The Canadian Community Newspaper award-winners were announced on Monday and The Review made the winners circle in a few categories.
The Review’s website won first place among newspapers across the country with circulation up to 9999. The Review’s in-house web design team created the website from scratch, aiming for visual appeal, integration with The Review’s social media presence, and providing an online portal for readers to submit news items. The new website also means that customers can also upload and pay for all kinds of notices and celebration ads. Subscribers can also log in and manage and pay for their print subscriptions.
The Review placed first in the open category for “Outstanding Community Service” for the Vankleek Hill Christmas Home Tour. The Review staff spearheads this annual event, recruits homeowners, vendors, enrols community organizations to participate and coordinates about 100 volunteers to bring the town to life for one day each year in a celebration of heritage and community. The event shares between $3,000 and $4,000 each year with six community organizations, each of which tops up the volunteer roster for the event.
The Review placed second for Best Spot News photo for a photograph of a fire taken by Review freelancer Janice Winsor.
First place went to the Mindem Times in Minden, Ontario.
For Best Local Cartoon (Circulation up to 9999), The Review’s cartoon about the mayors at the United Counties of Prescott-Russell meeting won third place. The cartoon by Riley Coyote depicted a few mayors as having cement blocks on their heads as they voted in favour of a zoning change required by cement plant proponents Colacem in order to move the project forward.
The Victoria Standard in Victoria County placed first.