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Local community papers win national awards

Ten community newspapers in this province have won a total of 21 awards in the 2008 Better Newspapers Competition, presented by the Canadian Community Newspapers Association.

There are several award categories, which are divided into subcategories based on circulation numbers. I won't attempt to write anything definitive here, outside of a list of winners, because the web site doesn't offer any detail either.

However, I do invite all of the winners especially those who won for a specific article or editorial to post a link to the relevant text, wherever it is available online. Now that would make this an interesting post indeed.

Congratulations to the following winners.

Circulation 1250 to 1999:

Best Editorial Page

The Georgian (Stephenville, third place)

Best Front Page

The Georgian (second place)

Blue Ribbon

(apparently a recognition of overall quality)

The Labradorian (Happy Valley-Goose Bay)

The Aurora (Labrador City)

The Georgian

Circulation 2000 to 2999:

Best Editorial Page

The Gulf News

Blue Ribbon

The Gulf News

Circulation 4000 to 6499:

Blue Ribbon

The Packet (Clarenville)

Northern Pride (St. Anthony)

Best News Story

Circulation up to 3999:

Michelle Stewart, The Aurora (second place)

Jennifer Pelley, The Advertiser (Grand Falls-Windsor, third place)

Circulation 4000 to 12499:

Brian Scott, The Beacon (Gander, first place)

Best Feature Story

Circulation up to 3999:

Michelle Stewart, The Aurora

Best Local Editorial

Circulation 4000 to 12499:

Allan Bock, The Northern Pen (St. Anthony, second place)

Barbara Dean-Simmons, The Packet (Clarenville, third place)

Best Historical Story

Circulation up to 3999:

Michelle Stewart, The Aurora

Beat Headline Writing

Circulation: all

The Aurora

Best Photo Essay

Circulation up to 3999:

Dave Cooper and Karen Wells, The Pilot (Lewisporte, third place)

Best Newspaper Promotion

Circulation up to 3999:

The Advertiser (third place)

Best Sports Pages

Circulation 4000 to 12499:

The Beacon

Best Web Site Design

Circulation up to 3999:

The Advertiser

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