Victoria News took home the Jack Webster Award for Excellence in Science, Technology, Health and Environment Reporting. (Black Press Media)

Victoria News took home the Jack Webster Award for Excellence in Science, Technology, Health and Environment Reporting. (Black Press Media)

Black Press Media wins preeminent journalism award for opioid crisis series

Victoria News claims the Jack Webster Award for Excellence in Science, Technology, Health, and Environment Reporting

Black Press Media took home a big win Thursday night at Western Canada’s preeminent journalism awards.

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Victoria News’ investigative team brought home the Jack Webster Award for Excellence in Science, Technology, Health and Environment Reporting for a series focusing on the rampant substance use problem in Greater Victoria.

Special Report: Opioid Crisis takes a deep dive into the various facets that go into battling an epidemic that has claimed the lives of thousands of people in the province.

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In partnership with Black Press Media’s opioid resource guide, the team working on this project included Penny Sakamoto, Katherine Engqvist, Nicole Crescenzi, Nick Murray, Shalu Mehta, Nina Grossman, Ruby Della Siega, Michelle Gjerde, Vicki Clark, Lily Chan, Cara Robbins, Jennifer Blyth, and Arnold Lim

To see all of the stories that make up the report, visit vicnews.com/tag/greater-victorias-opioid-crisis.

For resources in Greater Victoria, find Black Press Media’s Overdose Prevention Guide online.



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Publisher Penny Sakamoto speaks during the Jack Webster Awards Thursday night in Vancouver. (Laura Baziuk/Twitter)

Publisher Penny Sakamoto speaks during the Jack Webster Awards Thursday night in Vancouver. (Laura Baziuk/Twitter)