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NEWS: Around the Arctic June 11, 2018 - 3:45 pm

Nunatsiaq News wins eight top prizes at Quebec community newspaper awards

Newspaper recognized for its reporting, editorials, photography and design

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Robert Kautuk's beautiful composition of partly snow-covered rocks and low clouds won first prize in the best feature photo category at the Quebec Community Newspaper Association's award ceremony in Sainte-Adèle, Que., on Friday, June 8. (PHOTO BY ROBERT KAUTUK)
Robert Kautuk's beautiful composition of partly snow-covered rocks and low clouds won first prize in the best feature photo category at the Quebec Community Newspaper Association's award ceremony in Sainte-Adèle, Que., on Friday, June 8. (PHOTO BY ROBERT KAUTUK)
Nunatsiaq News reporter Beth Brown (centre) receives her award for best feature story at the Quebec Community Newspaper Association awards in Sainte-Adèle, Que., on Friday, June 8. (PHOTO BY PATRICIA LIGHTFOOT)
Nunatsiaq News reporter Beth Brown (centre) receives her award for best feature story at the Quebec Community Newspaper Association awards in Sainte-Adèle, Que., on Friday, June 8. (PHOTO BY PATRICIA LIGHTFOOT)

Nunatsiaq News reporters, photographers and a designer were recognized on Friday, June 8 at the annual Quebec Community Newspaper Association awards in Sainte-Adèle, Que.

Nunatsiaq News was nominated for 12 individual awards this year.

The newest addition to the Nunatsiaq News reporting team, Courtney Edgar, won first prize in the best news story category for a piece she wrote last year as a freelancer, in which she delved behind the stereotypes and statistics into the complex reality of homelessness and addiction.

“It’s great to get recognition for our efforts to deliver great journalism to Nunavut and Nunavik, breaking new ground to tell our readers about issues that don’t get covered elsewhere,” said Nunatsiaq News publisher Michael Roberts.

“The judges obviously agreed that we have a great editorial team, with depth in news, features, investigative journalism, editorials, photography and design. Our new reporters, Beth Brown and Courtney Edgar, deserve special recognition for winning prestigious awards so early in their careers.”

Here are the results from the ceremony on June 8:

• Editor Jim Bell was nominated for two awards this year. He won the Bob Phillips Award for Best Editorial for his description of the Inuit-Crown agreement and was runner-up in the best editorial (local affairs) category for his editorial about how the Government of Nunavut consistently struggles to develop a coherent policy on Inuit language education.

• Reporter Beth Brown won first prize in both categories in which she was nominated. In the best education story category, she came first for her piece on the public response to proposed legislation to delay full implementation of Inukitut-language instruction in schools and in the best feature story category, for her story about a day spent on a Canadian Coast Guard ship by 11 student mariners.

• Reporter Courtney Edgar won first prize in the best new story category for her story about the life and death of Lizzie Saunders in Montreal.

• Reporter Sarah Rogers received no fewer than three nominations. She won first prize in the best community health story category for her article about how the Nunavik health survey in 2017 was directed by a regional steering committee, who now own the survey data.

She also took first place in the best feature series category for a series about Nunavik’s travelling court, titled “Rough justice.”

Rogers was also the runner-up in the best arts and entertainment story category about an exhibition of photographs taken and developed by Inuit women in Taloyoak in 1973.

• Steve Ducharme, a former Nunatsiaq News reporter and last year’s winner of the Paul Dumont-Frenette Outstanding Journalism Award, won in the best investigative reporting category for his story about the turf war over Franklin’s Terror.

• Andrea Gray, the newspaper’s senior production artist, was runner-up in the best front page category for the front page from Dec. 1, 2017, which featured a playful moment at a community feast alongside a serious news story.

• Freelance photographer Robert Kautuk from Clyde River, who won last year in the best news photo category and the Outstanding Photojournalism Award, won this year in the best feature photo category for his beautiful composition of partly snow-covered rocks and low cloud.

• Freelance photographer Noel Kaludjak from Rankin Inlet won third place in the best feature photo category for his photograph of Leo Kaludjak laying out animal pelts.

Nunatsiaq News has its origins in Inuksuk, a not-for-profit newspaper that published between 1973 and 1975 in Iqaluit. Under the name Nunatsiaq News, the paper has served eastern Arctic communities in Nunavut and Nunavik since July 1975.

The Quebec Community Newspaper Association comprises English language and minority community newspapers circulating in Quebec, and its English and bilingual publications are distributed weekly, biweekly, monthly and daily to about 770,000 readers across the province.

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(5) Comments:

#1. Posted by Evelyn Thordarson on June 11, 2018

Congratulations to all the winners great job.

#2. Posted by Whit fraser on June 11, 2018

Congratulations to all involved.
These awards speak to hard work , commitment, and skill.
To win year after year as NN does, raises the bar and adds consistency which demonstrates an even higher level of achievement.
Well done
WF

#3. Posted by olaf on June 11, 2018

Huge congratulations to Jim and the team!

Continue your hard-hitting, in-depth look at the GN and the North!

#4. Posted by Bernie Adams on June 11, 2018

Congratulations for what?
Writing news articles on the hearts of family members who are grieving for their murdered son or brother.
Any or all news sources (reporters)are like leeches.
They suck you dry of all emotions of writing news articles without getting consent from grieving mothers, fathers, brothers and or sisters.
You all suck.
You type what you believe what the people want to read and the articles that are mostly written about are the murders of innocent people without telling the whole story on what my son was like and what he loved to do.
Or how mental illness, alcohol abuse, drug abuse and sexual molestations are not being written about.
I heard a saying “IT TAKES A COMMUNITY TO RAISE A CHILD”.
Okay, where is the community at when you have people (young children teens and adults) hanging themselves, shooting themselves or who decide to stay in a physical abusive relationship.
You give the people what they want to hear not what you want them to see.
Grieving Father
Bernie

#5. Posted by City Boy. (Ottawa) on June 12, 2018

#4,
That is the media for you, Elizabeth Salm was murdered by a young
Inuit man. If that had been an Inuit or First Nations women murdered
by a white man, people would still be marching up and down the city
streets.
There are so many self inflicted problems in Nunavut, people can either
live with them or change their ways.
I share the same grief that you do, it has been over 10 years since my
son took his own life through mental illness, life is what happens when
your making other plans.
  Time is a great healer, God bless you.

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