RSJ alum Robyn Doolittle was named Journalist of the Year at the 69th National Newspaper Awards on May 3, 2018.
Doolittle’s “Unfounded Series” for the Globe and Mail revealed how police across Canada often concluded that, even in cases with strong evidence, no crime had occurred in nearly one-fifth of all sexual-assault allegations.
According to NNA: “Her work on “Unfounded” was a wonderful example of public service journalism: a series that has the potential to change the lives of countless women.”
Doolittle spent 20-months on the investigation as there were no public statistics available regarding the dismissal of sexual-assault allegation by police. As of December, 2017, 37,000 cases were being reviewed due to Doolittle’s investigation.
“The series has had a huge impact. It prompted many police forces to review closed cases, and to reopen some of them. And it led the federal government to earmark $100 million to combat gender-based violence,” said a statement from the NNA.
Doolittle also won the NNA’s Investigations award for the “Unfounded Series.” The “Unfounded Series” is also a finalist for the 2017 Michener Awards.
Other RSJ winners include:
RSJ alum Dan Fumano and Matt Robinson, Vancouver Sun, won the Project of the Year award for an investigation into the case of Phillip Tallio, who still maintained his innocence after 34 years of incarceration for the murder of a child.
RSJ instructor Robert Cribb and Marco Chown Oved, Toronto Star, won the business award for reports revealing that Canada is a tax haven for foreigners looking to hide their money.