Newsrooms across North America received the much awaited results of the Local Media Association 2012 Editorial Contest last month. Judges from the Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University, pored over the voluminous stacks of entry in this competitive contest and recognized creativity and accomplishment in close to 40 categories. Additionally, honors were bestowed to a select group of seven individuals in the Editors of the Year and Journalists of the Year categories.
Metroland Media Group led all companies with an impressive 129 awards and Metroland President Ian Oliver, says this affirms his company’s commitment to providing first class journalism to the communities served by their papers. “We have excellent journalists throughout the chain and this is reflected by the fact that we win awards across all categories,” said Oliver. “Whether it is weekly or daily, paid or unpaid, online or in print our content and editorial teams all perform exceptionally well. Even though our business faces continual disruption we have not backed down on our efforts to excel in the quality of editorial coverage we provide to our readers.”
Black Press followed with 55 awards, Journal Communications with 26 awards, Journal Register Company/Digital First Media with 27 awards and The Observer Group with 23 awards.
Among daily newspapers, the Antelope Valley Press and Sioux City Journal (Lee Enterprises, Inc.) tied with 16 awards each. They were followed closely by the Lawrence Journal-World (The World Company) with 15; the StarNews (Halifax Media) with 14; The Oakland Press (Journal Register Company/Digital First Media) with 11 awards; The Galveston County Daily News (Galveston Newspapers Inc.) with 9 awards; Southeast Missourian (Rust Communications, Inc.) with 8 awards; and The Daily Journal (Small Newspaper Group) and The Saratogian (Journal Register Company/Digital First Media) with 7 awards each.
In the weekly newspaper arena, The Surrey-North Delta Leader (Black Press), St. Albert Gazette (Great West Newspapers) and Living Lake Country Reporter (Journal Communications) took 14 awards each. The Riverdale Press (Richner Communications, Inc.) took 11 awards; Burlington Post (Metroland Media Group, Ltd.) received 10 awards; The Mississauga News (Metroland Media Group, Ltd) and Philadelphia Gay News (MASCO Communications) each received 9 awards; and Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows News (Black Press), Outlook North Vancouver (Black Press) and Flamborough Review (Metroland Media Group, Ltd.) each won 8 awards.
Many thanks to the faculty at the Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University for judging this contest and to Newspaper Toolbox for hosting the online contest platform. The actual awards will be mailed to the winning newspaper's publisher.
To view the complete list of winners (sorted by company or by category) click on a report below.