The Ponoka News and Bashaw Star came home with several awards from the Alberta Weekly Newspaper Association’s (AWNA’s) annual Better Newspaper Competition awards banquet, held in Red Deer May 31.
AWNA member papers submitted articles, photos and special sections from 2018 and judges scored the submissions on a number of criteria.
Ponoka News won third place for its 2018 Ponoka Stampede supplement under the special sections category.
The judges said the special section was “fun, informative and completely full of information about the week long event. History, schedules and a vast amount of well-designed content make this section great.”
A first place photography award was given to the News for “Winter Rescue” by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye.
The News also won third place in Class D (its circulation class) for best editorial page, and a third place sports writing award for reporter Jordie Dwyer’s article, “Weir remembers fun, crazy times as Golden Seal.”
The Bashaw Star, in circulation class A, was awarded third place for best sports page.