AWNA Weekly Newspaper AwardsThe Alberta Weekly Newspapers Association (AWNA) encourages excellence by sponsoring an annual provincial competition to celebrate the achievements of its member newspapers. Newspapers compete against other newspapers of similar circulation for special awards in such categories as editorial, photography, advertising and special promotion. The 2012 Better Newspapers Competition Awards of Excellence were presented by the AWNA at their annual general meeting and convention held in Edmonton on June 7, 2013. And the winners are…


Best Local News Story Sponsored by: Grant MacEwan University

  • Nanton News for What was lost in the fire | Credits: Sheena Read
  • Fort Macleod Gazette for Sucker Punch! | Credits: Frank McTighe
  • Camrose Canadian for Bailey Theatre in need of life-saving funding | Credits: Vince Burke

Best Local Editorial Sponsored by: TELUS Corporation

  • Ponoka News for Bylaw to keep Indians out won’t solve problems | Credits: George Brown
  • Consort Enterprise for Knots of Thoughts | Credits: Dave Bruha
  • St. Paul Journal for Coming together in the face of tragedy | Credits: Janani Whitfield

Best Feature Story by a Local Writer Sponsored by: Southern Alberta Institute of Technology

  • Yellowknife Yellowknifer for Camp of a Cannibal | Credits: Svjetlana Milnarevic
  • East Central Alberta Review for Farm on the Move | Credits: Jennifer Chernishenko
  • Strathmore Standard for 10 Years & Still Running for Strathmore | Credits: Josh Chalmers

U of A Writing Award Sponsored by: University of Alberta

  • St. Albert Gazette for What is Clean? | Credits: Susan Jones
  • St. Paul Journal for Blue Quills and U of A sign historic agreement | Credits:
    Ciaran Thompson

Gordon Scott Memorial Award for Best Feature Column by a Local Writer Sponsored by: AWNA

  • Okotoks Western Wheel for Numbers do not define community | Credits: John Barlow
  • Nanton News for Hope in a spring day | Credits: Morgan Wilson
  • Fast Forward Weekly for The Great Canadian Oilsand Black Bear Massacre | Credits: Jeff Gailus

Best Habitat Conservation Story Sponsored by: Ducks Unlimited Canada

  • Okotoks Western Wheel for Cross Conservation promotes wildlife friendly fences | Credits: Don Patterson
  • Banff Crag & Canyon for Restoring Hidden Lake | Credits: Larissa Barlow
  • St. Albert Gazette for The State of the Sturgeon | Credits: Kevin Ma

Best Environmental Writing Sponsored by: AWNA

  • Rocky View Weekly for Bragg Creek group raises concerns about logging | Credits: Dawn Smith, Trevor Bacque
  • Fast Forward Weekly for Staunching the flow | Credits: Drew Anderson
  • Lamont Farm ‘N’ Friends for Local Dairy Farmer Wins Sustainability National Award | Credits: Cynthia Wandler

Healthy Communities Journalism Award Sponsored by: Cenovus Energy

  • St. Albert Gazette for OCD: Shedding light on a debilitating disorder | Credits: Kevin Ma
  • Fort McMurray Connect for Depression a common issue for Fort McMurray men | Credits: Andryia Browne, Rebekah Benoit
  • Fast Forward Weekly for EMS workers vent their frustration | Credits: Suzy Thompson

Arts and Culture Writing award Sponsored by: AWNA

  • Fast Forward Weekly for Glenbow museum struggles with declining revenue and high | Credits: Suzy Thompson
  • St. Albert Gazette for Parental discretion is advised | Credits: Scott Hayes
  • Claresholm Local Press for Local musician, NHL battle over Stanley Cup | Credits: J.W. Schnarr

Sports Writing Award Sponsored by: AWNA

  • Airdrie Echo for Face of the Xtreme | Credits: Chris Simnett
  • Yellowknife Yellowknifer for Yellowknifer swims the distance | Credits: Jesse Winter
  • Rocky View Weekly for Local synchronized swimmer’s dedication inspires | Credits: Dawn Smith

Excellence in Education Writing Sponsored by: AWNA

  • Yellowknife Yellowknifer for Public rally saves Parker and Bowden | Credits: Laura Busch
  • Fast Forward Weekly for Education Act and bullies | Credits: Suzy Thompson
  • Fort Macleod Gazette for Eagle feather symbolic of change in Macleod school | Credits: Frank McTighe

Best Trades Technology Writing Award Sponsored by: GPRC Fairview Campus

  • Inuvik Drum for Skills training program wraps up | Credits: Katherine Hudson
  • Deh Cho Drum for Prairie Creek Mine training program gets boost | Credits: Roxanna Thompson
  • Okotoks Western Wheel for Student nails national Skills title | Credits: John Barlow

Best Special Sections and Supplements Award Sponsored by: Metro Creative Graphics

  • Wainwright Star for World Water Day
  • Consort Enterprise for Class of 2012
  • Ponoka News for We Wish You a Merry Christmas

Best Agriculture Supplement Sponsored by: AWNA

  • St. Paul Journal for Agriculture 2012
  • Ponoka News for Agriculture
  • Claresholm Local Press for Salute to Agriculture 2012

Excellence in Creative Advertising Sponsored by: AWNA

  • Jasper Fitzhugh for Whistle Stop Pub | Credits: Melissa Morris
  • Wainwright Edge for Toys and Treasures | Credits: Terry Hunka
  • Brooks & County Chronicle for Are You Ready for Some Guts + Glory | Credits: Will Castro, Michelle Vacca

Creative Use of Colour in Advertising Sponsored by: AWNA

  • Brooks & County Chronicle for Summer Fund Guide 4 Ur Kids | Credits: M. Joan Brees
  • Fort McMurray Connect for SMS Equipment Big Brothers Big Sisters Wood Buffalo Wine Auction | Credits: Andryia Browne
  • East Central Alberta Review for An Amazing Race (Wares Jewellers) | Credits: Lisa Myers-Sortland

Ad Campaign Award Sponsored by: AWNA

  • St. Albert Gazette for Lingnan Express Grand Opening Celebration | Credits: Kris Beardsworth, Leanne Gullickson
  • Northern Journal for Health and Social Services Ad Campaign | Credits: Staff
  • Leduc/Wetaskiwin Pipestone Flyer for What’s Great About Wetaskiwin Video Contest | Credits: Linda Doerr

Community Service Award Sponsored by: AWNA

  • Okotoks Western Wheel for Western Wheel starts community foundation | Credits: Paul Rockley, John Barlow, Gayle Wolf, Staff
  • Fort McMurray Connect for Top 40 Under 40 | Credits: Andryia Browne
  • Nanton News for Wind fire | Credits: Sheena Read