Chilliwack Progress honoured at newspaper awards

The Chilliwack Progress picked up two golds, a silver and a bronze at the Ma Murray newspaper excellence awards on Saturday.

Eric Welsh accepts his award for first place in sports writing at the BCYCNA's Ma Murray newspaper excellence awards in Richmond on Saturday.

The Chilliwack Progress picked up two golds, a silver and a bronze at the B.C. and Yukon Community Newspaper Association’s Ma Murray newspaper excellence awards on Saturday.

Eric Welsh finished first in sports writing for his two-part series on a young Chilliwack athlete and her challenge to overcome two concussions.

And Jenna Hauck earned gold for her photo essay on military exercises near Cultus Lake.

Hauck also picked up a silver in feature photography.

Overall, the Chilliwack Progress placed third in the general excellence category for its circulation class.

This week also marked the release of the Local Media Association’s editorial awards. The association, which represents newspapers from across North America, had earlier named The Progress Newspaper of the Year in its general excellence category. This week individual awards were presented.

Jessica Peters, who recently rejoined The Progress, was awarded first place in feature writing for a story she wrote while working at the Agassiz-Harrison Observer.

Editor Greg Knill finished third in editorial writing.

The presentations come on the heels of the Canadian Community Newspaper Association awards. The association presented three bronze awards to The Progress: two to Hauck for news and feature photography,  and one to Knill for historical writing.

The Progress also picked up silver for special agricultural publication.

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