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CCNA coverage and excellence award winners, with judges comments

May 8, 2011

As I did for the writing and photography award winners, what follows are the B.C. and Yukon winners in the newspaper categories, including general excellence. Categories that did not include a B.C./Yukon award winners have not been included.

Outstanding Community Service – Circ. up to 9,999

GOLD – Whitehorse/Yukon Territory (YT) The Yukon News

Judge Christina Komives wrote: “First place goes to Yukon News, they did a magnificent job of bringing understanding and insight to an issue that affects everyone in their community. After a local resident passed away while intoxicated, the reporters, photographers and editors took action. They spent two months working on a special issue that brought information to the community about alcoholism. This section created much discussion, influenced public policy and brought knowledge to the residents. The paper still sees numerous hits every month on their website.”

SILVER – Aylmer (ON) Aylmer Express

BRONZE – Port Hardy (BC) North Island Gazette

Komives wrote: “Third place goes to North Island Gazette, who have been making every Christmas bright in their community for the past 29 years. The staff of six and numerous community volunteers worked hard to ensure that everyone in their area was well taken care of at Christmas. This community only has a small population and yet they raised thousands of dollars and collected truck loads of toys and food for residents. This is community service at its best.”

Honourable mention – Williams Lake Tribune

Komives wrote: “The Williams Lake Tribune with their uplifting Annual Food and Toy Drive … united the community to bring full bellies and happy faces to Williams Lake residents throughout the Christmas season.”

Outstanding Community Service – Circ. more than 10,000

GOLD – Clarington (ON) This Week

SILVER – Duncan (BC) Cowichan News Leader Pictorial

Judge Jules S. Xavier wrote: “Wow! That sums up sports editor Don Bodger’s work on his salute to some of the best athletes coming out of the coverage area for the second-place Cowichan News Leader Pictorial. Besides bringing in a special speaker, such as Olympian Jon Beare, and making the event not unlike the Oscars, Bodger highlights the exploits of the athletes he covers, with words and visuals. It went from just a list of top athletes in the paper, to a luncheon saluting the top-10, to featuring the top-15 from 12 months of coverage in 2010 this past January. This event is now firmly entrenched in Bodger’s coverage area, and people look forward to the top-110 list, then the best-of-the-best at a formal setting where the sports editor emcees and has a slide show featuring the athletes in action in their respective sports.”

BRONZE – Whitby (ON) This Week

Best Holiday Edition – Circ. up to 3,999

GOLD – Powell River (BC) The Powell River Peak

Judge Rose Sanchez wrote: “First-place winner, Powell River Peak stood out from the competition with its unique idea to ask for fictional stories from school children. These are accompanied by children’s drawings depicting the season. The full colour section had a vibrant print job and the distinctive approach to the copy in its pages, gave this paper the edge.”

SILVER – Humboldt (SK) Journal

BRONZE – Rosthern (SK) The Saskatchewan Valley News

Best Holiday Edition – Circ. more than 12,500

GOLD – Langley (BC) The Langley Times

Judge Abby Cameron wrote: “Judging the Holiday Editions was a good way to maintain a festive mood year-round. The Langly Times’ unique take on Christmas was a fresh approach to an annual tradition. Each submission was a joy to read and some of the stories on the holiday season were definitely heartwarming.”

That’s all Abby wrote.

SILVER – Kamloops (BC) Kamloops This Week

BRONZE – South Delta (BC) South Delta Leader

Best Coverage of the Arts – Circ. up to 9,999

GOLD – Whitehorse/Yukon Territory (YT) The Yukon News

Judge Krista Sylvester wrote: “first place winner Yukon News stood out the most because of the unique, interesting and edgy stories. I love how this paper pushes the envelope and tells stories that other papers might shy away from. Besides being local, they were also thought-provoking and were accompanied by appealing photos that also caught my eye. I think these stories can have an impact and they were interesting to read. The only thing I can say is making make the writing a little bit tighter. Great stuff!”

SILVER – Clarenville (NL) The Packet

BRONZE – St. Anthony (NL) Northern Pen

Best Coverage of the Arts – Circ. more than 10,000

GOLD – Swift Current (AB) Prairie Post

SILVER – Sidney (BC) Peninsula News Review

Judge Susan Hodges wrote: “Going out of your way to get your own photographs shows a dedication to quality as I saw in the Sidney Peninsula News Review. Photo composition was excellent, writing was strong, clear and interesting. Layout was visually pleasing and also drew you out to their website.”

