Kamloops This Week has been recognized in the 2019 NewsMedia Canada’s Canadian Community Newspaper Awards with six honours in the country’s largest circulation class (12,500 and over).
The newspaper finished third in Canada in the Best Overall Newspaper category, behind the St. Albert Gazette of Alberta (second) and the North Shore News in North and West Vancouver (first). KTW finished second in Canada in the Best Editorial Page category, just behind the Wellington Advertiser of Ontario. Kamloops This Week finished third in Canada in the Best Front Page category, behind the St. Albert Gazette (second) and the North Shore News.
Reporter Jessica Wallace finished second in the Best Feature Series category for At Death’s Door, her three-part series on patients, staff and volunteers at the Marjorie Willoughby Memorial Hospice Home.
Reporter Sean Brady finished third in the Best Historical Story category for his feature, Final Words of a Fallen Son.
The story chronicled what may have been the final words penned by Norman Stuart Harper, a Kamloops man shot down in Germany during the First World War. A postcard Harper sent to his mother in 1918 from the battlefields of Europe was found last year in a Seattle-area antique shop, leading to the tale told by Brady in the pages of KTW.
Kamloops This Week also received a third-place nod in the Coverage of the Arts category. Brady is the newspaper’s entertainment reporter and co-ordinator of the entertainment section, in print and online.
The national awards follow honours received by KTW at this past spring’s Ma Murray Awards, the annual gala that highlights award-winning journalism in B.C. and the Yukon.
KTW marketing co-ordinator Tara Holmes won the Community Service Award for her work on the Timeraiser project — a unique community event that pays local artists to create works which are then auctioned off to community members who bid not with money, but with volunteer hours spent working for local groups.
KTW also placed third in general excellence in the largest circulation category — with judges describing Kamloops This Week as “a consistently high quality paper in service of their community” — while photographer Allen Douglas earned bronze for sports photography in the over 25,000 circulation category for a fantastic shot of players in a local rugby game.
In 2014, Kamloops This Week was named best community newspaper in Canada at that year’s Canadian Community Newspaper Awards, while being named best community newspaper in B.C. and the Yukon in 2014 and 2015.
All awards were in the largest-circulation category.