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CCNA photo award winners, with judges comments

May 1, 2011 Comments off

As previously done for the CCNA’s special competitions and writing awards, I’m going to recap the B.C. and Yukon winners of the CCNA photo awards and ignore everyone else. So without further, or really any, ado, here we go.

Best Spot News Photo – Circ. 4,000 to 12,499

GOLD – Kevin Grumtza, Redwater (AB) Review

SILVER – Wawmeesh G. Hamilton, Port Alberni (BC) Alberni Valley News

Judge Ted Brown: “Second place winner Wawmeesh G. Hamilton of the Alberni Valley News in British Columbia had an equally strong photo of a person in a wheelchair being attended to by a paramedic after being hit by a car. With its tight cropping, all the elements of the photo tell the story – the two people, the crumpled wheelchair – nothing else is needed. The only thing that would have improved this photo would have been to run it larger, so the interaction of the two people was more visible.”

BRONZE – Josephine Johnson, Clarenville (NL) The Packet

Best Spot News Photo – Circ. more than 1250

GOLD – David Mah, Prince George (BC) Prince George Citizen

Judge Lyonel Doherty wrote: “It was a joy to see the work of so many talented photographers in this category – a tough category to compete in, not to mention judge. Some photographers entered technically great picture, but the “spot news” aspect just wasn’t there in the true sense of the term. In my mind, these photos would have finished in the top three in other categories, such as best sports or feature photo.

“But David Mah from the Prince George Citizen didn’t fall into that gray area. His photo of a ‘gunned down’ homicide victim took top honours for obvious reasons. He was there to capture this horrific moment even before the sheet was draped over the deceased. His photo is the definition of spot news despite the morbid
subject matter. The cutline could have been longer, but the story explains it all.”

SILVER – Andrew Leong, Duncan (BC) Cowichan News Leader Pictorial

Doherty wrote: “Kudos to Andrew Leong from the Cowichan News Leader Pictorial for his Norman Rockwell approach. This truly classic photo of a firefighter consoling a child almost earned him first place; it was that close. He captured everything – spot news, emotion, great composition and exposure.”

BRONZE – Dave Eagles, Kamloops (BC) Kamloops This Week

Doherty wrote: “Looking at the photo by Dave Eagles from Kamloops This Week really made me feel for the distraught homeowner. When I first started pouring over the 46 entries, this was the photo I immediately set aside, knowing it would likely make the top three. Dave definitely caught the moment here; a second later and it  may have been lost. A more tightly cropped photo would have made the image even stronger.  Photographers who want to win categories like this have to step out of their comfort zone and go where others are afraid to go. Being there at the right time helps, too.

Best Feature Photo – Circ. up to 3,999

GOLD – Lachlan Labere, Sicamous (BC) Eagle Valley News

Judge Debra Downey wrote: “Lachlan Labere’s photograph of Girl Guides preparing to lay wreaths during the Remembrance Day ceremony stood out above the crowd for the sheer emotion it invokes in the viewer. The youngsters’ faces reveal the pain and puzzlement of the moment, all perfectly framed and captured in vivid colour.”

SILVER – Karen Longwell, Bracebridge (ON) Examiner

BRONZE – Pan Snow, Lewisporte (NL) The Pilot

Best Feature Photo – Circ. 4,000 to 12,499

Judge Reg Vertolli wrote: “Out of the three categories that we usually see in photojournalism (news sports and features) feature seems to be the category that is misunderstood the most. At times we will see photos from the other two categories inadvertently entered into the feature category or perhaps some photos may have a double life. Judging the feature photo category can be as difficult as entering. Due to the different interpretations of the category’s definition it collects a wide array of images. In photojournalism, feature photos are defined as an ‘unposed shot with eye-catching subject matter and storytelling qualities.’ The topic arose recently on the National Press photographers Internet discussion where one member defined them as ‘photos that celebrate life,’ and another said it was a ‘slice of life that could catch the reader’s attention.’ In my opinion the best definition is to create an exceptional image that captures a moment during a common, everyday occurance.”

GOLD – Ian Stewart, Whitehorse/Yukon Territory (YT) The Yukon News

Vertolli wrote: “The Yukon News stood out as the clear first placewinner. The photo was a delight to look at and reminded me of an impressionist painting. While simple in execution, the image leaves you with a sense of awe for nature and may have been a moment that another photographer would have overlooked or missed completely.”

SILVER – Krista Bryce, Nanaimo (BC) Nanaimo Daily News

Vertolli: “Nanaimo Daily News’ image is totally different then the first place photo. The moment
in the photo is captured with layers of story telling components well placed from the foreground to the
background.”

BRONZE – Steve Dills, Sylvan Lake (AB) News

Best Feature Photo – Circ. more than 12,500

Judge Connie Tabbert also mused about what makes a feature photo: “Every reporter should know how to take a good feature photo. Now, the question is, what is a feature photo. For this judge, it’s a photo that can stand on its own. For some reporters, it would seem it’s a photo that goes with a feature story.

“As I reviewed each tear sheet, it was clear which would be the winning photo because it jumped right out
at me. I had a reaction to it right away — it made me laugh, which made me want to read the cutline. While
reviewing the photos, 10 stood out right away. While it saves space, editors should remember not to ruin a
good photo by putting print on it. Photographers should also remember not to take the same photos over
and over for various themes, such as rodeos and end of the school year. The top three photos were very close, coming in one point away from each other.”

GOLD – Sean Connor, Kelowna (BC) Capital News

Tabbert: “The first place photo by Sean Connor … is wonderful. It got a reaction from me right away. I even showed it to a co-worker at the time. It has news value, can stand on its own and the cutline says it all in one sentence. Sean was in the right place at the right time for this photo. The editor also saw the potential of a great photo and made it front and centre.”

SILVER – Don Denton, Victoria (BC) Victoria News

Tabbert: “Photographer Don Denton, Victoria News, Victoria, B.C., captured this photo at the right moment. It made me think of the movie The Birds by Alfred Hitchcock. I felt bad for the young girl. I can only hope it didn’t keep Sophie from coming back to feed the birds. It was a good second-place finisher.

BRONZE – Jon Borgstrom, Georgetown/Acton (ON) Independent/Free Press

Best Sports Photo – Circ. more than 12,50

GOLD – Paul Rudan, Campbell River (BC) Campbell River Mirror

Judge Eric Howald wrote: “The Campbell River Mirror’s Paul Rudan captures the moment after the White Sox win the PeeWee House league championship. The photo was well displayed and the reproduction was excellent.”

SILVER – Paul VanPeenen, Coquitlam/Pt. Coquitlam/Pt. Moody (BC) The Now

Howald wrote: “It takes time and patience to get a good volleyball shot like the one entered by Paul VanPeenen of Coquitlam Now and high school gyms have notoriously poor lighting in which to work. It’s a good photo and shows the intensity of the game.

BRONZE – Ron Pietroniro, Oshawa (ON) This Week

Best Photo Essay – Circ. up to 3,999

GOLD – Patricia Harcourt, Tofield (AB) Mercury

SILVER – Janice Huser, St. Paul (AB) St. Paul Journal

BRONZE – Alicia Newman, Powell River (BC) The Powell River Peak

Judge Shelley Lipke wrote: “Alicia Newman’s essay of the Olympic Torch relay stood out from other entries of the same category for third place.”

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

Judge Vern Faulkner wrote: “Too many entrants felt that slapping a collection of random pictures onto a page would do the trick – not so. The three nominees (and a few of the runners-up) got the idea: tell a story. Think of insets. Conjure emotion. Kelly Clemmer (x2) and Mike Thomas got this. Good collection of faces, good storytelling, excellent arrangement of images carried the day.

“A suggestion to others: Rodeos are popular – but if there’s a half-dozen rodeo collages, what will set yours apart? Show me the clown drinking during a break. Show me a cowboy taping up a gimped leg. Show me an inset of a cowboy boot and a mud-encrusted, broken spur. Make me feel the sweat, dirt and mid-summer sun. Same with parades – what makes your parade pictures different? Think creatively! (And please, don’t over-sharpen!)”

