Thumbs up, thumbs down Ma Murrays
The British Columbia/Yukon Community Newspaper Association handed out the 2011 Ma Murray Awards Saturday night in a glitzy presentation attended by some 350-odd people.
Thumbs up to speeches by Jeff Nagel, who encouraged publishers to start rehiring all those laid-off reporters, and by Dale Bass, whose speech about her award-winning column was the most emotional of the night.
And thumbs up to the opportunity to speechify.
One thumb up, one thumb down to the food, which was just OK.
Thumbs up to presenters Kathryn Gretsinger and Kyle Donaldson, who not only let things tick along at a reasonable pace, but kept the crowd informed of the score of the Canucks playoff hockey game.
Thumbs down to the 10-minute Michael Jackson impersonator routine after dinner. The dance crew did a great job, but it was very, very out of place.
Thumbs up to the massive (and very hefty) trophies for the winners. They make sure you know you won something.