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2012 CCNA winners

April 27, 2012 Comments off

Here are your CCNA winners. There are a lot of them. B.C./Yukon papers/reporters bolded.

Class 1011 – General Excellence, circulation up to 1249

Sponsored by News Canada

Best All-Round Newspaper

1 – Nanton News, Nanton, AB
2 – Advance, Gull Lake, SK
3 – The Valley Sentinel, Valemount/McBride, BC

Best Editorial Page

1 – Eagle Valley News, Sicamous, BC
2 – Herald, Whitewood, SK
3 – The Lake Cowichan Gazette, Lake Cowichan, BC

Best Front Page

1 – Nanton News, Nanton, AB
2 – The Lake Cowichan Gazette, Lake Cowichan, BC
3 – The Valley Sentinel, Valemount/McBride, BC

Blue Ribbon

Advance, Gull Lake, SK
Eagle Valley News, Sicamous, BC
Herald, Whitewood, SK
Nanton News, Nanton, AB
The Lake Cowichan Gazette, Lake Cowichan, BC
The North Thompson Times, Clearwater, BC
The Valley Sentinel, Valemount/McBride, BC

Class 1012 – General Excellence, circulation 1250 to 1999

Sponsored by News Canada

Best All-Round Newspaper

1 – The Chronicle, Ladysmith/Chemainus, BC
2 – The Hinton Voice, Hinton, AB
3 – Northern Journal, Fort Smith/Fort Chipewyan, NT

Best Editorial Page

1 – Express, Meaford, ON
2 – North Island Gazette, Port Hardy, BC
3 – The Eastern Door, Kahnawake, QC

Best Front Page

1 – The Macleod Gazette, Fort Macleod, AB
2 – Cobden Sun, Cobden, ON
3 – The Hope Standard, Hope, BC

Blue Ribbon

Cobden Sun, Cobden, ON
Express, Meaford, ON
Independent, Elmira, ON
News Express, Fergus-Elora, ON
North Island Gazette, Port Hardy, BC
Northern Journal, Fort Smith/Fort Chipewyan, NT
The Eastern Door, Kahnawake, QC
The Hinton Voice, Hinton, AB
The Hope Standard, Hope, BC
The Macleod Gazette, Fort Macleod, AB
The Weekly Press, Enfield, NS

Class 1013 – General Excellence, circulation 2000 to 2999

Sponsored by News Canada

Best All-Round Newspaper

1 – Hants Journal, Windsor, NS
2 – The Interior News, Smithers, BC
3 – The Advertiser, Grand Falls-Windsor, NL

Best Editorial Page

1 – The Williams Lake Tribune, Williams Lake, BC
2 – Independent, New Hamburg, ON
3 – Gazette, Grand Forks, BC

Best Front Page

1 – Deh Cho Drum, Fort Simpson, NT
2 – The Advertiser, Grand Falls-Windsor, NL
3 – The Interior News, Smithers, BC

Blue Ribbon

Deh Cho Drum, Fort Simpson, NT
Hants Journal, Windsor, NS
Independent, New Hamburg, ON
Salmon Arm Observer, Salmon Arm, BC
The Advertiser, Grand Falls-Windsor, NL
The Interior News, Smithers, BC
The Kincardine Independent, Kincardine, ON
The Labradorian, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL
The Williams Lake Tribune, Williams Lake, BC

Class 1014 – General Excellence, circulation 3000 to 3999

Sponsored by News Canada

Best All-Round Newspaper

1 – The Chief, Squamish, BC
2 – The Fitzhugh, Jasper, AB
3 – Gulf Islands Driftwood, Salt Spring Island, BC

Best Editorial Page

1 – The Saint Croix Courier, St. Stephen, NB
2 – The Powell River Peak, Powell River, BC
3 – Bugle Observer, Woodstock, NB

Best Front Page

1 – The Chief, Squamish, BC
2 – Gulf Islands Driftwood, Salt Spring Island, BC
3 – The Compass, Carbonear, NL

