Hosted by the the BC & Yukon Community News Media Association, the awards honour and celebrate the work of community journalists across the province for advertising, photography, writing and overall newspaper excellence.
The winners were announced in a virtual ceremony on Saturday (April 25).
Here are the Black Press Media winners: (gold in bold, rankings in order)
NEWSPAPER EXCELLENCE AWARD, CATEGORY A
• Revelstoke Review
• Tofino-Ucluelet Westerly News
• Keremeos, The Review
NEWSPAPER EXCELLENCE AWARD, CATEGORY B
• Salmon Arm Observer
• Hope Standard
• North Island Gazette
NEWSPAPER EXCELLENCE AWARD, CATEGORY D
• Alberni Valley News (bronze)
NEWSPAPER EXCELLENCE AWARD, CATEGORY E
• Parksville/Qualicum Beach News (bronze)
NEWSPAPER EXCELLENCE AWARD, CATEGORY F
• Langley Advance Times (bronze)
NEWSPAPER EXCELLENCE AWARD, CATEGORY G
• Peace Arch News
• Surrey Now-Leader (bronze)
ARTS & CULTURE WRITING AWARD
• Victoria News, Nicole Crescenzi – Artwork captures refugee’s journey (bronze)
Aberdeen Publishing COLUMNIST AWARD
• Chilliwack Progress, Paul Henderson – In the mushy middle between mad and sad
• Summerland Review, John Arendt – Asterisks hide w*ords in book titles (bronze)
Black Family EDITORIAL AWARD
• Yukon News, Ashley Joannou – Lessons learned from flushing $35 million
• Cowichan Valley Citizen, Andrea Rondeau – Transparency? (bronze)
FortisBC ENVIRONMENTAL WRITING AWARD
• Alberni Valley News, Susan Quinn – Rainy Bay ‘citizen scientist’ documents shark necropsy (bronze)
Tinhorn Creek Vineyards FEATURE ARTICLE AWARD, OVER 25,000
• Abbotsford News, Vikki Hopes – After the fall
Vancouver Fraser Port Authority FEATURE ARTICLE AWARD, UNDER 25,000
• Nelson Star, Tyler Harper – Pineapple Man limbos into the sunset
• Keremeos, The Review, Tara Bowie – Keremeos man chooses death with dignified party –
music, whiskey and cigars included (silver)
Tinhorn Creek Vineyards FEATURE SERIES AWARD
• Victoria News, Katherine Engqvist & Victoria News – Be Ready (silver)
FortisBC OUTDOOR RECREATION WRITING AWARD
• Revelstoke Review, Liam Harrap – The war over Sunnyside
• Nanaimo News Bulletin, Nicholas Pescod – Nanaimo woman goes ‘plogging’ for litter by the river (bronze)
River Rock Casino Resort SPORTS WRITING AWARD
• Peace Arch News, Nick Greenizan – ‘No one can deny the benefits’: coach
• Abbotsford News, Ben Lypka – Cascades coaching chaos at University of Fraser Valley wrestling program (silver)
FEATURE PHOTO AWARD, OVER 25,000
• Campbell River Mirror, Marissa Tiel – Air Time
• Peace Arch News, Tracy Holmes – Golden moment (silver)
Trans Mountain FEATURE PHOTO AWARD, UNDER 25,000
• Yukon News, Jackie Hong – Clouds
• Yukon News, Crystal Schick – How does a bear cross the road?
• Revelstoke Review, Liam Harrap – Athletes with spinal injuries paddled and biked from Revelstoke to Nelson
PHOTO ESSAY AWARD
• Chilliwack Progress, Jenna Hauck – Baby yoga (silver)
PORTRAIT/PERSONALITY PHOTO AWARD
• Fernie Free Press, Phil McLachlan – For the sake of tradition
• Parksville/Qualicum Beach News, Cloe Logan – Winter wonder
• Williams Lake Tribune, Monica Lamb-Yorski – Best buds
SPORTS PHOTO AWARD, OVER 25,000
• Peace Arch News, Aaron Hinks – Youth ball teams hit field at Canada Cup (silver)
HUB International SPORTS PHOTO AWARD, UNDER 25,000
• Smithers, Interior News, Thom Barker – Novice Roughstock
• Salmon Arm Observer, Lachlan Labere – Ring masters (bronze)
SPOT NEWS PHOTO AWARD, OVER 25,000
• Penticton Western News, Mark D. Brett – Homeless setting up camp in greenspace (silver)
• Cowichan Valley Citizen, Sarah Simpson – Fire destroys 5 school buses (bronze)
SPOT NEWS PHOTO AWARD, UNDER 25,000
• Mission City Record, Kevin Mills – Overdose emergency
• Smithers, Interior News, Thom Barker – Fire!
