news staffers win national awards

The Yukon News and its staff have received national recognition for the quality of its journalism. The paper has won several awards from the…

The Yukon News and its staff have received national recognition for the quality of its journalism.

The paper has won several awards from the Canadian Community Newspaper Association.

Reporter Tim Querengesser won the CN Trophy for Best Business Writing for his coverage of last fall’s Bell Mobility rate scandal.

And editor Richard Mostyn won the Charles Hawkins Memorial Trophy for Best National Editorial for his piece on Stephen Harper’s crackdown on freedom of speech.

As well, Mostyn placed second in the race for the Margaret Hennigar Memorial Award for Best Local Editorial. Mostyn was writing about Social Services’ failure to intervene and save the life of a two-month-old baby in Dawson.

Querengesser was also honoured with a second place in Environmental Writing for his coverage of the water contamination at Aishihik.

Genesee Keevil received third place for historical writing for her story on the 100th anniversary of the TA Firth Insurance Company.

Leighann Chalykoff, Keevil and Querengesser were applauded for the quality of the paper’s arts section. Their considerable efforts enabled the paper to win second place in Best Coverage of the Arts.

On the strength of Ian Stewart’s photography and writing skills, the paper’s sports pages were judged to be the second best in the country.

And, anchored by Wyatt Tremblay’s marvelous cartoons and design skills, the paper’s editorial pages were judged the third best in the nation.

Finally, the paper’s new website — www.yukon-news.com — is now ranked third in the country.

The Canadian Community Newspaper Association represents more than 700 English-language community papers with a combined circulation of more than 12 million copies per week.

The association awards will be handed out at a gala dinner in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on May 11.