Blue Ribbon

Bonnyville Nouvelle, Bonnyville, AB
Bugle Observer, Woodstock, NB
Gulf Islands Driftwood, Salt Spring Island, BC
Northern Pride, Meadow Lake, SK
The Chief, Squamish, BC
The Compass, Carbonear, NL
The Fitzhugh, Jasper, AB
The Powell River Peak, Powell River, BC
The Saint Croix Courier, St. Stephen, NB

Class 1015 – General Excellence, circulation 4000 to 6499

Sponsored by News Canada

Best All-Round Newspaper

1 – Mountaineer, Rocky Mountain House, AB
2 – The Casket, Antigonish, NS
3 – The Packet, Clarenville, NL

Best Editorial Page

1 – The Packet, Clarenville, NL
2 – Yellowknifer, Yellowknife, NT
3 – Dauphin Herald, Dauphin, MB

Best Front Page

1 – Citizen, Brock, ON
2 – Vanguard, Yarmouth, NS
3 – Northern Pen, St. Anthony, NL

Blue Ribbon

Citizen, Brock, ON
Dauphin Herald, Dauphin, MB
Fort Frances Times, Fort Frances, ON
Kings County Record, Sussex, NB
Mountaineer, Rocky Mountain House, AB
Nanaimo Daily News, Nanaimo, BC
Northern Pen, St. Anthony, NL
The Casket, Antigonish, NS
The Packet, Clarenville, NL
Vanguard, Yarmouth, NS

Class 1016 – General Excellence, circulation 6500 to 12499

Sponsored by News Canada

Best All-Round Newspaper

1 – Prince George Citizen, Prince George, BC
2 – Question, Whistler, BC
3 – Rocky Mountain Outlook, Canmore/Kananaskis/Banff/Lake Louise, AB

Best Editorial Page

1 – Coast Reporter, Sechelt/Gibsons, BC
2 – Alberni Valley News, Port Alberni, BC
3 – Quesnel Cariboo Observer, Quesnel, BC

Best Front Page

1 – Prince George Citizen, Prince George, BC
2 – Mission Record, Mission, BC
3 – Star, Nelson, BC

Blue Ribbon

Alberni Valley News, Port Alberni, BC
Aldergrove Star, Aldergrove, BC
Mission Record, Mission, BC
NWT News/North, Northwest Territories, NT
Prince George Citizen, Prince George, BC
Scugog Standard, Port Perry, ON
Star, Nelson, BC
Sun/Tribune, Stouffville, ON
The Carillon, Steinbach, MB

Class 1017 – General Excellence, circulation 12500 to 24999

Sponsored by News Canada

Best All-Round Newspaper

1 – St. Albert Gazette, St. Albert, AB
2 – Observer, Elmira-Woolwich, ON
3 – Cowichan Valley Citizen, Duncan, BC

Best Editorial Page

1 – Independent, Brighton/Warkworth/Campbellford, ON
2 – Perth EMC, Perth, ON
3 – Western Wheel, Okotoks, AB

Best Front Page

1 – Observer, Elmira-Woolwich, ON
2 – Delta Optimist, Delta, BC
3 – Cowichan Valley Citizen, Duncan, BC

Blue Ribbon

Comox Valley Record, Courtenay Comox Valley, BC
Cowichan News Leader Pictorial, Duncan, BC
Cowichan Valley Citizen, Duncan, BC
Delta Optimist, Delta, BC
Dundas Star News, Dundas, ON
Goldstream News Gazette, Victoria, BC
Independent, Brighton/Warkworth/Campbellford, ON
Kawartha Lakes This Week, Kawartha Lakes, ON
Mirror, Midland/ Penetanguishene, ON
Observer, Elmira-Woolwich, ON
Perth EMC, Perth, ON
St. Albert Gazette, St. Albert, AB
The News, Parksville/Qualicum Beach, BC
The Record, New Westminster, BC
Victoria News, Victoria, BC
Western Wheel, Okotoks, AB

Class 1018 – General Excellence, circulation 25,000 and over

Sponsored by News Canada

Best All-Round Newspaper

1 – Peace Arch News, Surrey, BC
2 – Mountain News, Hamilton, ON
3 – The Leader, Surrey/North Delta, BC

