Veteran Bulletin journalist scores hat trick of Atlantic Journalism Awards

  • <p>FACEBOOK/ATLANTIC JOURNALISM AWARDS</p><p>An image released on Atlantic Journalism Awards&#8217; social media platforms on May 8.</p>

It's a hat trick of Atlantic Journalism Awards (AJAs) for long-time LighthouseNOW Progress Bulletin journalist, Keith Corcoran.

The veteran reporter won the Gold Award in the category of Photojournalism News for his November 2019 image of a police officer and an impaired driving suspect in Aldersville.

The picture captures a moment when the officer grabs an elderly man, arrested for drunk driving, who loses his footing near a police car. The incident happened at the scene of an unrelated fatal crash, which occurred on the same day.

Corcoran's images of the interaction between the impaired driving suspect and police earned him Silver Winner honours in the category of Breaking/Spot News Reporting: Newspaper.

He also was the Silver Winner in Best Community Newspaper News Story for his December 2019 piece about a new Cystic Fibrosis therapy that included local angles to the medical breakthrough.

Meanwhile, a former editor of the Bulletin, Vernon Oickle, is being inducted into the AJAs' Hall of Fame, which recognizes journalism builders who have made a significant contribution to the profession.

Oickle, who worked for the Bulletin from 1994-2014, spent more than 30 years in community newspapers, and received numerous regional and national awards for his efforts during his career.

His trophy case includes the prestigious Golden Quill Award from the International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors, which he received in 2012.

The Queens County resident, also a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee Medal, is the author of more than 20 books.

The AJAs announced the 2019 competition award winners and hall of fame inductions on May 8.

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