Home > Awards > Your 2012 Ma Murray nominees

Your 2012 Ma Murray nominees

February 22, 2012

The finalists for the BCYCNA’s 2012 Ma Murray Community Newspaper Awards were announced Tuesday. I’ve posted the complete list of nominees below. The Vancouver Courier leads the way with seven finalists. Monday Magazine has six [or seven, if you count Special Publications Award, about which I have mixed feelings. See the comments for more.] The North Shore News and Coast Reporter are close behind with five finalists each. [UPDATE, if there are others I have missed with at least five nominees, leave a comment]

I’ve also tallied the results for the newspaper companies.

Overall Excellence

Black Press – 14 (2011 – 17)

Glacier – 6 (2011 incl. Postmedia – 4)


Black Press – 20 (2011 – 16)

Glacier – 12 (2011 incl. Postmedia – 15)

Glacier dailies – 3 (2011 incl. Postmedia – 5)


Black Press – 14 (2011 – 17)

Glacier – 8 (2011 inc. Postmedia – 9)

Yukon News – 5 (2011 – 4)

Anyways, Here are the full results (I’ve omitted advertising and special publications awards, find them here):


Arts & Culture Writing Award

Cowichan News Leader Pictorial, Ashley Degraaf: Keeping that old fire burning
Richmond News, Eve Edmonds, Alan Campbell, Michelle Hopkins & Chung Chow: Arts alive in Richmond
Vancouver WestEnder, Jessica Barrett: Writing on the Wall

Business Writing Award

Monday Magazine, Mary Ellen Green: Ugly sweaters for all
Nanaimo News Bulletin, Toby Gorman: Beekeepers anxious about winter results
New Westminster Record, Christina Myers: In business: making ‘fun’ of allergies

Columnist Award

Abbotsford News, Andrew Holota: Insight into “what were they thinking?”; Hockey fans
Monday Magazine, Brian Kieran: Driver testing is designed to fail seniors; Campbell retains power to
inspire outrage
Vancouver Courier (West Side Edition), Mark Hasiuk: Self‐righteous moralists dominate casino
debate; Candidates court Chinatown while enabling its downfall part of the anarchy

Editorial Award

Monday Magazine, Grant McKenzie & Timothy Collins: Code of Justice: Kimberley Proctor’s killers
will face a fate worse than death
Nanaimo Daily News, Paul Walton & Dustin Walker: North Nanaimo needs low barrier project;
Cantelon has inflamed the housing issue; lies about low‐barrier facility unhelpful
Vancouver Courier (West Side Edition), Barry Link: Why you should vote

Environmental Initiative Award

Coquitlam Now, Jennifer McFee: School diverts 85 per cent of waste
Cowichan News Leader Pictorial, Peter W. Rusland: Pointed bid made for waterfront park
Vancouver Courier (East Side Edition), Naoibh O’Connor: Earth tones

Environmental Writing Award

Monday Magazine, Mary Ellen Green: Dying to stay green: Victorians are making end‐of‐life
decisions with the same values as they lead their lives
North Shore News, James Weldon: B.C. aphrodisiac contains cadmium
North Shore Outlook, Sean Kolenko: Sink or Swim

Feature Article Award

Chilliwack Times, Tyler Olsen: Lost girl
Kamloops Daily News, Catherine Litt: Walking tall: She was a 78‐year‐old woman on a 426‐
kilometre expedition
Monday Magazine, Danielle Pope: No Shame: Healing the Wounds

Feature Series Award

Nanaimo Daily News, Dustin Walker: Legacy of Fear
The Chilliwack Progress, Jenna Hauck & Eric Welsh: Teenager’s life turned upside down
Vancouver Courier (West Side Edition), Mike Howell: Riot

John Collison Memorial Award for Investigative Journalism

Keremeos, The Review, Steve Arstad: Helping for humanity’s sake
Revelstoke Times Review, Aaron Orlando: Forests ministry knew of conditions in squalid camps;
workers not yet paid
Surrey, North Delta Leader, Jeff Nagel: Justice Denied

Neville Shanks Memorial Award for Historical Writing

Monday Magazine, Danielle Pope: Remember Us: Chinese Canadian vets honour the country that
cast them aside
North Shore News, James Weldon: A separate peace
Revelstoke Times Review, Aaron Orlando: Does ‘Revelstoke’ meteorite hold evidence of extraterrestrial

Outdoor Recreation Writing Award

Campbell River Mirror, Alistair Taylor: Youths escape death in river incident & Trees and high water
create hazard on the river
North Shore News, Manisha Krishnan: Going downhill ‐ fast
North Shore Outlook, Maria Spitale‐Leisk: Breathtaking Journey

Sports Writing Award

Abbotsford News, Dan Kinvig: Picking up the pieces
Langley Times, Gary Ahuja: Football fills family void
Vancouver Courier (East Side Edition), Bob Mackin: A stadium reborn


Feature Photo Award, Black & White, Over 25,000

Cowichan News Leader Pictorial, Andrew Leong: Drawing the boundaries
Maple Ridge‐Pitt Meadows News, Colleen Flanagan: Vigil for two young souls alike
Victoria News, Sharon Tiffin: Happy fisherman

Feature Photo Award, Black & White, Under 25,000

The Interior News, Jon Muldoon: Tubing on Tyhee
Yukon News, Justin Kennedy: Starry night
Yukon News, Mike Thomas: Reflecting face

