Morning Star soars into newspaper awards finals
The Morning Star is among the top three community newspapers in the province.
The paper is a B.C. Lottery Corporation Newspaper Excellence finalist in its circulation category (more than 30,000) for the 2012 B.C. Yukon Community Newspapers Association’s Ma Murray Awards.
General excellence takes into account all aspects of the newspaper, from writing and photography to ad design, classified ads, headlines and layout.
“This is just a true testament to how hard everybody works at our paper, a total team effort,” said Morning Star publisher Ian Jensen.
The Morning Star will be up against the Surrey Now and Surrey Leader for the top honour, which will be handed out April 20 at the River Rock Casino in Richmond.
One Morning Star employee is a finalist for an individual award.
Photographer José Larochelle is also a finalist in the sports photo (circulation more than 25,000) category for his picture of a freestyle skier doing a flip during a competition at Silver Star Mountain Resort.
“Photography is a big element of our newspaper and we are fortunate to have a number of great shooters,” said Jensen. “Congratulations to José on his nomination.”
Larochelle is a finalist along with Rachel Stern of the Nanaimo News Bulletin and Murray Mitchell of the Kamloops Daily News, whose brothers are Morning Star managing editor Glenn Mitchell, and sports editor Kevin Mitchell.
The 2012 Ma Murray Awards received nearly 2,000 entries from 85 per cent of the membership of the B.C. Yukon Community Newspapers Association.