Best Editorial Page

1 – Mountain News, Hamilton, ON
2 – The News, Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows, BC
3 – Stoney Creek News, Stoney Creek, ON

Best Front Page

1 – The Leader, Surrey/North Delta, BC
2 – The Now, Coquitlam/Pt. Coquitlam/Pt. Moody, BC
3 – Economist & Sun, Markham, ON

Blue Ribbon

Capital News, Kelowna, BC
Economist & Sun, Markham, ON
Kamloops This Week, Kamloops, BC
Langley Advance, Langley, BC
Mountain News, Hamilton, ON
Nanaimo News Bulletin, Nanaimo, BC
North Shore News, North Vancouver/West Vancouver, BC
Oshawa This Week, Oshawa, ON
Peace Arch News, Surrey, BC
Red Deer Express, Red Deer, AB
Saanich News, Saanich, BC
Stoney Creek News, Stoney Creek, ON
The Leader, Surrey/North Delta, BC
The News, Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows, BC
The Now, Coquitlam/Pt. Coquitlam/Pt. Moody, BC
The Vancouver Courier – West Side, Vancouver, BC
Tribune, Guelph, ON
Tri-City News, Coquitlam/Pt. Coquitlam/Pt. Moody, BC

Class 2011 – Best News Story, circulation up to 3,999

Stephen Shaw Memorial Award
Sponsored by Metroland Media Group Ltd.

1 – Martha Wickett, Salmon Arm Observer, Salmon Arm, BC
2 – Allyson Snelling, Gravenhurst Banner, Gravenhurst, ON
3 – Tyler Waugh, The Hinton Voice, Hinton, AB

Class 2012 – Best News Story, circulation 4,000 to 12,499

Stephen Shaw Memorial Award
Sponsored by Metroland Media Group Ltd.

1 – Nicole Veerman and Galit Rodan, NWT News/North, Northwest Territories, NT
2 – Carla Allen, Vanguard, Yarmouth, NS
3 – John Thompson, The Yukon News, Whitehorse, YT

Class 2013 – Best News Story, circulation 12,500 and over

Stephen Shaw Memorial Award
Sponsored by Metroland Media Group Ltd.

1 – Chris Hall, Port Perry Star, Port Perry, ON
2 – Lauren Gilchrist, Peterborough This Week, Peterborough, ON
3 – Tyler Olsen, Chilliwack Times, Chilliwack, BC

Class 2021 – Best Feature Story, circulation up to 3,999

1 – Lianne Lahaie, The Review, Vankleek Hill/Hawkesbury, ON
2 – Matt Driscoll, Examiner, Bracebridge, ON
3 – Rebecca Aldous, The Chief, Squamish, BC

Class 2022 – Best Feature Story, circulation 4,000 to 12,499

1 – Autumn MacDonald, Quesnel Cariboo Observer, Quesnel, BC
2 – Scott Howard, Citizen, Brock, ON
3 – Zoey Duncan, Fort Frances Times, Fort Frances, ON

Class 2023 – Best Feature Story, circulation 12,500 and over

1 – Jessica Barrett, WE/WestEnder, Vancouver, BC
2 – Chris Traber, Era-Banner, Newmarket/Aurora, ON
3 – Martin Millerchip, North Shore News, North Vancouver/West Vancouver, BC

Class 2031 – Best Feature Series, circulation up to 3,999

Saskatchewan Weekly Newspapers Association Trophy
Sponsored by SWNA

1 – Doug Neuman and Tim Bryant, The Westlock News, Westlock, AB
2 – Kyle Wells, The Powell River Peak, Powell River, BC
3 – Tyler Waugh, The Hinton Voice, Hinton, AB

Class 2032 – Best Feature Series, circulation 4,000 to 12,499

Saskatchewan Weekly Newspapers Association Trophy
Sponsored by SWNA

1 – Adrienne Fox, Wawatay News, Sioux Lookout, ON
2 – Dustin Walker, Nanaimo Daily News, Nanaimo, BC
3 – Juris Graney and Emma Graney, Northern Pen, St. Anthony, NL

Class 2033 – Best Feature Series, circulation 12,500 and over

Saskatchewan Weekly Newspapers Association Trophy
Sponsored by SWNA

1 – Andrew Livingstone, Enterprise, Caledon, ON
2 – Eric Welsh, The Chilliwack Progress, Chilliwack, BC
3 – Bill Tremblay, Banner, Orangeville, ON
Class 2041 – Outstanding Columnist, circulation open

George Cadogan Memorial Outstanding Columnist Award
Sponsored by Cadogan Foundation Inc.

