2022 Canadian Community Newspaper Awards

2020 Premier Awards - Best News Story ( Circulation 10000 to 12499,Circulation 12500 to 17499,Circulation 17500 and over) Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: Delta Optimist (Delta, BC)
    Entry Title: Bullying takes extreme toll
    Entry Credit: Ian Jacques
    Judge Comment: There's no place in our society when it comes to bullying, and this story draws attention to it thanks to the reporting by Ian Jacques.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: Comox Valley Record (Courtenay/Comox Valley, BC)
    Entry Title: Snowbirds tragedy hits Valley hard
    Entry Credit: Terry Farrell
    Judge Comment: It was a tragedy both the community and the military community could relate, when the Snowbirds PAO was killed in a crash en route to the Comox Valley, where the Snowbirds train annually in the spring.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: The Beaver (Oakville, ON)
    Entry Title: 'Disgusted': Oakville cemetery facing calls to remove what's being called a Nazi monument
    Entry Credit: David Lea
    Judge Comment: With the war ongoing in the Ukraine after Russia invaded in February, this story is poignant when people are asking a cemetery memorial to Ukrainian volunteers who fought with the Germans during Second World War against the Russians be removed. Community do not believe a memorial for those who fought for Germany during the war should be allowed on Canadian soil. They forget Stalin and the Russians starved more than a million Ukrainians who also fled after the war to Canada because of the Russians.
  • Competition Comment: Three different news stories with different topics, from bullying to compassion for a military member killed serving her country, to a community now sure about a memorial in a private cemetery for Ukrainians who came to Canada after the Second World War, who actually fought with the Germans as volunteers against the Russians. All three scored the marks needed to take the top-three spots. Lots of stories on the COVID-19 pandemic, which was expected during that time frame as the virus was news daily, so reporters found different spins on telling the story of victims to the medical community trying to provide healthy information so community would survive.