OCNA wins cap off great awards season for Hamilton Community News

News May 26, 2015 Ancaster News

It was a big night for Hamilton Community News last Friday, as the team behind the Ancaster News, Dundas Star News, Mountain News and Stoney Creek News brought home six awards to add to an already impressive total for 2014.

The newspapers’ editorial writers swept the Best Editorial (circulation over 10,000) category.

“It’s a rare feat in any category,” said group managing editor Gordon Cameron. “But to achieve it in such a competitive one speaks volumes about the quality of work we do here.”

Top prize went to “Financial fool’s gold” which discusses the costs of city council keeping taxes low by skimping on necessary repairs and services.

“This editorial stood out early on with a detailed accounting of the financial problems facing the City of Hamilton,” wrote judge Don Patterson of the Okotoks Western Wheel. “The editorial makes excellent use of facts and statistics to make its case, while laying out the implications of the city’s financial problems.”

Second place went to “Money for nothing” which argued that the money earmarked for the LRT would be better spent bringing transit to the entire city, while in third was “Secret probes keep public in the dark,” about a change in Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board policy that will allow them to keep trustee disciplinary action from the public.

Reporter Craig Campbell was celebrated for his journalistic efforts by winning second place in the reporter of the year category.

“It is apparent from Craig Campbell’s stories that he is willing and eager to tackle the tough stuff,” wrote judge Barbara Dean-Simmons of TC Media in Newfoundland and Labrador. “What’s coming down the track” covered all the essentials of a complex feature, showing why the story matters to local people by using their voices in the main story; and using sidebars, stories and fact boxes to offer up other details. Made for a very informative and easy to read feature.”

Ancaster News was judged to be the second best paper in its circulation class (12,500–22,499) by the panel of three judges who reviewed the category.

“With strong community content and an appealing layout, the Ancaster News was a pleasure to review,” wrote the judges. “It is obvious that this publication’s team cares about providing their readers with an exceptional newspaper. It is also obvious that both readers and the business community are engaged with their community newspaper.”

Coming as a pleasant surprise, reporter Richard Leitner was awarded an honourable mention in the Education Writing category for his Ancaster News story “Ancaster Senior is a house divided.”

“This entry… earned an honourable mention for its clean, concise storytelling,” wrote judge Beau Simpson of The Now in Surrey, BC. “After starting with a strong lead, the writer included a variety of voices, ultimately providing the reader with enough information to form their own opinion.”

With this haul, it brings the total number of awards won by Hamilton Community News for 2014 to 18 at the provincial, national and international levels.

“What a fantastic year we’ve had,” said Hamilton Community News general manager Jason Pehora. “The quality work that we continue to put out, week after week is phenomenal. It’s always great to see that people with in the industry recognize what our readers already know: that each of our papers are great reads.”

OCNA wins cap off great awards season for Hamilton Community News

Papers recorded 18 provincial, national and international prizes

News May 26, 2015 Ancaster News

It was a big night for Hamilton Community News last Friday, as the team behind the Ancaster News, Dundas Star News, Mountain News and Stoney Creek News brought home six awards to add to an already impressive total for 2014.

The newspapers’ editorial writers swept the Best Editorial (circulation over 10,000) category.

“It’s a rare feat in any category,” said group managing editor Gordon Cameron. “But to achieve it in such a competitive one speaks volumes about the quality of work we do here.”

Top prize went to “Financial fool’s gold” which discusses the costs of city council keeping taxes low by skimping on necessary repairs and services.

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“This editorial stood out early on with a detailed accounting of the financial problems facing the City of Hamilton,” wrote judge Don Patterson of the Okotoks Western Wheel. “The editorial makes excellent use of facts and statistics to make its case, while laying out the implications of the city’s financial problems.”

Second place went to “Money for nothing” which argued that the money earmarked for the LRT would be better spent bringing transit to the entire city, while in third was “Secret probes keep public in the dark,” about a change in Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board policy that will allow them to keep trustee disciplinary action from the public.

Reporter Craig Campbell was celebrated for his journalistic efforts by winning second place in the reporter of the year category.