BRONZE – North and West Vancouver (BC) North Shore Outlook

Hodges wrote: “The articles in the North and West Vancouver North Shore Outlook were a pleasure to read. I found myself drawn into the articles and wanting to know more about the artists, which is the goal of all writers. Photographs were very good. Overall the layout was good but not as creative as I think it could have been which left me wanting a bit more from this paper.”

Best Sports Coverage – Circ. 4,000 to 12,499

GOLD – Whistler Question

Judge Shane Jones wrote: “There was an almost unfair advantage for the first and second place community papers with their close ties to the Winter Olympics in Vancouver from this judging period as Whistler was obviously a host site and so many of Canada’s athletes came from or trained in the Canmore region served by the Rocky Mountain Outlook. But both papers really went the extra mile with their coverage nonetheless as they couldn’t really just submit sports pages as the entire papers practically serves as sports during the time. In the Whistler paper even the gay scene columnist has a sports piece. The photos and layouts for both were excellent but the sheer volume of well done material from the ground in Whistler while the events were taking place was outstanding. Many of the other entries may have been able to place in other years but the efforts both of covering the Olympic athletes, and in the case of the Rocky paper, advancing their journeys, simply couldn’t be ignored.”

SILVER – Rocky Mountain Outlook (AB)

BRONZE – The Carillon

Best Web Site – Circ. up to 3,999

GOLD – Powell River (BC) The Powell River Peak

Judge Brent Wensley wrote: “The Powell River Peak stood out as a clean vibrant site with timely content, strong use of interactive features, and plenty of photo and video galleries. Small improvements could include more visuals on secondary pages and larger text in some areas. But, Powell River Peak had a visually appealing site that was easy to navigate.”

SILVER – Parry Sound (ON) North Star

BRONZE – Squamish (BC) The Chief

Best Web Site – Circ. 4000 to 12499

GOLD – Bridgewater (NS) Bridgewater Bulletin

SILVER – Whitehorse/Yukon Territory (YT) The Yukon News

Judge Valorie Wiebe wrote: “The Yukon News places second. This site is appealing because the layout is simple but very very effective. It is clean with a flawless look making you feel comfortable knowing you will be able to find anything you need on this site. The large photo at the top is eye catching and draws you in to read more. In spite of its minimalistic appeal, the layout design is borderline bland. You should think about adding more color and a few graphics to the site to liven it up a bit. Excellent use of multimedia connecting the community with information and entertainment.”

BRONZE – Kentville (NS) Kings County Register

Best Multimedia Feature – Circ. up to 9999

GOLD – Whitehorse/Yukon Territory (YT) The Yukon News

Judge Katharine Sealey wrote: “The winner — a fascinating read on the debate between conservationists and those who would commercialize the land in the Yukon — was the clear choice. It scored well above the others for providing both a well-researched and balanced read, as well as a cinema-quality video which enhanced the print story without simply repeating it. One disappointment was the use of black and white photos in the newspaper. The video featured vivid and extraordinarily beautiful images. The print version would have had twice the impact with colour shots, especially with the story’s emphasis on the beauty of the land. That aside, this is the type of entry that makes you say “Wow, I wish I had done that.””

SILVER – Vankleek Hill/Hawkesbury (ON) The Review

BRONZE – Bridgewater (NS) Bridgewater Bulletin

Best Multimedia Feature – Circ. more than 10,000

GOLD – Calgary (AB) Fast Forward Weekly

SILVER – Kamloops (BC) The Daily News

Judge Eric Anderson wrote: “The Kamloops Daily News and its “Project” were a very CLOSE second. The writing, layout, visual presentation, and photography were top-notch. Not enough can be said about the quality of this project and its effectiveness in introducing an outsider (such as myself ) to the community. This was an ambitious feature that paid off. While I don’t agree that viewing the website was integral or even comparable to the resulting newspaper supplement, I do think that was uniquely constructed, and likely quite effective in building up to this undertaking. A job well done.”

BRONZE – New Westminster (BC) The Record

Anderson wrote: “The Record’s Anvil Battery Salute provided great coverage for a 140 year old tradition. The writing and photography were of excellent quality and well-presented. In particular, I was impressed by the online video. The interview with Fred Sparkes was very informative, and I loved the videography, which put the viewer in the driver’s seat during the firings. This scene, mixed flawlessly with the live band’s performance, wrapped it into and exiting, fun package.”

