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Kamloops daily gets new editor; Nanaimo gets two

September 14, 2012 1 comment

I’ve probably missed a lot of these types of announcements in recent months, but I’ll at least take a swing at acknowledging a few recent comings and goings, including two biggies.

First, today is Mel Rothenburger‘s last day as editor of the Kamloops Daily News. He’s retiring and associate editor Robert Koopmans will take the reigns after a long apprenticeship in the newsroom (and six Webster nominations). I’ll try to link to Mel’s goodbye column when it’s posted.

Meanwhile, on Vancouver Island, Cale Cowan is no longer the editor of the Nanaimo Daily News. He’s heading down the road to be the news editor at the Victoria Times-Colonist. (Dave Obee is the new head honcho there). Meanwhile, NDN deputy editor Philip Wolf has been named interim editor. Details on how to get Cale’s old job here. Also, here’s Cale’s goodbye column, in which he recounts a letter from a reader “who, on one short hand-scrawled note, questioned my intelligence, commented disparagingly on my physique and likened my character to a very specific part of the human anatomy.”

The other paper in town, the Nanaimo News Bulletin, already has a new editor, with the promotion in August of former arts editor Melissa Fryer. Read her first column as editor here. Here’s the goodbye column by outgoing editor Mitch Wright, who has taken a communications gig with the University of Victoria.

Parksville Qualicum Beach News editor Steve Heywood will become the Peninsula News Review third editor in less than a year. He takes over for Erin Cardone, who is moving overseas.

And the Fernie Free Press‘s newest reporter Nicole Liebermann introduces herself to readers.

If you need a job, today’s the last day to apply to be the Nanaimo News Bulletin‘s newest reporter or the Goldstream News Gazette‘s new editor.

Finally, North Shore News sales and marketing director Dee Dhaliwal has been named the new publisher of the Vancouver Courier. Reading the story announcing her appointment was the first time, really, that I noticed just how few non-white publishers, editors and reporters there are at community papers in B.C. I’m not sure why that is, but it’s a little disturbing, now that I’m aware of it.

Gardezi v. Courier, or Is lingerie football journalism possible?

June 19, 2012 5 comments

Welcome to Journo Court! Your chance to finally weigh in on the most pressing issues of the day and squabbles between journalists! Oh and lingerie football is involved!

Today, we present to you:

Shella Gardezi vs. The Vancouver Courier

Anyhow, to avoid editorializing and getting my face torn off (again), I’ll present the case in chronological order

As mentioned in a previous post, Vancouver Courier reporter Megan Stewart has tried out, and apparently made, the first B.C. entry into the Lingerie Football League.

On June 8, 2012, the Courier ran a front-page article by Stewart about the league and her part in it.

She writes:

The Lingerie Football League (LFL) puts its assets where you can’t possibly miss them. The longhaired sentinels pose on the official LFL football, a junior-sized pigskin also adorned with the signature of league commissioner Mitchell Mortaza. He concedes the ploy to present and dress athletes provocatively is “a gimmick” and wards off criticism the LFL is sexist, demeaning exploitation by saying critics haven’t tuned in to watch.

Details such as the sexualized imagery on the game ball keep me skeptical, even cynical, about the LFL, a doggedly determined sports entertainment venture with 12 active teams in the U.S., not counting five that folded or were suspended after a brief existence. Now with four Canadian teams, the league is spurred on by bullish ambition to expand around the globe and stage a World Bowl in Brazil in 2014.

She doesn’t shy away from the sketchy aspects of the league.

In its inaugural season last summer, the Toronto Triumph collapsed as 22 of 26 players quit the team, according to Yahoo! Sports Canada sportswriter Andrew Bucholtz, a critic of the LFL who reported leaked emails between Mortaza and disgruntled players. Players said they feared for their safety, claiming unskilled coaches were not teaching proper technique. They said Mortaza was arrogant. In turn, Mortaza questioned players’ motivation, alleging they sought exposure and celebrity, which he said led to unfocused, poorly attended practices.

The article closes on a positive note:

Make no mistake, the LFL uses sex to sell football. (Hopefuls are instructed to wear “cute gym gear” to try-outs and must bring a head shot to what’s essentially a casting call.) But without football-fast, smart and tough tackle football-the league has no leg on which to strap its lacy garter belt.

