Surrey Leader strikes gold... and silver

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The Surrey-North Delta Leader brought home two gold wins and a silver at the B.C. & Yukon Community Newspapers Association's annual Ma Murray Awards Saturday at a gala at River Rock Casino Resort in Richmond.

Reporter Jeff Nagel won the John Collison Memorial Award for Investigative Journalism for his series, Justice Denied, published last spring.

Judges said the series was "a tightly-written and intelligent piece of reporting on one of our most pressing problems – our increasingly dysfunctional justice system."

The Surrey-North Delta Leader also took home gold for "special publications" for Surrey in Focus: The Face of Immigration.

Said judges: "Strong community orientation and wide range of articles that all tie in to the central theme... Original in concept and in content."

In addition The Surrey/North Delta Leader received the silver award for general excellence in its circulation category.

"Well organized, easy to follow, with a strong local emphasis, The Surrey-North Delta Leader looks like quality – and the writing and design don't disappoint," judges said. "A fine product."

The Leader's sister paper, The Peace Arch News, was named the top community newspaper of its size for the second year in a row.

General-excellence judges had this to say: “With an attractive front page, clean op-ed pages with excellent layout and strong photography throughout, the Peace Arch News is a very attractive product... An all-round great paper!”

Next up on the awards front are the Canadian Community Newspaper Awards in Toronto April 26, where The Surrey-North Delta Leader, Peace Arch News and Mountain News (Hamilton, Ont.) are the top three finalists for general excellence among large-circulation community newspapers across the country.

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