Editorial: Celebrating Local News – Delta Optimist


Last week we had the chance to celebrate – virtually of course – the accomplishments of the past year in community news media.

The BC & Yukon Community News Media Association presented its 2021 Ma Murray Awards. The awards were presented to community journalists, photographers, editors and sales teams across the province with 132 awards given in 44 categories.

The Optimist was nominated for three awards (General Excellence, Newspaper Promotion and Investigative Journalism). We landed the money for investigative journalism for a story I wrote last March about a serious case of bullying in school – a story I am most proud of and consider to be the one of my best work in the over 25 years that I have been working. in this industry.

We clinched a bronze medal against our sister publications Coast Reporter and Pique News Magazine in Whistler for their overall excellence and in newspaper promotion for the two-week section of names that we published on our front page last year, thanking the community for their generosity and support. as our business was challenged due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we also won a bronze medal.

These awards were won through the hard work of the exceptional team we have here at The Optimist, but our loyal readers, advertisers and supporters in this community also share our success. We wouldn’t have a community newspaper every Thursday in print and every day on the web without you.

As I sat and watched the rewards program, impressed with the work of so many of my colleagues, my spirit reflected on this community. I thought about the confidence that so many people have in us to tell stories – stories that matter – stories that challenge – stories that celebrate – stories that inform.

The past year has challenged us in many ways, both personally and professionally. To be recognized for our work is both rewarding and humiliating.


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