April 2016

Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 CCNAwards

April 25, 2016

Newspapers Canada is thrilled to reveal the winners of the 2016 Canadian Community Newspaper Awards. This prestigious annual awards program features more than 30 unique categories honouring outstanding editorial, photography, multimedia and overall excellence in community newspaper publishing. The 2016 competition saw 240 publications from coast to coast submit more than 2,400 entries.

Click here to view a complete the 2016 CCNAwards Winners Book


  • The Yukon News in Whitehorse, YT received six first place wins, two second-place wins and two third-place wins for a total of 10 awards overall.
  • The Citizen, in Blyth/Brussels, ON swept their General Excellence class and won first place for Best All-Round Newspaper, Best Editorial Page and Best Front Page.
  • Best Local Cartoon (circulation up to 9999) was awarded to Wyatt Tremblay from The Yukon News, and Best Local Cartoon, circulation 10,000 and over, was awarded to Michael de Adder of the Hill Times.
  • Outstanding Columnist was awarded to Andy Prest of the North Shore News in Vancouver, BC.
  • Journal Servir at CFB St-Jean/Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC was named this year’s Best Canadian Force Base Newspaper.
  • Best Photo Illustration was awarded to the Nanaimo Daily News, Nanaimo, BC for their photo titled “End of an Era”.
  • Outstanding Campus Newspaper went to The Cord, Wilfred Laurier University.

Newspapers Canada would like to thank all of the newspapers, judges and sponsors who participated in the 2016 Canadian Community Newspaper Awards. We are honoured to continue this annual tradition of recognizing outstanding achievements in the community newspaper industry.

If you have any questions about the awards program, please contact Taylor Kormann at awards@newspaperscanada.ca.

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Halifax NewsTrain 2016

April 25, 2016

Associated Press Media Editors is bringing its renowned NewsTrain workshop to Halifax, Nova Scotia, May 6-7, 2016. Registration for this affordable, high-quality workshop will be $75 U.S. and includes two full days of training and meals.

The Halifax NewsTrain will be held at the University of King’s College, in conjunction with the Atlantic Journalism Awards Gala, which takes place at the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel on May 7. NewsTrain is open to all journalists including reporters and editors from all media, freelancers, students, and journalism educators.


The Halifax NewsTrain is hosted, planned and supported by Newspapers Canada and a committee of local journalism organizations. The program agenda has been designed to meet the needs of local journalists. Sessions include:

  • maximizing your social media for personal branding and audience engagement,
  • using social media for sourcing, including verifying user-generated content,
  • making smart choices in digital storytelling,
  • planning for breaking news on multiple platforms,
  • writing for mobile,
  • using audience analytics to get your stories read, and
  • shooting compelling news video and photos with your smartphone.

Your accomplished instructors for the workshop at the University of King’s College include:

  • Matt Frehner, senior editor for mobile and interactive news at The Globe and Mail.
  • Kathy Kieliszewski, visuals director for the Detroit Free Press and four-time Emmy Award winner.
  • Daniel Victor, senior staff editor for The New York Times and a former social media editor at the Times and ProPublica.org.

“If you’re looking for journalistic training you need to go to #halifaxnewstrain. Best I’ve ever done. #journalism

— @gordonmcameron, group managing editor of Hamilton Community News and past president of the Ontario Community Newspapers Association

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