The Williams Lake Tribune/Weekend Advisor received top honours at the British Columbia and Yukon Community Newspaper Association awards in Richmond last weekend.
The Tribune placed first in the Ma Murray Community Service Award for the Dirty Laundry Campaign which featured personal stories from individuals within the community who experienced racism in their lives.
“Authentic and meaningful at a time every community needs this kind of support,” said the BCYCNA judge, adding the quality of writing, along with the choices in the campaign to engage, showcase and inform readers is what made Dirty Laundry a winner.
The Dirty Laundry Campaign was a collaborative effort between the newspaper and the Canadian Mental Health Association Cariboo Chilcotin Branch (CMHA-CCB), and was supported by the Williams Lake Central Business Improvement Area over its several-week run in the paper.
“I am very proud of the work our writers, in particular Gaeil Farrar, did for this project, thankful for the partnership with Margaret-Anne Enders of CMH-CCB, who initiated the project, and grateful to the downtown business community who supported it,” said Tribune editor Angie Mindus.
“We are also humbled by the participants of the Dirty Laundry Campaign who were brave enough to tell their touching stories which shed some light on a very difficult subject.”
The Dirty Laundry Campaign also went on to take home third place in Canada at the Canadian Community Newspaper Association (CCNA) awards recently.
The Tribune was also honoured by the B.C. provincial government with a multiculturalism award in business for the Dirty Laundry Campaign in November.
Our very own Greg Sabatino also garnered second place in the country at the CCNA awards for his news feature about James Way, a war veteran who is living in the Cariboo and suffering with post traumatic stress disorder.