Wednesday, 25 February 2009

Awards season

Television has its awards season, as do newspapers.

The Ontario Community Newspaper Association announced its 2008 Better Newspaper Awards winners on Tuesday, with smaller Sun Media newspapers getting a share of the honours.

All of the winners, who will be wined and dined at the 2009 OCNA Convention in Toronto on April 17, can be found here. The OCNA represents 280 community newspapers in Ontario.

Congrats to all.

Meanwhile, nominations for the 2008 Ontario Newspaper Association were announced Tuesday.

Darned if TSF could find a complete list online this ayem, but Sun Media's Sarnia Observer does have a story about the paper being nominated for eight awards.

ONA winners will be announced May 2 at a gala reception in Waterloo.

On another awards front, Toronto Sun columnist Mike Strobel has received an honourable 2009 Genesis Awards mention for his series on the Toronto Zoo euthanizing male baby reindeer.

Not too shabby, coming from the Humane Society of the United States. The awards will be presented in Beverly Hills on March 28.

Says Strobel in the Sun story: "Awards are always nice, but living, bouncing baby reindeer are better. I bet little Rudolph is proud of this, too."

Strobel loose in Beverly Hills? That should be good for a dozen Sun columns if he is attending the awards.

Congrats, Mike.

All kinds of awards, but no 2008 Dunlops to honour Sun Media talent.


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