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Strong regional showing
Kivalliq News takes home six awards from Manitoba

Northern News Services
Published Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Kivalliq News put in a strong showing at the annual Manitoba Community Newspaper Association's Better Newspapers Competition in Winnipeg this past month.

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Kivalliq News editor Darrell Greer displays the paper's two top awards from the Manitoba Community Newspaper Association for Best Local Editorial on a Business Topic and Best Front Page this past week in Rankin Inlet. - photo courtesy Doug McLarty

Editor Darrell Greer took first place overall for the Best Local Editorial on a Business Topic for his piece on the Nutrition North program and the cost of shopping in the North ("Setting the bar on profits," May 16, 2012).

The judges described the editorial as very articulate, explaining in detail the issues facing Northern communities and grocery shopping.

"It had a great introduction, and conclusion as well, and tied all the pieces together in a neat package," wrote the judges.

The Kivalliq News also took first place in its class for Best Front Page, as well as second place in its class for Best Layout and Design.

The regional paper earned third place overall for the Better Communities Award ("Hail the young hunters from Arviat," Oct. 31, 2012), Best First Nations (Aboriginal) Coverage ("Going home again from Baker Lake," Sept. 5, 2012) and Best Historical Story ("Going home again from Baker Lake," Sept. 5, 2012).

Greer said it's always an honour for the Kivalliq News to be recognized by the Manitoba association, which has a large number of excellent community newspapers under its umbrella.

He said the competition just keeps getting stronger with each passing year at the Manitoba event.

"It was disappointing to see our reign of three straight Best in Class awards come to an end, but that's motivation to try and return to the top in the coming year," said Greer.

"As always, Kivalliq News received strong support from its editorial, photography and layout-and-design departments throughout the year in Yellowknife.

"I was very proud to receive an editorial of the year award, which are viewed as quite special by many journalists and editors.

"But, at the end of the day, the paper's strength is the people of the Kivalliq region, whose stories and accomplishments remain a joy for me to report on and write about."

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