When my No. 15 was called at the end of the first try-out in Richmond, I fist-bumped my new teammates. “You’re B.C. Angels now,” said Mortaza and he pitched us on the aspiration that the LFL would eclipse the CFL in Canada. That’s his ambition. The Angels want to play football.

The paper ran three photos: a front page photo with a woman wearing something approximating a sports bra holding a football obscuring her face; a photo of a man (in focus) about to throw a football towards a woman (out of focus, foreground) running a passing route wearing a black sports bra and black tight shorts; a football of a woman running shuttle sprints while clad in orange sports bra and blue tight shorts.

To this, ex-Grand Forks Gazette editor Shella Gardezi (last seen on the blog here) took umbrage, via twitter:

Gardezi wrote:

Why did @VanCourierNews mock Post Media fascination with lingerie football, then run multi-page feature on it? Brain-eating zombies, maybe?

She was apparently referencing a Kudos & Kvetches blog post that snarked on the Vancouver Sun and the “completely necessary” 17-picture photo gallery that accompanied its news story on the football team “that really fleshed out the issue.”

Kudos then fired back. First via Twitter:

@shellagardezi You don’t see a difference between a 40 pic gallery of T&A and @MHStewart writing about #LFL first hand, qualms and all?

So did Stewart, also on Twitter:

Learning about the athletes is more meaningful than merely ogling their goodies. @ShellaGardezi@VanCourierNews#LFLhttp://ow.ly/btuu6

Gardezi then really kicked it off:

@MHStewart @KudosKvetches Didn’t read the article but the photos did kind of make it look like a visit to the Dr. for an annual physical.

Stewart (incidentally, no stranger to sparring on Twitter):

Sweetheart, read the damn article. @ShellaGardezi @kudoskvetches @VanCourierNews

Gardezi:

@MHStewart@kudoskvetches@VanCourierNews Let me guess female empowerment through hypersexualization. Wait! I have read it!

Stewart:

@ShellaGardezi@kudoskvetches@vancouriernews A media critic who doesn’t read the media. Good for you.

Kudos & Kvetches referenced the spat in a blog posting titled “Twits-a-tweeting”, citing some of the above back and forth (but not naming Gardezi):

So when a self-proclaimed “real reporter” took the Courier to task for last week’s feature story on the new Vancouver team in the Lingerie Football League by tweeting “Why did @VanCourierNews mock Post Media fascination with lingerie football, then run multi-page feature on it? Brain-eating zombies, maybe?” we took note, and not just because of the rhetorical question mentioning zombies. Well, maybe a little.

………

[W]e thought our critic would have succumbed to K&K and Stewart’s Malachi Crunch (that’s a Happy Days reference, by the way), but not so. She replied, astonishingly, “Didn’t read the article but the photos did kind of make it look like a visit to the Dr. for an annual physical.”

So there you go. She’s not a fan of the Lingerie Football League’s dress code. And neither is Stewart and many of the athletes who want to play competitive football—a point that is discussed at length in the article. Except of course, our critic didn’t know that because she didn’t bother to read the article before she started tweeting about her aversion to it. Nice one.

That’s the last we’ve heard from the Courier folk, but Gardezi responded on Twitter and her own blog.

Gardezi, on Twitter:

@MHStewart@kudoskvetches@vancouriernews Wow, are we seriously still having this conversation? Yes, Megan people read papers selectively.

@MHStewart@kudoskvetches@trueblinkit A newspaper reporter who insults the community. Good for Megan!

@MHStewart@kudoskvetches@trueblinkit And in any case I obviously was reading your paper because I knew what you printed months before.

@trueblinkit [ed. note: @trueblinkit is Courier editor Barry Link] Why don’t you hire some professional behaving adults who don’t expect everyone to savour their drivel?

@MHStewart@kudoskvetches@trueblinkit Oh, yeah. Did I forget to mention that writing about lingerie football is a complete waste of trees?

@MHStewart@kudoskvetches And what? You write a 10,000 word essay and I don’t read it so I don’t read the media? Are you the only media?

