PORT HAWKESBURY: The Reporter newspaper, published out of Port Hawkesbury and serving the counties of Richmond, Inverness, Guysborough, Antigonish, and Victoria, recently managed impressive showings at the Canadian Community Newspaper Awards and the Newspapers Atlantic Better Newspapers Competition.
On the national front, The Reporter won Best Editorial Page with editor Jake Boudrot’s position on the legalization of cannabis in Nova Scotia.
Grant McDaniel’s story “Storytellers spin yarns from prohibition era” took second place in the Best Historical Story division. The story regarded tales of past prohibition exploits by local Cape Bretoners.
At the Better Newspapers Competition in June, the paper won Outstanding Community Engagement, due to Nicole Fawcett’s organization of Seniors Expo 2017; Editorial of the Year, by editor Jake Boudrot; and Outstanding Photo Essay, by Mary Hankey. Last year, The Reporter was nominated for a General Excellence Award and won three additional awards.
“It’s through excellent, in-depth, community-based content that we retain our position as the cornerstone of our respective communities,” says Sean Murray, president and CEO of Advocate Printing, publishers of The Reporter.
Fred Fiander, director of media operations for Advocate, says, “We are all very proud of the work we do, but external recognition goes a long way in demonstrating the value and importance of our newspapers.”
This puts The Reporter’s total award count at seven Atlantic-level prestigious awards and two national awards in the past two years.