Cited Podcast and our partners at The Georgia Straight and Life of the Law have won an award from the Jack Webster Foundation, the most prestigious journalism awards in BC. The award was for excellence in feature reporting in radio, and given to our 41st episode, “The Heroin Clinic.”
Cited is by far the smallest outlet to be recognized by the foundation that night. Our producers Gordon Katic, Sam Fenn, and Alex Kim were honoured, as well as Travis Lupick of the Georgia Straight and Nancy Mullane from Life of the Law.
Additionally, Travis Lupick and his colleague Amanda Siebert were recognized for excellence in feature reporting in print, for their piece on the community-led response to Vancouver’s opioid epidemic. Spanning all the categories, there were four winners related to reporting on BC’s fentanyl crisis, and eight finalists total.
Gordon dedicated his acceptance speech to the drug users and activists at the centre of the crisis.
“Most of all I’d like to thank the drug users at the heart of this piece, and at the heart of the response to this crisis. I’d like to thank Kevin Thompson, Dianne Tobin, Dave Murray, Smokey D, and countless others.
Our show is a show about academic research, so we talk to a lot of smart scholars… but I think I can speak for my whole team in saying that these drug users were some of the brightest people we featured. They know this crisis inside and out; how we got here, and how we can get out of it–they’re just waiting for the rest of us to catch up.”