Best Canadian Forces Base Newspaper – Circ. Open

GOLD – CFB Esquimalt (BC) Lookout Newspaper

Judge Marc Lalonde wrote: “The CFB Esquimalt Lookout did a number of things very well; it used excellent, eye-catching phoographs to maximum effect and incorporated a great deal of white space into its typography, thereby letting the paper breathe a little more. Too often, in an effort to shoehorn everything into a paper on a given week or month, editors don’t pay as much attention to the visual aspect of the paper and its layout. The folks at CFB Esquimalt on the Lookout’s staff did a wonderful job of creating a visually themed newspaper that draws attention to, rather than detracts from, the editorial text, which is also excellent. The Lookout’s staff does an excellent job of laying out the striking photos, but have a tendency to occasionally include more than one photo with an article that are similar to each other. Repetition is not an option, but it’s one for editors and their photographers to consider carefully.”

SILVER – CFB Halifax – Maritime Forces Atlantic (NS) Trident Newspaper

BRONZE – CFB Shilo (MB) Shilo Stag

General Excellence – Circ. under 1,250


Best All-Round Newspaper


1 – The North Thompson Times, Clearwater, BC

2 – Bowen Island Undercurrent, Bowen Island, BC

3 – Courier-Herald, Blue Mountains, ON


Best Editorial Page


1 – The North Thompson Times, Clearwater, BC

2 – The Charter, Placentia, NL

3 – Herald, Whitewood, SK


Best Front Page


1 – Herald, Whitewood, SK

2 – Bowen Island Undercurrent, Bowen Island, BC

3 – Courier-Herald, Blue Mountains, ON

General Excellence – Circ. 2,000 to under 3,000


Best All-Round Newspaper


1 – The Williams Lake Tribune, Williams Lake, BC

2 – Taber Times, Taber, AB

3 – Hants Journal, Windsor, NS


Best Editorial Page


1 – The Williams Lake Tribune, Williams Lake, BC

2 – The Kincardine Independent, Kincardine, ON

3 – Post, Lac La Biche, AB

General Excellence – Circ. 3,000 to under 4,000


Best All-Round Newspaper


1 – The Fitzhugh, Jasper, AB

2 – Examiner, Bracebridge, ON

3 – Gulf Islands Driftwood, Salt Spring Island, BC


Best Editorial Page


1 – The Chief, Squamish, BC

2 – Gulf Islands Driftwood, Salt Spring Island, BC

3 – News, Westlock, AB

General Excellence – Circ. 6,500 to under 12,500


Best All-Round Newspaper


1 – Question, Whistler, BC

2 – Rocky Mountain Outlook, Canmore/Kananaskis/Banff/Lake Louise, AB

3 – Coast Reporter, Sechelt/Gibsons, BC


Best Editorial Page


1 – Question, Whistler, BC

2 – Rocky Mountain Outlook, Canmore/Kananaskis/Banff/Lake Louise, AB

3 – Coast Reporter, Sechelt/Gibsons, BC


Best Front Page


1 – Question, Whistler, BC

2 – Rocky Mountain Outlook, Canmore/Kananaskis/Banff/Lake Louise, AB

3 – Coast Reporter, Sechelt/Gibsons, BC

General Excellence – Circ. 12,500 to under 25,000


Best All-Round Newspaper


1 – Western Wheel, Okotoks, AB

2 – Cowichan News Leader Pictorial, Duncan, BC

3 – Airdrie Echo, Airdrie, AB


Best Editorial Page


1 – Cowichan News Leader Pictorial, Duncan, BC

2 – Dundas Star News, Dundas, ON

3 – The News, Parksville/Qualicum Beach, BC


Best Front Page


1 – Delta Optimist, Delta, BC

2 – Airdrie Echo, Airdrie, AB

3 – Comox Valley Record, Courtenay Comox Valley, BC

General Excellence – Circ. 25,000 and over


Best All-Round Newspaper


1 – North Shore News, North Vancouver/West Vancouver, BC

2 – North Shore Outlook, North and West Vancouver, BC

3 – Gazette, St. Albert, AB


Best Editorial Page


1 – The Vancouver Courier – West Side, Vancouver, BC

2 – The Now, Surrey/North Delta/White Rock, BC

3 – Waterloo Chronicle, Waterloo, ON


Best Front Page


1 – NewsLeader, Burnaby, BC

2 – North Shore Outlook, North and West Vancouver, BC

3 – Beaver, Oakville, ON


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