2023 Canadian Community Newspaper Awards

Premier Awards - Best Feature Series ( Circulation 10000 to 12499,Circulation 12500 to 17499,Circulation 17500 and over) Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: Hill Times (Ottawa, ON)
    Entry Title: The hate MPs get: three-part series
    Entry Credit: Chelsea Nash, Mike Lapointe, Kate Malloy
    Judge Comment: The Hill Times captured first place in this category with a hard-hitting series on the toxic environment in which federal Members of Parliament operate on a daily basis. Extensive reporting, quality writing and strong play combine to make this look at the hate regularly encountered by at least some elected officials informative and disturbing. Readers were well-served by this look at the reality of this aspect of politics.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: Surrey NOW-Leader (Surrey/North Delta, BC)
    Entry Title: Costly Living
    Entry Credit: Tom Zillich, Tom Zytaruk, Lauren Collins
    Judge Comment: Surrey Now-Leader slipped into second place in this category with an insightful look at the challenges created by the quickly rising cost of living in the community. Strong reporting and engaging writing provided readers with insight into the challenges facing a variety of people, including professional athletes. The series was supported by attractive design and display.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: Era-Banner (Newmarket/Aurora, ON)
    Entry Title: Food For Thought
    Entry Credit: Kim Zarzour, Lisa Queen, Heidi Riedner
    Judge Comment: The Newmarket/Aurora Era-Banner took third place with a thoughtful and engaging series titled “Food For Thought” that took readers inside the daily struggle faced by many local residents to put food on the table. A variety of local residents shared their personal struggles, including overcoming the shame of using the food bank to working four jobs to cover the bills. The personal stories were supported with revealing data, making for an informative read.
  • Competition Comment: The Best Feature Series category proves once again there is outstanding work being done by the newspapers in this circulation category. The top entries were imaginative, informative and well-displayed as the newspapers tackled critical issues of the day and devoted time, resources and space to make sure the stories are told in depth. Strong reporting and engaging writing brought the top entries to the head of the class. All the stories entered in this category have relevance to the readers, but some could have used more imaginative and detailed reporting, supported by personal stories to make us care more about the subjects. Overall, it was a pleasure to red the entries in the Best Feature Series competition.