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Weekly newspapers among top three in the province

Hamilton Community News (HCN) is the running for five provincial awards of excellence.

Your weekly community newspapers have been named among the top three in five categories of the Ontario Community Newspapers’ Better Newspaper Competition.

Both the Dundas Star News and Stoney Creek News are finalists for general excellence in their respective circulation categories. The General Excellence Award honours top-notch editorial coverage, photography, typography, advertising design and layout.

The Dundas Star News is vying for top spot with the Elmira-Woolwich Observer and the Renfrew Mercury EMC. The Stoney Creek News faces competition from What’s Up Muskoka and Whitby This Week.

Ancaster News reporter Mike Pearson’s compelling story on Ray Jonasson’s struggle to overcome liver disease to compete in the Old Mill Race has been judged among the top three Sports and Recreation stories.

The Hamilton Mountain News is up for an Environment Ontario Award for a report by journalist Richard Leitner on “super high levels” of fecal contamination at three escarpment waterfalls.

As well, Hamilton Community News interim managing editor Brenda Jefferies has been nominated by her colleagues at the Waterdown Flamborough Review as Editor of the Year.

“The awards reflect our continuous desire to deliver each week the best community newspaper possible for both our readers and advertisers,” said HCN general manager Jason Pehora.

Hamilton Community News, a division of Metroland Media Group, publishes the Ancaster News, Dundas Star News, Hamilton Mountain News, Stoney Creek News and the Real Estate News and Buyers Guide.

The winners in each Better Newspapers award category will be announced at the OCNA Awards Gala on March 22 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Vaughan.

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