@MHStewart@kudoskvetches@vancouriernews Really Megan, your comment is stupid on so many levels, I could do this all night.

@MHStewart@kudoskvetches And who in their right mind would read 10,000 words on lingerie football? Oh, right, brain dead zombies.

@MHStewart@kudoskvetches@vancouriernews Oooh, got to finish my SB taxes tonight. Guess I can’t read the complete works of Megan.

@MHStewart And in any case the personal way you responded suggests you’re not a very good writer and I enjoy reading good stuff.

@trueblinkit@MHStewart Oh, and packaging. If I was going to write a really long article I would package it well. Yeah, you didn’t do that.

@MHStewart@kudoskvetches@trueblinkit Personal attacks, anonymous rants and blaming others because they don’t like your content. Sad.

@MHStewart@kudoskvetches@trueblinkit I can’t even write a blog about what this un-professionalism says about media because it’s bedtime.

Finally, she published a long blog post. I’m not going to quote the whole thing, but here are some samples:

Gardezi writes, after a bit:

I haven’t gotten to the borderline personality disorder Vancouver Courier writers are apparently required to have. See, what I didn’t realize was that the article was all about Megan Stewart, the author, and, therefore, I absolutely had to read it or I wasn’t media literate enough to write a blog about the media. Because, according to Stewart, she is “the media” and if I don’t read her work I don’t read “the media.” In other words, it’s all about her and don’t you ever forget it. I hear what you’re saying. You’re wondering what’s so “borderline” about that.

And:

It gets worse. That evening I was alerted that I should read the Courier because the anonymous columnist (why does a newspaper have an anonymous columnist?) had written about me. In fact, she was now bragging that Stewart had insulted my blog on Twitter by saying I didn’t read her most brilliant article, and therefore I was not qualified to hold a blog on media. There was some mocking of the title of this blog, which, ironically, I had named because of an inexperienced community newspaper reporter who used an anonymous blog to ridicule private citizens.

And:

So, there are one or two areas here where Stewart and the anonymous columnist forgot the paper was about the reader and not about them. First of all, Stewart responded to an impersonal criticism about content with a personal insult directed to a reader.

Secondly, Stewart thought it was my job to read about what she cared about, rather than her job to write about what the reader cares about. I realize you can’t write for every reader all the time. That’s why newspapers are generally open to criticism both good and bad. That way they can get a sense of what the reader wants, and what they don’t want. I’m not saying my opinion is the only one, but as a reader, I should be allowed to give an opinion without being ridiculed.

And finally:

Thirdly, the idea of an anonymous columnist making fun of a reader and her blog in the newspaper over some tweet is totally nuts. Was the editor fast asleep at the wheel when this happened? For one thing, that’s an abuse of the newspaper’s power. For another thing, the general public does not care about Stewart’s little tiffs with readers.

Gardezi closes with several questions:

What kind of writer is Stewart that she has to respond to criticisms about content with insults? Why should I care that Stewart had qualms about something she was voluntarily participating in? Why can’t Stewart speak for her own work? Why does she have to hide behind an anonymous columnist? Why are the reporters online if they can’t engage civilly with readers? And, where is the editor in all of this?

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Vancouver Courier sportswriter wins spot on Lingerie Football League team

May 9, 2012 Comments off

So, this happened:

Vancouver Courier sports reporter Megan Stewart won a spot on the Lingerie Football League’s B.C. entry, the B.C. Angels, after taking part in a tryout last month.

See the column (w/ not-so-revealing photo) here.

Megan explains that while she’s won a spot (trying out in a hoodie and tight-fitting pants), she was still not 100 per cent sure that she’d suit up in the team’s Aug. 25 opener in Abbotsford.

I don’t know if I’ll stay and play; the lacy uniforms include a garter belt.

Playing tackle football-a pursuit that isn’t widely available to girls or women-is exhilarating. I’m learning just how complex, fast and incredibly fun a game it is. And I’m already loyal to my Angel teammates and their ambitions to play pro-am sports.

