2023 Canadian Community Newspaper Awards

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

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: North Shore News (North/West Vancouver, BC)
    Entry Title: No magic pill to cure family doctor shortage
    Entry Credit: Jane Seyd
    Judge Comment: Jane Seyd takes a complex and vitally important subject — the shortage of family physicians in B.C. — and makes it easy to understand and relate to. Thorough research, multiple sources, tight writing and use of three quality photos combine to make this the feature story winner.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: St. Albert Gazette (St. Albert, AB)
    Entry Title: What to do with a worn out sock
    Entry Credit: Kevin Ma
    Judge Comment: Wow. Serious research, diverse sources, great graphics and a fun, thought-provoking read. Well done all the way around by Kevin Ma.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: The Battlefords Regional News-Optimist (North Batt
    Entry Title: Was David Milgaard’s wrongful conviction covered up? He thought so.
    Entry Credit: Lisa Joy
    Judge Comment: It's clear that a huge amount of work went into researching and writing this multi-faceted in-depth piece about David Milgaard's treatment by the criminal justice system and Saskatchewan government. It could have been made more readable with a bit more editing, though. Some points/quotes could have been eliminated or reworked to reduce redundancy and improve the flow.
  • Competition Comment: Every story in this category was compelling to read, either because of the topic or the writer’s skill or both. However, most of the stories were derived from a single interview or maybe two, not requiring a lot of effort to get the information. They were often illustrated by one so-so photo. Use of multiple photos boosted scores for some entries, although the top three stories — Jane Seyd’s on the physician shortage in her community, Kevin Ma’s ‘What to do with a Worn-out Sock’ and Lisa Joy’s piece on the David Milgaard case — were the ones that really dove deeply into their subject matter to give readers something well beyond the ordinary.