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Transcontinental community papers, employees in running for awards at Atlantic, national competitions

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Weekly newspapers owned by TC Media in Newfoundland and Labrador have caught the attention of judges at both Newspapers Atlantic and Newspapers Canada.

The list of finalists from this province is an impressive one, with 27 finalists in 18 categories in the 2012 Better Newspapers Competition sponsored by Newspapers Atlantic.

At the national level, papers in this province cracked the top-three in 12 categories in the Canadian Community Newspapers Awards (CCNA), and also came away with two Blue Ribbon awards for general excellence.

Results of the Atlantic competition will be announced during the 40th annual conference of Newspapers Atlantic in Halifax on May 12, while the CCNA awards will be handed out April 26-27 in Toronto.

Kevin Hiscock, General Manager of TC Media Newfoundland and Labrador's 14 community Newspapers, is very pleased with the nominations for both the Newspaper Atlantic and Newspaper Canada.

"They truly show the hard work and dedication put forward every day by the editorial and sales staff of NL Weeklies," he said.

Barbara Dean-Simmons, associate managing editor for Transcontinental's community newspapers in Newfoundland and Labrador, applauded the papers for their awards nominations.

"To be nominated for regional and national awards is a testament to the quality of journalism being done by the reporters and editors in our 14 weekly newspapers. Thanks to their hard work and dedication to telling the stories that matter to their communities, they stand among the best in the Atlantic provinces and in all of Canada and they all should be proud of what they've accomplished."

Newspapers and their employees in this province turn up in a wide range of categories, including everything from best all-round newspaper and outstanding journalist to best news story and best sports coverage.

Among the papers that rose to the top were the following: The Northern Pen, St. Anthony; The Advertiser, Grand Falls-Windsor; the Beacon, Gander; and The Packet, Clarenville.

And in the category of outstanding journalist, a prestigious award presented by Newspapers Atlantic, two of the three finalists represent papers from this province. They are Brodie Thomas, editor of The Gulf News, Port aux Basques, and Emma Graney, former editor of The Northern Pen, St. Anthony.

John Power of the The Coaster in Harbour Breton is also a finalist for outstanding salesperson.

The following is a breakdown of the finalists from this province. The Newfoundland finalists are in bold.


Canadian Community Newspaper Awards


General excellence category for papers with a circulation between 2,000 and 2,999

  • Best all-round newspaper -The Advertiser, Grand Falls-Windsor; Hants Journal in Windsor, NS; and The Interior New, BC;
  • Best front page -The Advertiser, Grand Falls-Windsor; Deh Cho Drum, Fort Simpson, AB; and The Interior News, BC;
  • Blue ribbon recipients -The Advertiser, Grand Falls-Windsor; and The Labradorian, Happy Valley-Goose Bay.


Note: The finalists for general excellence awards in the 3,000 to 3,999 circulation category have not yet been named.


General excellence, circulation of 4,000 to 6,499


  • Best all-round newspaper -The Packet, Clarenville; Mountaineer, Rocky Mountain House, AB; and The Casket, Antigonish, NS;
  • Best front page - Northern Pen, St. Anthony; Citizen, Brock, ON; and Vanguard, Yarmouth, NS;
  • Best editorial page -The Packet, Clarenville; Dauphin Herald, Dauphin, MB; and the Yellowknifer, Yellowknife, AB.
  • Blue ribbon recipients - Northern Pen, St. Anthony; and The Packet, Clarenville.


  • Best feature series (circulation 4,000 to 12,499) -Juris Graney and Emma Graney, Northern Pen, St. Anthony, NL; Dustin Walker, Nanaimo Daily News, Nanaimo, BC; and Adrienne Fox, Wawatay News, Sious Lockout, ON.


  • Outstanding columnist (circulation) - Michael Johansen, The Labradorian, Happy Valley-Goose Bay; Angela Mombourquette, HRM West Community Herald, NS; and Bram Lebo, Highlander, Haliburton, ON.


  • Outstanding reporter initiative (circulation up to 9,999) - Juris Graney, Northern Pen, St. Anthony, NL; Paul MacNeill, The Eastern Graphic, Montague, PE; and Sean McIntyre and Gail Sjuberg, Gulf Islands Driftwood, Salt Spring Island, BC.


  • Best national editorial (circulation up to 9,999) -Kevin Higgins, The Beacon, Gander; Erika Engel, Courier-Herald, Blue Mountains, ON; and George Brown, Ponoka News, Ponoka, AB.


