To preface: I’ve gone to these things many times, and have been nominated a few, but they were always for group projects I just happened to help out on. They were the brainchild of someone else. As well, I’ve just never put much weight on awards, because good stuff is good stuff and you don’t need a piece of hardware or a certificate to make it so.
What made last night’s win different was that the Gastown Project was very much a labour of love, an idea conceived from a love of the neighbourhood and a passion to do journalism, and tell stories, in a new way. Mark and I volunteered a lot of our own time, happily, and spent our own money. It was exciting. A lot of work was involved, but none of it felt like “work.” (Speaking for myself, anyway.) For anyone at all to appreciate a project that we really care about is already so lovely, let alone a foundation recognizing excellence in B.C. journalism.
A big thank you goes to Vancouver Sun bosses who granted us what amounted to months to work on it — which is remarkable at a time when it’s rare for reporters to get even a week to focus on a project. As well, thank you to everyone who appeared in the project, who opened up their homes, and in many cases, their hearts, to us, telling us what were sometimes deeply personal stories that made the project what it is.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Chris Parry shot video of the award being announced:
If you haven’t checked out the project yet, you can do so here.