Globe and Mail reporter Ingrid Peritz has been honoured twice by Quebec's prestigious Judith-Jasmin awards for her series about the Canadian government's treatment of thalidomide survivors.
Ms. Peritz, a reporter in The Globe's Montreal bureau, won an honourable mention in the Grand Prize category for the series, entitled "The fight of their lives: After years of neglect, Canadian thalidomide survivors make a plea for help."
Ms. Peritz also clinched the Judith-Jasmin award for best special project. The winners in the 40th edition of the prix Judith-Jasmin, presented by the Fédération professionnelle des journalistes du Québec, were announced Saturday in Quebec City.
"This recognition is a high honour for a story that showcases what The Globe and Mail, at its best, stands for," Globe editor-in-chief David Walmsley said. "Ingrid combined a journalistic determination with a rare level of empathy that resulted in improving the lives of the survivors of the thalidomide disaster. We are immensely proud."
The Judith-Jasmin jury said the series was "moving without being sentimental, shocking but not sensationalistic." It singled out the high quality of the research and the graceful writing, as well as the high impact the series had.
The informative and touching series had all the earmarks of great reporting and succeeded in bringing about change, the jury members added.
In addition to the prix Judith-Jasmin, Ms. Peritz's series has garnered a National Newspaper Award, the Michener Award for public-service journalism and the Canadian Journalism Foundation Excellence in Journalism Award, the top three prizes in Canadian journalism.
Last month, the series also won an international EPPY award for Best Community Service on a Media-Affiliated Website. The EPPYs are awarded for excellence in digital journalism, presented by U.S.-based journal Editor and Publisher.
The Judith-Jasmin Grand Prize went to a team at public television broadcaster Radio-Canada for the last interview given by former Quebec premier and ardent separatist Jacques Parizeau.