LighthouseNOW has received 10 nominations in Newspapers Atlantic's 2017 Better Newspapers Competition. Advocate Media Inc. received a total of 26 nominations.
LighthouseNOW was nominated for General Excellence in its circulation category and editorial staff were nominated together for Outstanding Community Engagement for our summer housing series How We Live. The multi-week feature included photos and video from staff and freelancers, encompassing stories about life and housing on the South Shore.
Reporter Michael Lee was nominated for Outstanding Investigative Story for his piece on racial incidents at Forest Heights Community School. The incidents sparked a conversation across the South Shore about race and inclusion, especially in rural communities. The story gained traction on social media and resulted in several follow up stories.
Lee also picked up two nominations for his photography including Outstanding Feature Photo and Outstanding Sports Photo.
Reporter Evan Bower earned a nomination for Outstanding Editorial for Learning to Live in Trump's New World. Bower, a dual citizen, ruminated on watching the election from across the border, and what impact it will have on Canada.
Bower was also nominated for Outstanding Sports Story for his piece on the Bridgewater High School Vikings winning their final provincial championship. It was a home team win, possibly the last for the high school with students moving to Park View at the end of the 2017 school year.
Reporter Keith Corcoran is a finalist in the Outstanding Photo Essay category and reporter Brittany Wentzell was also nominated for Outstanding Sports Photo.
Graphic designer Tanya Barry was nominated for Outstanding Page Design for a feature on Russian Monks in New Germany.
The winners will be announced on June 3 in Halifax.