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Nanaimo News Bulletin recognized at annual journalism awards

News Bulletin employees won the jackpot in Richmond Saturday at the annual Ma Murray Awards.

Reporter Toby Gorman and advertising manager Sean McCue took home the gold in their categories at the awards hosted by the B.C. and Yukon Community Newspapers Association and held at the River Rock Casino.

Gorman won the business writing award for his story, Beekeepers anxiously await winter results, about local beekeepers hoping to rebound from decimating losses to their stocks the year prior.

“The goal is always to tell the best and most accurate stories which reflect Nanaimo, its residents and businesses,” Gorman said. “To be recognized for doing that is a great feeling.”

McCue won for best ad design award – collaborative, for circulation over 25,000, for the four-page Report to Community from the Nanaimo and District Hospital Foundation.

Advertising representative Chantal Richard took home the silver ad campaign award, with a front-page banner for Nanaimo Health Shop.

Donna Blais also won the silver classifieds award for the News Bulletin’s overall classified section.

Former Nanaimo city councillor Merv Unger, a former News Bulletin editor who ended his long career in newspapers as publisher of the Business Examiner, earned the Eric Dunning Integrity Award.

News Bulletin publisher Maurice Donn ended his year-long role as president of the community newspapers association at the gala event, which saw hundreds of representatives from across the province gather to celebrate the best in community journalism.

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