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Nunavut's award-winning newspaper recognized

Northern News Services
Published Monday, May 7, 2012

Pride in Nunavummiut journalism was given a major boost when Nunavut News/North won top honours in the General Excellence category of the Ontario Community Newspapers Association awards as announced in the ballroom of the Royal York in Toronto April 27.

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Nunavut News/North topped the General Excellence category in the Ontario Community Newspapers Association awards.

The newspaper's devotion to reporting through words and pictures on what ordinary Nunavummiut are saying and doing in their daily lives was a winner with the judges of the 300-member Ontario Community Newspapers Association.

"Nunavut News/North is an overall very appealing community newspaper," said the judges. "It has an excellent front page with compelling photos and creative headlines, making for an attractive first impression while also effectively delivering meaningful information."

Reporter Jeanne Gagnon took first place in the Heritage category with a feature on elders telling their stories on relocation to the Qikiqtani Truth Commission. "It contained some very moving first-hand testimonial," said the judges.

Gagnon also won second place for Best Rural Story with an arcticle headlined "Communities lobby for proper morgues." A difficult subject, confronted head on by a gutsy reporter and solid writer," the judges said. "Jeanne Gagnon avoids a morbid tone but doesn't shirk from portraying a significant indignity and steps being taken to address it. "

An editorial headlined "Healing requires help" putting into perspective the longstanding and crippling effect sof residential school experience won second place in Best Editorial.

Nunavut News/North's advertising department took third place in best advertising design with an advertisement for the Akhaliak Group of Companies.

"What a fascinating ad," the judges declared. "That has to incorporate so many languages. Nicely done!"

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