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Midwestern Newspapers receives 9 OCNA nominations

TORONTO – Midwestern Newspapers, publishers of the Listowel Banner, Independent Plus, Walkerton Herald-Times and Wingham Advance Times, has been named a finalist for a number of provincial awards.

The Ontario Community Newspapers Association announced the finalists for the 2020 Better Newspapers Competition on Tuesday morning, with Midwestern Newspapers being named one of three finalists in nine categories.

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  • Best Arts and Entertainment Story for Colin Burrowes’ piece North Perth artists finding new ways to create during COVID-19 pandemic (May 21, 2020);
  • Headline Writing
  • Best News Photo for Dan McNee’s photo, Hero’s Embrace, that appeared on the front page of the July 16, 2020 issue.
  • Best Sports Section
  • Best Unit/Feature Pages for the Rotary Club of Listowel 1946-2019 four-page spread that appeared in the Oct. 31, 2019 issue.
  • Best Original Ad Idea for Guess Who’s Door, an interactive ad feature that ran in May 2020 that encouraged residents to walk the Main Streets and identify the front door of participating businesses.

Independent Plus

  • Best Special Section – circulation over 10,000 category for the Between The Lines grand opening section that appeared in the Sept. 10, 2020 issue.

Walkerton Herald-Times

  • Best Unit/Feature Pages category for the Walkerton Water Crisis – 20 years later feature that appeared in the May 21, 2020 issue.

The Herald-Times also received an honourable mention in the Best Rural Story – circulation under 9,999 for Pauline Kerr’s piece, Human trafficking – not just a city problem that appeared in the Feb. 27, 2020 issue.

Wingham Advance Times

  • Best Sports and Recreation Story category for Dan McNee’s piece, Creating a frozen masterpiece: The art of the ideal curling sheet that appeared in the Jan. 30, 2020 issue.

The first, second and third place winners will be announced during a virtual ceremony on Friday, April 23.

“Congratulations to the team! To be nominated in nine categories of the Better Newspapers Competition is an amazing achievement. We are up against the best newspapers in Ontario and I am so proud our talented staff members, this is a great group effort,” said Bill Huether, general manager of Midwestern Newspapers.

“It is nice to be recognized for doing what we love, which is highlighting our amazing communities.”