GOLD – Kelly Clemmer, Wainwright (AB) Edge

SILVER – Mike Thomas, Whitehorse/Yukon Territory (YT) The Yukon News

BRONZE – Kelly Clemmer, Wainwright (AB) The Wainwright Star

Best Sports Photo – Circ. more than 12,500

GOLD – R Peitronico, R Pfeiffer, S Byrnes, J Liebregts, Oshawa (ON) This Week

SILVER – Sabrina Byrnes, Whitby (ON) This Week

BRONZE – Staff entry, Westshore (BC) Goldstream News

Judge Karen Wells wrote: “The third place staff entry from the Goldstream News Gazette featured A Day In The Life of West Shore. This entry was neck and neck with another similar Day in the Life entry but came out on top with an appealing front page and variety of photos that covered every aspect of the life in the West Shore from a singer songwriter in her bedroom at midnight, music in her bedroom just after midnight, to people washing their trucks at a car wash, and a barber shop haircut to the area nightlife. An entertaining collection.”

Best Photo Illustration – Circ. open

GOLD – Gladzy Kei Zuniga, Jasper (AB) The Fitzhugh

SILVER – Troy Landreville, Langley (BC) Langley Advance

Judge Laura Schmid wrote: “This composition was seamless, flowing and balanced – a perfect example of how a simple idea can speak volumes when well executed. The image’s background creates a sense of motion, and the skater’s pose and facial expression capture determination and hope. The illustration was fresh approach and related directly to the headline, enticing viewers to read on.”

BRONZE – Colleen Green, Port Perry (ON) Scugog/Uxbridge Standard

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CCNA writing award winners, with judges comments

April 30, 2011 Comments off

Earlier I reported on the award winners of the CCNA’s special competitions.

Now it’s time for the writing awards. Photo awards and general excellence will hopefully come soon. Again, I’m not going to mention those few awards that don’t include a B.C. or Yukon rep.

Best news story – Circ. 4,000 to 12,499

Judge Gail Martin wrote: “Initiative is what made the difference in this competition. While there were numerous entries that covered extremely newsworthy events, the reporters who took the time and effort to get the information no one else had were the ones who won in this category.”

GOLD – Danielle Bell, Nanaimo (BC) Nanaimo Daily News

Martin wrote: “Danielle Bell, with Nanaimo Daily News, submitted the most impressive entry. Under a tight deadline, Bell was able to get more information than her fellow reporters, following a shootout in downtown Nanaimo. This was in spite of the fact that the RCMP weren’t talking, and the area was cornered off. Bell was able to find out that the man who was killed had known his life was in danger, prior to a brazen shooting. This took several visits to the site, knocking on numerous doors and making use of emergency services contacts. The fact that the story was also written well makes this the top entry in this category.”

SILVER – Autumn MacDonald, Quesnel (BC) Quesnel Cariboo Observer

Martin wrote: Autumn MacDonald also took a crime story, and took it one step further, after a mentally challenged man was arrested for carrying what looked like a handgun. In reality, it was a toy gun. MacDonlad interviewed Rodney Moffat and his family, showing just how traumatized they were over the incident – and suggesting that officers used more than the required amount of force in the arrest. What made this story stand out was the compelling way MacDonald told the story, making readers feel compassion for Rodney and his family.”

BRONZE – Larissa Robyn Johnston, Whitehorse/Yukon Territory (YT) The Yukon News

Martin wrote: “Larissa Robyn Johnson also showed initiative, connecting the dots between a toddler’s choking death and the subsequent move of an ambulance station. The previous month, residents opposed having an ambulance station in their area due to concerns about the noise from the sirens. In her interview with the family, Johnson was able to show a community that was starting to have a change of heart – knowing that having an ambulance nearby could have prevented a needless death.”

Best Feature Story – Circ. up to 3,999

GOLD – Lachlan Labere, Sicamous (BC) Eagle Valley News

Judge Grace Peacock wrote: “Top prize went to Lachlan Labere for the raw and honest insight he gives us into a local family man who happens to be a convicted marijuana smuggler wanted by the United States for alleged involvement in a cross-border drug operation. The contradiction of Colin Martin’s principled personal values and the life of crime he’s lived is established right from the start, hooks the reader in and carries the current of narrative straight through to the end. Through clean, concise writing and the use of colourful quotes, Labere reveals the ordinary man behind the crime. His presentation of this man’s story is unassuming and makes him seem relatable – and therein lies the magic and the real kicker for achieving first place. Presentation was deserving (front page placement) for such a unique profile. Only one thing could have improved this piece and that would have been comments from other sources personally close to Martin to help round out our understanding of his character.”

SILVER – Martha Perkins, Bowen Island (BC) Bowen Island Undercurrent

Peacock wrote: “Second place goes to Martha Perkins who takes a story about the anniversary of a small, independent school on Bowen Island and pulls out of it colourful scene establishment (placing us on a wharf with a sleepy Grade 9 student waiting for a ferry to take to school) and a multitude of perspectives whose placement in the story help the reader understand exactly why this place is so much more than just a school. Quality of writing was top notch, story flowed effortlessly. I found myself a bit disappointed she didn’t continue the scene setting she had led with elsewhere in the story as it proved very effective.”

BRONZE – Tasleem Mawji, Fort St. James (BC) Fort St. James Caledonia Courier

Peacock wrote: “In third place, Tasleem Mawji focused on a woman’s initiative to open a drop-in centre for the aboriginal street people in Fort St. James. Not only was the story structured well and the writing clean, but Tasleem did a great job translating this woman’s passion for her cause onto the page. Tasleem shows the reader by reconstructing a scene for the lead – something journalists can’t get away with in hard news stories, but a device that works effectively here. Though a variety of sources were included here, missing was that of the street people themselves.”

Best Feature Story – Circ. 4,000 to 12,499

Judge Rob Vogt wrote: “The three stories that rose to the top did so because they flowed, were well written and laid out, offered a unique perspective and had a wide range of visual details.”

GOLD – Autumn MacDonald, Quesnel (BC) Quesnel Cariboo Observer

Vogt wrote: “The first place entry, tells the story of a funeral director which is a unique topic most readers can relate to. The writing had a good rhythm, enhanced by visual details and strong, but not excessive quotes.”

SILVER – Genesee Keevil, Whitehorse/Yukon Territory (YT) The Yukon News

Vogt wrote: “The second place entry draws the reader in right away with a vivid description of the life of a young person at risk. It is fast-paced and riveting reading. It also puts a human face on a government report that, if it had been adopted, would have prevented some of the trauma suffered by the subject of the story.”

BRONZE – Lisa Brown, Bridgewater (NS) Bridgewater Bulletin

Best Feature Story – Circ. more than 12,500

GOLD – Sheila Reynolds, Surrey/North Delta (BC) The Leader

Judge Carole Morris-Underhill wrote: “First place goes to Sheila Reynolds for her gripping feature for the Surrey-North Delta Leader. Reynolds detailed the graphic abuse her subject suffered at the hands of her husband skillfully and with precision. Her words kept the reader engaged — wondering from the beginning how it would end. She told the story that so often goes unreported. She shone a light on domestic abuse. Well done!”

SILVER – Ashley Wray, Abbotsford (BC) The Abbotsford News

Morris-Underhill wrote: “The second place entry came from Ashley Wray of The Abbotsford News. So often we wonder how good kids go bad, how their lives spiral out of control. We must not forget that every murder victim is someone’s child, someone’s friend. Wray’s article was heartbreaking to read, but offered great insight into the story behind the news. She went where many reporters are afraid to go — and what resulted was an award-winning entry.”

BRONZE – Lauren Gilchrist, Peterborough (ON) Peterborough This Week

Best Feature Series – Circ. up to 3,999

GOLD – Sean McIntyre, Salt Spring Island (BC) Gulf Islands Driftwood

Judge Paul Rudan wrote: “The Gulf Islands Driftwood and the Bowen Island Undercurrent provided their readers with comprehensive and well-researched stories on the problems and solutions to affordable housing. Best of all, every story in their respective series was character-driven – the key to great feature writing.”

SILVER – Martha Perkins, Bowen Island (BC) Bowen Island Undercurrent

Rudan wrote: “The Driftwood just edged out the Undercurrent. The deciding factor was the Driftwood provided a better package of stories, including sidebars packed with stats. Nevertheless, a great job by Driftwood reporter Sean McIntyre and Undercurrent editor Martha Perkins.”

