2023 Canadian Community Newspaper Awards

Special Competitions - Best Agricultural Edition ( Circulation up to 1499,Circulation 1500 to 3999,Circulation 4000 to 6499,Circulation 6500 to 9999,Circulation 10000 to 12499,Circulation 12500 to 17499,Circulation 17500 and over) Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: The Carillon (Steinbach, MB)
    Entry Title: Ag Now Section
    Entry Credit: Greg Vandermeulen, Wes Keating
    Judge Comment: The Carillon's agricultural edition wasn't the biggest entry in the category, but it earned top prize the old-fashioned way - with solid reporting and original photography of the people in its stories. Wes Keating did it all, getting the stories and strong photos to show the people he wrote about. Stories covered a lot of bases, including challenges farmers overcome and the personal rewards they enjoy from their line of work.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: Citizen (Blyth/Brussels, ON)
    Entry Title: The Citizen's Salute to Agriculture 2022
    Judge Comment: The Citizen's agricultural edition is a very attractive section with a classic, inviting layout. The beefy 32-page section convincingly conveys that the paper knows its farming community. There are some really strong features. A bit more original photography would help draw readers into the section and keep them.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: Claresholm Local Press (Claresholm, AB)
    Entry Title: Claresholm AgWeek
    Entry Credit: Trevor McDavid, Rob Vogt, Amanda Zimmer
    Judge Comment: The Local Press produced an eye-catching agricultural edition with a bold section front. Lots of good farming news by Rob Vogt. A little more variety in the photos would give it just a bit more punch.
  • Competition Comment: This category's entries prove that agricultural reporting is alive and well and in good hands. The entries show a passion for sharing the stories of what is the heart of the community and a vital part of the economy. This year's winner - The Carillon - earned the title with solid reporting, good photography and a clean look. Pictures are so essential in telling the story. The Carillon's Wes Keating put in the time to meet the people whose stories he told. The second- and third-place entries also demonstrated great layout and some solid hard news reporting about farming.