“It is apparent from Craig Campbell’s stories that he is willing and eager to tackle the tough stuff,” wrote judge Barbara Dean-Simmons of TC Media in Newfoundland and Labrador. “What’s coming down the track” covered all the essentials of a complex feature, showing why the story matters to local people by using their voices in the main story; and using sidebars, stories and fact boxes to offer up other details. Made for a very informative and easy to read feature.”

Ancaster News was judged to be the second best paper in its circulation class (12,500–22,499) by the panel of three judges who reviewed the category.

“With strong community content and an appealing layout, the Ancaster News was a pleasure to review,” wrote the judges. “It is obvious that this publication’s team cares about providing their readers with an exceptional newspaper. It is also obvious that both readers and the business community are engaged with their community newspaper.”

Coming as a pleasant surprise, reporter Richard Leitner was awarded an honourable mention in the Education Writing category for his Ancaster News story “Ancaster Senior is a house divided.”

“This entry… earned an honourable mention for its clean, concise storytelling,” wrote judge Beau Simpson of The Now in Surrey, BC. “After starting with a strong lead, the writer included a variety of voices, ultimately providing the reader with enough information to form their own opinion.”

With this haul, it brings the total number of awards won by Hamilton Community News for 2014 to 18 at the provincial, national and international levels.

“What a fantastic year we’ve had,” said Hamilton Community News general manager Jason Pehora. “The quality work that we continue to put out, week after week is phenomenal. It’s always great to see that people with in the industry recognize what our readers already know: that each of our papers are great reads.”

OCNA wins cap off great awards season for Hamilton Community News

Papers recorded 18 provincial, national and international prizes

News May 26, 2015 Ancaster News

It was a big night for Hamilton Community News last Friday, as the team behind the Ancaster News, Dundas Star News, Mountain News and Stoney Creek News brought home six awards to add to an already impressive total for 2014.

The newspapers’ editorial writers swept the Best Editorial (circulation over 10,000) category.

“It’s a rare feat in any category,” said group managing editor Gordon Cameron. “But to achieve it in such a competitive one speaks volumes about the quality of work we do here.”

Top prize went to “Financial fool’s gold” which discusses the costs of city council keeping taxes low by skimping on necessary repairs and services.

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“This editorial stood out early on with a detailed accounting of the financial problems facing the City of Hamilton,” wrote judge Don Patterson of the Okotoks Western Wheel. “The editorial makes excellent use of facts and statistics to make its case, while laying out the implications of the city’s financial problems.”

Second place went to “Money for nothing” which argued that the money earmarked for the LRT would be better spent bringing transit to the entire city, while in third was “Secret probes keep public in the dark,” about a change in Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board policy that will allow them to keep trustee disciplinary action from the public.

Reporter Craig Campbell was celebrated for his journalistic efforts by winning second place in the reporter of the year category.

“It is apparent from Craig Campbell’s stories that he is willing and eager to tackle the tough stuff,” wrote judge Barbara Dean-Simmons of TC Media in Newfoundland and Labrador. “What’s coming down the track” covered all the essentials of a complex feature, showing why the story matters to local people by using their voices in the main story; and using sidebars, stories and fact boxes to offer up other details. Made for a very informative and easy to read feature.”

Ancaster News was judged to be the second best paper in its circulation class (12,500–22,499) by the panel of three judges who reviewed the category.

“With strong community content and an appealing layout, the Ancaster News was a pleasure to review,” wrote the judges. “It is obvious that this publication’s team cares about providing their readers with an exceptional newspaper. It is also obvious that both readers and the business community are engaged with their community newspaper.”

Coming as a pleasant surprise, reporter Richard Leitner was awarded an honourable mention in the Education Writing category for his Ancaster News story “Ancaster Senior is a house divided.”

“This entry… earned an honourable mention for its clean, concise storytelling,” wrote judge Beau Simpson of The Now in Surrey, BC. “After starting with a strong lead, the writer included a variety of voices, ultimately providing the reader with enough information to form their own opinion.”

With this haul, it brings the total number of awards won by Hamilton Community News for 2014 to 18 at the provincial, national and international levels.

“What a fantastic year we’ve had,” said Hamilton Community News general manager Jason Pehora. “The quality work that we continue to put out, week after week is phenomenal. It’s always great to see that people with in the industry recognize what our readers already know: that each of our papers are great reads.”