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For immediate release February 5, 1999

Reminder: deadline extended for submitting best 1998 legal journalism stories

VANCOUVER - The closing date for submitting the best legal journalism stories for 1998 is March 31, 1999. The Law Society of British Columbia offers annual prizes of $1500 each for the best legal journalism stories of 1998 in two media categories – electronic and print.

Both prizes are for the best stories broadcast or published by a British Columbia-based media organization on some aspect of the law, the administration of justice or the legal profession in the province.

The winning entries will be chosen by an independent committee looking for news value, accuracy, effectiveness and style in explaining legal issues to the public. The committee’s decision will be final and, if the committee decides not to make an award for any year, a second award may be made in any subsequent year.

The 1997 winners were: Electronic – Paisley Woodward, for her CBC series on the "Aaron Acceptance Corporation", and Print – Stewart Bell, for his Vancouver Sun articles, "Self-Styled Lawyer Subject to Lawsuits" and "Anyone Can Be An Immigration Consultant".

Send your entry – five copies of your print entry or five cassettes for either radio or television – to Jim Matkin, Executive Director, The Law Society of B.C., 845 Cambie Street, Vancouver, B.C., V6B 4Z9. Along with your entry, please include a cover note explaining what impact your story had on your audience.

Entries must identify the publication, radio station or television outlet and the author/broadcaster. All submissions must reach the Law Society by March 31, 1999.


For more information, contact:
Elizabeth Cordeau, Public Affairs Manager
604-443-5724 or 1-800-903-5300 toll-free in B.C.