2022 Canadian Community Newspaper Awards

2020 Premier Awards - Best Local Civic Journalism ( Circulation up to 1499,Circulation 1500 to 3999,Circulation 4000 to 6499,Circulation 6500 to 9999) Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: The Yukon News (Whitehorse/Yukon Territory, YT)
    Entry Title: Yukon special needs students moved off individualized learning plans
    Entry Credit: Gabrielle Plonka
    Judge Comment: An important story with huge ramifications on the future of special needs students and their families. This impactful story reveals how politicians and bureaucrats can employ policy change to override legislative guarantees. Well researched. Well written. Well done!
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: Salmon Arm Observer (Salmon Arm, BC)
    Entry Title: Former Syrian refugee shares his love for Ramadan
    Entry Credit: Martha Wickett
    Judge Comment: The comment with the entry notes that: With anti-Muslim hatred so rampant in so many communities, asking a new resident to share his love for Ramadan was a useful way to debunk some of the misinformation that fuels hatred. Mission accomplished!
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: Glanbrook Gazette (Glanbrook, ON)
    Entry Title: 'It was one of the most horrific things that ever happened to me'
    Entry Credit: Tamara Botting
    Judge Comment: A feature to mark the annual campaign against impaired driving during the holiday, this feature goes for a personal angle telling the tragic story of one of countless victims. Good story. Well told!
  • Competition Comment: When done well, civic journalism has the power to effect change and few do it better than reporters at community newspaper who are engaged in their communities and who report on stories that matter to their readers. There were many compelling stories in this new category that recognizes public service journalism that sheds meaningful light on a civic issue affecting the local community.