PAN reporter Aaron Hinks is nominated in three Ma Murray Award photography categories, including breaking news (left), feature photo (top right) and sports photo (bottom right). (Aaron Hinks photos)

Peace Arch News among finalists for B.C. & Yukon Community Newspapers awards

PAN reporters Aaron Hinks, Tracy Holmes nominated for Ma Murray Awards

The Peace Arch News is among the finalists for a handful of provincial journalism awards, after Ma Murray Award nominations were announced Friday.

Hosted by the the BC & Yukon Community News Media Association, the awards honour and celebrate the work of community journalists across the province for advertising, photography, writing and overall newspaper excellence. Peace Arch News is one of 20 Black Press Media newspapers to be nominated.

PAN is one of three finalists for ‘general excellence’ in its circulation class.

Reporter Aaron Hinks is nominated for three photography awards – in the ‘spot news photo’ category for his photo of the dramatic helicopter rescue of a man during the storm that destroyed part of the White Rock Pier; in the ‘sports photo’ competition for his shot of Bayside rugby player Hera Sfikas; and in the ‘feature photo’ category for his photo of teens gathering at the beach to grieve the loss of their friend, Jack Stroud, who was killed in July after being struck by a train in Crescent Beach.

Hinks and Tracy Holmes are also nominated in the ‘multimedia breaking news’ category for their coverage of the storm that destroyed the pier. That coverage included stories, video, multiple photos posted online, social-media updates – and for Hinks, even a brief appearance on Vancouver radio.

Winners will be announced on Apr. 27 at the River Rock Casino Resort in Richmond.

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