1 – Angela Mombourquette, HRM West Community Herald, Halifax, NS
2 – Bram Lebo, Highlander, Haliburton, ON
3 – Michael Johansen, The Labradorian, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL

Class 2051 – Outstanding Reporter Initiative, circulation up to 9,999

1 – Paul MacNeill, The Eastern Graphic, Montague, PE
2 – Sean McIntyre and Gail Sjuberg, Gulf Islands Driftwood, Salt Spring Island, BC
3 – Juris Graney, Northern Pen, St. Anthony, NL

Class 2052 – Outstanding Reporter Initiative, circulation 10,000 and over

1 – Stacey Colwell, The Lunenburg County Progress Bulletin, Lunenburg, NS
2 – Jeff Nagel, The Leader, Surrey/North Delta, BC
3 – Diane Strandberg, Tri-City News, Coquitlam/Pt. Coquitlam/Pt. Moody, BC

Class 2061 – Best National Editorial, circulation up to 9,999

Charles Hawkins Memorial Trophy
Sponsored by the Manitoba Community Newspapers Association

1 – Erika Engel, Courier-Herald, Blue Mountains, ON
2 – George Brown, Ponoka News, Ponoka, AB
3 – Kevin Higgins, The Beacon, Gander, NL

Class 2062 – Best National Editorial, circulation 10,000 and over

Charles Hawkins Memorial Trophy
Sponsored by the Manitoba Community Newspapers Association

1 – Martin Melbourne, Orillia Today, Orillia, ON
2 – Jim Zeeben, Saanich News, Saanich, BC
3 – Michael Hall, The News, Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows, BC

Class 2071 – Best Local Editorial, circulation up to 3999

Sponsored by Glacier Media Group

1 – Vern Faulkner, Courier Weekend, St. Stephen, NB
2 – Francis Baker, News Express, Fergus-Elora, ON
3 – Robson Fletcher, The Fitzhugh, Jasper, AB

Class 2072 – Best Local Editorial, circulation 4,000 to 12,499

Sponsored by Glacier Media Group

1 – Richard Mostyn, The Yukon News, Whitehorse, YT
2 – Tracy Kibble, Topic, Bradford/West Gwillimbury, ON
3 – Paul Walton, Nanaimo Daily News, Nanaimo, BC

Class 2073 – Best Local Editorial, circulation 12,500 and over

Sponsored by Glacier Media Group

1 – Michael Hall, The News, Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows, BC
2 – Lois Tuffin, Kawartha Lakes This Week, Kawartha Lakes, ON
3 – Rod Jerred, Mountain News, Hamilton, ON

Class 2081 – Best Historical Story, circulation up to 3,999

1 – Greg Bennett, Coast Guard, Shelburne/Barrington, NS
2 – Christopher Vaughan, The Georgian, Stephenville, NL
3 – Elizabeth Nolan, Gulf Islands Driftwood, Salt Spring Island, BC

Class 2082 – Best Historical Story, circulation 4,000 to 12,499

1 – Belle Hatfield, Vanguard, Yarmouth, NS
2 – Greg Nesteroff, Star, Nelson, BC
3 – Zoey Duncan, Fort Frances Times, Fort Frances, ON

Class 2083 – Best Historical Story, circulation 12,500 and over

1 – Juanita Krause, Farm ‘n’ Friends, Lamont, AB
2 – Christina Myers, Burnaby Now, Burnaby, BC
3 – Paul J. Henderson, Chilliwack Times, Chilliwack, BC

Class 2091 – Best Headline Writing, circulation open

1 – The Now, Surrey/North Delta/White Rock, BC
2 – The Powell River Peak, Powell River, BC
3 – Chilliwack Times, Chilliwack, BC

