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The write stuff: meet the 2011 Northern Lights winners.

CTC awards luncheon in New York City for smart travel journalism online and in print.

05 April 2011

Years change, but the delights of a well-told travel story remain the same, no matter whether you read it in print, on a PC or on a smartphone.

So the Northern Lights awards luncheon, part of the Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC)’s Canada Media Marketplace 2011, remains a particular treat. The 14th iteration of our annual media marketplace for the US took place this year at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, New York City, NY. Adam Gopnik, best known for his sparkling written work for The New Yorker, regaled attendees as this year’s keynote speaker.

The Northern Lights Awards for excellence in travel journalism forms part of CTC’s US media relations work. The Missouri School of Journalism and Associate Professor John Fennell did the honours with judging again, sifting through hundreds of entries.

Without further ado: the winners.

Winner: San Francisco Chronicle, travel editor: Spud Hilton
Testing Skills in the Big Chill” by Margo Pfeiff (writer/photographer)

Independent Journalist: Newspaper
1) Remy Scalza, The Washington Post
Chill Before Serving

2) John Flinn, Los Angeles Times
Iron Nerves

3) Genevieve Paiement, The New York Times T magazine
Picky Eaters

1) Travel + Leisure
“Magnificent Montreal” by Amy Farley

2) enRoute, editor-in-chief Ilana Weitzman
Canada’s Best New Restaurants 2010” by Sarah Musgrave

3) Explore, editor: James Little
“The Best of Banff” by Ryan Stuart

Independent Journalist, Magazine
1) Conor Mihell, Canoe & Kayak
Recon Man

2) Dan Rubinstein, Canadian Geographic
Some Kind of Merveilleux

3) Sandra Phinney, Saltscapes
“Only in Pubnico”

Internet Reporting
1) Jules Older, Canada, Eco Travel
Newfoundland: Three Lifetimes in Three Days

2) Greg Thomas, Angler’s Tonic
“Tonic on the Dean”

3) Bobbie Hasselbring, realfoodtraveler.com
Quebec: For the Love of Lavender


1) Michael Bednar, Wanderlust
“Fur & Ice”

2) John Sylvester, Coastal Living
“Winter Wonderland”

3) Peter Guttman, Apple iPad and iPhone applications
Rooms With a View

There will be a full report later this month from Canada Media Marketplace 2011 in CTC News.




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