2022 Canadian Community Newspaper Awards

2021 Premier Awards - Best Local Editorial ( Circulation up to 1499,Circulation 1500 to 3999,Circulation 4000 to 6499,Circulation 6500 to 9999) Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: The Highlander (Haliburton, ON)
    Entry Title: At a crossroads
    Entry Credit: Mike Baker
    Judge Comment: The full package - a relevant local issue raised, clearly argued and with concrete suggestions for solution, presented cleverly from beginning to end. Great job!
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: Gulf Islands Driftwood (Salt Spring Island, BC)
    Entry Title: Stick to the Topic
    Entry Credit: Gail Sjuberg
    Judge Comment: Community newspaper editorials should follow the advice of the headline of this piece: stick to the topic. This editorial practices what it preaches and does a great job.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: Voice of Pelham (Pelham, ON)
    Entry Title: Two years of blissful silence, but the natterer may be back
    Entry Credit: Dave Burket
    Judge Comment: In a field of more anodyne commentary this one stands out for its fiery rhetoric. The first meeting on the street between the editor and the former mayor after this ran must have been very interesting.
  • Competition Comment: Many entries in this category suffered in their marks not for quality of writing, but for being columns rather than editorials - the lines are clearly blurring as opinion pages change (and shrink) in community media. Others suffered from trying to localize non-local issues - a requirement for community media in the news pages, but not in opinion. Those that stood out and won made clear, compelling arguments about truly local issues.