Star/Journal wins Blue Ribbon Award from CCNA

Black Press newspapers are nominated among the best community newspapers in Canada, as judged by their peers in the Canadian Community Newspapers Association, and the North Thompson Star/Journal is part of the Black Press consortium.

Along with six nominations for Best All Round Newspaper in their circulation class, 19 Black Press newspapers were deemed worthy of Blue Ribbons for their overall presentation, writing and design.

The North Thompson Star/Journal has been awarded a Blue Ribbon in the General Excellence Category (circulation up to 1,249); and our sister Black Press newspaper, Clearwater’s The Times, is a top three finalist for Best All Round Newspaper in that category, and the Best Editorial Page category as well.

With 28 community newspaper categories and four campus newspaper categories, the Canadian Community Newspaper Awards recognize the best in editorial, photography and overall excellence in community newspaper publishing.

This year, 250 newspapers submitted 2,363 entries this year from works published in 2010. Entries were reviewed by 72 peer judges.

“We are all pretty happy to be recognized by our peers,” said Star/Journal editor Jill Hayward, “The staff work very hard to present a quality product to our readers; but it is always exciting to be judged by those organizations that know what community journalism is all about.”

Winners will be announced at the awards gala on Friday, April 29, at the annual Ink +BEYOND conference in Vancouver, B.C. The complete winners list will be available on the Newspapers Canada website following the announcement.

Last week the Star/Journal also had the pleasure of announcing they are a top three finalist in the B.C. and Yukon Community Newspaper Association (BCYCNA) 2011 general excellence competition, category A (under 3,000 circulation) out of 21 entries.  Clearwater’s The Times, is also one of the finalists in this category.  The winners of the provincial newspaper awards will be announced during a gala event to be held at the River Rock Casino on April 30.