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Georgia Straight Wins Top Investigative Journalism Award

The Georgia Straight has won the top magazine award for investigative reporting from the Canadian Association of Journalists. (FULL STORY)
The Georgia Straight  |  05-18-2011  10:43 am  |  Press Releases

Two Alt-Weeklies Land on 'Most Reputable Papers in the World' Listnew

As of April 7, the Georgia Straight was number one, and the San Francisco Bay Guardian number four, on the list, which is put together by the researchers and students at The Committee for Newspaper and Media Integrity. Oxford University law student Aron Ping D'Souza, one of the project leaders, says they initially combed the web looking for "key terminologies" about newspaper names, articles and links. "We surveyed millions of pieces of data and found where people were using language that would indicate reputability based on a theory called natural-language queries, and we developed preliminary data from that," he says. "Now that people can give rankings in supplement to that chatter-theory-based argument, we can verify the method in some ways, and also we can improve the method."
The Georgia Straight  |  04-09-2010  10:07 am  |  Industry News

Georgia Straight Puts All Hands on Deck for Olympics

As the 2010 Winter Olympics enter their final week, Vancouver's alt-weekly continues to work round-the-clock to cover both the games themselves, as well as all the cultural and entertainment happenings coinciding with the international competition. Straight editor Charlie Smith tells AAN News that they opted not to produce any special print editions, and have had to actually tweak their print distribution strategies in light of the influx of people and numerous street closings. Online, though, he says the Straight has been going all out, with nearly all of the editorial staff covering some aspect of the games, including stories that have been picked up in Europe. The paper's running all Olympic coverage through a main Olympic portal, and it is also running a dedicated Olympics blog and featuring numerous Olympic photo galleries. Smith says the comprehensive coverage has translated to a "huge spike" in web traffic. "In the first week, traffic was up more than 100 percent," he says.
AAN News  |  02-22-2010  2:27 pm  |  Industry News

What's the Difference Between Canada's Indie and Corporate Alts?new

That's the question Ryerson Journalism Review's Daniel Kaszor set out to investigate in that magazine's Spring issue. He sits down with independent owners Ron Garth of Vue Weekly, Michael Hollett of NOW Magazine and Dan McLeod of the Georgia Straight, as well as an editor with Eye Weekly, a corporate-owned weekly that competes with NOW in Toronto. His conclusion? "Readers may find it difficult to spot major differences between the two breeds of paper ... [b]ut there are distinctions," Kaszor writes. "Corporate papers are usually more personality-driven and apolitical. And the indies are not so much labors of love as pure acts of will held together by shrewd owners with deep personal and financial interests in their papers."
Ryerson Journalism Review  |  06-25-2009  10:23 am  |  Industry News

Georgia Straight Honored with National Journalism Award

A story in the Vancouver alt-weekly that exposed pharmaceutical companies' marketing tactics to persuade physicians to prescribe drugs has been named the top magazine article of the year by the Canadian Association of Journalists. Alex Roslin's story, "Pill Pushers," is also a finalist in the National Magazine Awards, along with several other pieces from the Straight. The alt-weekly has also been nominated for five Western Magazine Awards. (FULL STORY)
Georgia Straight Press Release  |  05-26-2009  8:24 am  |  Press Releases

Georgia Straight Writer Wins Fellowshipnew

Travis Lupick was one of five recipients of the Seeing the World through New Eyes fellowship, which was established by the Jack Webster Foundation and the Canadian International Development Agency. He will visit Latin American in early 2009 to experience firsthand reporting from developing countries. The fellowship was open to British Columbia-based journalists 30 years old or younger or in their first five years of journalism, and winners were selected by a jury of professional journalists.
The Jack Webster Foundation  |  10-15-2008  8:19 am  |  Honors & Achievements

