The Yukon News picked up six awards in the 2006 Ma Murray Community Newspaper Awards in Vancouver last week.
Editor Richard Mostyn and reporter Genesee Keevil struck gold for their two editorials on the 2006 territorial election.
Mostyn’s Imagine Tomorrow, and Sweat ran on the News’ front page on the Friday before the election.
“This front-page editorial on the 2006 Yukon territorial election is gutsy, direct, powerful and courageous,” wrote the judges.
“No equivocation here. Pertinent points are backed by examples and fact. Provides an emperor-has-no-clothes approach. Well done!”
On the following Friday, Keevil wrote an editorial about the unexpected backlash she felt from Yukon Party members on election night in Good Thing They Didn’t Lose.
And as a pair, the two took the top honour.
Keevil also earned a bronze in business writing for Abattoir Heads Down a Bloody, Bumpy Road.
“Genesee Keevil clearly and concisely tackles an industry crucial to everyone who consumes meat,” wrote the judges.
Sports reporter and photographer Ian Stewart also took home a gold in the sports photo category for capturing a defining moment at a local boxing match.
In it the winner holds up an arm in victory as the loser hangs his head in defeat.
“This photo was a clear winner,” wrote the judges.
“High impact, it has it all: the thrill of victory, the agony of defeat, good lighting, nice framing and, even though it is shot and cropped head to toe, the background is clean enough that the image loses no overall impact.”
Photo editor Mike Thomas took silver for his feature black-and-white photo of a kayaker emerging from a raging swell.
“A great photo resulting from being in the right place and anticipating a defining moment,” wrote the judges.
“The photographer demonstrates a strong sense of composition and timing.”
The paper also received awards for its ad design.
News graphic designer Marcella Nowatzki came home with one gold and one bronze.
She won gold for a striking full-page black-and-white ad on the Rendezvous queen contestants.
“Well done,” said the judges. “Handsome photography contrasted by delicate typographical details and the use of a clean and simple grid aligned in a dynamic way make this ad a standout.”
The bronze was for a spot-colour design where a large SUV sits atop a swirling red background.
“The message is simple, clear and loud — sure to attract attention,” wrote the judges.
“This page-filling dynamic perspective of the product, coupled with the energetic swirls in the background and the big headline, give this ad high visual impact. Lavish use of spot colour everywhere except on the product makes the ad stand out even more.” (LC)