Nunatsiaq News honoured again for excellence

Staff picks up six awards for excellence from the Quebec Community Newspaper Association


The Quebec Community Newspaper Association bestowed six awards on Nunatsiaq News staff May 27 at its annual gala held near Montreal.

Editor Jim Bell won the Bob Phillips Award for the Best Editorial (general) for his Aug. 12, 2010 editorial called “Federal justice minister must act now,” which the judges called “direct and forceful.”

“Using statistics to bolster a clear call for action, Jim Bell’s Aug. 13, 2010 editorial in the Nunatsiaq News, “Federal justice minister must act now,” challenges federal Justice Minister Rob Nicholson to hire two more judges for the Nunavut court that is overwhelmed by a growing population and rising crime rate… it is Bell’s excellent use of language and detail and his insight and perspective that drive the point home.”

Nunatsiaq News also won second place awards in these categories:

• Best News Story, second place (Chris Windeyer) for “a very thorough courtroom drama story, complete with stark fact, the unvarnished emotional impact and then some truly compassionate touches;”

• Best Business Story, second place (Jim Bell), in which “the reporter does a lot more than take us to the ribbon cutting ceremony, taking us into the background of what got them there;”

• Best Feature Page, second place ;

• Best Environmental Story, second place (Jane George) on “New Arctic contaminants threaten polar bears”— a “great job of taking the work of scientists and making it simple enough for anyone to understand.”

• Best Photo Essay, second place, for a feature story by Sarah Rogers on the photos of Kaniqsujuaq photographer Yaaka Jaaka, “well done,” with “beautiful wildlife scenes.”

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