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Local Xpress journalists take gold in two categories at Atlantic Journalism Awards

Four other entries chosen as finalists received silver awards at the gala in St. John's on Saturday night.
Ryan and Tim awards
Tim Krochak and Ryan Taplin hold their Atlantic Journalism gold awards in St. John's, N.L., on Saturday. (TED PRITCHARD / Local Xpress)

Local Xpress staff won two gold awards at the Atlantic Journalism Awards gala Saturday night in St. John's, N.L.

Ryan Taplin won the top award in the photojournalism spot news category, for a photo of sheriffs rushing an accused murderer from a courtroom as people inside tried to attack him.

“I'm really proud of the work that we continue to produce,” said Taplin, who is also Local Xpress's photo editor. “Obviously, I'd like the strike to be over, but my colleagues and I are continuing to produce good journalism no matter the situation.”

111416CarvelClaytonCarvel Clayton is rushed from the courtroom at Halifax provincial court after he was attacked following a court appearance in November on a charge of second-degree murder. This photo by Ryan Taplin won the gold award in the spot news photojournalism category at the Atlantic Journalism Awards on Saturday. (RYAN TAPLIN / Local Xpress / File)

Tim Krochak took gold in the photojournalism feature category for a shot of a young boy wearing large neon rings at the 17th annual Dartmouth North Walk Against Violence.

“It was great being nominated with my fellow LXers, the award was just a bonus,” Krochak said. “I'm very happy that Local Xpress was able to represent good local journalism, despite the circumstances of this strike, now in its 469th day.”

tk101916antiviolence1Weston, 8, sports neon rings at the 17th annual Dartmouth North Walk Against Violence at Jason MacCullough Park in Dartmouth on Oct. 19, 2016. The annual walk began in 2000 to commemorate the life of Jason MacCullough, who was murdered on a pathway between Joseph Young Street and Pinecrest Drive on Aug. 28, 1999. The case remains unsolved. (TIM KROCHAK / Local Xpress / File)

Local Xpress dominated the feature category, taking all four finalist nominations. The others, which received silver awards, were another Krochak photo of two people playing Pokemon Go during a lightning storm, a shot by Christian Laforce of a flamenco dancer teaching her art to seniors and a photo by Ted Pritchard of the Colombian tall ship ARC Gloria.

Former Local Xpress reporters Michael Gorman and Frances Willick, who now work for CBC, were nominated in the business reporting category and received a silver award for their story on the reopening of the Donkin mine.

The journalism awards, now in their 36th year, honour outstanding journalism in print, online, television and radio in 27 categories.

Local Xpress was among four media outlets with at least half a dozen nominations and had the highest number of any in Nova Scotia. The Telegraph-Journal had seven, and CBC NL, CBC NB and Radio-Canada Acadie also received six nominations each.

Local Xpress is published by the reporters, photographers, editors and support staff who are on strike from the Chronicle Herald. The strike is now in its 16th month.


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