Canadian Community Newspaper Awards

2024 Entry Details

The 2024 competition opened on April 22, 2024 accepting work from 2023.

All entries must be submitted digitally on the portal by May 28, 2024.

Winners will be announced on September 16, 2024.

Be sure to have both the Entry Book and BetterBNC Contestant Guide on hand (click download buttons below) when submitting your entries. 

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Congratulations to the 2023 Canadian Community Newspaper Awards winners. 

Click here to view the full list of winners.

The 2023 competition included 798 entries in 27 unique categories recognizing outstanding editorial, photography, multimedia and overall excellence in community newspaper publishing from 2022.

New categories introduced in 2022 included Best Multimedia Breaking News Coverage, Best Local Civic Journalism and Best Special Section.

News Media Canada thanks the newspapers and esteemed judges who participated in 2023 Canadian Community Newspaper Awards (CCNAwards) competition (click here for a full list of judges).

We are honoured to continue this annual recognition of the outstanding achievements of the community newspaper industry.

About the CCNAwards

The CCNAwards celebrate the best in community publishing from across the country. Newspapers of similar circulation size compete against each other and are judged by a panel of industry experts. With a diverse array of awards categories covering editorial, photography and multimedia, the CCNAwards offer learning opportunities for publications of all sizes.

English- and French-language community newspapers across the country are invited to compete in News Media Canada’s annual awards competition, which celebrates the very best in community journalism.

  • The competition is open to members and non-members of News Media Canada;
  • English- and French-language competitions will be adjudicated separately (subject to a sufficient number of entries in both competitions).

For more information, please contact us at awards@newsmediacanada.ca or refer to the following links:

Interested in being a judge? Click here.

News Media Canada is seeking leading industry professionals to serve as judges for the annual Canadian Community Newspaper Awards. Volunteer your time and expertise, and contribute to the growth of Canada’s news media industry.

If you are interested in judging, complete the judge nomination form. Or, nominate your staff, colleagues and other qualified professionals.

For more information, please contact us at awards@newsmediacanada.ca.