BRONZE – Darrel Greer, Nunavut (NU) Kivalliq News

Best Feature Series – Circ. 4,000 to 12,499

GOLD – Belle Hatfield, Yarmouth (NS) Vanguard

SILVER – Krista Bryce, Nanaimo (BC) Nanaimo Daily News

Judge Steve Bonspiel wrote: “This was a very thorough, informative series on our health. It was good to read about the different aspects and stories that come with learning about our health. Bryce drove the story with what was probably the easiest entry to read of the bunch.”

BRONZE – Gordon Brock, New Liskeard (ON) Temiskaming Speaker

Best Feature Series – Circ. more than 12,500

GOLD – Tyler Olsen, Chilliwack  (BC) Chilliwack Times

Judge Byron Christopher wrote: “A well-written piece that looked at the shocking abundance
of marijuana grow-ops in Chilliwack, British Columbia. Very innovative. Good use of a Google map to illustrate locations of more than 200 known grow-ops in the community. The series also included an eyeopening account of what actually happens to the owners of these grow-ops once they’re charged (mild consequences). There was also some tough slogging by the reporter who attempted to get a reaction from a repeat offender.

“The final three were very close, but the ‘Homegrown’ series won out because the story was so unique. If there’s a complete opposite to news-release journalism, this is it.”

SILVER – Lee Berthiaume, Ottawa (ON) Embassy

BRONZE – Jane Seyd, North Vancouver/West Vancouver (BC)  North Shore News

Christopher wrote: “This was a heartfelt and educational story about the terrible consequences of impaired driving, and how common the practice is. This was a well researched piece. Jane examined the pain of survivors, the challenges of law enforcement and, with the experience of a court reporter, she also sought out defence lawyers to hear what they had to say. A balanced and well-crafted story with illustrations that were easy to follow. Jane had a compelling lead and her story progressed well. She also obtained some data through Freedom of Information.”

Outstanding columnist – Circ. open

GOLD – Marcus Hondro, Bowen Island (BC) Bowen Island Undercurrent

Judge Kimberley Noble wrote: “after ranking the best work and giving extra points for originality and voice, I awarded the top spot to Marcus Hondro of the Bowen Island Undercurrent, who managed to turn a column on local baseball into a piece about sports, family, politics, philosophy, metaphysics and, above all, Bowen Island.”

SILVER – Frank McTighe, Fort Macleod (AB) The Macleod Gazette

BRONZE – Meg Coles, St. Anthony (NL) Northern Pen

Outstanding reporter initiative – Circ. up to 9,999

GOLD – Sean McIntyre, Salt Spring Island (BC) Gulf Islands Driftwood

Judge Brenda Jefferies wrote: “First place winner Sean McIntyre of Gulf Islands Driftwood delivered the complete package in his series on affordable housing on Salt Springs Island, B.C. Weaving multiple interviews and a plethora of statistics into an engaging read that put a human face on an important issue. In addition, he used every tool at his disposal, including sidebars, graphs and photos to frame the problem, dig for the root cause and instigate change.”

SILVER – Kevin Weedmark, Moosomin (SK) World-Spectator

BRONZE – Genesee Keevil, Whitehorse/Yukon Territory (YT) The Yukon News

Jefferies wrote: “Third place winner Genesee Keevil of the Yukon News shows that persistence and courage pay off in her coverage of the tragic drowning of RCMP officer Michael Potvin. When she didn’t get straight answers about safety policy from officials, she did the leg work and turned in a compassionate, well-written series of stories that exposed the need for change. The RCMP responded by initiating a national review of the issue.”

Outstanding reporter initiative – Circ. more than 10,000

GOLD – Jeff Nagel, Surrey/North Delta (BC) The Leader

Judge Brodie Thomas wrote: “Jeff Nagel’s six part series “Trash Talk” from the Surrey-North Delta Leader on Metro Vancouver’s waste management plans hit the issue from all sides and provided readers with information above and beyond what was being debated in council chambers. He showed environmental pros and cons for both main options of either burning or landfilling, but he also delved into the business of trash. It was an engaging and informative read.”

SILVER – Paul J. Henderson, Chilliwack (BC) Chilliwack Times

Thomas wrote: “Paul J. Henderson of the Chilliwack Times interviewed over a dozen people for his profile of George Mitchell Allgood a.k.a. Reno Trevow Hogg. The subject’s life unfolded chronoligically for the most part and the story also raised questions about border security. As a personal profile, we come to see that the main character was charming but shifty – a different person to many people.”

BRONZE – Todd Vandonk, Peterborough (ON) Peterborough This Week

Best National Editorial – Circ. up to 9,999

GOLD – Richard Mostyn, Whitehorse/Yukon Territory (YT) The Yukon News

Judge Al Shackleton wrote: “Richard Mostyn of the Yukon News did an excellent job taking on Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his government’s use of veterans for a photo op. Mostyn quickly sets the scene and then gets to the point. He exposes the government’s hypocrisy in an easy to understand manner, making excellent use of research to drive home his points. This was an outstanding editorial.”

SILVER – David Burke, Squamish (BC) The Chief

Shackleton wrote: “David Burke of the Squamish Chief delivers a powerfully written editorial on Canada’s sorry international reputation on the environment. Burke takes a strong stand, uses facts and research well to back up his position, and doesn’t pull a single punch in his delivery. A great example of what an editorial should be.

BRONZE – Aaron Beswick, St. Anthony (NL) Northern Pen

Best National Editorial – Circ. more than 10,000

GOLD – Matthew Claxton, Langley (BC) Langley Advance

Judge Al Shackleton wrote: “This editorial was well written, short and concise. He presented the consequences of not being vaccinated for measles based on unproven science and he offered the solution. This is a subject that most readers can relate to and should have a considerable impact on the reader.”

SILVER – Frank Bucholtz, Langley (BC) The Langley Times

Shackleton wrote: “While this topic has been discussed and editorialized countless times, I like this one. He actually presented two issues in this editorial: the problems with minority governments and the problems with long gun registry. He showed various sides of the debate and presented solid information on how it hasn’t and can’t work. It was well written and easy for any reader to follow and perhaps even be convinced.”

BRONZE – Rose Sanchez, Swift Current (AB) Prairie Post

Best Local Editorial – Circ. up to 3,999

GOLD – Lisa Joy, Lacombe (AB) Globe

SILVER – Jacqueline Lawrence, Gravenhurst (ON) Gravenhurst Banner

BRONZE – Tracy Hughes, Salmon Arm (BC) Salmon Arm Observer

Judge Conal MacMillan wrote: “Tracy Hughes of the Salmon Arm Observer throws some cold water on what could become a heated, emotional issue in the wake of a senseless tragedy. Hughes aptly hits all the right notes in pointing out that regulations are in place to prevent similar tragedies and that, perhaps, good judgment needs to prevail. Her editorial serves to properly frame the discussion going forward.”

Best Local Editorial – Circ. 4,000 to 12,499

GOLD – Barbara Dean Simmons, Clarenville (NL) The Packet

SILVER – Susan Quinn, Port Alberni (BC) Alberni Valley News

Judge Al Shackleton wrote: “Susan Quinn’s editorial in the Port Alberni Valley News called for transparency at the local government level. The paper also lauded a councillor who sought to throw more light on the decision process to increase taxes in the community to make up a shortfall created with a default by local company. A short, sharp, shock, the editorial was a Ninja raid (Ed. note: !!!) on a group that prefers the dark. Quinn’s piece could easily be adapted to any level of government across the country.”

BRONZE – Dave Whitfield, Canmore/Kananaskis/Banff/Lake Louise (AB) Rocky Mountain Outlook

Best Local Editorial – Circ. more than 12,500

GOLD – Ted Colley, Surrey/North Delta/White Rock (BC) The Now

Judge Al Shackleton wrote: “It takes a lot of guts to write a front page editorial, but Ted Colley from Surrey Now has more than guts by using exceptional writing to clearly convey their disgust with the MP. Exceptional.”

Ed note: Colley’s editorial was on a free-spending MP and ran on the front page (alongside a news story about the issue), which is something that really does take exceptional guts. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a front page editorial.

