Local papers boast two first place, three second place awards
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Six Newfoundland and Labrador community newspapers were awarded honours in various categories at the Newspapers Canada 2012 INK+ BEYOND awards gala, among them were two first place, three second place, and eight third place wins.
On Thursday evening Newspapers Canada honoured the best in the biz with their annual Canadian Community Newspaper Awards (CCNA) gala in Toronto, and the results prove that Newfoundland and Labrador weeklies are among the best this country has to offer.
According to Newspaper Canada’s website, this year, 342 newspapers submitted 2,494 entries from works published in 2011 for the CCNAs, and entries were reviewed by 72 peer judges from across the country.
Only three winners from each category were chosen as industry leaders.
Among the finalists were six Newfoundland and Labrador TC Media community newspapers placing in 18 categories; each paper was up against other papers with similar circulation numbers in their nominated category.
The Packet from Clarenville took first place in the Best Editorial Page category, and Juris Graney, formally of the Northern Pen out of St. Anthony, was awarded first place for Best Photo Essay.
In the Best Front Page category, the Grand Falls-Windsor-based Advertiser came in second. Christopher Vaughan of the Georgian out of Stephenville was awarded second place for Best Historical Story, while Gander’s The Beacon came in second for Best Sports Coverage.
Taking third place in their respective categories and circulation classes were The Advertiser for Best All-Round Newspaper, The Compass out of Carbonear for Best Front Page, The Packet for Best-All Round Newspaper, and The Northern Pen for Best Front Page. Juris and Emma Graney formally of the Northern Pen took third in the Best Feature Series category, along with Michael Johansen of the Labradorian out of Happy-Valley-Goose Bay in the Outstanding Columnist Category.
Other third-place winners were Juris Graney for Outstanding Reporter Initiative for his work with the Northern Pen, and Kevin Higgins of the Beacon for Best National Editorial.
The Northern Pen, The Packet, The Advertiser, The Labradorian, and The Compass were also awarded Blue Ribbons of excellence at the gala.
According to Newspaper Canada guidelines, The Blue Ribbon award is given in the General Excellence division to any paper in the national competition that deserves recognition for excellence, as determined by judges.
Newfoundland and Labrador weeklies also had whopping 28 entries chosen as finalists in 17 categories for Newspapers Atlantic’s Better Newspapers Competition – the winners will be announced on May 12 during their annual gala and conference in Halifax.