General Excellence Circulation 45,000 & Over
Class 7 15 ENTRIES
Peterborough This Week
Picking a winner in any newspaper competition can be a long and contentious process. However, sometimes a paper leaps to the front of the line on the strength of its content and imaginative spirit. This was the case as this year’s judges awarded Peterborough This Week first prize over some incredibly close competition. Other papers may have submitted very good work, but the power of the hard journalism was too compelling to overlook. The good work continued on This Week’s inside pages, with insightful columns, numerous letters to the editor, entertainment and lifestyle features and a comprehensive sports section.
The Brant News is a good example of what a community newspaper should be. It focuses on local news and clearly presents it through well laid out pages. Starting with strong front pages and moving through the news, editorial, features, arts and sports sections, there was always something interesting to read and see. All in all, congratulations to the publisher, editors and staff for a job well done.
With compelling local stories and a clean, uncluttered layout throughout, the Oakville Beaver was a pleasure to read. The Beaver’s sports and arts coverage helped set it apart from the competition, as did the paper’s design; photographs were given room to breathe, while clearly labelled section heads made for easy navigation of the paper. It’s clear the Beaver does an excellent job of keeping the residents of Oakville connected, and its staff should be very proud of the well-rounded newspaper they have produced.
GENERAL COMMENT This competition demonstrated that community newspapers occupy a special place among readers and provide a source of local news that is unlikely to be found anywhere else. Smaller papers continue to evolve with modern layouts and ideas. Most have come a long way since the days of endless grip and grin cheque presentations and that can only be judged as positive news for an industry beset with challenges. In all, the entries in this year’s OCNA competition prove community journalism is alive and well. Every one of this year’s entries provide great value to the communities they serve.
Judges Jeff Holubitsky Editor St. Albert Gazette St. Albert, AB 12 2015 BNC Awards Results
Robert Mangelsdorf Managing Editor Westender Vancouver, BC
Anthony Bonaparte Associate Editor The Suburban Montreal, QC