PAN named best in B.C.
Peace Arch News received top honours last weekend from the BC/Yukon Community Newspapers Association.
In addition to receiving gold in the Ma Murray Community Newspaper Awards’ general-excellence category, PAN reporter Nick Greenizan won gold in sports writing for his March 2010 front-page feature, Conquering Uphill Battle, which detailed the triumphs of Paralympic skier Mary Benson.
As well, a series of articles, entitled Trash Talk, written by Black Press regional reporter Jeff Nagel – published in Peace Arch News last spring – received gold in the environmental-writing-award category.
Indulge Magazine – PAN’s glossy eight-times-a-year magazine, edited by Melissa Smalley and distributed in various neighbouring communities – won silver in the Ma Murray’s special-publications category.
In edging out sister-newspapers Langley Times (silver) and Chilliwack Progress (bronze) for general excellence in the second-largest distribution category, Peace Arch News received the following judge’s comment:
“With a clean front page, good photography and a complete understanding of events, this is a superb newspaper. Ads do not overpower news elements on the page. Community news stories are well written and editorial pages are easily read. Section headings separate but do not overpower. Classifieds are neat. This is a great newspaper to read.”
Saturday’s BCYCNA gala, held at Richmond’s River Rock Casino Resort, followed the announcement in March that two members of PAN’s staff won multiple awards from the Suburban Newspaper Association of America.
Competing against journalists across North America, photographer Brian Giebelhaus won best sports photo for his soccer shot, Take Down, and best photojournalism for his contributions for a feature on life at an animal hospital, called Beyond the Drop-off Point.
PAN editor Lance Peverley won the best-column-writing category for the second year in a row, as well as a third-place award for headline writing, for the front-page story, Slow Boil Over Water Warning, which detailed critical reaction to the discovery of E. coli in White Rock’s water system last August.