SILVER – Paula Carlson, Surrey/North Delta (BC) The Leader

Shackleton wrote: “Brilliant writing makes Paula Carlson’s editorial a standout. Writing about sex shops and the impact on community isn’t easy, but this editorial hits all the right chords. Not a single word wasted.”

BRONZE – Mark Cripps, Dundas (ON) Dundas Star News

Best Historical Story – Circ. 4,000 to 12,499

GOLD – John Thompson, Whitehorse/Yukon Territory (YT) The Yukon News

Judge Tim Kalinowski wrote: “A superb re-telling of an exciting time in Yukon history. The story grabs your attention from the first headline “Goldrush convicts rise from the grave” and continues on magnificently from there. What more could you want in a great historical story? Great research, great narrative force, a compelling local historical context and a little skulduggery and murder thrown in just for good measure: A good tale, well told.”

SILVER – Emma Graney, St. Anthony (NL) Northern Pen

BRONZE – Gordon Brock, New Liskeard (ON) Temiskaming Speaker

Best Historical Story – Circ. more than 12,500

GOLD – Robert Mangelsdorf, Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows (BC) The News

Judge Lorraine Poulsen wrote: “The story written by Robert Mangelsdorf about the Whonnock Post Office was told in a calm, quiet manner allowing the reader to enjoy not only the history of the actual building but easily imagine the service rendered over the years. The story contains all the qualities needed to entice the reader to read every word. The writing is as unhurried as the atmosphere being described, making for a most enjoyable read. The writer didn’t over think this piece or in any way attempt to make the story anything it wasn’t. The accompanying pictures served to complete this excellently written, well told story. Very well done.

SILVER – Richard Vivian, Orangeville (ON) Banner

BRONZE – Roszan Holmen, Victoria (BC) Victoria News

Poulsen wrote: “In third place is the story about lepers from Victoria News written by Roszan Holmen. The article is about looking for a more complete story; and while that message comes across clearly, it does not dominate the piece. The writer’s style of using short, well-formed paragraphs, each filled with amazing detail, leaves the reader wanting to know more – exactly what the story hopes to accomplish. Well done.”

“I could give honourable mention to many like the Guelph Tribune for the story about uncovering building art . The war bomber story from the North Shore News, the unique love story from the New Westminster Record and the story of a grave in Holland from the Guardian in York, Ont.”

Best Headline Writing – Circ. Open

GOLD – Kamloops (BC) Kamloops This Week

Judge Kelly Lapointe wrote: “Kamloops This Week did a great job of showing creative flair while using the elements of the story given without trying too hard and making too many leaps to tie everything together. Great, accurate wordplay that leaves an impact – just an overall impressive effort that stuck with me.”

Ed. Note: The headline was “Oh Danny boy! The pipes, the pipes were calling.” The story was about a dog named Danny that got trapped in a sewer pipe. ‘Nuff said.

SILVER – Wakefield/Gatineau Hills (QC) Low Down To Hull & Back News

BRONZE – Port Perry (ON) Scugog/Uxbridge Standard

Best Local Cartoon – Circ. up to 9999

GOLD – Norm Muffit, Inuvik (NT) Inuvik Drum

SILVER – Lawrence Woodall, Port Hardy (BC) North Island Gazette

Judge Blake Wolfe wrote: “They say nothing is certain but death and taxes, but I’d make the
argument for Christmas and stoop-and-scoop bylaws are a close second. Not as heavy subject matter as my first place pick, but the topic has impact both locally and across the country.”

BRONZE – Jonathan Mahood, Parry Sound (ON) North Star

Best Local Cartoon – Circ. more than 10,000

GOLD – Michael DeAdder, Ottawa (ON) Hill Times

SILVER – Ingrid Rice, Whistler (BC) Question

Judge Greg Bennett wrote: “Ingrid Rice let B.C. taxpayers know in a humorous way that they were going to have to pay for the party that was the 2010 Olympics. Again…a concept that was well executed that gave me something to think about and a smile at the same time.”

BRONZE – Walt Radda, Port Perry (ON) Scugog/Uxbridge Standard

CCNA special winners, with judges comments!

April 30, 2011 Comments off

This year’s Canadian Community Newspaper Awards were handed out Friday night. I managed to get my hands on a CD of all the winners (no books were handed out) so not only can I tell you who won. I can tell you why they won. But that’s gonna take time so I’m going to split these posts up for ease and brevity. Also, I’m not going to bother with the categories that don’t include a B.C. or Yukon award winner.

First, the “Special Competition” award winners, a title that seems a little like a backhanded compliment but that’s what they’re called so…

Best environmental writing – Circ. up to 9,999

GOLD – Michael Gorman And Tina Comeau, Yarmouth (NS) Vanguard

SILVER – Genesee Keevil, Whitehorse/Yukon Territory (YT) The Yukon News

Judge (and Kamloops This Week reporter) Dale Bass wrote: “This is a subject that could have easily been ignored, other than following it through the court system, but Keevil takes a thorough look at the issue and provides the reader with an impressive review.”

BRONZE – Martha Perkins, Bowen Island (BC) Bowen Island Undercurrent

Bass wrote: “There is more to environmental reporting than identifying the big issues, the science behind them and then trying to make it accessible to the reader. Sometimes it’s about what one person can do to make the world a better place – and this story about one man does that. It’s readable, it’s fun and it’s refreshing.”

Best environmental writing – Circ. more than 10,000

GOLD – Joni Miltenburg, Elmira-Woolwich (ON) Observer

SILVER – Jerold LaBlanc, Wetaskiwin (AB) Times Advertiser

BRONZE – Kristine Salzmann, South Delta (BC) South Delta Leader

Judge Stu Salkeld wrote: “Third place was earned by the South Delta Leader’s reporter Kristine Salzmann, along with brilliant photography by Tyler Garnham. Salzmann’s story told an interesting and compelling profile of Carole Vignale, an average local woman whose dedication to a zero environmental footprint on her community. The story showed such a zero footprint lifestyle is actually a lot cheaper and easier than many people think. The front page photo was dazzling, while inside color photos accompanying the story were good, but should have been bigger. The article was heavily narrated by the reporter; that is, more quotations, especially in Vignale’s own words, would have made the story better and explained why it is so important to this lady to live in such a manner.”

Excellence in Rural Reporting – Circ. open

GOLD – Monique McKay and Kevin Woodmark, Moosomin (SK) World-Spectator

SILVER – Angele Cano, Enfield (NS) The Weekly Press

BRONZE – John Thompson, Whitehorse/Yukon Territory (YT) The Yukon News

Judge (and former Kamloops This Week reporter) Melissa Lampman wrote: “John Thompson’s series on ATVs’ impact on the local environment showcases his solid writing and reporting skills when tackling an obviously divisive and contentious issue. Thompson offers insight to both sides of the issue, as well as a first-hand perspective that cannot be found from an office. Excellent reporter initiative.”

Best Business Writing Award – Circ. up to 9,999

GOLD – Martha Wickett, Salmon Arm (BC) Salmon Arm Observer

Judge Lee Berthiaume wrote: “Great main article. Good feature lede gets readers right in the Peterson’s kitchen, followed by a strong, clean nutgraf that explains why this story is important. This is a key question many should be ready to answer: Why is the story they’re writing important? Also, this piece has good sidebars. More interviews would have helped, as would including the minister in the main story instead of a sidebar. However, this was a great read and a great way of highlighting an important issue for the community while at the same time giving it a human face.

SILVER – Guy Quenneville, Yellowknife (NT) Yellowknifer

BRONZE – Journal newsroom, Humboldt (SK) Journal

Best Business Writing Award – Circ. more than 10,000

GOLD – Sandra Thomas, Vancouver (BC) The Vancouver Courier – West Side

Judge (and Agassiz-Harrison Observer editor) Jessica Peters wrote: “First place went to the Vancouver Courier for its compassionate and comprehensive look at the business of death, and how we can mitigate our eco-footprint. This potentially morbid topic was handled with humour, grace and plenty of usable information. I feel better prepared to make a decision myself, because of the story, and it was interesting enough to bring up in conversations in the weeks after reading the story. Well done, Sandra!”

