The Ontario Community Newspapers Association (OCNA) Better Newspapers Competition honours the great work of Ontario’s weekly community newspapers.
Congratulations to the 2022 winners in the Best Front Page (circ < 9999) category, selected from 27 entries.
1st Place: The Lake Report, Niagara-on-the-Lake“Niagara-on-the Lake’s Lake Report edged out its nearest rival for top spot thanks to its lively and engaging writing. The reporters strove to be more than mere fact-providers; they put eﬀort into their story telling. Nice, crisp layout added to the appeal and allowed for a clean presentation of a total of ﬁve stories, each with reader appeal and adding to the community’s understanding of itself.” 2nd Place: Burks Falls Almaguin News“The Burks Falls Almaguin News earned second place with its two strong lead stories about the outcome of a police shooting of a young mother, covering both the personal and legal aspects of such a tragedy. Using appealing design, the News also adds one more crime story and a story of public interest into the mix.” 3rd Place: Listowel Banner“The Listowel Banner presented three stories of compelling public interest to earn its third-place win: a major victory for a local sports team, capturing the tension and thrill of the championship game, a heart-warming story about a woman whose cancer death inspires the community to support local healthcare facilities, and a news story about a truck plowing into the side of a building.”
The 2022 awards showcase the hard work, talent, and dedication demonstrated by Ontario publishers, editors, reporters, photographers, and designers. More than 1,200 entries were received and the awards were presented at a virtual ceremony on April 14, 2023.