Class 2101 – Best Local Cartoon, circulation up to 9,999

1 – Wyatt Tremblay, The Yukon News, Whitehorse, YT
2 – Patrick LaMontagne, Rocky Mountain Outlook, Canmore/Kananaskis/Banff/Lake Louise, AB
3 – Norm Muffitt, Deh Cho Drum, Fort Simpson, NT

Class 2102 – Best Local Cartoon, circulation 10,000 and over

1 – Bob Castle, Comox Valley Record, Courtenay Comox Valley, BC
2 – Ole Heggen, Victoria News, Victoria, BC
3 – Steve Nease, Peterborough This Week, Peterborough, ON

Class 2111 – Best Spot News Photo Coverage, circulation up to 3,999

1 – Sarah Burns, The Hinton Voice, Hinton, AB
2 – Dierra Maynard, The Similkameen Spotlight, Princeton, BC
3 – Astrid Tevely, The Valley Sentinel, Valemount/McBride, BC

Class 2112 – Best Spot News Photo Coverage, circulation 4,000 to 12,499

1 – Ian Stewart, The Yukon News, Whitehorse, YT
2 – Megan Cole, Star, Nelson, BC
3 – Craig Douce, Rocky Mountain Outlook, Canmore/Kananaskis/Banff/Lake Louise, AB

Class 2113 – Best Spot News Photo Coverage, circulation 12,500 and over

1 – Ryan Pfeiffer, Pickering News Advertiser, Ajax/Pickering, ON
2 – Seung-Chul Baik, The Richmond Review, Richmond, BC
3 – Jenna Hauck, The Chilliwack Progress, Chilliwack, BC

Class 2121 – Best Feature Photo, circulation up to 3,999

1 – Sarah Burns, The Hinton Voice, Hinton, AB
2 – Noel West, Courier, Carstairs, AB
3 – Amy Woolvett, Coast Guard, Shelburne/Barrington, NS

Class 2122 – Best Feature Photo, circulation 4,000 to 12,499

1 – Kelly Clemmer, Edge, Wainwright, AB
2 – Brent Wesley, Wawatay News, Sioux Lookout, ON
3 – Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye, Ponoka News, Ponoka, AB

Class 2123 – Best Feature Photo, circulation 12,500 and over

1 – April Bartlett, St. Albert Gazette, St. Albert, AB
2 – James Maclennan, Tri-City News, Coquitlam/Pt. Coquitlam/Pt. Moody, BC
3 – Tyler Garnham, South Delta Leader, South Delta, BC

Class 2131 – Best Sports Photo, circulation up to 3,999

1 – Tyler Waugh, The Hinton Voice, Hinton, AB
2 – Debbie Robinson, Cobden Sun, Cobden, ON
3 – Jon Muldoon, The Interior News, Smithers, BC

Class 2132 – Best Sports Photo, circulation 4,000 to 12,499

1 – Adam Jackson, Ponoka News, Ponoka, AB
2 – Noel West, Innisfail Province, Innisfail, AB
3 – Jerold LeBlanc, Times Advertiser, Wetaskiwin, AB

Class 2133 – Best Sports Photo, circulation 12,500 and over

1 – Graham Paine, Canadian Champion, Milton, ON
2 – Michelle Siu, Beaver, Oakville, ON
3 – April Bartlett, St. Albert Gazette, St. Albert, AB

Class 2141 – Best Photo Essay, circulation up to 3,999

1 – Derrick Lundy and team, Gulf Islands Driftwood, Salt Spring Island, BC
2 – Robson Fletcher, The Fitzhugh, Jasper, AB
3 – Rich Holmes, The Provost News, Provost, AB

Class 2142 – Best Photo Essay, circulation 4,000 to 12,499

1 – Juris Graney, Northern Pen, St. Anthony, NL
2 – George Brown and Charles Tweed, Ponoka News, Ponoka, AB
3 – Laurie Weir, Smiths Falls This Week, Smiths Falls, ON

Class 2143 – Best Photo Essay, circulation 12,500 and over

1 – Stan Howe, Advance, Barrie, ON
2 – Boaz Joseph, The Leader, Surrey/North Delta, BC
3 – Lance Anderson, Peterborough This Week, Peterborough, ON

