Canadian Ethnic Media Association Announces 42nd Annual Award Winners for Journalistic Excellence

November 5, 2020

The Canadian Ethnic Media Association (CEMA) is pleased to announce the winners of the 42nd Annual Awards for Journalistic Excellence.  The winners proudly named below, will be showcased in the Association’s first-ever virtual presentation on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 starting at 8 p.m. EST, in Ontario. The production will be hosted by Angie Seth, Anchor of CTV News Channel, Toronto, and well-known Edmonton broadcaster, Stacey Brotzel.

The CEMA Awards recognize outstanding achievement in the categories of Print, Radio, Television, Internet, Podcast – News, Podcast – Feature, Documentary, Innovation, and new this year, Community Engagement.  The 2020 competition drew a large and very gratifying response, across all of the disciplines. In order to celebrate more of the best work of so many illustrious entrants, a jury panel of independent judges made the decision to split the Podcast category into two distinct divisions, News and Features, thereby recognizing the very impressive work of two diverse submissions. They also unanimously voted to introduce the Community Engagement category to honour a high-quality special production borne of a cross-cultural initiative.

The historic awards presentation will emanate from CEMA’s Website:, by way of links to the viewer’s choice of either its Facebook Page or YouTube.  Viewers across the country will be able to watch the winners’ at home acceptance speeches, remote Canadian artist performances, and special guest messages at the following local times:

Newfoundland  (Newfoundland Standard Time) 9:30 p.m. NST
Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island (Atlantic Time) 9:00 p.m. AST
Quebec and Ontario (Eastern Standard Time) 8:00 p.m. EST
Manitoba and Saskatchewan (Central Standard Time) 7:00 p.m. CST
Alberta (Mountain Standard Time )6:00 p.m.MST
British Columbia (Pacific Standard Time) 5:00 p.m. PST

This year’s winners of the Canadian Ethnic Media Association Awards for Journalistic Excellence, in the nine aforementioned categories are:

Joanna Chiu, Journalist, Toronto Star, for Confessions of a Model Minority.

Dora Konomi, and Irene Anargyrou, Hosts/Producers, Doralicious Show, Agape Greek Radio; for Save Baby Michael.

Raul Dudnic, Producer, Noi Romanii, OMNI Television for The Ethnic TV Producers.

Camille Dundas, Editor-in-Chief, for The Allyship Series.

Ed Gough Jr., aka Dr. Vibe, Producer/Co-Host, The Dr. Vibe Show, for R U Listening? The Black Community Speaks! Politicians Listen!

Renato Zane, Producer/Anchor for Covid: Coast to Coast

Les Sereda and Steve Glassman, Producers/Directors for Dancing on Eggshells. The Making of Shumkas Ancestors and Elders.

Haytham Hamad, CEO and Chief Editor, Hala Canada Media.

Vita Shtivelman, Project Creator, Et Cetera, for “In Flanders Fields” – A Canadian Multilingual Project.

Despite the challenges presiding over this very difficult, Coronavirus: Covid-19 infused year, rendering the traditional celebration of CEMA’s Awards for Journalistic Excellence almost impossible, the Association rose to the occasion.  CEMA chose to be true to its mandate, pay respect to its many years of accumulated momentum and continuity, and to recognize the best work of its contemporaries. The penultimate reward:  its first-ever virtual awards ceremony is in the works, and is poised to roll out starting November 18, 2020, at 8:00 P.M. EST.

CEMA is calling its national membership and those interested in important multicultural and multilingual community journalism to participate in a fresh and ambitious initiative – an historic virtual presentation of the 42nd Annual Canadian Ethnic Media Association Awards for Journalistic Excellence.  You are invited to cheer the remarkable work of some of Canada’s most compelling ethnic media practitioners – tune in to hear their acceptance speeches, and see clips of their award-winning submissions, all from the comfort of your own home.  

The Canadian Ethnic Media Association is happy to welcome the return of Ontario Creates as the Sponsor of the 42nd Annual Awards for Journalistic Excellence.  Ontario Creates is an agency of the Government of Ontario that facilitates economic development, investment and collaboration in Ontario’s creative industries including the music, book, magazine, film, television and interactive digital media sectors.

The first virtual presentation of CEMA’s Awards for Journalistic Excellence is produced by Stan Papulkas of Edmonton, Alberta. Stan is a veteran independent television producer who has many years experience working with Canada’s multicultural and multilingual television programmers.

For Further Information, please contact:

Averill Maroun
CEMA Board Member
Marketing & Media Relations
E-Mail:  [email protected]
Phone: 905 881-3955

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