The little paper that could

  • May. 14, 2011 12:00 p.m.
North Thompson Times editor Keith McNeill shows two of the newspaper’s two CNA first place awards

North Thompson Times editor Keith McNeill shows two of the newspaper’s two CNA first place awards

By Jill Hayward

Black Press publisher Al Kirkwood says he’s more than a little proud of how his papers fared at the recent Canadian Community Newspapers Association (CNA) and B.C. and Yukon Community Newspaper Association’s (BCYCNA)  awards held during the Ink and Beyond conference, at the River Rock Resort in Richmond on Apr. 30 and May 1.

Kirkwood, publisher for both the North Thompson Star/Journal in Barriere, and The North Thompson Times in Clearwater,  commented that it takes outstanding staff to mold all facets of a newspaper into an award winning publication.  And that’s why the staff at both papers, especially The Times, are celebrating their recent triumphs.

The North Thompson Times took first place honours at the CNA Awards for Best All-Round Newspaper circulation up to 1249, and Best Editorial Page circulation up to 1249.

In the BCYCNA Ma Murray Awards both newspapers were in the top three in the Newspaper General Excellence competition category A (under 3,000 circulation), with The Times taking the silver and the Star/Journal the bronze.

Judges made the following comments regarding The Times; “Stories are presented well and in an engaging manner to the reader.  The Op/Ed/Editorial pages are very good and the balance on the pages and the photography throughout is also of a high standard.  Content variation, production quality, and advertising, should be commended.”

Although BCYCNA’s category A has the smallest circulation, with 21 newspapers it has the largest number of competitors of any of the general excellence competition’s seven circulation categories.

“These awards show that our newspapers are for the community and involved in the community,” said Kirkwood “To be judged by our peers and to come out on top is the ultimate.”

Keith McNeill, editor of The Times, says he was more than a little surprised, and thrilled, when he was presented with the two CNA awards.

“All of the staff contributed to these awards,” said the editor, “It’s a real team effort to put out the paper.”

He noted that in the past The Times has won the BCYCNA general excellence in its circulation category in 2010 and in 2006.

Black Press BC Interior North president  Lorie Williston congratulated both papers at the awards saying, “We’re just so proud of the successes of our two North Thompson papers.  You guys have done great.”

Both newspapers share the ad production staff at the Star/Journal in Barriere, making The Times’ wins are just that much more sweeter for all those involved.