Alberni Valley news wins trio of awards

Wawmeesh G. Hamilton’s photo of a paramedic reassuring a woman involved in a traffic accident has won both a provincial and a national award. The woman had been hit by a vehicle and thrown from her wheelchair while crossing the corner of Gertrude and Southgate. She has since recovered.

The Alberni Valley News has won two national and one provincial journalism award, handed out at the end of April.

Editor Susan Quinn won second place for local editorial writing in the paper’s circulation class in the Canadian Community Newspaper Awards, and reporter Wawmeesh G. Hamilton won a second place at the CCNAs for spot news photo (see above).

Hamilton also won a provincial award from the B.C. and Yukon Community Newspapers Association for spot news photo with the same image.

“I’m very proud of Susie and Wawmeesh,” News publisher John Tierney said.

“If you consider how many papers participated, and to finish in second place in a national and a provincial category—there’s something to be said about the quality of product we put out on a weekly basis,” he said.

“The competition is really stiff and we’re competing with 75-year-old papers with a much higher level of staff.”

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