The Haldimand Press takes home 10 awards in national newspaper competition

The Haldimand Press takes home 10 awards in national newspaper competition
HALDIMAND— The Haldimand Press won top national prizes for our Remembrance Day and Farms Havest Edition 2021 features, in addition to eight other national awards at the recent Canadian Community News Awards competition, hosted by News Media Canada.

By Haldimand Press Staff

HALDIMAND—The Haldimand Press had a strong showing in the recently revealed results from the 2020/2021 Canadian Community News Awards, garnering 10 total awards in a range of categories against community newspapers (under 9,999 subscribers) from across Canada.

This year’s awards, hosted by News Media Canada, honoured contributions from both 2020 and 2021, as the awards did not take place last year due to the pandemic.

Both Press Co-publisher/Editor Kaitlyn Clark and Assistant Editor/Reporter Mike Renzella took home wins in the category of Best National Editorial, with Clark taking second place in the 2020 awards for her piece ‘Black Lives Matter’ and Renzella taking first place in the 2021 awards for his piece ‘Is being Canadian something to be proud of in 2021?’. 

Clark’s piece touched on the Black Lives Matter movement and offered a well-reasoned rebuke of several criticisms of the movement, while Renzella’s was a response to the initial discovery of children in an unmarked grave at a residential school in BC, which rocked the nation to its core last summer. 

The Press took the top national prize in the category Best Special Section for their 2021 feature ‘Remembrance Day: Honouring our nation’s heroes’. The pullout featured stories celebrating local war heroes, including Sheila Phibbs’ look at The Garnet Boys of Jarvis and Renzella’s profiles of Caledonia-raised paratrooper Joseph Spisak Jr. and of Jack MacGregor, at the time possibly the last living Lancaster Bomber pilot in Canada, who has since passed away.

We were also awarded top honours in the country in the category Best Agricultural Edition for our 2021 Harvest Farm edition, which looked at a range of important and interesting agricultural issues in the community. This included mental health in the agricultural community, local agritourism options, the launch of the Farm 911 Emily Project locally, important election issues in the agricultural community ahead of the 2021 Federal election, and a variety of human interest stories.

Additionally, we placed first in 2020 and third in 2021 in the category Best Coverage of the Arts, and first place in 2021 for Best Sports Coverage.

Lastly, Renzella took home three additional writing awards, coming in third place in the 2020 awards in the category Excellence in Rural Reporting for his story ‘An avalanche of kindness leads to over 400 donations to senior communities’, which chronicled the efforts of a dedicated team of volunteers to spread joy to isolated seniors living in long-term care facilities at the height of COVID, now in its third year of successful operation.

The piece ‘Migrant Workers Alliance calls for changes after newest death in Haldimand Norfolk’ placed second nationally in the category Best News Story. The piece looked at conditions faced by migrant workers who were under strict quarantine measures at the time, and the conditions that led to the death of migrant worker Fausto Ramirez Plazas in the summer of 2021.

The piece ‘Geronimo’s Dream: Mohawk Institute Residential School survivor shares his story, building memorial’ won third place in the 2021 category Best Feature Story. The story chronicled the lifelong impacts endured by residential school survivor Geronimo Henry and touched on some of the ways he has worked to process the pain of his experiences and use them to help other survivors.

The team at The Press is exceptionally proud of these accomplishments. 

We work tirelessly to bring you local news, compelling local interest stories, and reliable coverage of what’s happening in the community. These have been staples of our publication for the past 154 years. Thank you to our readers and advertisers for your continued support of The Haldimand Press. It is through the support of our community that we are able to continue onward with our mission to bring award-winning local coverage right to your doorstep.

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