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Ma Murray awards by media company

March 9, 2011

So I’ve broke down yesterday’s award nominations by company and the results are interesting.

The following is made without comment because, frankly, I don’t know what conclusions there are to be drawn from this. That, however, is not to say there are no conclusions to be drawn. There are, especially about the general allocation of resources. I just don’t know what.

Some disclaimers: Black Press owns far more papers than Postmedia which owns more papers than Glacier. The only independent paper to be nominated was the Yukon News. I’ve separated the dailies — Nanaimo Daily News for Postmedia, the Prince George Citizen and Kamloops Daily News for Glacier. Finally, I left Kamloops This Week in the Black Press family mainly because little to nothing has changed there since a company called Thompson River Publications took over late last year. For example, their websites remain the same)

Overall Excellence

Black Press — 17 nominations

Glacier — 3 nominations

Postmedia — 1 nominations.


Black Press — 16 nominations

Postmedia — 11 nominations

Glacier — 4 nominations

Glacier dailies — 4 nominations

Independent – 4 nominations

Postmedia dailies — 1 nomination


Black Press — 17 nominations

Postmedia — 5 nominations

Independent — 4 nominations

Glacier — 3 nominations

Glacier dailies — 1 nomination

Any idea why this may be? Leave a comment.


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  1. Anonymous
    March 10, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    It’s not a question of resources. Check who sponsors the BCYCNA industry awards.

    Great blog by the way.

    • March 10, 2011 at 10:54 pm

      I think that’s an easy answer. But maybe too easy. Maybe I’m naive, but I feel that any journalist who’s asked to judge these awards has a little more integrity than to stack the field in favour of their company. Hell, most probably don’t even like their companies that much. Judging is a volunteer duty (right?) I don’t think many judges are going to volunteer for a non-paying job that requires them to go all Hosni Mubarak on things.
      I don’t think pointing out that the Black Family Editorial Award doesn’t include one Black Press nominee is all that relevant, but it does illustrate a general non-corrupt pattern that I think is mirrored throughout the awards process.

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