News Bulletin, staffers awarded for outstanding work

NANAIMO – A dedication to craft paid off for Nanaimo News Bulletin employees.

A dedication to their craft paid off for Nanaimo News Bulletin employees with recognition by the British Columbia Yukon Community Newspaper Association.

Four Bulletin staffers had their names called out at the association’s Ma Murray Community Newspaper Awards Saturday at the River Rock Casino in Richmond.

Ad representative Chantal Richard won a gold medal in Metro Creative Graphics Ad Campaign Award for her Summer Savin’ Days ad.

Donna Blais, News Bulletin classifieds manager, earned silver in the New Car Dealers Association of B.C. Classifieds Award.

Rachel Stern won a bronze medal for her ‘Hornets happenings’ photo in the Sports Photo Award for a paper with more than 25,000 circulation and Chris Bush earned bronze for his ‘Hot spot’ photo in the Telus Spot News Photo Award category.

Efforts at the News Bulletin didn’t go unnoticed nationally either at the recent Canadian Community Newspaper Awards.

Toby Gorman took second place for Best Historical Story – for a newspaper with a circulation of 12,500 and over – with his account of the 1887 explosion in Nanaimo’s No. 1 Esplanade coal mine.

The paper won a Blue Ribbon for general excellence in a newspaper with more than 25,000 circulation as well as third place for Best Editorial Page.

“Everyone here at the News Bulletin does their utmost to create the best possible product for our readers and clients,” said publisher Maurice Donn. “Winning these awards is a testament to our dedicated employees, but we share [the awards] with our readers.”