Hamilton Community News' papers are finalists for four provincial newspaper awards

Opinion Feb 14, 2017 by Gordon Cameron Hamilton Mountain News

For most of the world, Feb. 14 is Valentine’s Day. However, for those in Ontario’s community newspaper industry, it’s the day that the finalists are announced in our annual Better Newspapers Contest.

This year the papers of Hamilton Community News are finalists in four categories, earned an honourable mention in one more and one of our staffers is a finalist for work published in another paper.

Leading the pack is the Mountain News, which is a finalist in three categories: best overall newspaper (circulation over 45,000), best community service for the 2015 Warmth Project and best headline writing (“Congested arteries,” for a story about traffic problems, “Knights win Fum-bowl,” about St. Thomas More beating Cardinal Newman in a turnover-filled football game, and “Extra lane parked” about the decision not to expand the Red Hill Expressway”).

Mountain News editor Gord Bowes is also a finalist in the feature photo category for a pic he snapped of a school chess tournament for our sister paper the Flamborough Review.

Ancaster News was recognized for its May 12, 2016 cover in the best front page category which featured a large photo of a discus thrower from Bishop Tonnos and stories about the Bosma trial, Perth Park and the lawn bowling club’s expansion.

Artist extraordinaire Mike Vukovich is in the running once again to be named Cartoonist of the Year for his work that appears on page 8 every week. The three cartoons upon which he was judged were one from October 2015 about NDP candidate Alex Johnstone’s comments about not knowing what Auschwitz was, one from February 2016 showing one of the unintended consequences of building a cable car up the Mountain, and one from June 2016 where Premier Kathleen Wynne discovers someone who is actually less popular than she is.

Stoney Creek News was given an honourable mention in headline writing for “Hydro shock,” about the increase in electricity prices, “Peachy problems,” about the impact a dry summer had on the local tender fruit crop, and “Making a splash,” about a council decision to bring a splash pad to Upper Stoney Creek.

As the fellow in charge of our reporters and editors, I’m quite proud of my team and all those who contributed to our awards success. I’m also proud of the work we do every day on stories and photos, both in print and online, that will never even be nominated for an award.

Since 1883, our papers have worked hard to cover our communities like no one else. There are many media sources that bring you Hamilton news, but none that focus on Ancaster, Dundas, the Mountain and Stoney Creek the way we do.

There are a lot of wonderful stories out there and it is our great privilege to be able to bring them to you. And as great as awards are, our greatest reward is knowing that you’re out there reading what we’re writing.

I think that makes us all winners.

Gordon Cameron is the Group Managing Editor for Hamilton Community News.

Hamilton Community News' papers are finalists for four provincial newspaper awards

Opinion Feb 14, 2017 by Gordon Cameron Hamilton Mountain News

For most of the world, Feb. 14 is Valentine’s Day. However, for those in Ontario’s community newspaper industry, it’s the day that the finalists are announced in our annual Better Newspapers Contest.

This year the papers of Hamilton Community News are finalists in four categories, earned an honourable mention in one more and one of our staffers is a finalist for work published in another paper.

Leading the pack is the Mountain News, which is a finalist in three categories: best overall newspaper (circulation over 45,000), best community service for the 2015 Warmth Project and best headline writing (“Congested arteries,” for a story about traffic problems, “Knights win Fum-bowl,” about St. Thomas More beating Cardinal Newman in a turnover-filled football game, and “Extra lane parked” about the decision not to expand the Red Hill Expressway”).

Mountain News editor Gord Bowes is also a finalist in the feature photo category for a pic he snapped of a school chess tournament for our sister paper the Flamborough Review.

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Ancaster News was recognized for its May 12, 2016 cover in the best front page category which featured a large photo of a discus thrower from Bishop Tonnos and stories about the Bosma trial, Perth Park and the lawn bowling club’s expansion.

