Sudbury Star’s Carmichael and Lappa win Ontario Newspaper Awards

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Two veteran Sudbury Star reporters, journalist Harold Carmichael and photographer John Lappa, added to their list of accomplishments as winners of the Ontario Newspaper Awards.

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The winners and finalists for 2021 were announced recently at www.onawards.ca.

Lappa won photography (less than 25,000 prints) for his photo at a ceremony on National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day, held in NSwakamok Native Friendship Center in Sudbury on September 30 – at a time when the full horror of Canada’s residential school system had come to light.

Elder Julie Ozawagosh addressed a crowd as 3-year-old Eleanore Richardson approached and the two exchanged smiles as Lappa took her winning shot.

“A simple but effective shot that skillfully captures an all-too-rare bright moment in the process of public reconciliation, with the smiles on the faces of the little girl and the eldest offering poignant hope for the future,” the judges wrote. of the ONA.

The finalists were Elliot Ferguson of the Kingston Whig-Standard and Clifford Skarstedt of the Peterborough Examiner.

Lappa is one of the oldest, most respected and most decorated journalists in The Star’s newsroom, his photos having graced the pages of the newspaper since 1981.

Carmichael won Spot News Writing (less than 25,000 copies) for its coverage of Laurentian University’s insolvency and restructuring process, which rocked the school and the wider community last year.

Carmichaels stories about Laurentian UniversityThe decision to seek bankruptcy protection is full of intelligent voices, insight and historical context,” the ONA judges wrote. “He engages the reader with engaging ledes and clearly explains the next steps in a complicated process, while keeping the voices of the students involved front and center.”

The Carmichael Prize finalists were Galen Simmons of the Stratford Beacon Herald and Luke Hendry of the Belleville Intelligencer.

Carmichael is well known and respected for his coverage of the Sudbury court, cases and the latest Sudbury news.