Actually, it just did. Nominations were announced this week for the Atlantic Journalism Awards, and I'm thrilled to say The Coast earned five nods across four categories. While serving our readers will always be more important than awards, getting nominated is a welcome thrill. (We've been shut out of AJAs and other awards plenty of years, so I speak with some authority here.)
The nominated stories and journalists are: Matthieu Aikins in the Enterprise Reporting category for "Unembedded in Afghanistan" (October 1, 2009); Tim Bousquet in the Continuing Coverage category for several articles about the broken sewage treatment plant; Tim Bousquet (again) in the Feature Writing Category for "Doolittle, Darwin and the deeply dumb" (October 8); Stephen Kimber, also in Feature Writing, for "Who is premier Darrell Dexter?" (June 4); and Sue Carter Flinn in the Arts & Entertainment Reporting category for "On the laugh track" (December 17).
The awards will be given out May 8 at a ceremony in Halfax. For the full list of nominees in print, TV and radio categories, go to ajas.ca. I also encourage you to read our five nominated stories at thecoast.ca. They are outstanding, and you don't have to take my word for it.