Peace Arch News finished in second place for general excellence in its new category at Saturday’s Ma Murray Awards, hosted by the B.C. & Yukon Community Newspapers Association.
Competing for the first time against the largest community newspapers on the West Coast, PAN won silver with an overall score of 79.67, just behind North Shore News with 79.83.
Judges had this to say about PAN:
“The attraction to the reader begins right on the front page with the Peace Arch News. Off the top it boasts one of the cleanest looks in the category: a pleasing, uncluttered design that allows the reader to settle into the news. Informative stories and crisp reporting, effective use of photos, and op-ed pages that demonstrate high reader engagement. High quality production and a very strong arts section. It’s good to see the News recognize the strong arts community in South Surrey/White Rock and provide the coverage it deserves. A great read from cover to cover.”
PAN received highest score for individual categories ‘front page,’ ‘community news’ and ‘editorial & op-ed’.