• Yukon News, Crystal Schick – Crash
KPU BREAKING NEWS VIDEO AWARD
• Kelowna Capital News, Twila Amato, Michael Rodriguez & Paul Clarke – Firefighters battling house fire in Kelowna
• Alberni Valley News, Katya Slepian & Ashley Wadhwani – Investigators focus hunt for suspected B.C. killers back to Gillam, Man (bronze)
KPU FEATURE VIDEO AWARD
• Yukon News, Crystal Schick – The girls in the boys’ club: female players join Yukon Rivermen roster
• Salmon Arm Observer, Cameron Thomson – Salmon Arm firefighters put their skills to the test
• Kelowna Capital News, Twila Amato – Downtown association crew checks on those sleeping rough
KPU MULTIMEDIA BREAKING NEWS STORY AWARD
• Abbotsford News, Ben Lypka & Kevin MacDonald – One person arrested at protest at Abbotsford pig farm
• Williams Lake Tribune, Angie Mindus – “They’re hearing us now’: Cariboo leaders leave UBCM
• Alberni Valley News, Ashley Wadhwani – Fugitives confessed to all three B.C. murders, planned to flee to Europe or Africa
KPU MULTIMEDIA SERIES AWARD
• Surrey Now-Leader, Lauren Collins & Amy Reid – Squeezing students in
• Yukon News, Crystal Schick & John Hopkins-Hill – Yukon Quest competitors
AD DESIGN AWARD, OVER 25,000
• Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows News, Jackie Brittain – Golden Meadows Honey Farm (silver)
NEWSPAPER PROMOTION AWARD
• Vanderhoof, Omineca Express, Evan Fentiman – Fed up with hearing about deals that are only half true
• Saanich News, Janet Gairdner & Heather Kohler – Ignite your business with Saanich News
• Prince Rupert, The Northern View, Todd Hamilton & team – Newspapers matter
Concord Pacific MA MURRAY COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD
• Prince Rupert, The Northern View, Melissa Boutilier & team – Northern View Tyee Fishing Derby
• Peace Arch News, Dwayne Weidendorf, Steve Scott & Brenda Anderson – White Rock Pier restoration campaign (bronze)
Coast Capital Savings NEW JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR
• Goldstream News Gazette, Shalu Mehta
• Kelowna Capital News, Michael Rodriguez
• Joti Grewal, Langley Advance Times
SPECIAL PUBLICATIONS AWARD, OVER 25,000
• Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows News, Lisa Craik, Cheryl Ariken & sales team – Bijou Lifestyle Magazine – Spring Edition 2019 (silver)
SPECIAL PUBLICATIONS AWARD, UNDER 25,000
• Oak Bay News, Janet Gairdner, Susan Lundy, Lia Crowe & Lily Chan – Tweed Magazine (bronze)
BC Care Providers Association SPECIAL SECTION AWARD, OVER 25,000
• Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows News, Lisa Craik, sales team & editoral team – A-List 2019 (silver)
• Campbell River Mirror, Kristi Pellegrin – Local Hero Awards 2019 (bronze)
BC Care Providers Association SPECIAL SECTION AWARD, UNDER 25,000
• Fernie Free Press, Jennifer Cronin & Bonny McLardy – Canada Remembers D-Day Anniversary 75th
• Revelstoke Review, Myles Williamson – Moonlight Madness (bronze)
A full list of all the winners can be found here: https://bccommunitynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Ma-2020-winners-for-web-final-1.pdf.
Saskatoon police officer put on paid leave over 'harmful and offensive' social media posts – Saskatoon StarPhoenix
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“I want to assure the public that we take these complaints seriously. We have acted swiftly to address the issue and a thorough investigation will occur.”
The Saskatoon Police Association, the union that represents police officers in the city, said it will not be commenting at this time since the investigation is active.
The board of directors of Saskatoon Pride, in a Facebook post, said Cooper personally contacted the organization to inform it about the posts.
The organization said the posts are not just hurtful to the city’s 2SLGBTQ+ community, but to the entire community, and “are not worthy of someone charged with upholding the law and protecting the community.”
