Papers garner excellence awards
PARRY SOUND-MUSKOKA — Metroland’s Muskoka and Parry Sound publications capped off another remarkable awards season last week, with the news that the papers and magazines had won 23 awards in the company-wide Editorial Excellence awards competition.
The wins are added to 20 other awards the publications have earned in industry competition in 2012, including wins from both the Ontario and the Canadian Community Newspapers Association.
“For its size, this division has won more awards than any other group of any company,” said managing editor Jack Tynan. “It speaks to the remarkable degree of talent we have in these offices, and the commitment people have to putting out a superb product.”
The Metroland awards are presented in nearly two-dozen categories for print and online excellence. They range from general excellence categories and awards for editorial packages such as best election coverage or best series, through to individual awards for best feature photo, news story or headline.
Vying for the awards are staff from 113 newspapers, dozens of magazines, and hundreds of websites and specialty publications produced by Metroland, which is Ontario’s largest community newspaper company.
Publications from the Muskoka-Parry Sound-Almaguin group dominated several award categories, earning two or even three of the top spots. The Huntsville Forester and Gravenhurst Banner placed first and second in their circulation class in General Excellence, for example.
The same two papers also earned second and third place in the broadsheet front page category, a competition which was not limited by circulation class — the Gravenhurst Banner’s second place position put it just behind the Newmarket Era, a paper several times its size.
The Banner also placed first in best broadsheet layout, while the Forester placed third.
In the special sections competition, Muskoka publications completely dominated, earning first in all three circulation classes, as well as winning a second and a third place. Special sections are editions published within a newspaper, such as the Sensational Seniors pages in the Bracebridge Examiner and the On the Lakes section published in the Muskoka Sun.
The Huntsville Forester also received accolades in several other categories, earning a win for best election coverage and second-place notice for best sports section and best headline.
Individuals within the group also received several nods. Louis Tam won first place for best feature photo and placed second in best series for his articles on firefighting. Mary Beth Hartill of the Almaguin News placed third in the best series contest, and Tamara de la Vega of Huntsville placed third in the feature photo competition.
Another photo award went to Andrew Wagner-Chazalon, whose series of photos from a curling bonspiel in Gravenhurst was named the best photo spread.
Under the best news story category, reporters from Almaguin, Gravenhurst and Parry Sound took all three awards in their circulation class, with first through third going to Rob Learn, Allyson Snelling and Sarah Bissonette.
The awards will be presented in May at the Vaughan Press Centre.