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Honouring excellence in journalism


The Swan Valley Star and Times was honoured many times over last Saturday (May 13) at the Manitoba Community Newspaper Association’s 98th annual conference and Better Newspapers Competition awards banquet in Winnipeg.

Among the awards, the Star and Times took first place in the Best-in-Class and Best Editorial Page and third place in the Best Layout and Design competitions for newspapers with a circulation between 1,600 and 3,599.

Reporter/Photographer Jeremy Bergen was recognized for his excellence in both photography and writing, placing first in the Best Feature Photo category for his view of harvest from above and second for Best Column or Feature on a Business Topic for his editorial about the promotion of antibiotic free meats in the fast food industry.

Owner/Publisher Brian Gilroy also received recognition, earning a third place spot for his weekly ‘As I See It’ column in the Best Columnist category.

Rounding out the accolades, Editor Danielle Gordon-Broome earned first place recognition for Best Local Editorial on a Business Topic with her opinion piece on the potential closure of the Tolko mill and the impact that would have on the Valley. She also was awarded third place for her promotion of a live interview event the Star and Times hosted in the fall in the Best In-house Ad category.

Congratulations are also extended to our sister papers – the Dauphin Herald, Opasquia Times, Roblin Review and Russell Banner – on their well deserved recognitions.

In the circulation competitions, the Russell Banner placed second for Best Editorial Page for papers with a circulation of less than 1,399. Also in this category, the Opasquia Times received first from both Best-in-Class and Best Front Page as well as third for their layout and design.

In the 1,400 to 3,599 division, the Roblin Review placed third in Best-in-Class, Best Editorial Page and Best Front Page.

In the circulation 3,600 to 9,999, the Dauphin Herald placed first in Best Front Page and second in Best Editorial Page and Best-in-Class.

In other competitions, the Opasquia Times received first in Best Sports Story, second in Best Spot News Photo and Best First Nations Coverage and third in Best Agriculture Story, Best Local Editorial on a Business Topic and Best Photo Essay.

The Dauphin Herald took first in Best In-house Ad, second in Best Christmas Edition and Best Feature Photo, and third in Best Agriculture Section and Best Editorial.

The Roblin Review also earned a second place finish for Best Environmental Story.