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Three Times Colonist reporters finalists for Jack Webster Awards

Three Times Colonist reporters are finalists for two Jack Webster Awards, which recognize excellence in B.C. journalism. Katie DeRosa is nominated in the feature/enterprise reporting category for a story about a man living in a shed.
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Victoria Times Colonist reporters Katie DeRosa, Louise Dickson and Lindsay Kines.

Three Times Colonist reporters are finalists for two Jack Webster Awards, which recognize excellence in B.C. journalism.

Katie DeRosa is nominated in the feature/enterprise reporting category for a story about a man living in a shed. The story highlighted the revolving door of the criminal justice system.

Louise Dickson and Lindsay Kines are vying for the legal journalism award for stories on a sheriffs shortage that led judges to dismiss charges against a pair of accused drug dealers.

The winners will be announced at the 31st annual Jack Webster Awards dinner tonight in Vancouver.

Read the nominated stories

Katie DeRosa's story

Man living in shed highlights revolving door of criminal justice

Stories by Louise Dickson and Lindsay Kines on the sheriffs shortage

Judge frees accused drug dealer due to lack of sheriff

Shortage of sheriffs exposes 'failure to put public safety first'

• Second drug case tossed on ‘another day of severe sheriff shortages’

Sheriff shortage dominates debate at B.C. legislature

Sheriffs flown into Victoria to cover shortfall, union says

“These nominations provide more evidence of the high quality of journalism provided by the Times Colonist,” said Dave Obee, the newspaper’s editor-in-chief. “Our reporters are engaged with the community, and that is reflected in our pages every day.”

CBC’s Gloria Macarenko, host of B.C. Almanac and Stephen Quinn, host of On The Coast, will MC the event. Obee will receive the 2017 Bill Good Award, which recognizes a B.C. journalist, leader or educator who has made a significant impact in journalism and in the community-at-large. Vancouver Sun reporter Kim Bolan will receive the 2017 Bruce Hutchison Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Jack Webster Foundation was established in 1986 in honour of legendary B.C. reporter Jack Webster.