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The Free Press Editor wins bronze in provincial awards

Scott Tibballs won bronze for an editorial piece on water scarcity at the Ma Murray awards in Richmond
The Free Press Editor, Scott Tibballs no doubt missing a few typos. (Joshua Fischlin / The Free Press)

Local journalist, Scott Tibballs was among dozens of journalists who were recognised for their work at the 2022 Ma Murray Community NewsMedia Awards in Richmond last month.

Tibballs, who is editor of The Free Press was awarded bronze in the editorial category for his piece, ‘Water, water, not quite everywhere’ published in August 2021, recounting experiences growing up in drought conditions in Australia, and a need for Canadians to adopt similar attitudes towards water scarcity.

The nomination was a first for Tibballs, who has been writing for The Free Press since 2020 after moving to the Elk Valley. He has been a journalist since 2015, and has worked in small towns and big cities in Australia and Canada.

Ahead of Tibballs in the editorial category were Alastair Taylor of the Campbell River Mirror who won gold for his piece on Indigenous reconciliation, and Don Urquhart of the Times-Chronicle in the South Okanagan who won silver for a piece on anti-vaccination protesters.

The 2022 Ma Murray awards were the first held in two years.

Black Press Media, the owner of The Free Press was well-represented, with journalists from their newsrooms receiving 88 nominations in 42 of the 45 categories, including 10 nominations for Black Press journalists in the Kootenays.

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