Georgia Straight up for trio of B.C. journalism awards at this year's Jack Webster Foundation gala

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      The Georgia Straight has received three nominations for this year's Jack Webster awards.

      Staff reporters Travis Lupick and Amanda Siebert are nominated in the category for excellence in feature/enterprise reporting (print) for a December 2016 report on the fentanyl crisis. Titled, "A community response: How the worst overdose epidemic in Vancouver's history left the Downtown Eastside to fend for itself," it combined a feature-length article with six short video segments to take readers inside one neighbourhood's struggle with addiction.

      Lupick received a second nomination in the category for excellence in digital journalism. This was for a two-part series that took a data-driven look at the recent past and near future of the Downtown Eastside. Read part one: "10 years of police data reveals how gentrification has affected crime in the Downtown Eastside" and part two: "Interactive analysis reveals potential impacts of more than 2,000 new residents coming to the Downtown Eastside".

      The Straight received a third nomination for a partnership that the newspaper entered into with Cited, a UBC-based podcast. The team consisted of Lupick plus Cited's Gordon Katic, Sam Fenn, and Alexander B. Kim, as well as Nancy Mullane, executive producer of the Life of the Law podcast. The category for which they received this nomination was excellence in feature/enterprise reporting (radio) for "The Heroin Clinic", a 40-minute documentary about Vancouver's unique prescription-heroin program. As a companion piece to the radio segment, the Straight published a feature-length article titled, "Legal Heroin: As the fentanyl crisis continues, one Vancouver doctor moves people out of the alleys and into a clinic".

      The Jack Webster awards are an annual event held to celebrate journalism in British Columbia. This year's event is scheduled for October 12. Read the complete list of 2017 finalists here.