Alt-Weekly Alum Running for Mayor in Vancouvernew

Peter Ladner defeated Sam Sullivan on Sunday for the mayoral nomination of the Non-Partisan Association (NPA), a civic-level political party in Vancouver. "He dresses well, runs a weekly business publication and is pleased to describe himself as a 'fiscally conservative' member of the generally right-wing NPA," reports the Globe and Mail. But the Canadian daily also notes that Ladner is an "ex-hippie" who was a back-to-the-land farmer raising goats and chickens in the 1960s. He later worked for "the respected alternative weekly, Monday Magazine," and had plans in the 1980s to launch a new weekly to compete with AAN member The Georgia Straight. Those plans fizzled out, and Ladner instead launched Business in Vancouver, a weekly business publication. The general election is scheduled for November.
The Globe and Mail  |  06-11-2008  8:42 am  |  Industry News

Longtime Georgia Straight Restaurant Reviewer Diesnew

James Barber, known as the "urban peasant," died at his home on Thursday. He was 84. In addition to his writing for the Straight, Barber published a number of cookbooks and hosted a national cooking TV show in Canada.
The Globe and Mail  |  12-03-2007  8:14 am  |  Industry News

Canadian City Bans News Boxes in Downtown Corenew

New Westminster, which sits about 12 miles from Vancouver in British Columbia, has approved the ban as part of a series of measures to address "livability and enforcement issues" in the city, the Georgia Straight reports. The ordinance, set to take effect Jan. 1, would affect more than 20 of the Straight's boxes. It's "very likely" that the city has violated the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, says Vancouver media lawyer David F. Sutherland: "There is a constitutional right, not only in the newspaper to distribute by traditional means in public space, but also on the part of readers to receive it in that way." Still, the news box ban isn't quite as draconian as an earlier restriction New Westminster had on the alt-weekly: In 1968, the city banned the Straight across the entire municipality.
The Georgia Straight  |  10-22-2007  9:13 am  |  Legal News

The Georgia Straight is a Finalist for Canadian Investigative Awardnew

Jared Ferrie's September story about the Tamil Tigers of Sri Lanka has been named a finalist in the Canadian Association of Journalists' annual awards for outstanding investigative journalism. Winners will be announced May 26.
Canadian Association of Journalists Press Release  |  04-12-2007  8:15 am  |  Honors & Achievements

Alt-Weekly Photographer is Recurring Character in Erotic Novel Seriesnew

Jenny Yuen, a photographer for the Georgia Straight, is "one of four twentysomething gal pals" in Susan Lyons' "Awesome Foursome" series, the Saskatoon StarPhoenix reports in a feature on successful romance novelists. Lyons' website summarizes the plot of Hot in Here, the series' second installment: "Journalist Jenny Yuen lands a very steamy assignment: cover a firefighter calendar competition. Her personal favorite? Mr. February. Also known as Scott Jackman. Also known as hot, hotter, hottest!"
Saskatoon StarPhoenix  |  03-05-2007  9:34 am  |  Industry News

Correction: Georgia Straight and Monday Magazine Report Conflict

Last week we reported that Vancouver alt-weekly Georgia Straight broke the story that British Columbia Premier Gordon Campbell and his wife own shares of stock in mining giant Alcan Inc., which does business with the state-owned water utility. In fact, the article also appeared in Monday Magazine, an AAN-member paper that is published in Victoria, the seat of the provincial government. Russ Francis, who wrote the story, contributes to both papers. Blame Canada? No, blame Canada.com, the Web site of the National Post, which is where we found the partially erroneous story.
AAN News  |  02-02-2007  3:45 pm  |  Industry News

Georgia Straight Story Leads to Conflict of Interest Chargesnew

The New Democratic Party launched an attack on the head of the British Columbia's provincial government last week, based on information it learned in an article published in the venerable Vancouver alt-weekly, reports the National Post. In the article, the Straight's Russ Francis reported that Premier Gordon Campbell (pictured) and his wife own shares of stock in mining giant Alcan Inc., which does business with the state-owned water utility.
National Post  |  01-29-2007  4:43 pm  |  Industry News