2023 Canadian Community Newspaper Awards

Premier Awards - Best Local Civic Journalism ( Circulation 10000 to 12499,Circulation 12500 to 17499,Circulation 17500 and over) Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: The Lake Report (Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON)
    Entry Title: Hit farmworker exposes dirty laundry
    Entry Credit: Somer Slobodian
    Judge Comment: The Lake report covered an impressive number of civic issues, all of which were worthy of the award. However what set this issue out was the comprehensiveness and the willingness to keep on the story. It is also truly impressive to see a newspaper champion the cause of members of the community who otherwise may not have a voice.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: The Beaver (Oakville, ON)
    Entry Title: Series on crime in region
    Entry Credit: David Lea, Bambang Sadewo, Roland Cilliers
    Judge Comment: The Beaver's series on crime is truly impressive. It is clearly a big issue in the community and the paper succeeded in telling citizens the story. Well researched, well written and very balanced. It is a subject matter where it is often hard to avoid drama and they didn't take the easy way.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: Peace Arch News (Surrey, BC)
    Entry Title: Mental health housing facility to close after 50 years; looming closure devastates Buena Vista residents
    Entry Credit: Sobia Moman
    Judge Comment: A very powerful and moving story about a real community issue. The story was well researched and beautifully written and had appropriate personal stories. Once again a newspaper speaking out for the most disadvantaged in the community.
  • Competition Comment: The quality of the entries in this category is extremely high and any one of them is worthy of recognition. It is extraordinary how many important civic issues are raised and covered by newspapers across the country. This is what the industry does best! All of the entries went to great lengths to research and tell a balanced story.