The Yukon News is a finalist in 10 categories at this year’s BC and Yukon Community Newspaper Association’s Ma Murray Community Newspaper Awards.
Better known simply as the Ma Murrays, the awards honour the work of community newspapers in British Columbia and the Yukon.
Outgoing photo editor Alistair Maitland is nominated in two categories: portrait/personality photo award, for “A Better Life,” a photo of a young mother and her daughter, and sports photo award for “One Foot Kick” – an action shot from an Arctic sports competition.
Former staff reporter and photographer Jesse Winter is a finalist for best black-and-white feature photo, for “Rescue Dive,” his shot of a team practising ice rescues in the partially frozen Yukon River.
In the feature series category, reporters Ashley Joannou and Jacqueline Ronson are both nominated – Joannou for her articles on mental illness and the justice system, and Ronson for her stories on violence against women.
Joannou is also a finalist for the Neville Shanks Memorial Award for Historical Writing for “Finding those lost to a tragic history,” about the ongoing investigation into the deaths of residential schools students.
Editor John Thompson is a finalist for best editorial, for “Stupidity outbreak mars Harper’s visit.” Keith Halliday, who writes the “Yukonomist” column, is nominated for best columnist, and designer Heidi Neufeld is nominated for her work on the paper’s classifieds.
The News was also nominated for overall newspaper excellence in its circulation category.
The paper won seven Ma Murrays in 2014. This year’s winners will be announced on April 25 at an awards gala in Richmond, B.C.