Two members of the Abbotsford News reporting team earned awards at the 2019 Ma Murray Community News Media Awards recently.
The judges said of Olsen’s story: “A very well researched and reported article on the efforts of several recreational groups to stop a proposed quarry on Sumas Mountain. Packed with information and tightly structured, this piece stands out with a strong lede and storytelling that connects readers to the issue from the perspective of the key sources involved.”
The judges had this to say about Olsen’s story: “Who knew? This reporting exposed a significant gap in Fraser Health Authority’s ability to recoup massive debts, for which taxpayers are ultimately on the hook.”
The judges had this to say about his submission: “The series identifier notes this is a well-worn topic and that the intent is to approach it from less-typical angles, which it does admirably. Individual stories examine issues from the homeless perspective, including the value of pets to mental and physical well-being, the limitations of homeless count methodology and the unique struggles faced by homeless couples.
“Colourful storytelling that delivers on the humanizing intent of the series takes readers into the lives of its homeless subjects as well as those of their biological and street families. Excellent work.”
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