Ed note: Throughout the CCNAs, when a recipient was present to receive his or her award, host Arthur Black would read a brief description of the story. This was a great way to give the recipients more time to shine, but invariably, it seemed, the story was about some less-than-happy occurrence or aspect of life, so you had Black trying to sound excited for the award-winner while describing a story about sexual assault or in this case, death. A little incongruous, but what can you do?

SILVER – Mario Bartel, New Westminster (BC) News Leader

Peters wrote: “Second place was given to the News Leader for answering the question: Why do businesses fail? By juxtaposing two business — one at its end and one starting up — the reader gets a compelling and clear look at the risks, guts, preparation and education involved in succeeding in small business.”

BRONZE – Cory Hare, St. Albert (AB) Gazette

Best Agricultural Edition – Circ. more than 10000

GOLD – Duncan (BC) Cowichan Valley Citizen

Judge Rob Learn wrote: “From the front cover to the diverse yet focused local articles that seamlessly wound their way throughout the edition, their Annual Agricultural Edition sets the standard for community newspapers getting their fingernails dirty. Nearly every story is accompanied by strong art and the planning and thought that went into each article is very evident.

SILVER – Swift Current (AB) Prairie Post

BRONZE – Lloydminster (SK) Lloydminster Source

Best Agricultural Story – Circ. Open

GOLD – Pat Peckover, Humboldt (SK) Journal

SILVER – Doug Coxson, New Hamburg (ON) Independent

BRONZE – Judie Steeves, Kelowna (BC) Capital News

Judge Karen Miceli wrote: “Judie Steeves’ piece for Kelowna Capital News deserves third spot for her extensive reporting on the end of an era for irrigation districts.”

Sarah Simpson of the Cowichan Valley Citizen got an honourable mention “for her piece on local beekeepers’ concerns about the lift of a ban on importation, due to possible disease and fungus.”

Paul J. Henderson of the Chilliwack Times also got an honourable mention “for his strory on the decline of rural life. It was part of a three-part series,” Miceli wrote. “I wish I could have read all of it.”

No B.C. campus publications received awards.

Coming soon: the so-called Premier Awards…

CCNA nominees announced

March 14, 2011 Comments off

Here’s the rundown on the nominees for this year’s Canadian Community Newspaper Awards. B.C. papers in bold. Forgive the shitty formatting.