“It is a sad day for Saskatoon that, in the midst of outrage over the racist and criminal acts committed by police against the BIPOC community across the continent and during a month meant to celebrate diversity, inclusion and Pride, there is a member of the Saskatoon police force who would feel that they were entitled to express such bigoted views, while claiming to uphold the law and serve the public,” Saskatoon Pride’s board wrote.
Social media helps solve mystery of lost camera found in Kelowna’s Mill Creek – Globalnews.ca
Brianna Irawan, 13, was extremely happy after finding out on Thursday that her prized underwater camera that had been lost for almost a year had been found in Kelowna’s Mill Creek.
The Williams Lake teen was visiting relatives in Kelowna last year when she lost the camera while jumping into the waterfalls at Mill Creek Regional Park.
“We were on Mill Creek, jumping into the water and I put my camera underneath my clothes,” Irawan told Global News on Friday.
“When I jumped, I forgot about my camera, so I walked back up and then I picked up my clothes and I forgot my camera was underneath and it fell into the water.”
Social media helps solve mystery of lost camera found in Kelowna’s Mill Creek
She went back the creek several times over the next few days, but eventually had to write her camera off to the river gods.
The Fujifilm XP model wasn’t seen again until almost a year later when Calvin Van Buskirk found it caught up in some debris downstream.
“What makes it even more interesting is we found a GoPro there last year. You guys [Global News] were able to get the images and the videos off it within hours it found its way back to its rightful owner,” Van Buskirk said.
Construction crew makes unusual find near Kelowna
It took less than 24 hours for images retrieved from the camera to make their way around social media and back to their owner.
Kyla Irawan, Brianna’s mother, sent a message to Global News on Thursday afternoon through Facebook to say the photos had come from her daughter.
On Friday, Global News returned the camera — still in working order — to Brianna’s uncle, Travis Whiting, who is also Kelowna’s fire chief.
‘This is the craziest thing,’: Lost GoPro owner reunited with camera
The Irawans shared a message of gratitude with Van Buskirk.
“Thank you, Calvin, we totally appreciate your honesty,” said Kyla Irawan.
“Thank you for putting it on Global so I can give my daughter the opportunity to have all those memories back.”
For her part, Brianna said she can’t wait to see her FujiFilm XP model again.
“Soon as I get it, I’m going to transfer the photos” to a computer, she said.
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Former UBC basketball assistant coach criticized for social media activity – The Province
Long-time assistant men’s basketball coach Vern Knopp will no longer work next to head coach Kevin Hanson.
The University of B.C. is distancing itself from former assistant men’s basketball coach Vern Knopp following questions about some of his activity on social media.
A Twitter account called Muted Madness pointed out on Thursday that Knopp had hit the like button on a video posted by conservative comedians the Hodge Twins on June 3 that claims the Black Lives Matter movement is a “leftist lie.”
A number of other Twitter users echoed the criticism of Knopp, who served as head coach Kevin Hanson’s volunteer assistant for the past two decades.
Later on Thursday, he shared a comment on his account, which is set to private: “So I never knew some likes to conservative posts would cause this shit storm? However my LIKES are those of mine and have nothing to do with UBC! I had told Coach Hanson months ago that I wasn’t returning to UBC but I just not (sic) made it public, only to my family.”
Reached via direct message on Friday, Knopp said he’d told Hanson about his decision in May as well as some parents on the team, but declined to make further comment.
Later on Thursday, Kavie Toor, UBC Athletics’ managing director, distanced the university from Knopp.
“Vern Knopp’s personal opinions, beliefs and social media endorsements do not represent the ideals and values of the UBC Thunderbirds. Vern Knopp is no longer a member of the Thunderbrids men’s basketball coaching staff,” he tweeted.
On Friday, the university’s athletics department declined to comment further.
The Alma Mater Society, a UBC students’ union, expressed support for the university’s position.
“The AMS is committed to supporting students from the Black community at this time, and we are actively working to develop programming to help combat anti-Black racism at UBC. The sentiments expressed by Mr. Knopp have absolutely no place at UBC, and society in general,” they said in a statement.
“We are encouraged to see that UBC Athletics and Recreation has taken a zero-tolerance approach to this issue.”
On Tuesday, the department shared a message on Twitter from university president Santa Ono.
“As Thunderbirds we join all of UBC in condemning racism in all forms. We are committed to an inclusive and respectful environment where we listen, learn and continue to grow together,” the department said in a tweet.
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