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The Globe and Mail dominated the National Newspaper Awards’ shortlist with 20 nominations for its work, including an investigation into rental buildings in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, reporting on China’s crackdown on Muslims and an in-depth look at the economic and environmental costs of Canada’s aging oil and gas wells.

The NNA board of governors announced the finalists of the 70th annual journalism competition on Monday. The Globe was nominated in several categories, including business, international, investigations, beat reporting and politics. The Toronto Star and La Presse came in second in the nominations count, with six each, while the Canadian Press received four nominations.

A total of 63 finalists were chosen from 951 entries.

Seven-time NNA winner Stephanie Nolen, The Globe’s Latin American bureau chief, received the 16th nomination of her career, in the international category, for her reporting from Brazil. The Globe’s Grant Robertson, who has won six previous NNAs, received his 12th nomination in the long feature category for his article on the fate of monkeys used in medical research. And Brian Gable, a seven-time NNA winner, received his 17th nomination – a record – for editorial cartooning.

"The range of nominations showcases the depth of The Globe and Mail’s journalism. We are very proud,” said The Globe’s editor-in-chief David Walmsley.

The winners of the 21 categories will be announced at an awards ceremony in Toronto on May 3. Each winner will receive a $1,000 prize. Last year, The Globe earned the highest number of awards, winning in six categories, with Robyn Doolittle receiving the award for Journalist of the Year.

The Globe’s nominees this year:

Arts and Entertainment: Jonathan Dekel for a feature on Radiohead, nearly seven years after a deadly stage collapse in Toronto. Chris Hannay and Daniel Leblanc for an investigation into the National Gallery of Canada’s attempted sale of a piece of Marc Chagall artwork.

Beat Reporting: Zosia Bielski for her coverage of gender and sexuality.

Grey area: The fragile frontier of dementia, intimacy and sexual consent

Business Reporting: Jeff Lewis, Jeffrey Jones, Renata D’Aliesio and Chen Wang for investigating the fate of Canada’s aging oil and gas wells. Paul Waldie for an investigation into Canadian ties to an alleged terror-financing scheme. Geoffrey York for investigating allegations of corruption in South African business deals made by Bombardier and Export Development Canada.

Editorial Cartooning: Brian Gable, seven-time NNA winner.

Explanatory Work: Carolyn Abraham for a look at why DNA testing can be misleading.

Cracks in the code: Why mapping your DNA may be less reliable than you think

Feature Photo: Chris Donovan for a photo of a woman’s parting visit with a friend facing medically assisted death.

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Chris Donovan's nominated photo shows Audrey Parker during her last party at her apartment in Halifax on Nov. 1, 2018.Chris Donovan/The Globe and Mail

International: Stephanie Nolen for reporting on environmental, social and political developments in Brazil, and Nathan VanderKlippe for reporting on China’s crackdown on Muslims, including ethnic Uyghurs.

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Rio's killer apps

Inside China’s campaign against the Uyghurs

Investigations: Wendy Stueck and Mike Hager for an investigative series on rental buildings in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

For low-income residents in Vancouver, a different kind of real estate crisis

B.C. government considers buyout of Sahotas’ single-room occupancy problem buildings

Long Feature: Jana G. Pruden for a story about the case of a deadly house fire in small-town Alberta, and Grant Robertson for a story about three lab monkeys.

Given a stay of execution, three lab monkeys face a new experiment: Normal life

After the fire: Murder, lies and a missing deer head

Photo Essay: Renaud Philippe for documenting Rohingya refugees fleeing Myanmar, and Melissa Tait for capturing the triumphs and tribulations of an Ontario women’s rugby club.

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Renaud Philippe/The Globe and Mail

The Rohingya Crisis: Living in limbo

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Melissa Tait/The Globe and Mail

Mums who scrum

Politics: Robert Fife, Steven Chase, Sean Silcoff and Christine Dobby for their reporting of Huawei’s expansion plans in Canada.

How Canadian money and research are helping China become a global telecom superpower

Five Eyes spy chiefs warned Trudeau twice about Huawei national-security risk

Former top Canadian security officials warn Ottawa to sever links with China’s Huawei

Presentation: Laura Blenkinsop and Christopher Manza for their presentation of a Brazilian road trip, a major investigative piece and a true crime story.

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Aaron Vincent Elkaim/The Globe and Mail

The Road


After the fire

Short Feature: Jamie Ross for his reflections on playing junior hockey, after the fatal Humboldt Broncos crash, and Patrick White for a story about how a rural sunflower patch was overrun by people seeking the perfect selfie.

The bus, the fights, the family: Junior hockey was my lesson in growing up

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