NRT wins three more awards

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The North Renfrew Times has won another three awards in community newspaper competition.

The NRT took home one silver and two bronze in finishes among the “General Excellence” awards in the Canadian Community Newspapers Awards sponsored by News Media Canada. Award winners were announced Tuesday.

The NRT placed third among newspapers in its circulation class for “Best All-Round Newspaper,” second for “Best Front Page,” and third for “Best Editorial Page.”

CCNAwards-header“The Canadian Community Newspaper Awards celebrate the best in community publishing from across the country,” News Media Canada said on its website.

“Newspapers of similar circulation size compete against each other and are judged by a panel of industry experts. With a diverse array of awards categories covering editorial, photography and multimedia, the Canadian Community Newspaper Awards offer learning opportunities for publications of all sizes.”

The General Excellence awards were based on issues from January 31 and July 25, 2018.

The Canadian awards follow four awards the NRT earned in this year’s “Better Newspapers Competition” sponsored by the Ontario Community Newspapers Association.

The NRT placed third in “General Excellence” in its circulation class, second for “Best News Story” among newspapers with a circulation under 10,000, and first in “Humour Columnist of the Year” for Vance Gutzman’s “Blue Skies.”

The General Excellence award was based on single issues submitted from the months of October 2017 and April 2018, while the news award recognized a story written by editor Terry Myers in November 2017 regarding the pending shutdown of the NRU reactor.

It was Gutzman’s second humour column award for “Blue Skies.” He previously placed second in 2009.

The NRT also received an “Honourable Mention” in the Ontario awards in the category of “Arts & Entertainment” for coverage of the Deep River Symphony Orchestra’s “instrument petting zoo” in April 2018.

This was was the fourth time in the past five years that the NRT has earned multiple awards in the Ontario newspapers competition. It is the first time the NRT has entered the Canadian Community Newspapers Awards in more than five years.

Previous Ontario awards have included awards for general excellence, best editorial, ad design, and “spot news” photography. In 2013, the paper received a single award for “best news series” for its coverage of the murder trial of John Craig Cameron.

“Winning awards is not the goal when we set out to provide our community with the best local newspaper we can produce, but it’s always nice to have your work recognized by your industry peers,” said Myers.

“We’re proud of our record of achievement in newspaper award competitions over the past several years.”