NEWS takes silver in general excellence category

The Parksville Qualicum Beach News was awarded the silver medal Saturday for general excellence in its circulation category for B.C. community newspapers.

In the closest result of all categories, The NEWS was edged out for the gold by .17 of a percentage point by its Black Press sister paper, The Campbell River Mirror. Another Black Press paper, The Cowichan News Leader Pictorial, was third.

"There's a lot of moving parts to putting a newspaper together and getting it to the door," said The NEWS publisher Peter McCully. "Sweating all of those details is rewarded in the general excellence category. We have a great team."

The awards were handed out during a B.C.-Yukon Community Newspaper Association gala at the River Rock Casino and Hotel in Richmond. Here, in part, is what the judges had to say about The NEWS:

"Here is a paper that is really dedicated to covering its community well. Consistently strong in all areas, with especially good organization . . . good, sharp leads and strong, engaging writing with equally strong photography."

The NEWS had the highest mark of all the papers in three of the judge's 11 categories: editorial/op-ed, arts and local features.

In the last four years, The NEWS has taken home two gold and two silver in the general excellence category.

"Our readers are engaged and interested in their community and their newspaper of record — they help guide us in everything we do," said The NEWS editor John Harding. "It's nice to get recognition from our peers, but at the end of the day it's about consistently making a responsible, entertaining product for our readers."

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