Big win for Brant News
Brant News editor John Paul Zronik, left, OCNA second vice president Gordon Cameron, Brant News general manager Len Offless, Brant News retail advertising manager Laurie-Beth Russell and Brant News cartoonist Dave McCreary pose for a photo at the Ontario Community Newspaper Association's Better Newspaper Awards on Friday in Vaughan.
It was a big night for Brant News at the 2012 Ontario Community Newspaper Association Better Newspaper Awards gala on Friday night.
Brant's community newspaper received four awards and an honourable mention during a banquet at the Hilton Garden Inn in Vaughan, including first place in the general excellence category for newspapers with a circulation of 45,000 or more.
Brant News general manager Len Offless said the prestigious general excellence award is a testament to the dedication of Brant News staff.
"The general excellence award is the top award given to newspapers in our class," Offless said. "That is a reflection of the great work Brant News staff do every day. It goes along with the strong growth pattern of Brant News. We are being recognized by our peers as a top newspaper in the province."
Brant News has claimed the OCNA general excellence award in its circulation class two out of the past three years, finishing in second place at last year's awards and first place in 2010.
Judges in the general excellence category had nothing but praise for Brant News this year.
"Brant News included good visuals on the front page," the judges said. "Kudos to your photographer for strong shots that manage to stand out and catch the eye. Photography is quite strong throughout the paper.
"It includes good community news content and a strong sports section, with an excellent mix of hard and soft news. The design is clean and easy to read. Overall, a wonderful community newspaper."
In addition to taking home the general excellence award, Brant News won second place in the in-house promotion category for an abominable snowman craft cut-out for children, which was included in the newspaper ahead of Brantford's annual JCI Brantford Santa Claus Parade.
Brant News also won third place in the best news photo category for a front page image of a boy cooling off at a Mohawk Park splash pad during a heat wave last summer. The photo was captured by former Brant News photographer Mike Machado.
"This is a powerful, yet fun photo by Mike Machado that I imagine would make viewers feel the refreshing impact of cool water during a summer heat wave," the judge's comment said. "The expression on the boy's face is priceless as he finds a great way to beat the heat."
Brant News cartoonist Dave McCreary won third place in the cartoonist of the year category and Brant News editor John Paul Zronik received an honourable mention for an editorial written about the Hockeyfest music festival, which was scheduled to take place last June at Brant Conservation Area but cancelled just days prior to the event.