2023 Canadian Community Newspaper Awards

Special Competitions - Excellence in Rural Reporting ( 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: Pique Newsmagazine (Whistler & Pemberton, BC)
    Entry Title: The Other Battle
    Entry Credit: Robert Wisla
    Judge Comment: In this riveting story, Robert Wisla tells the behind the scenes issues faced by firefighters who work to protect communities from wildfires. All too often, the silence that comes with PTSD and the struggles faced by such workers are left in the background. In a time when wildfires are on the rise and risk to people and communities are increasing, being informed in such a way through personal stories and multiple sources expanding on the issue, readers are highly informed on the seriousness of the topic.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: Pique Newsmagazine (Whistler & Pemberton, BC)
    Entry Title: A Boom in Bridge River
    Entry Credit: Robert Wisla
    Judge Comment: Throughout the country, small communities are quickly growing. In this one story, readers are able to look at a specific region of the Bridge River Valley. By looking at its past, present and future, Robert Wisla helps guide readers on why this is happening and its reasons. The graphic design layout also draws readers in through its creative design.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: The Lake Report (Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON)
    Entry Title: Hit seasonal farmworker airs dirty laundry
    Entry Credit: Somer Slobodian, Kevin MacLean
    Judge Comment: In the farm rich area of southern Ontario, migrant workers are essential to the rural areas that grow food for sale across the country. However, they are often out of sight and out of mind, but with a pair of stories and editorial, The Lake Report successfully educates readers on the struggles migrant farm workers face and provide information that could lead to improved work conditions for such workers.
  • Competition Comment: This category had riveting stories on topics that had a great deal of interest in their respective communities that are represented from coast to coast and several provinces. Each community represented by the newspapers who submitted stories are fortunate to have such strong journalists able to tell local stories.