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.
Britney Spears calls recent documentaries about her ‘hypocritical’
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Pop singer Britney Spears spoke out on Tuesday about recent documentaries about her life and career, calling them “hypocritical” because they rehash her personal problems while criticizing the media for reporting them the first time.
Walt Disney Co’s FX network and The New York Times released “Framing Britney Spears” in February. The documentary examined the singer’s meteoric rise to fame as a teenager, the ensuing media scrutiny and her widely publicized breakdown.And this month, the BBC released “The Battle for Britney: Fans, Cash and a Conservatorship” in Britain. It will debut in the United States and Canada starting May 11 via the BBC Select streaming service.
In an Instagram post, Spears did not name either documentary but said “so many documentaries about me this year with other people’s takes on my life.”
“These documentaries are so hypocritical … they criticize the media and then do the same thing,” she added.
In March, Spears said she cried for two weeks after watching part of “Framing Britney Spears”.
The BBC said in a statement on Tuesday that its documentary “explores the complexities surrounding conservatorship with care and sensitivity.”
“It does not take sides and features a wide range of contributors,” the statement added.
A New York Times spokesperson declined to comment.
Spears, who shot to fame in 1998 with the hit “Baby One More Time,” is in a court battle seeking to replace her father as her conservator. He was appointed to the role in 2008 after she was hospitalized for psychiatric treatment.
Her fans have shown their support on social media under the hashtags #We’reSorryBritney and #FreeBritney. Spears is scheduled to speak to a Los Angeles court in June.
In her Instagram post, which included a video of herself dancing, Spears said that “although I’ve had some pretty tough times in my life … I’ve had waaaayyyy more amazing times in my life and unfortunately my friends … I think the world is more interested in the negative.”
(Reporting by Lisa Richwine; Editing by David Gregorio)
Grammy organizers change rules after allegations of corruption
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The organizers of music’s Grammy Awards on Friday announced an end to the so-called “secret” committees that have led to allegations that the highest honors in the industry are open to rigging.
The Recording Academy said that nominations for the next Grammy Awards in January 2022 will be selected by all of its more than 11,000 voting members, instead of by committees of 15-30 industry experts whose names were not revealed.
The Academy was slammed last year when Canadian artist The Weeknd got zero Grammy nominations, even though his critically acclaimed album “After Hours” was one of the biggest sellers of 2020.
The Weeknd, in a Twitter post last November, said “The Grammys remain corrupt. You owe me, my fans and the industry transparency.”
The Recording Academy said in a statement on Friday that the changes were significant and were made “to ensure that the Grammy Awards rules and guidelines are transparent and equitable.”
Allegations that the Grammy nominations process is tainted were made in a legal complaint filed in early 2019 by the former chief executive of the Recording Academy, Deborah Dugan.
At the time, the Academy dismissed as “categorically false, misleading and wrong” Dugan’s claims that its members pushed artists they have relationships with. Dugan was later fired.
American pop star Halsey, also shut out of the 2021 Grammys, last year called the nominations process “elusive” and said she was “hoping for more transparency or reform.”
Former One Direction singer Zayn Malik called in March for an end to “secret committees.”
“I’m keeping the pressure on & fighting for transparency & inclusion. We need to make sure we are honoring and celebrating ‘creative excellence’ of ALL,” Malik tweeted hours ahead of the 2021 Grammy Awards ceremony.
The Recording Academy on Friday also said it was adding two new Grammy categories – for best global music performance, and best Latin urban music album – bringing to 86 the total number of Grammy Awards each year.
(Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by David Gregorio)
Movie theaters face uncertain future
By Lisa Richwine
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Maryo Mogannam snuck into the Empire theater in San Francisco with his older cousins to watch “Animal House” when he was 14. He watched most of the James Bond movies at the historic art house and took his wife there on some of their first dates.
The cinema, which had been showing movies since the silent film era, served notice in February that it was permanently closing because of the impact of COVID-19. The marquee is now blank, and cardboard and paper cover the box office window.
“It’s kind of like losing a friend,” said Mogannam, now 57, who owns a retail shipping outlet near the theater, which had been renamed the CineArts at the Empire.
As vaccinated Americans emerge from their homes, they also may find their neighborhood theater is not there to greet them.
An eight-cinema chain in New England said it will not reopen. The same fate hit a Houston art house beloved by director Richard Linklater and, in a shock to Hollywood, more than 300 screens run by Los Angeles-based Pacific Theatres. That includes the Cinerama Dome, a landmark that hosted several red-carpet movie premieres.
Following a year of closures, theaters face deferred rent bills plus media companies’ focus on drawing customers to streaming services. Up to one-fourth of the roughly 40,000 screens in the United States could disappear in the next few years, Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter said.
The National Association of Theatre Owners rejects that estimate, spokesman Patrick Corcoran said, noting that similar dire warnings accompanying the advent of television and the switch to digital screens never came to pass.
Hollywood filmmakers want cinemas to thrive.
“It’s the only place where the art dominates,” said “Avatar” director James Cameron. “When you watch something on streaming, the other people in the room with you are welcome to interject, to pause to go to the bathroom, to text.”
At theaters, “we literally make a pact with ourselves to go and spend two to three hours in a focused enjoyment of the art.”
“For 300 people to laugh and cry at the same time, strangers, not just your family in your house, that’s a very powerful thing,” said Chloe Zhao, Oscar-nominated director of best picture nominee “Nomadland.”
At the Academy Awards on Sunday, the movie industry will “make a case for why cinema matters,” producer Stacey Sher said. While acknowledging the hardship of the pandemic, “we also have to fight for cinema and our love of it and the way it has gotten us through things,” she said.
About 58% of theaters have reopened in the United States and Canada, most restricted to 50% capacity or less. The biggest operators – AMC, Cinemark and Cineworld – make up roughly half the overall market.
Industry leaders project optimism, forecasting a big rebound after restrictions ease and studios unleash new blockbusters.
Coming attractions include a new Bond adventure, the ninth “Fast & Furious” film, a “Top Gun” sequel and several Marvel superhero movies.
“Avatar 2,” Cameron’s follow-up to the highest-grossing film of all time, is set to debut in December 2022. Some box office analysts predict 2022 ticket sales will hit a record.
Supporters point to late March release “Godzilla vs. Kong,” which brought in roughly $48.5 million at U.S. and Canadian box offices over its first five days, even though audiences could stream it on HBO Max.
“That was a big win for the entire industry,” said Rich Daughtridge, president and chief executive of Warehouse Cinemas in Frederick, Maryland.
But near- and long-term challenges loom, particularly for smaller cinemas.
Theaters are negotiating with landlords over back rent. A federal aid program was delayed due to technical problems.
Plus, media companies are bringing movies to homes sooner. Executives say streaming is their priority, pouring billions into programming made to watch in living rooms as they compete with Netflix Inc.
Most at risk are theaters with one or two screens, Wedbush Securities’ Pachter said. He said his best guess is between 5,000 and 10,000 screens could go permanently dark in coming years.
“I think we’ll see a gradual decline in the number of screens,” Pachter said, “just like we’ve seen a gradual decline in the number of mom-and-pop grocery stores and bookstores.”
(Reporting by Lisa Richwine; Additional reporting by Rollo Ross in Los Angeles, Alicia Powell in New York and Nathan Frandino in San Francisco; Editing by Jonathan Oatis)
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