The JHM Awards

Every year, The John H. McDonald Awards for Excellence in Student Journalism — better known as the Johnnies or the JHMs — are presented as a part of NASH. These prestigious awards recognize the very best in student journalism across the country.

Nominees are finally here! Thank you to everyone who sent in submissions, and to our fantastic group of judges from all over the industry.

Winners will be presented at the virtual JHM Gala on Sunday, February 21 at 7 p.m. EST, which closes off this year’s NASH conference.

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Here are the nominees:


Arts & Culture Writing Award

Humour Award

Diversity Reporting Award

Feature Writing Award

Over $50,000:

Under $50,000:

Investigative Reporting Award

The CWA Award for Labour Reporting

News Reporting Award

Op-Ed Award

Sports Reporting Award

Indigenous Reporting Award

Data Journalism Award

Climate Reporting Award

Science Reporting Award

Public Health Reporting Award


Cover/Layout of the Year

  • The Ubyssey, February 11, 2020, Elizabeth Wang & Lua Presidio
  • The Western Gazette, July 8, 2020, Liam Afonso, Taniya Spolia, Emily Tayler, Rania Osman, Hope Mahood
  • The Eyeopener, January 15, 2020, Pernia Jamshed

Graphic/Illustration of the Year

Photo of the Year

Best Online Media

Prize for Digital Storytelling

Over $50,000:

Under $50,000:


Student Journalist of the Year

  • Adam Lachacz, The Gateway
  • Bailey Martens, The Ubyssey
  • Liam Afonso, The Western Gazette

Student Photojournalist of the Year

  • Spencer Colby, The Charlatan
  • Elana Emer, The Eyeopener
  • Esteban Cuevas, The Link

Student Publication of the Year

This award, voted on by CUP’s membership (digitally) during the NASH conference, is designed to help foster solidarity among the student media landscape and to recognize any outstanding accomplishments, progress, and community service that a student publication has brought to their community at large over the past year.