The Yukon News has been nominated for 14 BC-Yukon Community Newspaper Association’s Ma Murray Awards.
Genesee Keevil is being given three awards. Her arts and culture nomination is for a story about creating a theatre piece with some of the Yukon’s disabled artists.
Keevil’s story about the quiet changes being made to Canada’s Navigable Waters Protection Act has been nominated for an environmental award and her article on Faro’s Crane and Sheep Festival is nominated for the outdoor recreation writing award.
John Thompson is nominated for the feature series award for his articles on Sheldon Miller’s fight with the Yukon government over a medevac bill. Thompson’s story on the songbird banding program in the territory is nominated for the outdoor recreation writing award. Thompson is also up for an investigative journalism award for his story about the possible misuse of federal housing money in Watson Lake.
James Munson’s environmental writing nomination is for his coverage of the Peel Watershed controversy.
Editor-in-chief Richard Mostyn’s critique of Premier Dennis Fentie’s leadership earned him an editorial award.
Columnist Al Pope has been nominated for his politically charged Nordicity.
Cartoonist Wyatt Tremblay is nominated for his critical cartoon of the handling of First Nation children by the territory’s children’s services .
Photo editor Mike Thomas and freelancer Chris Colbourne have both been nominated for a sports photo award. Thomas’ image is of an Arctic sports event and Colbourne’s is of a gymnast on a balance beam.
The Yukon News is nominated for a newspaper excellence award in its category and its newly designed website is also up for an award.
The awards will be presented at a gala ceremony in Richmond, BC, on April 10.