Business reporter nominated for technology alliance's Innovation Award: Telegraph-Journal coverage
April 19, 2011

Telegraph-Journal business reporter Rebecca Penty received a nice farewell gift Friday. On her last day on the job, she received word that she's been nominated for a 2011 Innovation Award from the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance.

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The High Road Communications award for excellence in science and technology reporting is given for English reporting, while a companion award is given for French-language reporting. Penty is among four finalists for the English-language category.

"I'm surprised and honoured to be recognized for my science and technology reporting," said Penty, who leaves her Telegraph-Journal job to pursue work in Calgary. "The nod by the largest high-tech association in Canada is especially sweet for me to hear about on my last day at the Telegraph-Journal, a newspaper that has allowed me to have fun learning about all sorts of innovative technology and ground-breaking research through my work these last two-and-a-half years."

Penty lauded the newspaper and senior editor David Stonehouse, who came up the idea of a regular Monday Innovate section.

"This weekly focus on science and technology news and research has been popular among business readers and academia in New Brunswick," Penty said. "I feel it's helped bring together researchers and industry leaders at a time when the province's universities are increasingly aiming to transfer patented technology developed at those institutions to entrepreneurs who can turn concepts into products - and create wealth."

CATA communications director Emily Boucher said she was pleased to have a nominee from the East Coast.

"It's great that we have an Atlantic Canadian among the other finalists," Boucher said. "It's nice for to have the work being done in technology reporting in Atlantic Canada recognized - and it's important for growth and innovation across the country."

Also nominated for the long-standing award are The Globe and Mail's Iain Marlow, the Ottawa Citizen's Vito Pilieci and CBC Radio's Bob McDonald. It has been won in previous years by writers such as the Toronto Star's Tyler Hamilton, CBC News Online's Peter Nowak, The Globe & Mail's Matt Hartley and Matthew Ingram, and the National Post's Mark Evans.

"t is gratifying to see Rebecca, a hard-working and talented reporter, nominated alongside such notable names - and the Telegraph-Journal named alongside national publications," said Rob Warner, editor-in-chief of Brunswick News Inc., which owns the Telegraph-Journal. "This is proof that hard work and dedication to excellence pays off."

Gary Stairs, who runs Stellar Learning Services in Fredericton and is nominated for the CATA awards in the content and application mobility industry category, brought the awards to the attention of Penty's editor.

"I felt she was a worthy candidate," Stairs said.

Before joining the Telegraph-Journal, Penty worked at the Hamilton Spectator. A Ryerson University graduate, she also interned at the National Post newspaper.