Feature Photo Award, Colour, Over 25,000

Campbell River Mirror, Paul Rudan: Journey begins for Phillips chinook
Richmond News, Chung Chow: Taking flight … a chickadee prepares to go airborne from a cherry
blossom tree in Garry Point Park
Victoria News, Don Denton: Totem gets its groove on

Feature Photo Award, Colour, Under 25,000

Eagle Valley News, Lachlan Labere: True inspiration
Salmon Arm Observer, James Murray: Watch the birdie
Shuswap Market News, James Murray: Share and share alike

Photo Essay Award

Cowichan News Leader Pictorial, Andrew Leong: The Exhibitionists
Gulf Islands Driftwood, Susan Lundy & team : Day in the Life of Salt Spring Island
Powell River Peak, Alicia Baas: Game day

Portrait/Personality Photo Award

The Chilliwack Progress, Jenna Hauck: Latimer and Tractorgrease break boundaries
Yukon News, Ian Stewart: Business portrait
Yukon News, Mike Thomas: Helicopter pilot

Sports Photo Award, Over 25,000

North Shore News, Cindy Goodman: Jammin’
North Shore News, Mike Wakefield: Fly‐by‐kite operation
Penticton Western News, Mark D. Brett: Bring her down

Sports Photo Award, Under 25,000

Coast Reporter, Justin Samson: Coastal Seshins
Gulf Islands Driftwood, John Cameron: Driven to Ride
Quesnel, Cariboo Observer, Percy N. Hébert: Great snag

Spot News Photo Award, Over 25,000

Campbell River Courier‐Islander, Dan MacLennan: Free four all
Cowichan Valley Citizen, Kevin Rothbauer: Three homes, three days, three fires
Vancouver Courier (West Side Edition), Dan Toulgoet: Riot

Spot News Photo Award, Under 25,000

Nelson Star, Megan Cole: Delivering a Macabre Message
Quesnel, Cariboo Observer, Percy N. Hébert: Trapped
Yukon News, Mike Thomas: Car meets motorcycle

Cartoonist Award

North Island Gazette, Lawrence Woodall: No title, on Commentary page
Powell River Peak, Wendy Brown: HST Referendum
Vancouver Courier (West Side Edition), Geoff Olson: Dog heaven


Special Section Award, Over 25,000

Abbotsford News, Dan Kinvig & Cristine MacDonald: Faceoff
Cowichan Valley Citizen, Andrea Rondeau, Lexi Bainas, Sarah Simpson & Kevin
Rothbauer: Valley food something to crow about
Surrey, North Delta, White Rock Now, Marlyn Graziano, Beau Simpson, Kim Rose & Margot Gauley: Possabilities

Special Section Award, Under 25,000

Coast Reporter, Ashley Doyle: Horizons 2011
Oak Bay News, Oliver Sommer, Penny Sakamoto, Jennifer Blyth, Tricia Stringfellow & Brian Pert:
Salute to Mayor Causton
Whistler Question, Eric MacKenzie & John Magill: GranFondo Whistler

Website & Online Innovation Award

Abbotsford News, Don Barbeau & Cristine MacDonald: My Ride
Kamloops Daily News, Mark Rogers: Kamloops Daily News website
Yukon News, Mike Thomas: Yukon News

Ma Murray Community Service Award

North Shore Outlook, Staff: Back to School
Richmond News, Michelle Hopkins, Eve Edmonds & Chung Chow: Bank feeds city’s body, mind and
Richmond Review, Mary Kemmis: Ethel Tibbits Awards raises record amount


Newspaper Excellence Category A

Bowen Island Undercurrent (B)
• Bridge River News (G)
North Thompson Times (B)

Newspaper Excellence Category B

• Fernie Free Press (B)
• Hope Standard (B)
• North Island Gazette (B)

Newspaper Excellence Category C

• Gulf Islands Driftwood (B)
• Salmon Arm Observer (B)
• Squamish Chief (G)

Newspaper Excellence Category D

• Coast Reporter (G)
• Oak Bay News (B)
• Whistler Question (G)

Newspaper Excellence Category E

• Cowichan News Leader Pictorial (B)
• New Westminster Record (G)
• Parksville/Qualicum Beach News (B)

Newspaper Excellence Category F

• Langley Advance (G)
• Peace Arch News (B)
• Victoria News (B)

Newspaper Excellence Category G

• Abbotsford News (B)
• Kelowna Capital News (B)
• Surrey, North Delta Leader (B)


  1. February 23, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    Hi BC Reporter and Barry,

    We at Monday actually received seven award nominations, so we’re tied!

  2. February 22, 2012 at 11:10 am

    Glad to see the full list reproduced here, and congratulations to all the nominees. I want to point out, however, that the Vancouver Courier received seven nominations, ahead of Monday and the NSN.

    Barry Link,
    Vancouver Courier

    • February 22, 2012 at 12:24 pm

      Thanks Barry. Updated.

    • February 23, 2012 at 3:37 pm

      Actually, Monday magazine received 7 nominations, too. However, only 6 were for writing, the 7th, Newspaper Promotion, was for its spring redesign, which included new look, new design and new columnists, etc.

  1. February 28, 2012 at 6:01 pm
Comments are closed.
%d bloggers like this: