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The Globe and Mail has received 14 nominations for the National Newspaper Awards for 2013, leading all entrants.

The short list announced Monday includes nominations for The Globe and Mail in a broad range of work encompassing politics, business, international coverage, arts writing and visual categories.

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In all, the NNA office announced a total of 69 finalists in 22 categories, selected from 1,206 entries. The Toronto Star received 13 nominations, while Montreal’s La Presse followed with nine. Winners will be announced at a ceremony in Charlottetown on May 30.

The Globe’s nominees:

POLITICS

There were two nominations in this category. One went to the team of Steven Chase, Boyd Erman and Daniel Leblanc for their reporting on the role of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s adviser Nigel Wright in the Mike Duffy Senate expense scandal: a profile of Mr. Wright, a story on his resignation and a story on his supporters. A second nomination is for Gary Mason for a reported analysis on the B.C. Liberal Party’s comeback election win.

BUSINESS

A team of reporters – Sean Silcoff, Jacquie McNish, Steve Ladurantaye, Tim Kiladze, Iain Marlow and Boyd Erman – is nominated for an in-depth analysis of the rapid decline of BlackBerry maker Research in Motion from a global technology leader to a company struggling to stay alive, including its change in business strategy and a new CEO and perhaps a new lease on life.

INTERNATIONAL

Mark MacKinnon and Marina Strauss are nominated for their work following a T-shirt’s trail from the cotton fields of China through a vast network of foreign factories to Canadian store shelves and investigating underage labour in Cambodia.

ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT

James Adams and Ian Brown each received a nomination. Mr. Adams wrote on a quest to authenticate a painting as an original Edward Hopper, artist Shary Boyle’s challenge of representing Canada at the Venice Biennale and a review of the film Inside Llewyn Davis. Mr. Brown wrote a profile of Mikhail Baryshnikov, a story about artist Alex Emond, who works in the 150-year-old “plein air” tradition, and a feature about the problem of judging photography in an age where cameras are ubiquitous.

BEAT REPORTING

Dakshana Bascaramurty is nominated for her coverage of the suburban communities surrounding Toronto. She wrote features on an explosion of young new immigrants that has remade Brampton, Ont.; Mississauga entrepreneur Vasu Chanchlani; the popularity of multigenerational family living in Brampton; and grocery stores wars in Markham, Ont.

SHORT FEATURES

Grant Robertson was short-listed for a story that went inside the tightly controlled U.S. oil industry to investigate the deadly cargo of crude oil that was carried by the train that derailed and exploded in Lac-Mégantic.

EXPLANATORY WORK

John Allemang was nominated for a piece exploring the pleasures, and the pleasurable pain, of crossword puzzles.

PROJECT OF THE YEAR

A team of Globe staffers received a nomination for Our Time to Lead: The Wealth Paradox, a series of stories that measured and analyzed the real impact of income inequality in Canada as it is shaping cities, schools, social programs – and even the national sport. The writers: Barrie McKenna, Tavia Grant, Greg Keenan, Janet McFarland, Konrad Yakabuski, James Mirtle, Kelly Cryderman, André Picard, Caroline Alphonso, Simon Houpt and Joanna Slater. The editors: Nicole MacAdam, Claire Neary, Laura Blenkinsop (interactive), Angela Pacienza (video).

EDITORIAL WRITING

Tony Keller is nominated for editorials on the ideology of Rob Fordism, the future of the CBC after the loss of Hockey Night in Canada to Rogers, and Conservative Michael Chong’s private member’s bill aimed at shifting some power back to MPs.

VISUAL CATEGORIES

Brian Gable is nominated for Editorial Cartooning for the 14th time. He has won six times.

Moe Doiron is short-listed in the News Feature Photo category for a picture of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford sitting alone in council chambers, wearing a Toronto Argonauts jersey. Designer Jason Chiu was nominated in the Presentation category.

The NNA NOMINATION LIST IN FULL

Arts and Entertainment: James Adams, Globe and Mail, for two stories about the world of visual art and a review of the film Inside Llewyn Davis; Linda Barnard, Toronto Star, for a story about Edmonton filmmaker Michael Jorgensen, a review of Woody Allen’s film Blue Jasmine, and a feature about the making of the film Empire of Dirt; Ian Brown, Globe and Mail, for an interview with Mikhail Baryshnikov, a profile of an artist who works in the 150-year-old ‘plein air’ tradition, and a feature about the problem of judging photography in an age where cameras are ubiquitous.

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