opportunities, mentorships, and support to emerging writers—including two of this year’s finalists.”– NMA Jury
Previous Winners of Best Emerging Writer
Digital Publishing Awards Emerging Excellence Award
“In reviewing submissions for the Emerging Excellence award, we were asked to consider three main points: the quality and creativity of the candidate’s work, their impact, and their potential. Emma McIntosh excelled in all three, but what really stood out was the extent of her impact. Her reporting for The Narwhal has made politicians and policymakers sit up and take notice. And at a time when many of us are probably experiencing climate fatigue, she’s making readers sit up and take notice too. Her reporting could serve as a model for how to do journalism that stands out in an age of information overload. And we can’t wait to see what she does next.”– DPA Jury