The Alberni Valley News has been named the No. 2 paper in Canada in our circulation category by the Canadian Community Newspapers Association.
It is one of four national and a provincial award for the Alberni Valley News this year.
“I’m very excited about our awards,” publisher Teresa Bird said.
We finished second behind Pique News Magazine in Whistler/ Pemberton.
We achieved blue ribbon standing in both 2012 and 2013 in the general excellence categories.
This year we also earned Best Arts Coverage in Canada in our circulation category—an award for which we finished second in Canada in 2012.
Reporter Katya Slepian earned second place in business writing for her article last September on a shipbuilding merger between Canadian Alberni Engineering and Kamma and Blake Industries.
Our Port Alberni Progress edition earned third place in special sections in the CCNA’s national Great Ideas competition. Our 2015 edition will hit the streets in June.
The Alberni Valley News’s small team has garnered numerous regional, provincial and national awards in the nine years we have existed. Former reporter Wawmeesh G. Hamilton, who contributed to our national standing prior to leaving for the University of B.C. to pursue a Masters in Journalism, won several writing and photography awards in six years with us.
Editor Susan Quinn has won numerous provincial and national writing awards during her tenure with the News, including the 2014 Gzowski Life Literacy Award, and three other newspapers she has worked for in the past 28 years.
Last year reporter Christopher Sun earned gold for investigative journalism from the B.C. and Yukon Community Newspapers Association. This year, Katya Slepian has also been nominated for her investigative journalism surrounding the 10th Avenue crossing issue. Winners for the BCYCNA awards will be announced in April.
We remain committed to delivering the best in-depth community news to our readers in print and online.