Vancouver Courier nominated for eight B.C. community newspaper awards

Eight is enough as Vancouver Courier writers, photographers and videographers nabbed an impressive number of nominations for the 2019 BCYCNA Ma Murray Awards.

The B.C. Yukon Community Newspaper Awards celebrate excellence amongst its member newspapers, and have hosted the Ma Murray Awards for almost a century. The winners will be announced at a gala held at the River Rock Casino Resort on April 25.

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Among the nominees, Vancouver Shakedown columnist Grant Lawrence received the nod for Arts and Culture Writing for his feature “Thirty years ago, the Cambie was a rite of passage for Vancouver's indie rock scene.”

Courier reporter John Kurucz is nominated in the Business Writing category for “Independent garages disappearing amid skyrocketing industrial land prices.”

Kurucz is also nominated for Feature Series for his ongoing reporting on art space closures across the city.

Reporter Mike Howell is also a double nominee. He’s nominated in the Feature Writing category for “One year later, meet the people still living in Downtown Eastside's Oppenheimer Park.”

Howell is also nominated for the John Collison Memorial Award for Investigative Journalism for his story “From the jungles of Colombia to Oppenheimer Park, Texas murder suspect living in Downtown Eastside tent city.”

The Courier was also recognized for its work in the digital realm.

Editor Michael Kissinger is nominated in the Breaking News Video category for his video on the spinning chandelier installation under the Granville Bridge.

Kissinger and photographer Dan Toulgoet are also nominated in the Multimedia Story category for “Mural artists bring colour to Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.”

The entire Vancouver Courier crew is also nominated in the Multimedia Series category for the print and online project “Vancouver From Above.”

For a full list of nominees, click HERE.


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