Westerly News Multi-Media Journalist Nora O’Malley and Publisher Peter McCully receive their certificate for placing second in the Newspaper Excellence category at the 2019 Ma Murray Awards gala on April 27 in Vancouver. (BCYNA Photo)

Westerly News Multi-Media Journalist Nora O’Malley and Publisher Peter McCully receive their certificate for placing second in the Newspaper Excellence category at the 2019 Ma Murray Awards gala on April 27 in Vancouver. (BCYNA Photo)

Tofino-Ucluelet Westerly News receives Ma Murray Excellence Award

Publisher Peter McCully awarded a “Silver Quill” for 25 years service in the newspaper industry.

The Tofino-Ucluelet Westerly News was awarded Silver in the General Excellence category in its circulation group at the annual Ma Murray Awards held in Vancouver on April 27. The judges critique all aspects of the newspaper, including: writing, opinion, photography, ad design, etc.

The judges commented, “The Tofino-Ucluelet Westerly News keeps readers informed with the important issues of the week. Lots of interesting local reporting that really gives readers a sense of the community. Offers a good, well laid out package of features that sets it apart”.

In 2018, Editor Andrew Bailey was awarded Gold at the BCYNA Awards for environmental writing.

The staff at the Westerly News are: Publisher Peter McCully, Editor Andrew Bailey and Nora O’Malley, Multi-Media Journalist / Advertising.

Heather Milligan at the AV News provides continual production support and the deeply talented pool of Westerly News freelance writers and photographers truly help the paper standout.

The Westerly would not land on coffee tables without the championship of Dick the driver, the newspaper courier from Port Alberni.

Publisher Peter McCully was awarded a “Silver Quill” award for 25 years service in the newspaper industry. He is a former board member of the British Columbia and Yukon Newspaper Association.

“It’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon,” said McCully with a smile after accepting his Silver Quill.

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