Morning Star recognized for excellence
Hard work and dedication to its craft by all Morning Star employees has been recognized provincially.
For the second year in a row, The Morning Star is a top-three finalist for the B.C. Lottery Corporation Newspaper Excellence Award in its circulation category (91,000 and over) in the annual B.C. Yukon Community Newspaper Association’s Ma Murray Community Newspaper Awards.
The Morning Star will compete for top honours against fellow Black Press paper The Abbotsford News, and North Vancouver’s North Shore News.
“We are thrilled to be recognized by our peers for a second consecutive year,” said Morning Star publisher Ian Jensen.
“This is a testament to the work each and every person at the paper puts in. Every week, we strive to put out three quality papers for our readers and advertisers. It is great to see all of that work earn some well-deserved recognition.”
The BCYCNA has been hosting the Ma Murray Community Newspaper Awards for almost a century.
Dedicated to celebrating excellence amongst its member newspapers, the accolades recognize all aspects of the newspaper industry, including production, publishing, reporting, editing, advertising, photography, website design and community contribution.
The awards gala takes place April 26 at the River Rock Casino Resort in Richmond, where first, second and third-place honours will be announced.
A member of The Morning Star’s editorial department is also a finalist for an individual award.
Reporter Roger Knox took a photo at the Vernon School District’s elementary track and field championships in Lumby of a girl’s 100-metre race which saw one of the runners stumble across the finish line as she strained to catch the leader.
The picture is a finalist for Best Sports Photo for papers with a circulation of 25,000 and over.
“Roger recognized the potential for a close finish in the running races, got into a good position and was fortunate to get what turned out to be a really great photo,” said Morning Star editor Glenn Mitchell.
Knox will be up against pictures from Black Press’ Victoria News and the Prince George Citizen in the category.
A total of 14 Black Press newspapers out of 21 are finalists in the seven newspaper excellence categories.
Individually, Black Press employees are up for 75 awards.
Cartoonist Ingrid Rice, whose drawings are frequently in The Morning Star’s editorial pages, is a finalist for top cartoonist.