Quebec newspaper association hands nine award nominations to Nunatsiaq News
Editor Jim Bell nominated in four categories
The Quebec Community Newspaper Association, which represents 30 English-language and bilingual newspapers in Quebec, has shortlisted the Nunatsiaq News for awards in in nine different award categories.
Editor Jim Bell leads with four nominations, including a nomination for the Bob Philips Award for best editorial.
The nomination is for Bell’s January 2011 editorial titled “Hiding in plain sight,” which questions how convicted child molester Father Eric Dejaeger, who is now on trial for charges of child abuse in Nunavut, avoided international arrest warrants for 16 years.
Bell was also nominated for best local affairs editorial, for an editorial on the 2011 murder-suicide of Iqaluit man Sylvain Degrasse, his wife and two daughters, titled “How to make tragedies preventable.”
Bell also received a nod for Best News Story for his coverage of a late-night Iqaluit shooting called “Iqaluit man escapes death by two inches.”
He was also nominated in the Best Business story category for his coverage of a group of Nunavut delegates visiting the Kittilä gold mine in Finland, in a story titled “Nunavut digs into Finland for inside scoop on mining.”
Senior reporter Jane George received a nomination in the category for best Photo Essay for her for her feature story about Operation Nanook.
Reporter Sarah Rogers received nominations in two categories, for Best Education story, “Nunavut Sivuniksavut celebrates new Ottawa home” and for Best Community Health story on the Montreal day shelter that serves urban Inuit women, called “An oasis of hope in downtown Montreal. ”
In the Arts and Entertainment category, Nunatsiaq News freelance contributor Justin Nobel picked up a nomination for a feature on Nunavut’s hip hop community called “Born with the gift of the golden tongue.”
Nunatsiaq News’ was also nominated in the category of Best Website.
Winners will be announced at the QCNA awards ceremony May 18 in Montreal.