The Guardian wins journalism award for online coverage of Stanhope fire

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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.

Click here for the full list of winners.

Organizations: The Guardian, AJA, Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel Online News Reporting Stanhope Beach Inn Breaking News/Spot News Television The Journal Pioneer Best Page Presentation Newspaper Canadian Press Brunswick News

Geographic location: Summerside

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Recent comments

  • Island Optimism
    May 12, 2014 - 08:56

    Great job! Congratulations on all your hard work!

  • congratulations, however . . .
    May 12, 2014 - 06:37

    Not to dismiss the hard work involved reporting the Stanhope Beach Inn fire, doesn't using the word "journalism" seem a tad platitudinous? For one, I'd beam with pride had the award been given for uncovering the truth about PNP, Plan B, corporate welfare, pesticide policies, patronage appointments, legislative inconsistencies, health services, our bizarre deficit and debt fiasco, our public schooling problems, our invisible policies addressing poverty and (most relevant to journalism) the repression of local whistle-blowers.

  • Olive Bryanton
    May 11, 2014 - 13:01

    Congratulations on a job well done.