VI Free Daily journalists lauded at provincial awards

VI Free Daily journalists lauded at provincial awards

Your Vancouver Island news team honoured by the newspaper industry

Members of the VI Free Daily news team are among the best in B.C.

A number of local Black Press News Media reporters, editors, publishers and creative staff earned wins at the B.C. and Yukon Community Newspaper Awards on Saturday night at the River Rock Casino in Richmond.

Nicole Crescenzi and Arnold Lim earned silver for their Multimedia Series Award for their story “Learning the ropes, police style”

Keri Coles, now a breaking news team member with the Greater Victoria news hub, was one of three named as New Journalist of the Year. She also earned bronze in the Breaking News Video Award for “Injured hiker rescued after fall on steep terrain in Highlands.” Lim won gold in the category for his video work during the Camp Namegans moves last summer titled “Only tent city residents allowed into Goldstream Park campsites.”

Coles also won silver in Feature Photo Award, Under 25,000 circulation, for “Graduation glee” an image from the Oak Bay High 2018 grad block party. And she earned gold in the John Collison Memorial Award for Investigative Journalism for her in-depth article “When parents kill.”

Lim also earned gold in the Feature Video Award for his work with Dawn Gibson titled “A letter to my former self” He earned another gold for Spot News Photo Award for “Province gives B.C. homeless campers deadline to leave provincial park,” one in a series of stories that followed the tent city issue last summer.

Another silver was awarded to Sarah Simpson for Outdoor Recreation Writing (“Neighbours aim to oust gun club from park”). And Josef Jacobson and Mike Chouinard received bronze for Arts and Culture Writing (“Breast cancer survivor exhibits her experience”) and Column Writing (“Addressing the quiet injustice of miscarriage”), respectively.

Meanwhile, longtime Black Press News Media editors Dan Ebenal and Don Descoteau were awarded Silver Quill recognition for more than 25 years of service to the journalism industry.