2023 Canadian Community Newspaper Awards

General Excellence ( Circulation 6500 to 9999,Circulation 10000 to 12499,Circulation 12500 to 17499) Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: Pique Newsmagazine (Whistler & Pemberton, BC)
    Entry Title: Pique Newsmagazine
    Judge Comment: It's simply hard -- perhaps impossible -- to beat this publication for quality in almost all criteria areas of this competition. I hesitated giving it top marks for the front page because it doesn’t look like a typical community newspaper front page, but none of the others were so exceptional they could beat the impact and “pick-me-up” factor of the Pique’s front page.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: Okotoks Western Wheel (Okotoks, AB)
    Entry Title: Okotoks Western Wheel
    Entry Credit: Ted Murphy, Remy Greer, Brent Calver
    Judge Comment: The more time I spent with the two Okotoks papers submitted the more I liked them: the mix of hard news and lighter stuff, impressive sports coverage and photos.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: Rocky Mountain Outlook (Canmore/Kananaskis/BanffAB
    Entry Title: Rocky Mountain Outlook – March 31 and Sept. 29, 2022 – General Excellence
    Entry Credit: Greg Colgan
    Judge Comment: This paper's staff clearly makes an effort to fully inform and be connected with its community. It does everything well.
  • Competition Comment: Most papers in this large circulation category excel in at least a few of the criteria areas. It’s hard to find many doing almost everything well. Ensuring readers get quality reporting on local issues and happenings, something to think about, make them act and/or amuse them, and useful advertisements is the challenge. It’s more difficult to achieve in these days of fewer resources. Having a more-than-competent staffperson to take photographs makes a big difference to the final product.