Joti Grewal was singled out as one of B.C.’s bright young journalists. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

Rebranded Langley Advance Times lauded by its industry peers

Your community newspaper is up for two provincial awards this year

The past year has been a pivotal year for the Langley Advance Times.

Amalgamation of the Times and the Advance has changed the landscape of the local media in Langley, said publisher Lisa Farquharson.

“I couldn’t be more proud of every member of our team. We’ve worked extremely hard to come together to build a product – both online and in print – that will inform and engage the residents of Langley every day,” she said.

This weekend, the team learned their recently re-branded Langley Advance Times has been singled out for an overall “general excellence” award within the B.C. and Yukon Community NewsMedia Association.

“Becoming a finalist in the newsmedia excellence category confirms that our hard work paid off and that our editorial, sales, creative, and circulation teams are creating a strong community product,” Farquharson said.

In addition to being shortlisted for the general excellence award, one of this team’s reporters was also shortlisted for accolades.

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REPORTER SINGLED OUT

Joti Grewal embodies the title of multi-media journalist.

Having graduated from Ryerson University’s journalism program in August 2018, Grewal is already making her mark in B.C.’s media world, Farquharson said.

The 29-year-old is one of three reporters nominated by industry peers for the BCYCNA’s new journalist of the year award.

After working for a few months with the Black Press Media digital team, last fall Grewal stepped in to a community reporting position with Langley Advance Times and Maple Ridge & Pitt Meadows News.

“We are so proud of Joti being named a finalist… her dedication to her team, as well as the communities she engages with, show the passion she has for people and telling their story,” the publisher said.

“This young journalist has an inherent understanding of how to drill down to the crux of a local story and the mandatory information needed by the readers, while still being able to breathe humanity into each article.”

If she wants it, Grewal will have a long and successful career as a journalist – making a significant difference in the world around her, Farquharson elaborated.

The Langley Advance Times and more than 20 other Black Press Media journalists and publications are upfor various awards in the provincial industry awards competition called the Ma Murray’s.

The winners in these and other categories will be announced April 25.

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