Class 2151 – Best Photo Illustration, circulation open

George Holmes Memorial Trophy
Sponsored by the Holmes Family, Alberta

1 – Jenna Hauck, The Chilliwack Progress, Chilliwack, BC
2 – Michael Barrett, Georgina Advocate, Keswick, ON
3 – Justyna Krol, WE/WestEnder, Vancouver, BC

Class 2211 – Outstanding Community Service, circulation up to 9,999

1 – Kings County Register, Kentville, NS
2 – The Review, Vankleek Hill/Hawkesbury, ON
3 – Alberni Valley Times, Port Alberni, BC

Class 2212 – Outstanding Community Service, circulation 10,000 and over

1 – North Shore News, North Vancouver/West Vancouver, BC
2 – Burnaby Now, Burnaby, BC
3 – Prairie Post, Swift Current, SK

Class 2221 – Best Holiday Edition, circulation up to 3,999

Black Press Trophy
Sponsored by Black Press

1 – The Saint Croix Courier, St. Stephen, NB
2 – South Peace News, High Prairie, AB
3 – The Weekly Press, Enfield, NS

Class 2222 – Best Holiday Edition, circulation 4000 to 12499

Black Press Trophy
Sponsored by Black Press

1 – Mountaineer, Rocky Mountain House, AB
2 – The Carillon, Steinbach, MB
3 – The Lunenburg County Progress Bulletin, Lunenburg, NS

Class 2223 – Best Holiday Edition, circulation 12,500 and over

Black Press Trophy
Sponsored by Black Press

1 – Nanaimo News Bulletin, Nanaimo, BC
2 – The Morning Star, Vernon, BC
3 – North Shore News, North Vancouver/West Vancouver, BC

Class 2231 – Best Coverage of the Arts, circulation up to 9,999

Sponsored by Access Copyright

1 – Gulf Islands Driftwood, Salt Spring Island, BC
2 – Alberni Valley News, Port Alberni, BC
3 – Rocky Mountain Outlook, Canmore/Kananaskis/Banff/Lake Louise, AB

Class 2232 – Best Coverage of the Arts, circulation 10,000 and over

Sponsored by Access Copyright

1 – The Suburban, Montreal, QC
2 – WE/WestEnder, Vancouver, BC
3 – North Shore Outlook, North Vancouver, BC

Class 2241 – Best Sports Coverage, circulation up to 3,999

1 – The Hinton Voice, Hinton, AB
2 – The Beacon, Gander, NL
3 – Temiskaming Speaker, New Liskeard, ON

Class 2242 – Best Sports Coverage, circulation 4,000 to 12,499

1 – Rocky Mountain Outlook, Canmore/Kananaskis/Banff/Lake Louise, AB
2 – The Yukon News, Whitehorse/Yukon Territory, YT
3 – Alberni Valley News, Port Alberni, BC

Class 2243 – Best Sports Coverage, circulation 12,500 and over

1 – St. Albert Gazette, St. Albert, AB
2 – Cowichan Valley Citizen, Duncan, BC
3 – Nanaimo News Bulletin, Nanaimo, BC

Class 2261 – Best Website, circulation up to 3,999

1 – The Powell River Peak, Powell River, BC
2 – The Chief, Squamish, BC
3 – Journal, Humboldt, SK

Class 2262 – Best Web Site, circulation 4,000 to 12,499

1 – The Yukon News, Whitehorse/Yukon Territory, YT
2 – Kings County Register, Kentville, NS
3 – The Lunenburg County Progress Bulletin, Lunenburg, NS

Class 2263 – Best Web Site, circulation 12,500 and over

1 – Northern Life, Sudbury, ON
2 – The Now, Surrey/North Delta/White Rock, BC
3 – Oshawa This Week, Oshawa, ON

Class 2271 – Best Multimedia Feature, circulation up to 9,999

Sponsored by Canada Post

1 – Nanaimo Daily News, Nanaimo, BC
2 – The Yukon News, Whitehorse/Yukon Territory, YT
3 – Yellowknifer, Yellowknife, NT

