Two recent masters graduates are up for an award in the same investigative journalism category, selected as finalists by the B.C. Yukon Community Newspapers Association.
Samantha Wright Allen, who graduated in 2014, and Shannon Lough, who graduated in 2015, are among three Ma Murray Award finalists for the John Collison Memorial Award for Investigative Journalism.
Wright Allen, reporting for the Prince George Citizen, was nominated for her series documenting the physiotherapist shortage in the north. Lough, reporting for the Northern View in Prince Rupert, was nominated for a piece digging into the death of a local homeless veteran, buried in an unmarked grave. Since his story was unearthed by Lough, the man’s body was moved to a cemetery next to his wife’s grave and his headstone received the proper military markings.
In 2016, Wright Allen won in that category for her a three-part series looking at the impact of multiple brain injuries. Wright Allen has also been nominated this year in the business writing category tracking the clash between the City of Prince George and the Northern Development Initiative Trust over millions in development funds used for a downtown hotel project.
Carleton graduate Megan Lalonde (BJ ’15) is also in the nominee mix for her “Van Life” article in the Squamish Chief. Lalonde is a finalist in the feature writing category for following the trend in Squamish where residents abandon traditional housing to live in vans.
The awards will be handed out April 29 in Vancouver.