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NEWS: Nunavik March 14, 2014 - 12:53 pm

Nunatsiaq News shortlisted for Quebec community newspaper awards

Newspaper nominated in 10 award categories


The Quebec Community Newspaper Association, which represents 30 English-language and bilingual newspapers in Quebec, has shortlisted Nunatsiaq News for awards in 10 award categories.

Reporter David Murphy leads with three nominations; one for Best News Story for a piece he wrote at the opening of the Eric Dejaeger trial in Iqaluit, Dejaeger trial opens with tales of child rape, bestiality.

Murphy picked up a nomination in the sports category, for a story on Rankin Inlet hockey player Roger Tagoona picking up his first professional hockey contract in a U.S. league.

Murphy and the newspaper’s assistant editor, Lisa Gregoire, were each shortlisted under the Community Health category, Murphy for his story on Nunavut’s Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training program.

Gregoire was shortlisted for her story titled The human and financial cost of trauma in Nunavut, which analyzes the issues involved in addictions treatment for Nunavummiut.

Gregoire also received a nomination for work on a similar subject. Her story about a residential addictions and trauma centre for Inuit in Ottawa was shortlisted in the Features category.

In the Municipal Affairs category, reporter Sarah Rogers was shortlisted for a feature on Arviat’s polar bear monitor, who works a midnight shift throughout the fall to keep bears out of the Kivalliq community.

Rogers also received a nomination for a story about a group of young people and elders exploring new ways to use locally-grown food — in this case, tundra berries — under the Agriculture category.

Reporter Peter Varga got an honourable mention in the Municipal Affairs category.

Nunatsiaq News editor Jim Bell picked up nominations for two editorials. One of them is for a Bob Phillips Award in the best general editorial category for Cue the Sleaze, please, which pokes holes in a decision by Nunavut MLAs to amend the Integrity Act last year.

Bell was also shortlisted in the Best Editorial local affairs category for an editorial looking at the impact of bringing retail booze sales to the territory.

Nunatsiaq News also received a nomination for best editorial page.

Winners will be announced June 6 at the QCNA’s 34th annual gala and awards in Mont Saint-Sauveur, Que.

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