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Full list of 2012 Ma Murray Award winners

April 20, 2012 1 comment

A week late — shut up! — here are your individual and special category 2012 Ma Murray Award winners (Newspaper excellence award winners were posted earlier. Pay attention). If your name is (BCYCNA general manager) George Affleck, STOP! I know you read this blog George. When you get around to publishing the names of the award winners next year, please, please, please do not post them as a PDF. Don’t to it! No! Bad general manager! That is all.

Without ado….

Eric Dunning Integrity Award Gold – Merv Unger

Writing Awards

 

Feature Series Award
Gold – Vancouver Courier, Mike Howell
Silver – Chilliwack Progress, Jenna Hauck & Eric Welsh
Bronze – Nanaimo Daily News, Dustin Walker

John Collison Memorial Award for Investigative 
Journalism
Gold – Surrey/North Delta Leader, Jeff Nagel
Silver – Revelstoke Times Review, Aaron Orlando
Bronze – Keremeos, The Review, Steve Arstad

Feature Article Award
Gold – Kamloops Daily News, Catherine Litt
Silver – Monday Magazine, Danielle Pope
Bronze – Chilliwack Times, Tyler Olsen

Arts & Culture Writing Award
Gold – Richmond News, Eve Edmonds, Alan Campbell, Michelle Hopkins and Chung Chow
Silver – Westender, Jessica Barrett
Bronze – Cowichan News Leader Pictorial, Ashley Degraaf

Neville Shanks Memorial Award for Historical Writing
Gold – Revelstoke Times Review, Aaron Orlando
Silver – Monday Magazine, Danielle Pope
Bronze – North Shore News, James Weldon

Sports Writing Award
Gold – Vancouver Courier, Bob Mackin
Silver – Abbotsford News, Dan Kinvig
Bronze – Langley Times, Gary Ahuja

Outdoor Recreation Writing Award
Gold – North Shore News, Manisha Krishnan
Silver – North Shore Outlook, Maria Spitale-Leisk
Bronze – Campbell River Mirror, Alistair Taylor

Environmental Initiative Award
Gold – Vancouver Courier, Naoibh O’Connor
Silver – Cowichan News Leader 
Pictorial, Peter W. Rusland
Bronze – Coquitlam Now, Jennifer McFee

Environmental Writing Award
Gold – North Shore News, James Weldon
Silver – North Shore Outlook, Sean Kolenko
Bronze – Monday Magazine, Mary Ellen Green

Columnist Award
Gold – Monday Magazine, Brian Kieran
Silver – Vancouver Courier, Mark Hasiuk
Bronze – Abbotsford News, Andrew Holota

Editorial Award
Gold – Monday Magazine, Grant McKenzie & Timothy Collins
Silver – Vancouver Courier, Barry Link
Bronze – Nanaimo Daily News, Paul Walton & Dustin Walker

Photography awards

 

Sports Photo Award, Over 25,000
Gold – North Shore News, Cindy Goodman
Silver – North Shore News, Mike Wakefield
Bronze – Penticton Western News, Mark D. Brett

Sports Photo Award, Under 25,000
Gold – Gulf Islands Driftwood, John Cameron
Silver – Quesnel Cariboo Observer, Percy N. Hébert
Bronze – Coast Reporter, Justin Samson

Spot News Photo Award, Over 25,000
Gold – Vancouver Courier, Dan Toulgoet
Silver – Campbell River Courier-Islander, Dan MacLennan
Bronze – Cowichan Valley Citizen, Kevin Rothbauer

Spot News Photo Award, Under 25,000
Gold – Yukon News, Mike Thomas
Silver – Quesnel Cariboo Observer, Percy N. Hébert
Bronze – Nelson Star, Megan Cole

Feature Photo Award, Black & White, Over 25,000
Gold – Victoria News, Sharon Tiffin
Silver – Cowichan News Leader Pictorial, Andrew Leong
Bronze – Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows News, Colleen Flanagan

Feature Photo Award, Black & White, Under 25,000
Gold – Yukon News, Justin Kennedy
Silver – Yukon News, Mike Thomas
Bronze – The Interior News, Jon Muldoon

Feature Photo Award, Colour, Over 25,000
Gold – Victoria News, Don Denton
Silver – Campbell River Mirror, Paul Rudan
Bronze – Richmond News, Chung Chow

