FALL RIVER: The Laker’s Pat Healey has earned an Atlantic Journalism Award (AJA) nomination.

The AJAs announced their finalists for the 2018 competition on April 3.

Healey’s coverage of the support shown for the DeGaust family after their home was destroyed by fire in September 2018 earned a nomination in the “Excellence in Digital Journalism: Breaking News” category.

The coverage included the fire itself; the search for the families lost cat, who after a few days returned; the support shown to the family from the community; and how their son’s elementary school, Ash Lee Jefferson even stepped up raising money through a fundraiser organized by Mrs. Ross’ class, where Ronan was a classmate.

Here are links to Pat’s coverage:

Healey is nominated alongside Elizabeth Fraser’s coverage for CBC N.B. of the Fredericton shooting; and CBC NS Elizabeth McMillan’s story on the family of four children killed in a fire in Pubnico being overwhelmed with support.

Besides Healey, in the “Best Community Newspaper News Story” category, The Reporter’s Drake Lowthers was nominated for his extensive reporting of the suspicious death of Cassidy Bernard.

Halifax Magazine has three nominations: in the “Altantic Magazine” category for Richard Woodbury’s article “Out of the Darkness”; in the category of “Atlantic Magazine-Best Profile” for Maggie Rahr’s “Standing on his Own”; and in the “Entertainment Reporting-Any Medium” category again for Maggie Rahr’s Standing on his Own.”

Saltscapes has two nominations: in the category of “Atlantic Magazine-Best Cover” for the Winter 2018 edition; and in the “Atlantic Magazine-Best Profile” category for Jenn Thornhill’s “Verma’s Half a Century a Fisherman.”

View/listen to all 2018 finalists at: www.ajasonline.org/finalists2018.

The gold and silver awards will be presented on Saturday, May 11 at the Halifax Harbourfront Marriott Hotel.

More information can be found at: www.AJAs.ca.