Former Editor J. R. Rardon holds the Newspaper of the Year Award the North Island Gazette won at the BCYCNA Awards Saturday night.

Former Editor J. R. Rardon holds the Newspaper of the Year Award the North Island Gazette won at the BCYCNA Awards Saturday night.

Gazette Receives Top Honours

The North Island Gazette has won an impressive journalism award

The North Island Gazette has been judged by its peers to be the best newspaper in British Columbia and the Yukon in its category in 2014.

“This is going to be a tough act to follow,” said Publisher Kathy O’Reilly-Taylor who took over leadership of the paper in January.

“I’d like to congratulate former Publisher Sandy Grenier, Sales Representatives Lisa Harrison and Rachel Tam, former Editor J. R. Rardon, Reporter Aiden O’Toole, Circulation Manager Lilian Meerveld and our carriers on a phenomenal job,” O’Reilly-Taylor said.

According to the judges, the North Island Gazette, which beat out 13 other newspapers, “is very community-centric, encompassing, relevant and well-written, this paper is well-connected to community. Solid content sits on a strong design, with a well-structured layout, no clutter, and crisp, eye-catching photographs. Fun coverage of local events, solid news reporting and clean, healthy classifieds. A well-rounded paper.”

“We will be doing our best to have a repeat victory in 2015,” said O’Reilly-Taylor.

The British Columbia & Yukon Community Newspapers Association has been hosting the annual Ma Murray Community Newspaper Awards which celebrate excellence amongst its member newspapers, for almost a century.

The 2015 awards were presented at the River Rock Casino Resort in Richmond on Saturday, April 25.