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General Excellence

Class 1011 – Circulation up to 1249

Best All Round Newspaper

Clearwater (BC) The North Thompson Times

Bowen Island (BC) Undercurrent

Blue Mountains (ON) Courier-Herald

Best Editorial Page

Clearwater (BC) The North Thompson Times

Placentia (NL) The Charter

Whitewood (SK) Herald

Best Front Page

Blue Mountains (ON) Courier-Herald

Bowen Island (BC) Bowen Island Undercurrent

Whitewood (SK) Herald

Blue Ribbon

Barriere (BC) North Thompson Star/Journal

Blue Mountains (ON) Courier-Herald

Bowen Island (BC) Bowen Island Undercurrent

Clearwater (BC) The North Thompson Times

Gull Lake (SK) Advance

Placentia (NL) The Charter

Whitewood (SK) Herald

Class 1012 – Circulation 1250 to 1999

Best All Round Newspaper

Fort Smith/Fort Chipewyan (NT) Slave River Journal

Gravenhurst (ON) Gravenhurst Banner

Enfield (NS) The Weekly Press

Best Editorial Page

Fort Macleod (AB) The Macleod Gazette

High Prairie (AB) South Peace News

Vulcan (AB) Vulcan Advocate

Best Front Page

Enfield (NS) The Weekly Press

Fort Smith/Fort Chipewyan (NT) Slave River Journal

Happy Valley-Goose Bay (NL) The Labradorian

Blue Ribbon

Enfield (NS) The Weekly Press

Fort Macleod (AB) The Macleod Gazette

Fort Smith/Fort Chipewyan (NT) Slave River Journal

Gravenhurst (ON) Gravenhurst Banner

Happy Valley-Goose Bay (NL) The Labradorian

Meaford (ON) Express

Vulcan (AB) Vulcan Advocate

Class 1013 – Circulation 2000 to 2999

Best All Round Newspaper

Taber (AB) Taber Times

Williams Lake (BC) The Williams Lake Tribune

Windsor (NS) Hants Journal

Best Editorial Page

Kincardine (ON) The Kincardine Independent

Lac La Biche (AB) Post

Williams Lake (BC) The Williams Lake Tribune

Best Front Page

Hanna (AB) Hanna Herald

Parry Sound (ON) Beacon Star

Taber (AB) Taber Times

Blue Ribbon

Hanna (AB) Hanna Herald

Hay River (NT) Hub

Kincardine (ON) The Kincardine Independent

Lac La Biche (AB) Post

Moosomin (SK) World-Spectator

Parry Sound (ON) Beacon Star

Port Aux Basques (NL) The Gulf News

Shelburne/Barrington (NS) Coast Guard

St. Stephen (NB) Courier Weekend

Stettler (AB) Stettler Independent

Taber (AB) Taber Times

Williams Lake (BC) The Williams Lake Tribune

Windsor (NS) Hants Journal

Class 1014 – Circulation 3000 to 3999

Best All Round Newspaper

Bracebridge (ON) Examiner

Jasper (AB) The Fitzhugh

Salt Spring Island (BC) Gulf Islands Driftwood

Best Editorial Page

Salt Spring Island (BC) Gulf Islands Driftwood

Squamish (BC) The Chief

Westlock (AB) News

Best Front Page

Bracebridge (ON) Examiner

Jasper (AB) The Fitzhugh

Woodstock (NB) Bugle Observer

Blue Ribbon

Bracebridge (ON) Examiner

Jasper (AB) The Fitzhugh

Kentville (NS) Kings County Advertiser

Parry Sound (ON) North Star

Powell River (BC) The Powell River Peak

Salmon Arm (BC) Salmon Arm Observer

Salt Spring Island (BC) Gulf Islands Driftwood

Squamish (BC) The Chief

Westlock (AB) News

Woodstock (NB) Bugle Observer

Class 1015 – Circulation 4000 to 6499

Best All Round Newspaper

Nunavut (NU) Nunavut News North

Sussex (NB) Kings County Record

Yarmouth (NS) Vanguard

Best Editorial Page

Rocky Mountain House (AB) Mountaineer

Sussex (NB) Kings County Record

Yarmouth (NS) Vanguard

Best Front Page

Banff (AB) Crag & Canyon

Nunavut (NU) Nunavut News North

Wainwright (AB) The Wainwright Star

Blue Ribbon

Antigonish (NS) The Casket

Banff (AB) Crag & Canyon

Canmore (AB) Leader

Carbonear (NL) The Compass

Clarenville (NL) The Packet

Huntsville (ON) Huntsville Forester

Nanaimo (BC) Nanaimo Daily News

New Liskeard (ON) Temiskaming Speaker

Nunavut (NU) Nunavut News North

Rimbey (AB) Review

Rocky Mountain House (AB) Mountaineer

Sussex (NB) Kings County Record

Wainwright (AB) The Wainwright Star

Yarmouth (NS) Vanguard

Class 1016 – Circulation 6500 to 12499

Best All Round Newspaper

Canmore/Kananaskis/Banff/Lake Louise (AB) Rocky Mountain Outlook

Sechelt/Gibsons (BC) Coast Reporter

Whistler (BC) Question

Best Editorial Page

Canmore/Kananaskis/Banff/Lake Louise (AB) Rocky Mountain Outlook

Sechelt/Gibsons (BC) Coast Reporter

Whistler (BC) Question

Best Front Page

Canmore/Kananaskis/Banff/Lake Louise (AB) Rocky Mountain Outlook

Sechelt/Gibsons (BC) Coast Reporter

Whistler (BC) Question

Blue Ribbon

Bridgewater (NS) Bridgewater Bulletin

Canmore/Kananaskis/Banff/Lake Louise (AB) Rocky Mountain Outlook

Mission (BC) Mission Record

Northwest Territories (NT) NWT News North

Oak Bay (BC) Oak Bay News

Sechelt/Gibsons (BC) Coast Reporter

Steinbach (MB) The Carillon

Stouffville (ON) Sun/Tribune

Strathmore (AB) Standard

Wetaskiwin (AB) Times Advertiser

Whistler (BC) Question

Class 1017 – Circulation 12500 to 24999

Best All Round Newspaper

Airdrie (AB) Airdrie Echo

Duncan (BC) Cowichan News Leader Pictorial

Okotoks (AB) Western Wheel

Best Editorial Page

Duncan (BC) Cowichan News Leader Pictorial

Dundas (ON) Dundas Star News

Parksville/Qualicum Beach (BC) The News

Best Front Page

Airdrie (AB) Airdrie Echo

Courtenay Comox Valley (BC) Comox Valley Record

Delta (BC) Delta Optimist

Blue Ribbon

Airdrie (AB) Airdrie Echo

Courtenay Comox Valley (BC) Comox Valley Record

Duncan (BC) Cowichan News Leader Pictorial

Dundas (ON) Dundas Star News

Kamloops (BC) The Daily News

Midland/ Penetanguishene (ON) Mirror

New Westminster (BC) The Record

Okotoks (AB) Western Wheel

Orangeville (ON) Banner

Parksville/Qualicum Beach (BC) The News

St. Albert (AB) Saint City News

Westshore (BC) Goldstream News

Class 1018 – Circulation 25000 and over

Best All Round Newspaper

North Vancouver/West Vancouver (BC) North Shore News

North and West Vancouver (BC) North Shore Outlook

St. Albert (AB) Gazette

Best Editorial Page

Surrey/North Delta/White Rock (BC) The Now

Vancouver (BC) The Vancouver Courier – West Side

Waterloo (ON) Waterloo Chronicle

Best Front Page

Burnaby (BC) News Leader

North and West Vancouver (BC) North Shore Outlook

Oakville (ON) Beaver

Blue Ribbon

Burnaby (BC) Burnaby Now

Burnaby (BC) News Leader

Chilliwack (BC) Chilliwack Times

Chilliwack (BC) The Chilliwack Progress

North and West Vancouver (BC) North Shore Outlook

North Vancouver/West Vancouver (BC) North Shore News

North York (ON) North York Mirror

Oakville (ON) Beaver

Saanich (BC) Saanich News

South Surrey (BC) Peace Arch News

St. Albert (AB) Gazette

Surrey/North Delta (BC) The Leader

Surrey/North Delta/White Rock (BC) The Now

Vancouver (BC) The Vancouver Courier – West Side

Vernon (BC) The Morning Star

Victoria (BC) Victoria News

Waterloo (ON) Waterloo Chronicle

Premier Awards

Best News StoryStephen Shaw Memorial Award

Class 2011 – Circulation up to 3999

Lawrence Powell, Annapolis County (NS) Annapolis County Spectator

Kevin Weedmark, Moosomin (SK) World-Spectator

George Blais, Westlock (AB) News

Class 2012 – Circulation 4000 to 12499

Danielle Bell, Nanaimo (BC) Nanaimo Daily News

Autumn MacDonald, Quesnel (BC) Quesnel Cariboo Observer

Larissa Robyn Johnston, Whitehorse/Yukon Territory (YT) The Yukon News

Class 2013 – Circulation 12500 and over

Travis Mealing, Midland/ Penetanguishene (ON) Mirror

Lee Berthiaume, Ottawa (ON) Embassy

Lauren Gilchrist, Peterborough (ON) Peterborough This Week

Best Feature Story

Class 2021 – Circulation up to 3999

Martha Perkins, Bowen Island (BC) Bowen Island Undercurrent

Tasleem Mawji, Fort St. James (BC) Fort St. James Caledonia Courier

Lachlan Labere, Sicamous (BC) Eagle Valley News

Class 2022 – Circulation 4000 to 12499

Lisa Brown, Bridgewater (NS) Bridgewater Bulletin

Autumn MacDonald, Quesnel (BC) Quesnel Cariboo Observer

Genesee Keevil, Whitehorse/Yukon Territory (YT) The Yukon News

Class 2023 – Circulation 12500 and over

Ashley Wray, Abbotsford (BC) The Abbotsford News

Lauren Gilchrist, Peterborough (ON) Peterborough This Week

Sheila Reynolds, Surrey/North Delta (BC) The Leader

Best Feature Series

Saskatchewan Weekly Newspapers Association Trophy

Class 2031 – Circulation up to 3999

Martha Perkins, Bowen Island (BC) Bowen Island Undercurrent

Darrel Greer, Nunavut (NU) Kivalliq News

Sean McIntyre, Salt Spring Island (BC) Gulf Islands Driftwood

Class 2032 – Circulation 4000 to 12499

Krista Bryce, Nanaimo (BC) Nanaimo Daily News

Gordon Brock, New Liskeard (ON) Temiskaming Speaker

Belle Hatfield, Yarmouth (NS) Vanguard

Class 2033 – Circulation 12500 and up

Tyler Olsen, Chilliwack  (BC) Chilliwack Times

Jane Seyd, North Vancouver/West Vancouver (BC)  North Shore News

Lee Berthiaume, Ottawa (ON) Embassy

Outstanding Columnist

George Cadogan Memorial Outstanding Columnist Award

Class 2041 – Circulation Open

Marcus Hondro, Bowen Island (BC) Bowen Island Undercurrent

Frank McTighe, Fort Macleod (AB) The Macleod Gazette

Meg Coles , St. Anthony (NL) Northern Pen

Outstanding Reporter Initiative

Class 2051 – Circulation up to 9999

Kevin Weedmark, Moosomin (SK) World-Spectator

Sean McIntyre, Salt Spring Island (BC) Gulf Islands Driftwood

Genesee Keevil, Whitehorse/Yukon Territory (YT) The Yukon News

Class 2052 – Circulation 10000 and over

Paul K. Henderson, Chilliwack (BC) Chilliwack Times

Todd Vandonk, Peterborough (ON) Peterborough This Week

Jeff Nagel, Surrey/North Delta (BC) The Leader

Best National Editorial

Charles Hawkins Memorial Trophy

Sponsored by the Manitoba Community Newspapers Association

Class 2061 – Circulation up to 9999

David Burke, Squamish (BC) The Chief

Aaron Beswick, St. Anthony (NL) Northern Pen

Richard Mostyn, Whitehorse/Yukon Territory (YT) The Yukon News

Class 2062 – Circulation 10000 and over

Matthew Claxton, Langley (BC) Langley Advance

Frank Bucholtz, Langley (BC) The Langley Times

Rose Sanchez, Swift Current (AB) Prairie Post

Best Local Editorial

Sponsored by Glacier Media Group

Class 2071 – Circulation up to 3999

Jacqueline Lawrence, Gravenhurst (ON) Gravenhurst Banner

Lisa Joy, Lacombe (AB) Globe

Tracy Hughes, Salmon Arm (BC) Salmon Arm Observer

Class 2072 – Circulation 4000 to 12499

Dave Whitfield, Canmore/Kananaskis/Banff/Lake Louise (AB) Rocky Mountain Outlook

Barbara Dean Simmons, Clarenville (NL) The Packet

Susan Quinn, Port Alberni (BC) Alberni Valley News

Class 2073 – Circulation 12500 and over

Mark Cripps, Dundas (ON) Dundas Star News

Paula Carlson, Surrey/North Delta (BC) The Leader

Ted Colley, Surrey/North Delta/White Rock (BC) The Now

Best Historical Story

Class 2081 – Circulation up to 3999

Shawn Bell, Fort Smith/Fort Chipewyan (NT) Slave River Journal

Andrea Gunn, Gander (NL) The Beacon

Cathy Weetman, Lamont (AB) The Lamont Leader

Class 2082 – Circulation 4000 to 12499

Gordon Brock, New Liskeard (ON) Temiskaming Speaker

Emma Graney, St. Anthony (NL) Northern Pen

John Thompson, Whitehorse/Yukon Territory (YT) The Yukon News

Class 2083 – Circulation 12500 and over

Robert Mangelsdorf, Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows (BC) The News

