2023 Canadian Community Newspaper Awards

Premier Awards - Best News Story ( Circulation up to 1499,Circulation 1500 to 3999,Circulation 4000 to 6499,Circulation 6500 to 9999) Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: The Carillon (Steinbach, MB)
    Entry Title: Fed up with frog jumping
    Entry Credit: Nicole Buffie
    Judge Comment: Wonderful story by the reporter looking at the issue of ending the trapping of frogs to be used in this annual event. Kudos to the reporter for hopping to get the story ... had to find a pun.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: Powell River Peak (Powell River, BC)
    Entry Title: Combined effort frees tangled humpback
    Entry Credit: Paul Galinski
    Judge Comment: Kudos to those involved in saving humpback whales from fishing nets. Reporter did a wonderful job telling this story.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: The Highlander (Haliburton, ON)
    Entry Title: ‘Devastating’ call inspired better policing
    Entry Credit: Lisa Gervais
    Judge Comment: Impactful story with the reporter getting the OPP officer to open up on a tough subject prior to him becoming a police officer, and how he handles the job going forward based on the feedback he's received from individuals who he has helped as a policeman.
  • Competition Comment: A close race among the top-four news stories, but the 'fed up with frog jumping' story stood out amongst the submissions in this category.A unique news story for sure, and the reporter spent time researching this annual event using trapped frogs. Likewise, freeing up tangled humpbacks was impactful. Always great to read a feel-good story when it comes to our whale populations on both coasts. Third-place also nicely done as a reporter was able to get an OPP officer to open up about tragedy in his own life which helped shape how he polices, evident from the feedback from individuals how have interacted with him on the job. What's sad for some of the submissions, they did not include the continuation of their story often from the front page to the next page for the judge to read. In future, ensure you include all pages where your story has been continued. An array of great news stories I was able to peruse, but the top-three stood out because of the subject matter or saving whales. Jules Xavier/Shilo Stag MB