News Review third-best newspaper in B.C.

Peninsula News Review claims its second award for general excellence.

A third place finish among community newspapers of similar circulation size in B.C. and the Yukon territory wrapped up a successful awards season for the Peninsula News Review.

On Saturday night at a ceremony at the River Rock Resort in Richmond, the PNR claimed the bronze in the B.C. and Yukon Community Newspaper Association’s Ma Murray awards — in the newspaper excellence category. Black Press sister papers the Campbell River Mirror and the Yukon News took silver and gold, respectively.

“An appealing newspaper that uses its space really well,” noted the judges about the News Review. “Great front page, strong photography, a solid op-ed section and an obvious local focus overall. A nice package!”

Other Black Press papers from Ladysmith, to Oak Bay, the lower mainland and the interior also picked up prizes for overall general excellence. Black Press reporters, photographers, ad designers and more were also recognized at the annual gala — in categories ranging from advertising and community service, to photography and writing.

The third place finish in B.C. and Yukon comes on the heels of a second place finish in the national Newspapers Canada awards contest, also for overall excellence and among papers with similar circulation numbers at the PNR.