  • Best historical story (circulation up to 3,999) -Christopher Vaughan, The Georgian, Stephenville; Greg Bennett, Coast Guard, Shelburne/Barrington, NS; and Elizabeth Nolan, Gulf Islands Driftwood, Salt Spring Island, BC;


  • Best photo essay (circulation 4,000 to 12,499) - Juris Graney, Northern Pen, St. Anthony; George Brown and Charles Tweed, Ponoka News, Ponoka, AB; and Laurie Weir, Smiths Falls This Week, Smiths Falls, ON.


  • Best sports coverage (circulation up to 3,999) - The Beacon, Gander; The Hinton Voice, Hinton, AB; and Temiskaming Speaker, New Liskeard, ON.




Better Newspapers Competition, Newspapers Atlantic

  • General Excellence (Class 1) -The Aurora, Labrador City; Windsor Hants County Journal; Port Hawkesbury Reporter.


  • General Excellence (Class 2) -The Pilot, Lewisporte; Woodstock Bugle Observer; and St. Stephen Saint Croix Courier.


General excellence (Class 3) - Northern Pen, St. Anthony; Bridgewater Bulletin; and Yarmouth County Vanguard;


  • Outstanding journalist - Brodie Thomas, Gulf News, Port aux Basques; Emma Graney, Northern Pen, St. Anthony; and Carla Allen, Yarmouth County Vanguard;


  • Outstanding salesperson - John Power, The Coaster, Harbour Breton; and Angie Pearson, Lunenburg County Progress Bulletin;


  • Best cartoon - Christopher Peet, The Advertiser, Grand Falls-Windsor; Ted Michener, St. Stephen Saint Croix Courier Weekend; and Greg Perry, Miramichi Leader;


  • Best Christmas edition -Northern Pen, St. Anthony; Antigonish Casket; and Woodstock Bugle Observer;


  • Best feature photo - Krysta Colbourne, The Advertiser, Grand Falls-Windsor; Amy Woolvet, Shelburne County Coast Guard; and Fred Hatfield, Yarmouth Vanguard;


  • Best feature series - Terri Saunders, Kevin Higgins, Nicholas Mercer, Steve Bartlett, Andrew Robinson, and guest columnist Pam Frampton, Gander Beacon; Daniel Martins, Dan Benoit, Charlene MacKenzie, Alexandra MacLean and Jeremy

Trevors, Miramichi Leader; and Carla Allen, Yarmouth County Vanguard;


  • Best feature story - Danielle Higdon, The Aurora, Labrador City; Christopher Vaughan, The Georgian, Stephenville; and Lisa Brown, Lunenburg County Progress Bulletin;


  • Best in-house promotion - Karla King, The Advertiser, Grand Falls-Windsor; Paula Clark and Jackie Penton, The Beacon, Gander; and Tina Hennigar, Lunenburg County Progress Bulletin;


  • Best local editorial - Terry Roberts, The Compass, Carbonear; Vernon Oickle, Lunenburg County Progress Bulletin; and Brian Lazzuri, Antigonish Casket;


  • Best news story - Emma Graney and Juris Graney, Northern Pen, St. Anthony; Adam Randell, The Packet, Clarenville; and Tina Comeau and Carla Allen, Yarmouth County Vanguard;


  • Best page design - Bill Bowman, The Compass, Carbonear; Auralee Shepherd, Monatgue Eastern Graphic; and David Robertson, Campbellton Tribune;


  • Best photo essay -Matt Molloy, The Beacon, Gander; Andrea Gunn, The Advertiser, Grand Falls-Windsor; and Barb Raynor, St. Stephen Saint Crois Courier;


  • Best red lobster - The Packet, Clarenville; The Compass, Carbonear; and the Shoreline Journal;


  • Best small ad - Bonnie Goodyear, The Packet, Clarenville; Penny McDonald, Lunenburg County Progress Bulletin; and Susan Coish, Sackville Tribune Post;


  • Best specialty column - Frank Tibbo, The Beacon, Gander; Ed Roberts, The Compass, Carbonear; and Matt Malloy, The Beacon, Gander;


  • Best sports photo - Nichols Mercer, The Compass, Carbonear; Renell LeGrow, The Advertiser, Grand Falls Windsor; and Jason Wilson, Woodstock Bugle Observer;




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    March 14, 2012 - 17:47

    An indicator of a good newspaper,in my opinion, is to be neutral and unbiased in printing articles and reporting of news items.Opinions,comments on news items, etc should all be printed as long as they are not " discriminatory ,insulting or containing bad language". A censor should not refuse to print because he or she does not agree with the writer.