Golden Vernon diary at BC awards gala – Vernon Morning Star

Vernon’s community newspaper and its online branch are among the best in British Columbia.

The Morning Star won gold in its broadcast category for overall excellence at the BC Community Yukon Newspaper Association’s 2022 Annual Ma Murray Awards, presented Saturday, May 14 at the River Rock Casino and Resort in Richmond.

The Morning Star beat fellow Black Press publications White Rock’s Peach Arch News (silver) and Duncan’s Cowichan Valley Citizen (bronze) in Category F circulation.

“The Morning Star has an attractive front page with catchy writing and good numeric prompts,” the judges said. “Strong local specificities and a global organization. Great design with ads that fit well with the stories in the layout…”

Former editor Karen Hill, now editor of the Kelowna-based Black Press group, and current journalist Brendan Shykora accepted the award.

“The Morning Star team puts a lot of effort into everything they do every day,” Hill said.

The Morning Star has been nominated in its category for the top three in eight of the past 10 years, but this was the first time the publication had won gold. Since 1998, the local newspaper has won five silver and five bronze medals in one of the most important circulation categories in British Columbia and the Yukon.

“We have a fabulous team there,” Hill said. “Most of them have been with Black Press for a very long time. Thanks everyone.”

Journalist Roger Knox received a Silver Quill award for his 25 years of service to the community newspaper industry.

Acting Editor Jennifer Smith won a bronze certificate at KPU’s (Kwantlen Polytechnic University) Breaking News Video Award for her work covering the Halloween morning fire and its aftermath that destroyed North Valley Gymnastics facilities Society of Vernon on 31st Street.

“I’m so proud of the work our editorial team does on a daily basis, and the same is true of everyone at Morning Star,” current editor Chris Mackie said. “Our entire team here, as well as our hub in Kelowna, have produced incredible products during very difficult times. It’s nice to see us recognized for this hard work.

A total of 13 Black Press publications were nominated for 21 General Achievement Awards. The Tofino-Ucluelet Westerly News, Revelstoke Review and Gulf Island Driftwood joined The Morning Star in winning gold.

Saturday’s gala was the 100th anniversary of the Ma Murray Awards, recognizing the achievements of the association’s 93 member newspapers and their digital media.

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