TR News takes top spot at newspaper awards

BC & Yukon Community Newspaper Association


Vancouver, BC – The Tumbler Ridge News took top spots in the Sports Photo Award for a paper with a circulation under 25,000 at the BC & Yukon Community Newspapers Association (BCYCNA) Ma Murray Community Newspaper Awards presented by Coast Capital Savings, held on Saturday, April 25 at the River Rock Casino Resort.

For more than 90 years, the BCYCNA has been celebrating excellence amongst its member newspapers. The Ma Murray Community Newspaper Awards recognizes all aspects of the newspaper industry, including production, publishing, reporting, editing, advertising, photography, website design and community contribution.

Known and respected throughout Canada’s community newspaper industry, the awards have become some of the most coveted in the business.

As community newspaper staff from across BC and Yukon filled the River Rock Show Theatre on Saturday night, there was a palpable energy in the air.

Tumbler Ridge beat out two other photos, both taken by staffers at the Yukon News, to take the top prize in the sports photography catagory.

Editor Trent Ernst, who took the winning photo of Chris Leggett jumping his mountain bike, was at the event to accept the award, presented by Hub International’s Ian Robertson. Hub has sponsored the Sports Photo Award for the last decade.

BCYCNA President Tim Shoults, Vice President, Content and Audience Development at Glacier Media, welcomed the crowd and spoke about the changes in our industry. “I would say that there is more competition for us today than ever before. …Thanks to the rise of social media, our readers, our advertisers, and even our sources are, in essence, publishers right alongside us, competing for the same audience we are…. So I think it’s more important than ever for community newspapers, whoever owns them, to realize that we are all playing for the same team.”

The BCYCNA is a non-profit membership organization representing 119 community newspapers throughout British Columbia and the Yukon, with a combined readership of almost 2 million.