UBC Journalism faculty and alumni have received eight nominations in this year’s Jack Webster Awards, which recognize the best journalism in British Columbia.
Faculty and alumni hold the eight nominations across six categories, including the Science, Technology, Health and Environment category in which they secured all three nods.
The winners will be announced at the 30th annual Jack Webster Awards dinner on October 20, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver.
Associate professor Peter Klein and alumni Alberto Mendoza-Galina, Keith Rozendal, Clea Machold and Katelyn Verstraten have been nominated for their multimedia documentary series looking at expensive drugs for rare diseases, together with journalist Gary Marcuse.
The Million Dollar Meds project was created by the UBC Graduate School of Journalism as part of a five-year initiative by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research New Emerging Team for Rare Diseases, headed by the Pharmaceutical Sciences Department.
Duncan McCue, adjunct professor and the new host of Cross Country Checkup on CBC Radio, has also been nominated in the category for his work on CBC TV’s Bill’s Place. He is also up for Best Feature Story for television with CBC’s The Hooker Monologues.
The final nomination for the category includes alumnus Francis Plourde. He was part of the team that produced a story on how the high demand for almonds is affecting California for CBC’s The National.
UBC Journalism School continues to attract high-calibre faculty members with newly appointed adjunct professor J.B. MacKinnon nominated for Best Feature Story in the print category. The Whale Dying on the Mountain, published in Haikai Magazine, explores the social impact that the Comox Glacier has had on the community on Vancouver Island.
Alumnae Catherine Rolfsen and Laura Kane are also among those recognized with nominations.
Rolfsen, who graduated from the program in 2008, was part of the team behind CBC Vancouver’s Finding Refuge series for The Early Edition.
The project is nominated both for Best Feature Story for radio and for Excellence in Digital Journalism. It followed stories and developments as Syrian refugees found homes in British Columbia.
Fellow alumna Kane is nominated for her reporting on campus sex assaults for The Canadian Press.
The Jack Webster Awards were established in 1986 to recognize excellence in reporting by British Columbia-based journalists, in honour of B.C. reporter Jack Webster.
This year’s featured speaker will be CBC’s chief correspondent Peter Mansbridge who is set to step down as host of The National next year.