Nov 8, 2023

Vancouver, BC - The Langara College journalism students behind The Voice student newspaper took several awards at the College Media Association’s (CMA) 2023 Pinnacle Awards, beating out colleges from across North America. 

First place awards included Best Weekly Newspaper of the Year (in a two-year program) for the third time. Student Nick Naylor was awarded Best Sports Feature Photo, and students Joyce Liew, Lauren Accili and Jay Schnell won Best General News Story for their story on international homestay. 

This is the fifth time the Langara Voice has been recognized with a Pinnacle Award in the Best Weekly Newspaper of the Year category, having previously received third place in 2018-19, second place in 2015-16, and first place in 2014-15 and 2020-21. 

The Pinnacle Awards honour the best college media organizations and individual work. CMA’s Pinnacle Awards honor the best college media organizations and individual work. The annual contest is open to student work produced for any college media organization, including print, broadcast and online outlets, during the 2022-23 academic year. Winners were announced at the Fall National College Media Convention. 

“Though the awards are attributed to student work produced for the Voice, these awards belong to all our students and faculty across the department. It's everyone's bulldog efforts and unflagging dedication that makes our students' work so strong" said Erica Bulman, faculty managing editor of the Langara Voice.  

The Voice newspaper and its digital edition, The Voice Online, are produced by Langara College journalism students as part of their multimedia production courses. The Voice covers Langara College campus news and South Vancouver community news from Musqueam territory to Boundary Road, 41st Avenue to the Fraser River.  

The College Media Association's mission is to support student media programs and professionals through education and community. As the voice of collegiate media and its advisers, the CMA serves student media pros, staff, and programs with education, research, and resources. CMA communicates and works with professional media organizations and education associations on the local, state and national levels.  

Founded in 1954 as the National Council of College Publications Advisers, CMA now has more than 600 members from coast to coast. It supports both new and veteran advisers of collegiate media programs with conventions, workshops, publications and national networking. 

The full list of 2023 Pinnacle Awards: 

First place 
Best Weekly Newspaper (two-year program) - The Voice 
Best Sports Feature Photo - Nicholas Naylor 
Best General News Story - Joyce Liew, Lauren Accili and Jay Schnell 

Second place 
Best Audio Newscast - Kenneth Wong, Virender Singh, Marco Shum, Kalvin Moses 
Best Short Video (sub 3-min.) Entertainment - Nicholas Naylor 
Best Podcast - River H. Kero 

Third place 
Best Breaking News Photo - River H. Kero 
Best Sports News Photo - Jordan Copp 
Best Radio Station of the Year - The Voice 

Honourable Mention 
Best Investigative Story - Marco Shum and Joyce Liew 
Best use of Short Video (sub 3-min.) for News and Information - Virender Sing 

About snəw̓eyəɬ leləm̓ Langara College  
Located in beautiful Vancouver, B.C., Canada, snəw̓eyəɬ leləm̓ Langara College provides University, Career, and Continuing Studies education to more than 23,000 students annually. With more than 1,700 courses and 130 programs, Langara’s expansive academic breadth and depth allows students of all ages, backgrounds, and life stages to choose their own educational path. Langara is also known as snəw̓eyəɬ leləm 'house of teachings', a name given to it by Musqueam, on whose unceded traditional territory the College is located.  

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Mark Dawson  
Manager, Public Affairs  
Langara College