Coast Reporter wins best classifieds

Ma Murray Awards

For the past 10 years in a row, Coast Reporter has won an award for the best classifieds section in B.C. This year marks the fourth time to take gold.

The gold award was handed out to classified supervisor Shelley Alleyne as the BC & Yukon Community Newspapers Association (BCYCNA) celebrated at the 2015 Ma Murray Community Newspaper Awards on Saturday, April 25 at the River Rock Casino Resort in Richmond.

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The judges said that the winning section was “clear, concise, great variety and resource of local information.”

Coast Reporter also won silver for general excellence in its circulation category, finishing second behind Pique NewsMagazine from Whistler.

The judges remarked that “Coast Reporter is a well-rounded newspaper. Best-in-class Op-Ed section with strong editorial, good editorial cartoon, many letters to the editor and attractive appearance. Comprehensive local news and wonderful local sports and arts coverage. Easy to navigate due to clean and clear layout. A very readable and accessible newspaper. Well done!”

Awards were handed out in 45 categories on Saturday night.

“We are very proud and significantly humbled through this recognition of the work we do every day at Coast Reporter,” said publisher Peter Kvarnstrom. “Shelley Alleyne truly publishes the most interesting and comprehensive classified section anywhere in B.C. and beyond. And our whole team is delighted with its second place finish in the highly competitive general excellence category.”

For more than 90 years, the BCYCNA has been celebrating excellence amongst its member newspapers. The Ma Murray Community Newspaper Awards recognize all aspects of the newspaper industry, including production, publishing, reporting, editing, advertising, photography, website design and community contribution.

Known and respected throughout Canada’s community newspaper industry, the awards have become some of the most coveted in the business.

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