Nunatsiaq News wins 4 top prizes from QCNA
Top honours given for news, arts and feature-writing, best website
Nunatsiaq News won four top awards and five runner-up prizes this year from the Quebec Community Newspapers Association. The awards, which recognize the journalism at member papers in 2020, were announced Thursday.
Dustin Patar won best news story for his article on the collapse of Nunavut’s Milne Ice Shelf.
“It is hard to define climate change as ‘breaking news,’ but in this report the Nunatsiaq News showed the importance of research — if no one’s watching, we will not know what’s lost,” the judge for that category wrote.
Emma Tranter won best feature story for her article on Larry Audlaluk’s recollections about his family being relocated by the federal government from northern Quebec to the High Arctic in the 1950s.
“This is excellent storytelling,” the judge wrote. “With power and nuance the writer considers a weighty topic. And the story flows.”
Corey Larocque won best arts and entertainment story for his profile of Iqaluit singer-songwriter Aasiva.
“Beautiful well written story that touches on an important topic: mental health,” the judge wrote.
And Nunatsiaq News received the top prize for best website.
“Standing head and shoulders above its competition, the Nunatsiaq News website earns full marks for excellence in design (both visual appeal and structural organization), reporting, and photography,” the judge wrote. “This website does not look like a print newspaper awkwardly retrofitted into a predetermined digital format; it looks like a website thoughtfully created to showcase news of the regions covered, in a way that readers can easily navigate.”
Sarah Rogers received a second-place prize for her feature on the frustrations of Sixties Scoop survivors facing settlement delays.
“This heartbreaking and inspiring story is told with great skill,” the judge wrote.
Rogers also received a third-place prize for best investigative reporting, for her article on Mina Echalook Idlout, the first known Nunavik resident to die from COVID-19, and the struggle her family faced in waiting a month to bury her.
“This tragic story unfolds in two chapters. The first is a tragedy due to a pandemic; the second is how Mina’s life was already cut short,” the judge wrote.
Jane George won a second-place prize for best environmental story, for an article on how several beached bowhead whales in Nunavut appear to have been fleeing killer whales.
Dustin Patar received a third-place prize for best feature photo, for an image of a Christmas tree in Iqaluit with the northern lights dancing behind it that the judge described as “visual poetry.”
And Nunatsiaq News’ virtual edition received a third-place prize for best front page.