2023 Canadian Community Newspaper Awards

Premier Awards - Best Feature Story ( Circulation up to 1499,Circulation 1500 to 3999) Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: Tofino-Ucluelet Westerly News (Tofino/Ucluelet, BC
    Entry Title: Beloved Ucluelet vessel engulfed in flames
    Entry Credit: Andrew Bailey
    Judge Comment: This is a rare treat - a hard news story that becomes a true feature through the depth of research and telling both the story and the story behind it in the same piece. Great job!
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: The Saint Croix Courier (St. Stephen, NB)
    Entry Title: Occupational tintype photography making comeback on Grand Manan
    Entry Credit: Heather Knight
    Judge Comment: Everything a local feature should be - local faces not normally in the news brought to life in a unique way. Excellent work.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: The Macleod Gazette (Fort Macleod, AB)
    Entry Title: Blackfoot veteran shares good fortune
    Entry Credit: Frank McTighe
    Judge Comment: An excellent example of what a feature should be - a person not normally in the news pages with a unique perspective and story to tell that resonates with the reader. Well done!
  • Competition Comment: Many entries in this category suffered from not being true features, but rather longer regular news stories. Make sure your features are truly "behind the news" pieces that bring additional depth to the reader. Many entries also failed to take advantage of the larger newsholes given to them to stand out - these are chances to play with column width and typography to signal to your reader that this is something special. The winners all demonstrated the true grasp of feature writing, to go beyond the headlines.