Posted by Phil Andrews
I heard from loads of relatives and former co-workers over being quoted in the Canadian Press story about Christine Sinclair being Canada's female athlete of the year.
I'm a big Sinclair fan. She deserved the award.
As Mercury editor, I get a vote on all the Canadian Press year-end selections. Yes, that means I also voted on the Luka Magnotta Newsmaker of the Year derby.
Each voting editor can vote cast can a first, second or third place vote for selections in a roster of offerings offered by the news agency. Then, editors are also permitted to justify their choices in a comment field. My comments on Sinclair were what appeared in the story about her. Editors are also permitted to have a write-in choice if they want to advance the name of someone not on the CP ballot. I wrote-in Pierre Poutine as a candidate to be considered.
On Magnotta, he was not my top choice but I had him in my top three.
The critics of him being selected have almost universally panned it over it giving him more attention. But too few have asserted an alternate candidate who generated more news coverage. That's where this discussion can be more constructive.
I think media made too much of the Magnotta story -- but all media did, social media too. Magnotta terrible tale and his capture were big news.
So a bigger Canadian newsmaker in 2012 than Magnotta, well let's have that debate.
For the record, I also cast a second-place vote for Guelph's Erin Mielzinski as Canada's female athlete of the year.