Artist extraordinaire Mike Vukovich is in the running once again to be named Cartoonist of the Year for his work that appears on page 8 every week. The three cartoons upon which he was judged were one from October 2015 about NDP candidate Alex Johnstone’s comments about not knowing what Auschwitz was, one from February 2016 showing one of the unintended consequences of building a cable car up the Mountain, and one from June 2016 where Premier Kathleen Wynne discovers someone who is actually less popular than she is.

Stoney Creek News was given an honourable mention in headline writing for “Hydro shock,” about the increase in electricity prices, “Peachy problems,” about the impact a dry summer had on the local tender fruit crop, and “Making a splash,” about a council decision to bring a splash pad to Upper Stoney Creek.

As the fellow in charge of our reporters and editors, I’m quite proud of my team and all those who contributed to our awards success. I’m also proud of the work we do every day on stories and photos, both in print and online, that will never even be nominated for an award.

Since 1883, our papers have worked hard to cover our communities like no one else. There are many media sources that bring you Hamilton news, but none that focus on Ancaster, Dundas, the Mountain and Stoney Creek the way we do.

There are a lot of wonderful stories out there and it is our great privilege to be able to bring them to you. And as great as awards are, our greatest reward is knowing that you’re out there reading what we’re writing.

I think that makes us all winners.

Gordon Cameron is the Group Managing Editor for Hamilton Community News.

Hamilton Community News' papers are finalists for four provincial newspaper awards

Opinion Feb 14, 2017 by Gordon Cameron Hamilton Mountain News

For most of the world, Feb. 14 is Valentine’s Day. However, for those in Ontario’s community newspaper industry, it’s the day that the finalists are announced in our annual Better Newspapers Contest.

This year the papers of Hamilton Community News are finalists in four categories, earned an honourable mention in one more and one of our staffers is a finalist for work published in another paper.

Leading the pack is the Mountain News, which is a finalist in three categories: best overall newspaper (circulation over 45,000), best community service for the 2015 Warmth Project and best headline writing (“Congested arteries,” for a story about traffic problems, “Knights win Fum-bowl,” about St. Thomas More beating Cardinal Newman in a turnover-filled football game, and “Extra lane parked” about the decision not to expand the Red Hill Expressway”).

Mountain News editor Gord Bowes is also a finalist in the feature photo category for a pic he snapped of a school chess tournament for our sister paper the Flamborough Review.

Related Content

Ancaster News was recognized for its May 12, 2016 cover in the best front page category which featured a large photo of a discus thrower from Bishop Tonnos and stories about the Bosma trial, Perth Park and the lawn bowling club’s expansion.

Artist extraordinaire Mike Vukovich is in the running once again to be named Cartoonist of the Year for his work that appears on page 8 every week. The three cartoons upon which he was judged were one from October 2015 about NDP candidate Alex Johnstone’s comments about not knowing what Auschwitz was, one from February 2016 showing one of the unintended consequences of building a cable car up the Mountain, and one from June 2016 where Premier Kathleen Wynne discovers someone who is actually less popular than she is.

Stoney Creek News was given an honourable mention in headline writing for “Hydro shock,” about the increase in electricity prices, “Peachy problems,” about the impact a dry summer had on the local tender fruit crop, and “Making a splash,” about a council decision to bring a splash pad to Upper Stoney Creek.

As the fellow in charge of our reporters and editors, I’m quite proud of my team and all those who contributed to our awards success. I’m also proud of the work we do every day on stories and photos, both in print and online, that will never even be nominated for an award.

Since 1883, our papers have worked hard to cover our communities like no one else. There are many media sources that bring you Hamilton news, but none that focus on Ancaster, Dundas, the Mountain and Stoney Creek the way we do.

There are a lot of wonderful stories out there and it is our great privilege to be able to bring them to you. And as great as awards are, our greatest reward is knowing that you’re out there reading what we’re writing.

I think that makes us all winners.

Gordon Cameron is the Group Managing Editor for Hamilton Community News.