The Parksville Qualicum Beach News was honoured as the top newspaper in the province for its circulation category at the Ma Murray Newspaper Awards gala Saturday night in Richmond.
The NEWS won the gold medal for general excellence, edging out the other finalists, the Comox Valley Record (silver) and New Westminster Record (bronze). In all, there are 122 member newspapers in the B.C.-Yukon Community Newspapers Association with a combined circulation of more than two million.
According to the judges: "The Parksville Qualicum Beach News does an outstanding job of reflecting the diversity and enthusiasm of a community that is obviously on the go. The news stories, features, photography, design and opinions expressed are all packaged in an attractive, effective and comprehensive way."
The publisher of The NEWS, Peter McCully, was at the gala Saturday night.
"I was very happy to accept the award on behalf of the 90-some people it takes to publish and distribute each edition of The Parksville Qualicum Beach News," said McCully. "We have a great team."
— NEWS Staff