The St. Albert Gazette was the recipient of 10 awards at the Canadian Community Newspaper Awards.
The Gazette won first place in Best All-Round Newspaper and third place for Best Editorial Page among newspapers of a circulation of 25,000 and over.
Reporter Kevin Ma received three awards. He was awarded first place for Outstanding Reporter Initiative for his piece ‘Particulate Matters’. The article also won him third place for Best Environmental Writing.
In the article Ma used an Airbeam air quality detector to detect particulate matter – microscopic airborne particles such as pollen, ash and cigarette smoke – in St. Albert. The Airbeam survey he completed determined that St. Albert is a relatively clean city.
Ma also received first place in Best Environmental Writing for his piece ‘Trashing Morinville’. The article also awarded Ma first place in Best Environmental Writing for the Alberta Weekly Newspapers Association in June.
The Gazette received first place for Best Coverage of the Arts for newspapers of a circulation of 10,000 and over.
Reporter Jeff Hansen received second place for Best Sports Coverage.
Bryan Young, a former photojournalist at the Gazette, received second place for Best Sports Photo for his photo ‘A Cowboy’s Life’.
Chris Colbourne, photojournalist at the Gazette, received third place in Best News Feature Photo for his photo ‘Tears For a Friend’.
Former reporter Doug Neuman received third place in Best Historical Story for his article ‘Seven Hills: a popular destination for generations’. In the article Neuman explores the history of tobogganing on St. Albert’s popular Seven Hills.
April Hudson, the newest reporter to join the Gazette’s reporting team, received first place for Best Local Editorial for her piece ‘Accountability needed in Cholo investigation’, while working as bureau chief at her previous publication, The Deh Cho Drum.
Brian Bachynski, publisher of the St. Albert Gazette, says the awards reflect the work put in by the publication.
“Everyone at the Gazette takes tremendous pride in their work. It’s a team effort. We set the bar high for ourselves, and while we may not always reach it, we certainly strive to put our very best effort into every issue of the Gazette. It’s gratifying to be recognized nationally by our peers.”
Duff Jamison, president and CEO of Great West Newspapers, says the Gazette wasn’t the only Great West newspaper to receive awards.
“Great West’s community newspapers captured 34 awards in the national competition including The Gazette’s Best Overall in the top circulation category and Best Overall for the Okotoks Western Wheel in the 12,500 to 24,999 category. Viewed another way, although we represent less than three per cent of the membership, we collected 17 per cent of the awards in our circulation categories. It’s gratifying to know the Gazette’s commitment to excellence is shared by our newspapers across Alberta.”