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Year of Hard Work Rewarded

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The Swan Valley Star and Times was honoured many times over last Saturday (May 11) at the Manitoba Community Newspaper Association’s 100th annual conference and Better Newspaper Competition awards banquet in Winnipeg.
Taking home the evening’s highest honour, the publication was named the Best All Round Newspaper. The winner is determined by adding up the scores of 11 judging categories, regardless of circulation class, for all community newspapers in the province.
Among the other awards, the Star and Times took first place in the Best-in-Class, Best Front Page and Best Editorial Page competitions while also picking up second place in Best Layout and Design for newspapers with a circulation between 1,400 and 3,599.
Editor Danielle Gordon-Broome was recognized for her excellence in writing, placing first in Best Habitat Conservation Story and Best Historical Story categories as well as second in Best Editorial on a Business Topic.
Reporter/Photographer Jeremy Bergen also received recognition, earning a second place finish for his story in the Best Column or Feature Article on a Business Topic category.
Rounding out the accolades, the entire team was recognized for their contributions to the writing, photography, layout and design of 2018s agriculture supplement by capturing first place for the second year in a row in the Best Agriculture Section category.
In addition, the Swan Valley School Division’s 50th Anniversary edition also took home first in the Best Special Section 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 Opasquia Times placed third for Best editorial page for papers with a circulation of less than 1,399.
In the 1,400 to 3,599 division, the Roblin Review placed second for Best Editorial Page and Best Front Page while in the circulation 3,600 to 9,999, the Dauphin Herald placed third in Best-in-Class, Best Layout and Design and Best Front Page categories.
In other competitions, the The Dauphin Herald took second in Best special section, the Roblin Review took first in Best In-House Ad and third in Best Column or Feature Article on a Business Topic and the Russell Banner took third place for Best Environmental Story.
Lastly, the Opasquia Times received first for Best Feature Photo and Best Local Editorial on a Business Topic, second for Best Editorial and Best Education Story and third for Best First Nation Coverage.