Ma Murray, the venerable co-founder of the Alaska Highway News, is smiling down on her North Peace legacy this week.
The newspaper picked up a trio of journalism awards from the BC & Yukon Community Newspaper Association at the annual Ma Murray Awards in Vancouver on April 29.
Managing Editor Matt Preprost brought home a silver award in the spot news photography for his photograph of Fort St. John RCMP arresting two men at gunpoint in Mathews Park last year.
“This is a good definition of a spot news photograph, in that a person arrested at gunpoint is quite unplanned,” the judges noted. “To have one person arrested and another in the process of being arrested adds an interesting element of storytelling to the image.”
Reporter Aleisha Hendry brought home a bronze award for a series of columns she wrote last year, including one in response to a reader who said publishing a photo essay of Women Resource Society’s production of the Vagina Monologues amounted to “smut,” and another about about Brock Turner, a Stanford University student convicted of raping an unconscious woman behind a dumpster after a frat party.
“Hendry looks at two distinctly different gender issues to take issue with a culture that encourages shame whether by objecting to a play or humiliating a victim of rape,” the judges noted. “She deftly presents both situations to give readers pause for thought.”
Lastly, the Alaska Highway News won a bronze award in Newspaper Excellence, the premier award for community newspapers in B.C., judging every aspect of our paper.
“The only broadsheet in the category, the Alaska Highway News excels in all aspects of local news coverage,” the judges commented.
“This paper resonates with a work ethic that is impressive through and through.”