2023 Canadian Community Newspaper Awards

General Excellence ( Circulation 1500 to 3999,Circulation 4000 to 6499) Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: The Eastern Graphic (Montague, PE)
    Entry Title: Eastern Graphic
    Judge Comment: Anyone who thinks small town newspapering is dull and second rate should be shown this paper and then expected to apologize profusely. The passion and dedication of family ownership and decades of experience comes shining through on every page and the in-depth feature is jaw-dropping. Bravo!
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: The Carillon (Steinbach, MB)
    Entry Title: General Excellence, March 17 Sept. 15, The Carillon
    Entry Credit: Greg Vandermeulen
    Judge Comment: The total package editorially with great sections (an increasing rarity in community newspapering) and the best photography in the category in quantity and quality, especially in thoughtful composition. Excellent work!
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: Powell River Peak (Powell River, BC)
    Entry Title: Powell River Peak
    Entry Credit: Kelly Keil, Shane Carlson, Alicia Newman
    Judge Comment: An excellent community newspaper with only a minor flaw on the front and a missing editorial page in one edition keeping it from the very highest marks.
  • Competition Comment: The winners in this category went well beyond what one would expect from a community newspaper, diving deep and making the most of scarce resources to truly shine with excellent feature work while still covering all the important minutiae of community coverage. The Eastern Graphic in particular amazed with an in-depth series worthy of any major metro newsroom. Who says small can't be mighty! Due to the weeks chosen for the competition there were two international stories that showed up frequently in these pages - the invasion of Ukraine and the death of Queen Elizabeth. Most papers did a very good job truly localizing these stories.