The Parksville Qualicum Beach News was nominated as one of three finalists for Newspaper Excellence in its circuation category and two staffers were nominated for individual awards Thursday as the B.C.-Yukon Community Newspaper Association announced finalists for its 2017 “Ma Murray” Awards.
The NEWS was selected a finalist in Category F, the second-largest circulation category, for Newspaper Excellence, which comprises all elements of the newspaper’s content and presentation. The other finalists in the class are the Delta Optimist and The Chilliwack Progress.
“To be nominiated in general excellence is a recognition of the work of the entire staff of the newspaper,” said Peter McCully, publisher of The NEWS.
The nomination is the sixth for The NEWS in the past eight years. The newspaper won the award in 2010 and 2013 and earned silver in the category as runner-up in 2012, 2014 and 2015
Former editor John Harding, who just began a new position this week as publisher and editor of the North Island Gazette in Port Hardy, was nominated for the second straight year in the editorial writing category. His qualifying entry was Unintended victims, which addressed the scourge of fatal drug overdoses while focussing on two area children left orphaned in one tragic case.
Harding took home top honours a year ago in the category, which encompasses all circulation levels.
Also, NEWS designer Jeff Westnedge was nominated as one of three finalists for feature photo (colour), for his image of last year’s Canada Day fireworks show on the Parksville beach. Westnedge is a frequent photo contributor to PQB NEWS publications, including the Oasis magazine and the Day in the Life photo feature section.
The gold, silver and bronze awards in each category will be awarded Saturday, April 29, during the 2017 Ma Murray Awards gala at the River Rock Casino in Richmond.
— NEWS Staff