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North Shore News scores five wins in Canadian Community Newspaper Awards

Reporter Jane Seyd picks up three awards, including first place in the presitgious Best Feature Story category
Dr. Nicole Barre and Dr. Maryam Zeineddin are family doctors at West Vancouver’s Ambleside Medical Clinic. Reporter Jane Seyd's feature on a shortage of family doctors on the North Shore was picked as the Best Feature Story in the 2023 Canadian Community Newspaper Awards. | Paul McGrath / North Shore News

The North Shore News is celebrating a handful of wins in the 2023 Canadian Community Newspaper Awards.

Top of the list is reporter Jane Seyd, who scored first place in one of the premier categories in the competition, Best Feature Story for circulation 12,500 and over. Seyd’s story No Magic Pill To Cure Family Doctor Shortage examined the root causes, and ramifications, of the ever-growing waiting list for family doctors on the North Shore.

The CCNA judges praised Seyd’s ability to take a “complex and vitally important subject” and make it relatable and easy to understand. “Thorough research, multiple sources, tight writing and the use of three quality photos combine to make this the feature story winner.”

Seyd also scored two second place finishes, including the Best Local Editorial, circulation 10,000 and over. The editorial, aptly named No. 1 Priority, takes the province to task for planning a $30-million upgrade to the Phibbs Exchange transit hub without including any public washrooms.

Seyd also combined with reporter Alanna Kelly to take second place in the Best Multimedia Breaking News Coverage, circulation open category for the story Three-storey Apartment Fire Displaces Dozens of Residents. Seyd and Kelly teamed up to cover the fire by combining in-depth reporting, strong storytelling and captivating visuals.

Photographer Paul McGrath also scored a second place finish in the Sports Photo, circulation 10,000 and over category for his photo Skateboard Bowl, a shot snapped at the new Mahon Skatepark. Judges called it “the most unique of all the entries.”

Editor Andy Prest rounded out the winners, scoring third place in the Outstanding Columnist category. His entry was headlined by the column We’ve Got A Honkin’ Big Problem With the Flag Right Now, a look at the troubling use of the Canadian flag in “freedom convoy” protests.

“Prest comes at readers full blast with his unvarnished take,” the judges wrote.

All of the winning entries can be accessed through the News Media Canada website.