The Canadian Community Newspaper Awards hadn’t been handed out since the start of the pandemic, and the Nanaimo News Bulletin made up for lost time.
The News Bulletin was a winner in eight categories as News Media Canada announced the 2020 and 2021 winners in its national competition Monday, Nov. 14.
Editor Greg Sakaki was the first-place winner in the Best Multimedia Feature category in 2020 for his ‘Black Lives solidarity fills park’ coverage, which included an article, photos and video of a Black Lives Matter event at Maffeo Sutton Park.
Also for 2020, the News Bulletin received second place in both the Best Arts Coverage and Best Sports Coverage categories, and former News Bulletin reporter Nicholas Pescod was awarded third place in the Best Civic Journalism category for his investigative article ‘City long-listed 38 possible sites for supportive housing complex.’
For 2021, the News Bulletin was awarded second place for both Best Sports Coverage and Best Arts Coverage and third place for Best Special Section for Best of the City 2021. As well, reporter Karl Yu finished third in the Best Agricultural Story category for his article ‘Abattoir proposed as meat-processing sites dwindling.’
Also for 2021, News Bulletin reporter and arts editor Mandy Moraes earned a third place award in the Best Feature Story category for an article ‘Heart-warming transplant tale’ written while a member of the Parksville Qualicum Beach News team prior to joining the Bulletin.
“We are honoured to continue this annual recognition of the outstanding achievements of the community newspaper industry,” noted News Media Canada on its website.