Class 2272 – Best Multimedia Feature, circulation 10,000 and over

Sponsored by Canada Post

1 – The Now, Surrey/North Delta/White Rock, BC
2 – Victoria News, Victoria, BC
3 – Oshawa This Week, Oshawa, ON

Class 2311 – Best Canadian Forces Base Newspaper, circulation open

1 – Lookout Newspaper and Creative Services, CFB Esquimalt, BC
2 – Trident Newspaper, CFB Halifax – Maritime Forces Atlantic, NS
3 – Aurora Newspaper, CFB Greenwood, NS

Class 3011 – Best Environmental Writing, circulation up to 9,999

1 – Shawn Bell, Meagan Wohlberg and Don Jaque, Slave River Journal, Fort Smith/Fort Chipewyan, NT
2 – Tina Comeau, Vanguard, Yarmouth, NS
3 – Pat Peckover, Keri Dalman and Keith Solomon, Journal, Humboldt, SK

Class 3012 – Best Environmental Writing, circulation 10,000 and over

1 – Kyle Slavin, Saanich News, Saanich, BC
2 – Kevin Ma, St. Albert Gazette, St. Albert, AB
3 – Charlotte Prong Parkhill, Waterloo Chronicle, Waterloo, ON

Class 3021 – Excellence in Rural Reporting, circulation open

1 – Joel Wiebe, Peterborough This Week, Peterborough, ON
2 – Ashley Thompson, Hants Journal, Windsor, NS
3 – Susan Quinlan, Prairie Post, Swift Current, SK

Class 3031 – Best Business Writing Award, circulation up to 9,999

1 – Lisa Joy, Globe, Lacombe, AB
2 – Zoey Duncan, Fort Frances Times, Fort Frances, ON
3 – Rob Learn, Almaguin News, Burks Falls, ON

Class 3032 – Best Business Writing Award, circulation 10,000 and over

1 – Tyler Olsen, Chilliwack Times, Chilliwack, BC
2 – Doug Hallett, Tribune, Guelph, ON
3 – Krista Siefken, Cowichan News Leader Pictorial, Duncan, BC

Class 3041 – Best Agricultural Edition, circulation up to 9,999

1 – Independent, New Hamburg, ON
2 – The Eastern Graphic, Montague, PE
3 – World-Spectator, Moosomin, SK

Class 3042 – Best Agricultural Edition, circulation 10,000 and over

1 – Prairie Post, Swift Current, SK
2 – Cowichan Valley Citizen, Duncan, BC
3 – Embassy, Ottawa, ON

Class 3051 – Best Agricultural Story, circulation open

1 – Robert Mangelsdorf, The News, Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows, BC
2 – Sandor Gyarmati, Delta Optimist, Delta, BC
3 – Judie Steeves, Capital News, Kelowna, BC

Class 4011 – Outstanding Campus Newspaper, circulation open

1 – et cetera, Humber College, ON
2 – The Varsity, University of Toronto, ON
3 – The Reflector, Mount Royal College, AB

Class 4021 – Best Campus News Story, circulation open

1 – Jason Winders, Western News, University of Western Ontario, ON
2 – Alexandria Eldridge, The Gateway, University of Alberta, AB
3 – Justin Smirlies, The Cord, Wilfrid Laurier University, ON

Class 4031 – Best Campus Feature Story, circulation open

1 – Paul Mayne, Western News, University of Western Ontario, ON
2 – Sean Mackay, The Varsity, University of Toronto, ON
3 – Mariana Ionova and Vidya Kauri, The Eyeopener, Ryerson University, ON

Class 4041 – Best Campus Photography, circulation open

1 – Bernarda Gospic, The Varsity, University of Toronto, ON
2 – Paul Wayne, Western News, University of Western Ontario, ON
3 – Nick Lachance, The Cord, Wilfrid Laurier University, ON

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2012 CCNAs announced; Nanaimo Daily News, Valley Sentinel lead way

March 12, 2012 3 comments

The finalists 2012 Canadian Community Newspaper Awards have been announced. There’s so bloody many of them, and it’s such a nightmare to format, that I’ll just direct you here to check out each and every category.

A couple categories haven’t been announced yet, most notably two general excellence categories.