Feature Photo Award, Colour, Under 25,000
Gold – Salmon Arm Observer, James Murray
Silver – Eagle Valley News, Lachlan Labere
Bronze – Shuswap Market News, James Murray

Photo Essay Award
Gold – Gulf Islands Driftwood, Susan Lundy & Team
Silver – Powell River Peak, Alicia Baas
Bronze – Cowichan News Leader Pictorial, Andrew Leong

Portrait/Personality Photo Award
Gold – Yukon News, Mike Thomas
Silver – Chilliwack Progress, Jenna Hauck
Bronze – Yukon News, Ian Stewart

Special awards

 

Ma Murray Community Service Award
Gold – North Shore Outlook, Greg Laviolette and staff
Silver – Richmond Review, Mary Kemmis
Bronze – Richmond News, Michelle Hopkins, Eve Edmonds & Chung Chow

Special Publications Award, Over 25,000
Gold – Surrey/North Delta Leader, Paula Carlson & Team
Silver – North Shore News, Vicki Magnison & Deana Lancaster
Bronze – Kamloops Daily News, Keshav Sharma & Team

Special Publications Award, Under 25,000
Gold – Coast Reporter, Joe James
Silver – Gulf Islands Driftwood, Lorraine Sullivan & Team
Bronze – Grand Forks Gazette, Chris Hammett & Team

Special Section Award, Over 25,000
Gold – The Now, serving Surrey, North Delta, White Rock, Marlyn Graziano, Beau Simpson, Kim Rose & Margot Gauley
Silver – Abbotsford News, Dan Kinvig, Cristine MacDonald & Anne Williams
Bronze – Cowichan Valley Citizen, Andrea Rondeau, Lexi Bainas, Sarah Simpson & Kevin Rothbauer

Special Section Award, Under 25,000
Gold – Whistler Question, Eric MacKenzie & John Magill
Silver – Coast Reporter, Ashley Doyle
Bronze – Oak Bay News, Oliver Sommer

Web Online Innovation Award
Gold – Kamloops Daily News, Mark Rogers
Silver – Abbotsford News, Don Barbeau & Cristine MacDonald
Bronze – Yukon News, Mike Thomas

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Gulf Islands Driftwood editor Gail Sjuberg Tebows for Thompson

April 16, 2012 3 comments

Before Saturday’s Ma Murraw Awards I put out a challenge to the night’s award-winners: the first get down like overrated NFL quarterback Tim Tebow on stage or thank Baby Jesus ala imaginary NASCAR driver Ricky Bobby would win a Hunter S. Thompson book.

But according to our not-particularly-reliable-nor-sober Special Correspondent, after more than two dozen speeches (most lasting no more than 10 seconds) and a few not-so-subtle reminders by hosts Jill Krop and Dan Quinn, it was an editor who didn’t even win an award who finally got religion (and the book).

Gulf Islands Driftwood photographer John Cameron wasn’t at the River Rock theatre to accept his sports photo award but his editor, Gail Sjuberg, was.

After a nice speech, Gail (or someone who our correspondent believed to be Gail; she later confirmed it was her) performed what might be best described as a half-Tebow. Our judge reports with sorrow that her knee didn’t quite touch the ground. But he said she deserves the book anyway.

That said, our correspondent has little reason to be throwing stones: not only was he too drunk to even confirm that it was Gail on stage, but I also suspect that alcohol may be to blame for his report that there was an above-average number of identical twins at the after party.

I’ll have more on the comedy, awards and speeches later this week. And Gail will be getting her book sometime soon-ish.

Tebow for (Hunter S.) Thompson: Book up for grabs in first B.C. Reporter Reporter contest

April 13, 2012 3 comments

The BCYCNA Ma Murray Awards are Saturday and blah, blah, blah.  You know what’s happening. So let’s spice things up.

Aside from some suspect categories—holiday edition, anyone?—The BCYCNA does the Ma Murrays up right. It’s always a fun evening, the trophies are beautiful, and the winners get the chance to make speeches. It’s like a real awards show, in other words.

But, maybe because print journalists are terrified of microphones, the speeches can get a tad predictable. This year, hopefully, things will be different because of …. drumroll please………. The First Annual Ma Murray Prize Giveaway!

