The Winnipeg Free Press has received three National Newspaper Award nominations.
Reporter Randy Turner was recognized in the sports category for a story highlighting the importance of arenas to small towns and their communities.
Melissa Martin was nominated in the columns category for three pieces: one on witnessing what was likely the Tragically Hip's final Winnipeg performance as frontman Gord Downie battled brain cancer; a second about a Pride parade in small-town Manitoba; and a third about the right to die.
Turner received a second nomination, this one in the arts and entertainment category for a collaboration with photographer John Woods. The duo used the upcoming launch of the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s Inuit Art Centre — which will house the world’s largest collection — to travel north to Nunavut to investigate the roots of the art form.
Free Press editor Paul Samyn offered all three his congratulations.
"Amid concern about the rise of fake news is the growing realization of not only the value of solid reporting but also the role newspapers play when it comes to the heavy lifting of journalism," Samyn said.
"I am extremely proud that the outstanding work Randy, John and Melissa did for our readers has been recognized by these nominations that really are a celebration of the contribution newspapers make to this country every day."
The Globe and Mail led all newspapers, netting 19 nominations. Montreal’s La Presse received nine, the Toronto Star eight, The Canadian Press five and the Saskatoon StarPhoenix tied the Free Press with three.
In total, there are 70 nominations (some journalists received multiple nominations) across nearly two dozen categories.
The winners will be announced in Toronto May 5.