But some early observations:

British Columbia papers and journalists earned a total of 107 finalist nods out of a total of 282 (!). Ontario had 62, while Alberta had 53. Speaks to the vast strength of the B.C. community newspaper industry compared to that in other provinces. Contemplating why community newspapers are so dominant here is worthy of a separate post.

Again, we still don’t have results from a couple of categories, but at this point the Nanaimo Daily News (let’s face it, punching below their weight in the 4,000 to 6,499 category), leads the way among B.C. papers with six nominations. An independent paper from Valemount is right behind with five nominations; The Valley Sentinel is nominated in each of the general excellence categories in its tiny class and Astrid Tevely also picked up a photo nomination. Several newspapers garnered four nominations: the Alberni Valley News [Corrected], the Chilliwack Times, the Cowichan Valley Citizen, the Gulf Islands Driftwood, and The Interior News,

The Hinton Voice leads all papers with eight finalist nods.

 

CCNA coverage and excellence award winners, with judges comments

May 8, 2011 Comments off

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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Thumbs up, thumbs down for the 2011 CCNAs

April 30, 2011 Comments off

The 2011 Canadian Community Newspaper Association awards are done, which means we can start judging the awards presentations themselves. This comes from a confidant who may or may not be myself who attended the event. So here we go:

Thumbs up: To the River Rock venue and having the awards in B.C. Great venue, nice atmosphere.

Thumbs down: To the lack of hors d’ouevres at the pre-awards reception

Thumbs up: To the menu: crazy fruity salad, tender steak, and fluffy cheesecake.

Thumbs down: To the quantity of vittles. When a journalist gets a free meal, he or she wants to leave full.

Thumbs up: To host Arthur Black’s reading of the winners. Speedy, calm and gave those who were there to pick up their awards time to shine, before moving on.

Thumbs down: To Black’s speech. It started with laugh lines that got no laughs (by now we’ve all heard the one about the “Worthwhile Canadian Initiative”), turned into a takedown of photojournalism, then rambled into a story about delivering a boring speech that got admittedly poor review for some blue-collar workers. Awkward, considering this speech wasn’t exactly a barn-burner.

Thumbs up: To the CDs with the winners and judges comments that were handed out to attendees.

Thumbs down: To the lack of a book. A CD won’t last. Books do. Plus this is an awards ceremony for the print industry. Give us paper or give us death.

Thumbs up: To the Yukon News and Whistler Question, for their award-hoarding ways.

What have you to say? Leave a comment.

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Deadline to register for Ma Murray bash

March 31, 2011 Comments off

Wake up! Today’s your last day (or so they say) to register for the very well-organized Ma Murray Awards Gala, which are being held April 30. If you’re up for an award, you get a free ticket and a free hotel room. Par-tay.

The Canadian Community Newspaper Awards are the day earlier at the same place. No word on whether nominees get in for free. I know it’s an industry organization of, gulp, newspaper companies, but hopefully Newspapers Canada isn’t THAT cheap.

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CCNAs by company

March 18, 2011 Comments off

As I did with the Ma Murray Awards, I’ve broken down the CCNA British Columbia and Yukon nominees by media company (Black Press papers in Alberta don’t count, if any of them are nominated).

This time I’ve broken the awards down into four categories: Blue Ribbons and Newspaper Excellence, for which a paper is counted only once, even if they’re nominated for Best Front Page and given Blue Ribbon status; Special newspaper awards (i.e. Outstanding Arts Coverage); Writing; Photography.

Again, I’ll leave interpretations of the results up to the reader. I may have messed up when I did the math, however; if you spot an error, please leave a comment and I’ll fix it.

Here we go:

Newspaper excellence:

Black Press – 20

Postmedia – 8 (incl. one daily)

Glacier – 5 (incl. one daily)

Special newspaper awards:

Black Press – 7

Postmedia – 2

Glacier – 4

Independent (Yukon News) – 4

Writing:

Black Press – 22

Postmedia – 7

Glacier – 1

Independent (Yukon News) – 7

Photography:

Black Press – 10

Postmedia – 3

Glacier – 2

Independent (Yukon News) – 2

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