But she seems to be coming around to the idea. On Wednesday she tweeted: “Great first session this morning with my rad personal trainer @fit_for_sport. I will be ready to wear a garter belt on the gridiron. #LFL

We’ll be watching (not like that, you pervs!) to see how this thing develops. As Megan notes, a Toronto team folded last year citing mismanagement and safety concerns.

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)

More Courier/Sun sniping, this time with lingerie and coffee

February 9, 2012 2 comments

In which the Courier’s Kudos & Kvetches column takes aim at the Vancouver Sun and the coffee it’s brewing to celebrate its 100th birthday, Pete McMartin takes a little offence and fires back using a Sun cannon composed of 38 Webster Awards, only to have Kudos & Kvetches use a hastily constructed lingerie slingshot to launch a new assault.

A sampling:

Kudos (from the online version that is, apparently, a little different than the print version:

Unfortunately, the full-bodied flavour quickly gave way to empty filler not unlike running an op-ed piece from the L.A. Times about how “we” Americans lack a monarch like Queen Elizabeth.

McMartin:

In that last decade in which our editorial shift has supposedly become less dense, Sun staffers have won 38 Jack Webster Awards, which celebrate the best journalism in the province. The Courier has won none. But who’s counting?

Kudos (again):

Initially we were going to launch a scathing rebuttal and blame our lack of Websters on corporate conspiracy, but we were too distracted by a story the Sun had just posted to its website: “Abbotsford gets Lingerie Football League team” and the completely necessary 17-picture photo gallery that really fleshed out the issue for us. Mind you, it wasn’t quite as investigative as the 40-image Lingerie Football League gallery posted last year—on the same day the paper, possibly ironically, launched its Raise a Reader campaign.

So what do I think of the Vancouver Sun? First of all, the web product is laughable, and obviously the byproduct of marketing idiots, so I’m not going to touch it (beyond that sentence—although I’d pause to mention that the awesome Pass It To Bulis is the future of sports coverage). The print version does, as McMartin notes, boast a bunch of good stuff. But while each reporter does great work (Kim Bolan, Chad Skelton and Vaughn Palmer are my top three and cover their beats better than anyone in Western Canada), there simply aren’t all that many reporters at the Sun covering The News anymore. Yes, there are a few and they are very good. But pick up a paper and the front section is downright skimpy with the paper’s heft filled out in the back end. Maybe it’s economically necessary, but it has definitely hurt the quality of the paper. One must only drive south to Seattle and pick up a copy of the Times to see that the Sun could offer much more, both in terms of non-institutional, on-the-ground reporting, and in the way it covers the entire Vancouver metro area. That’s not the fault of any of the great writers there, of course. But someone is to blame (I volunteer the guy who drove Postmedia into mountains of debt).

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Rothenburger wins lifetime achievement award

October 27, 2011 Comments off

On Monday, Kamloops Daily News editor Mel Rothenburger was honoured with the Bruce Hutchinson Lifteime Achievement Award at the 2011 Jack Webster Awards.

Rothenburger spent two years as mayor of Kamloops and he talked about how it was important for journalists to actively involve themselves in their community, when they feel the need. Unfortunately, they’re not up on the Jack Webster website. I hear there was a cracking speech and a great video. But when they are, I’ll post a link.

In the meantime, here’s a Webster write-up on Rorthenburger:

Mel Rothenburger was fired from his job as Editor at a Prince George newspaper. That was more than 40 years ago. And it was a good thing.

A good thing for Kamloops because that city became home to a young journalist who believed above all else that integrity mattered. A good thing for journalism in British Columbia because it gained a champion who still believes passionately in his community and the audience he serves. Reporter, editor, columnist, historian and more recently webmaster and blogger, Mel Rothenburger defines the importance of local news.

more…

Also at the event, Chilliwack Times reporter Tyler Olsen won the Webster for Community Reporting for his four-part series on marijuana grow operations. Pique Newsmagazine reporter Jesse Ferreras was nominated in the same category for his stories on the initial public offering of Whistler Blackcomb.  Vancouver Courier reporter Sandra Thomas received a nomination in the News Reporting category for her expose on a Vancouver nursing home. And the Nanaimo Daily News was nominated for excellence in multimedia journalism for its extensive coverage of the 2010 election, which included hosting online debates.

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