Richard Vivian, Orangeville (ON) Banner

Roszan Holmen, Victoria (BC) Victoria News

Best Headline Writing

Class 2091 – Circulation Open

Kamloops (BC) Kamloops This Week

Port Perry (ON) Scugog/Uxbridge Standard

Wakefield/Gatineau Hills (QC) Low Down To Hull & Back News

Best Local Cartoon

Class 2101 – Circulation up to 9999

Norm Muffit, Inuvik (NT) Inuvik Drum

Jonathan Mahood, Parry Sound (ON) North Star

Lawrence Woodall, Port Hardy (BC) North Island Gazette

Class 2102 – Circulation 10000 and over

Michael DeAdder, Ottawa (ON) Hill Times

Walt Radda, Port Perry (ON) Scugog/Uxbridge Standard

Ingrid Rice, Whistler (BC) Question

Best Spot News Photo Coverage

Class 2111 – Circulation up to 3999

Stephanie Lange, Moosomin (SK) World-Spectator

Cody Storm Cooper, Parry Sound (ON) Beacon Star

Sheila Mear-Hauck, Provost (AB) The Provost News

Class 2112 – Circulation 4000 to 12499

Josephine Johnson, Clarenville (NL) The Packet

Wawmeesh G. Hamilton, Port Alberni (BC) Alberni Valley News

Kevin Grumtza, Redwater (AB) Review

Class 2113 – Circulation 12500 and over

Andrew Leong, Duncan (BC) Cowichan News Leader Pictorial

Dave Eagles, Kamloops (BC) Kamloops This Week

David Mah, Prince George (BC) Prince George Citizen

Best Feature Photo

Class 2121 – Circulation up to 3999

Karen Longwell, Bracebridge (ON) Examiner

Pan Snow, Lewisporte (NL) The Pilot

Lachlan Labere, Sicamous (BC) Eagle Valley News

Class 2122 – Circulation 4000 to 12499

Krista Bryce, Nanaimo (BC) Nanaimo Daily News

Steve Dills, Sylvan Lake (AB) News

Ian Stewart, Whitehorse/Yukon Territory (YT) The Yukon News

Class 2123 – Circulation 12500 and over

Jon Borgstrom, Georgetown/Acton (ON) Independent/Free Press

Sean Connor, Kelowna (BC) Capital News

Don Denton, Victoria (BC) Victoria News

Best Sports Photo

Class 2131 – Circulation up to 3999

Karen Longwell, Bracebridge (ON) Examiner

Matt Molloy, Gander (NL) The Beacon

Jeffry Bento-Carrier, Woodstock (NB) Bugle Observer

Class 2132 – Circulation 4000 to 12499

Bromley Chamberlain, Rimbey (AB) Review

Celia Klemenz, Uxbridge (ON) Times-Journal

Rod Orcheski, Wainwright (AB) The Wainwright Star

Class 2133 – Circulation 12500 and over

Paul Rudan, Campbell River (BC) Campbell River Mirror

Paul VanPeenen, Coquitlam/Pt. Coquitlam/Pt. Moody (BC) The Now

Ron Pietroniro, Oshawa (ON) This Week

Best Photo Essay

Class 2141 – Circulation up to 3999

Alicia Newman, Powell River (BC) The Powell River Peak

Janice Huser, St. Paul (AB) St. Paul Journal

Patricia Harcourt, Tofield (AB) Mercury

Class 2142 – Circulation 4000 to 12499

Kelly Clemmer, Wainwright (AB) Edge

Kelly Clemmer, Wainwright (AB) The Wainwright Star

Mike Thomas, Whitehorse/Yukon Territory (YT) The Yukon News

Class 2143 – Circulation 12500 and over

R Peitronico, R Pfeiffer, S Byrnes, J Liebregts, Oshawa (ON) This Week

Staff entry, Westshore (BC) Goldstream News

Sabrina Byrnes, Whitby (ON) This Week

Best Photo Illustration

George Holmes Memorial Trophy

Sponsored by the Holmes Family, Alberta

Class 2151 – Circulation Open

Gladzy Kei Zuniga, Jasper (AB) The Fitzhugh

Troy Landreville, Langley (BC) Langley Advance

Colleen Green, Port Perry (ON) Scugog/Uxbridge Standard

Outstanding Community Service

Class 2211 – Circulation up to 9999

Aylmer (ON) Aylmer Express

Port Hardy (BC) North Island Gazette

Whitehorse/Yukon Territory (YT) The Yukon News

Class 2212 – Circulation 10000 and over

Clarington (ON) This Week

Duncan (BC) Cowichan News Leader Pictorial

Whitby (ON) This Week

Best Holiday Edition

Black Press Trophy

Sponsored by Black Press

Class 2221 – Circulation up to 3999

Humboldt (SK) Journal

Powell River (BC) The Powell River Peak

Rosthern (SK) The Saskatchewan Valley News

Class 2222 – Circulation 4000 to 12499

Dauphin (MB) Dauphin Herald

St. Anthony (NL) Northern Pen

Steinbach (MB) The Carillon

Class 2223 – Circulation 12500 and over

Kamloops (BC) Kamloops This Week

Langley (BC) The Langley Times

South Delta (BC) South Delta Leader

Best Coverage of the Arts

Class 2231 – Circulation up to 9999

Clarenville (NL) The Packet

St. Anthony (NL) Northern Pen

Whitehorse/Yukon Territory (YT) The Yukon News

Class 2232 – Circulation 10000 and over

North and West Vancouver (BC) North Shore Outlook

Sidney (BC) Peninsula News Review

Swift Current (AB) Prairie Post

Best Sports Coverage

Class 2241 – Circulation up to 3999

Gander (NL) The Beacon

Hanna (AB) Hanna Herald

Swan Valley (MB) Star & Times

Class 2242 – Circulation 4000 to 12499

RESULTS COMING SOON

Class 2243 – Circulation 12500 and over

Brampton (ON) Brampton Guardian

St. Albert (AB) Gazette

St. Albert (AB) Saint City News

Best Web Site

Class 2261 – Circulation up to 3999

Parry Sound (ON) North Star

Powell River (BC) The Powell River Peak

Squamish (BC) The Chief

Class 2262 – Circulation 4000 to 12499

Bridgewater (NS) Bridgewater Bulletin

Kentville (NS) Kings County Register

Whitehorse/Yukon Territory (YT) The Yukon News

Class 2263 – Circulation 12500 and over

Mississauga (ON) Mississauga News

Oshawa (ON) This Week

Scarborough (ON) Scarborough Mirror

Best Multimedia Feature

Class 2271 – Circulation up to 9999

Bridgewater (NS) Bridgewater Bulletin

Vankleek Hill/Hawkesbury (ON) The Review

Whitehorse/Yukon Territory (YT) The Yukon News

Class 2272 – Circulation 10000 and over

Calgary (AB) Fast Forward Weekly

Kamloops (BC) The Daily News

New Westminster (BC) The Record

Best Canadian Forces Base Newspaper

Class 2311 – Circulation Open

CFB Esquimalt (BC) Lookout Newspaper

CFB Halifax – Maritime Forces Atlantic (NS) Trident Newspaper

CFB Shilo (MB) Shilo Stag

Special Competitions

Best Environmental Writing

Sponsored by Canada Post

Class 3011 – Circulation up to 9999

Martha Perkins, Bowen Island (BC) Bowen Island Undercurrent

Genesee Keevil, Whitehorse/Yukon Territory (YT) The Yukon News

Michael Gorman And Tina Comeau, Yarmouth (NS) Vanguard

Class 3012 – Circulation 10000 and over

Joni Miltenburg, Elmira-Woolwich (ON) Observer

Kristine Salzmann, South Delta (BC) South Delta Leader

Jerold LaBlanc, Wetaskiwin (AB) Times Advertiser

Excellence in Rural Reporting

Sponsored by Canada Post

Class 3021 – Circulation Open

Angele Cano, Enfield (NS) The Weekly Press

Monique McKay and Kevin Woodmark, Moosomin (SK) World-Spectator

John Thompson, Whitehorse/Yukon Territory (YT) The Yukon News

Best Business Writing Award

Sponsored by Canada Post

Class 3031 – Circulation up to 9999

Journal newsroom, Humboldt (SK) Journal

Martha Wickett, Salmon Arm (BC) Salmon Arm Observer

Guy Quenneville, Yellowknife (NT) Yellowknifer

Class 3032 – Circulation 10000 and over

Mario Bartel, New Westminster (BC) News Leader

Cory Hare, St. Albert (AB) Gazette

Sandra Thomas, Vancouver (BC) The Vancouver Courier – West Side

Best Agricultural Edition

Class 3041 – Circulation up to 9999

Aylmer (ON) Aylmer Express

Moosomin (SK) World-Spectator

New Liskeard (ON) Temiskaming Speaker

Class 3042 – Circulation 10000 and over

Duncan (BC) Cowichan Valley Citizen

Lloydminster (SK) Lloydminster Source

Swift Current (AB) Prairie Post

Best Agricultural Story

Class 3051 – Circulation Open

Pat Peckover, Humboldt (SK) Journal

Judie Steeves, Kelowna (BC) Capital News

Doug Coxson, New Hamburg (ON) Independent

Outstanding Campus Newspaper

Class 4011 – Circulation Open

Algonquin College (ON) Algonquin News

University of Toronto (ON) The Varsity

Wilfrid Laurier University (ON) The Cord Weekly

Best Campus News Story

Class 4021 – Circulation Open

Alexandria Eldridge, University of Alberta (AB) The Gateway

Dylan L. Robertson, University of Toronto (ON) The Varsity

Kayla Cabral, Welland (ON) Niagara News