How it works

The prize: a slightly used version of Hunter S. Thompson’s awesome Hell’s Angels, in which the legendary journo infiltrates the biker gang and gets nearly killed as a reward for his journalism initiative. I think it’s a fucking amazing prize.

The judge: The blog will be sending a mystery special correspondent to observe the awards presentation.

How to win:

There are two paths to victory:
1) after accepting your Ma Murray Award, you can Tebow.
2) during your awards speech, you can thank Baby Jesus, ala Ricky Bobby.

The first award winner to either Tebow or thank Baby Jesus ON STAGE gets the book. The second person to do so gets nothing, so pay attention people.

The book will be mailed to the winner’s newsroom.

[UPDATE: Anybody who gets a photo of said Tebowing please, please, please email it to me.]

If you’re not up for an award, but work with somebody who is, let them know about the contest.

Good luck everybody.

Your 2012 Ma Murray nominees

February 22, 2012 5 comments

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)

Writing

Black Press – 20 (2011 – 16)

Glacier – 12 (2011 incl. Postmedia – 15)

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

Photos

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):

WRITING AWARDS

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
life?

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

PHOTO/CARTOONIST AWARDS

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 NEWSPAPER AWARDS

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
soul
Richmond Review, Mary Kemmis: Ethel Tibbits Awards raises record amount

NEWSPAPER EXCELLENCE AWARDS

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)

(B)

Thumbs up, thumbs down Ma Murrays

May 1, 2011 2 comments

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.

That’s all I’ve got. Which way are your thumbs pointed? Leave a comment.

Award-winning stories for the rest of the month

March 31, 2011 Comments off

Remember how I was going to try and post daily links to award-nominated stories from last year?

Yeah, I forgot all about it too.

Thankfully, someone at Black Press did a bunch of the work for me and linked to editions of a bunch of that chain’s award-winning pieces. You can find the whole list here… Actually, because it’s just a list, I think I can just copy and paste it below with few qualms. (A couple stories are missing links; not my fault)

Either way, the stories are quite impressive. In fact, they make you think that many of those stories could be collated into a half-decent bi-annual magazine, or something similar. Great idea? Lousy idea? Leave a comment.

BC Arts Council Arts & Culture Writing Award

Nelson Star ‐ Bob Hall, Pantomime Series

Williams Lake Tribune – Sage Birchwater, Urban Ink/Twin Fish Wind Up First Youth Training Session

B.C. Automobile Association Business Writing Award

Kelowna Capital News – Judie Steeves, Crushed Gold; Okanagan Wine Industry has Come a Long Way

Thompson River University School of Journalism Environmental Writing Award

Surrey, North Delta Leader – Jeff Nagel, Trash Talk

Provence Restaurants Feature Article Award

Burnaby News Leader ‐ Mario Bartel, An Afghan Basketball Journey

North Shore Outlook ‐ Kelly McManus, Chat Roulette

Feature Series Award

Chilliwack Progress – Eric Welsh, Painstaking Path to Potential Cure

Victoria News ‐ Lisa Weighton, Rebirth Through Reburial

Glacier Media Investigative Journalism Award

Langley Times ‐ Monique Tamminga, Pet Shop Dogged by Virus/ No Limits on City Dog Sales/ City Looks to Ban Pet Sales

Neville Shanks Memorial Award for Historical Writing

Langley Times – Warren Sommer, Lets We Forget: Gathering at Menin Gate

Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows News – Robert Mangelsdorf, At the Heart of Whonnock

Outdoor Recreation Writing Award

Bowen Island Undercurrent – Martha Perkins, National Park Debate Unleashed; Off‐ Leash Areas

Canadian Sport Centre Pacific Sports Writing Award

Abbotsford News – Dan Kinvig, Gray gets the Point

Peace Arch News – Nick Greenizan, Conquering Uphill Battle

Deadline to register for Ma Murray bash

March 31, 2011 Comments off

Wake up! Today’s your last day (or so they say) to register for the very well-organized Ma Murray Awards Gala, which are being held April 30. If you’re up for an award, you get a free ticket and a free hotel room. Par-tay.

The Canadian Community Newspaper Awards are the day earlier at the same place. No word on whether nominees get in for free. I know it’s an industry organization of, gulp, newspaper companies, but hopefully Newspapers Canada isn’t THAT cheap.

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