Gazette up for award

The Gazette was announced this week as one of three finalists in the Newspaper Excellence category of the BCYCNA for 2012.

PORT HARDY—In a year of transition for the North Island Gazette, one thing remained constant. The Gazette was announced this week as one of three finalists in the Newspaper Excellence category of the BC/Yukon Community Newspaper Association Awards for 2012.

A year ago, the Gazette earned silver in the same category at the awards, also known as the Ma Murray Awards.

The BCYCNA is made up of community newspaper groups across the province and Yukon Territory, covering all circulation levels. The Gazette was nominated for weekly papers with a circulation of up to 3,999.

The Gazette did not receive an individual award nomination, but the sought-after General Excellence Award recognizes the newspaper across the spectrum of content, including news and editorial coverage, images, design/layout and advertising.

During 2012 the Gazette turned over half of its staff, bringing in a new editor, new reporter and new sales representative.

The nomination was one of 24 for Black Press newspapers on Vancouver Island, including four in their respective General Excellence divisions.

“Well done to the North Island Gazette, Oak Bay News, Comox Valley Record and Parksville/Qualicum Beach News for their showing in the Newspaper Excellence categories,” said Mark Warner, president of Black Press Vancouver Island.

Winners will be announced at the Ma Murray Awards Gala April 20 at the River Rock Casino in Richmond.