Best Campus Feature Story

Class 4031 – Circulation Open

Emily Kreiberg, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (AB) The Weal

Ali Churchill and Dustin Blumhagen, University of Alberta (AB) The Gateway

Sylvie Berry, Welland (ON) Niagara News
Best Campus Photography

Class 4041 – Circulation Open

James MacKenzie, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (AB) The Weal

Andrew Rusk, University of Toronto (ON) The Varsity

Nick Lachance, Wilfrid Laurier University (ON) The Cord Weekly

Categories: Awards Tags: , ,

Best of the best?

January 31, 2011 Comments off

Whistler Question staff celebrate their 2009 General Excellence Ma Murray.

We’re in awards season so I thought it would be interesting to tally up some results from the past nine years of the BCYCNA and CCNA awards. Sure, you can take any given year’s awards lightly, but it’s possible to draw some fairly strong conclusions when you see a newspaper constantly winning hardware — or never touching the stuff.

The verdict? Those Whistler Question staffers on the right work for the best small community newspaper in the province, if not country.

First, some notes: because BCYCNA categories change from year-to-year, and because newspapers’ circulations can fluctuate, not all of these newspapers have garnered all of their awards in the class in which they are found below. This is especially true for CCNA awards, since those categories do not exactly mirrior those of the BCYCNA. For the BCYCNA awards, I gave five points for a first place showing, three for second place and one for third place. (On the premise that there is less of a difference between first and third than there is between third place and your average no-award paper, I tried a 4-3-2 system but the results were almost identical.) As for the CCNA awards, I handed out points on a 6-4-2 basis, on the assumption that it’s more prestigious to win a national award than a provincial one.

I’ve listed the top performers in each category. To make my list, papers must have collected at least 10 points in either category.

Today, I’ll focus on the small(er) papers. Later this week, I’ll tacker the bigger boys and girls.

Without further ado, Category A:

Newspaper BCYCNA awards BCYCNA points CCNA points Total points
Houston Today 6 16 14 30
Merritt Herald 5 13 10 23
North Thompson Times 4 14 4 18
Eagle Valley News 1 3 14 17
Revelstoke Times Review 3 11 11
Lake Cowichan Gazette 4 10 10
Column1 Column2 Column3 Column4 Column5
Cat A
Houston Today 6 16 14 30
North Thompson Times 4 14 4 18
Merritt Herald 5 13 10 23
Revelstoke Times Review 3 11 11
Lake Cowichan Gazette 4 10 10
Eagle Valley News 1 3 14 17

The most interesting thing to note here is obviously the national love shown for the Eagle Valley News. One thing it may have going for it is the fact that it competes against all those papers with circulations below 1,400 for the CCNAAs, but that the BCYs’ smallest class is for papers with under-2,000 circs. That disparity may be to blame for some of the other disparities between B.C./national awards.

Category B:

Newspaper BCYCNA awards BCYCNA points CCNA points Total points
Salmon Arm Observer 7 23 18 41
Ladysmith-Chemainus Chronicle 6 20 6 26
Valley Echo 5 11 12 23
Interior News 2 8 10 18
North Island Gazette 5 11 6 17

Before it was bumped to Category C, the Salmon Arm Observer, as a paid broadsheet with a decent-sized staff, was a big fish in a small pond. It won its seven BCY awards in consecutive years, between 2002 and 2008.  The Chronicle and Gazette both put together winning streaks at the start, and end, of the decade.

Category C:

Newspaper BCYCNA awards BCYCNA points CCNA points Total points
Whistler Question 7 33 44 77
Squamish Chief 4 10 28 38
Gulf Island Driftwood 5 15 20 35
Williams Lake Tribune 5 11 4 15

The Whistler Question and the Squamish Chief, two Glacier papers, absolutely dominated this category. Only in 2007 did the Question fail to garner a General Excellence Ma Murray. The Chief, meanwhile, started the decade in Cat B, but continued to win awards even when it moved to a bigger category.

Later this week: the best of the bigs.

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The Lady Byng for journalists

January 11, 2011 1 comment

The Lady Byng Trophy

Why does Black Press sponsor the single lamest Canadian Community Newspaper Award? I’m talking, of course, about the CCNA for “Best Holiday Edition,” which is the Lady Byng of all community newspaper awards.

It’s one of those throwaway awards that you enter half-heartedly knowing that even if you win, you’re only going to be bragging about the award in an ironic manner. You know, how it goes: you’re sitting around beers talking about past triumphs and you pop up: “WELLLLL, back in 2010 I won…” insert pause for dramatic effect…. “The Black Press Trophy for BEST HOLIDAY EDITION!!!” You raise your eyebrows for added emphasis, then everybody laughs.

For advertising folk, the award  is probably helpful when it comes to selling next year’s special edition. But for the editorial guys, it’s a joke. And for those Black Press journalists, it’s even worse.

“Look at the award our company sponsors! Best Holiday Edition! Now THAT’S presitigious.”

None of this, of course, is to take away from the past winners of the award. I’m sure their holiday editions were very good and took some hard work. But of all the awards that include editorial, the Best Holiday Edition one really is the ugly duckling of the bunch, an ugly duckling brought to you by our largest newspaper chain. Thanks a lot.

By the way, the deadline for the BCYNA Ma Murray’s is this Friday. Next Friday is the CCNA deadline.

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Awards time

December 21, 2010 Comments off

You’ve got less than a month now to submit entries for both the 2011 Ma Murray Community Newspaper Awards and the 2011 Canadian Community Newspaper Awards.

Entries for the Ma Murrays must be in by Jan. 14. New this year, entries will be submitted online. That should make things easier than the typical slicing and dicing dozens of articles from the last year. The awards gala will take place April 30. Here’s what the BCYNA blog has to say about the night:

Finalists will be announced sometime in February, and winners will be announced at the Awards Gala night on April 30. And trust us, this is a party you don’t want to miss. Finalist or not, you should be there! There’s a fabulous Scholarship Luncheon sponsored by CN, the BCYCNA’s Annual General Meeting, and then the Catalyst President’s Reception, where you can mingle with your colleagues from all over BC and Yukon over drinks and hors d’oeuvres. The evening’s highlight, of course, is the BCYCNA Ma Murray Community Newspaper Awards, where you’ll enjoy a first-class dinner, drinks, entertainment and the handing out of awards in 45 categories. The night ends (or begins?) with a fantastic after-party complete with DJ and dancing till the wee hours.

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Go here to submit your entries. The beauty of online entries also is a curse — they mean that contestants won’t have to worry about postage delays, which means you can finally leave it until the hour before entries close to put together your submissions.

The CCNAs are still all done on paper. Meeting the early bird deadline of Jan. 12 will make you eligible for $1,500 toward the cost of attending the 2011 INK &  BEYOND conference in Vancouver. The do-or-die deadline is Jan. 21. Find all the necessary info here. And you can find a list of the different awards and rules here.

Photo via BCYNA.

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