Guardian photographer Brian McInnis accepts an Atlantic Journalism Award on behalf of the newspaper during the annual gala and awards show in Halifax Saturday night. Guardian photo by Gary MacDougall
A team of journalists from The Guardian has been awarded an Atlantic Journalism Award.
The award was handed out in Halifax Saturday night during the AJA's annual gala dinner and awards show. The gala was held at the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel and attracted journalists from all four Atlantic provinces.
The Guardian won its award in the Online News Reporting category for its coverage of the April 23, 2013 fire that destroyed the historic Stanhope Beach Inn. The newspaper team included photographer Brian McInnis, reporter Nigel Armstrong, web editor Jocelyne Lloyd and news editor Wayne Thibodeau.
On the day of the fire, McInnis was on a routine assignment on P.E.I.'s north shore when he noticed the fire. He quickly contacted the newsroom and, with the help of the other journalists, the story quickly made its way online, followed by updates throughout the rest of the day.
McInnis accepted the award on behalf of The Guardian.
Coverage of the Stanhope fire also earned CBC P.E.I. an award in the Breaking News/Spot News Television category. Federico Cahis and Steve Bruce received the award for that coverage.
Brad Works, managing editor of The Journal Pioneer in Summerside, received a silver award in the Best Page Presentation Newspaper category for his entry, which involved the Royal Bank Cup hockey tournament held last year in Summerside.
Among the many awards handed out was a lifetime achievement award presented to Christine Morris, a longtime reporter with The Canadian Press and Brunswick News.