'Citizen' wins provincial silver for Thresher Reunion special section
The Citizen has won a silver medal at the 2020 Ontario Community Newspapers Association (OCNA) Better Newspapers Competition for Best Special Section with a circulation under 9,999.
The OCNA handed out the awards virtually last Friday and it was The Citizen’s special section that celebrated the annual reunion of the Huron Pioneer Thresher and Hobby Association last September that earned the newspaper the award.
The Citizen was up against the “Farmers’ Harvest 2020” section by The Haldimand Press and the “9th Annual Irish Edition” by The Eganville Leader. The Haldimand Press finished in third place, while The Eganville Leader claimed the gold medal.
This is the fifth time in the last six years that The Citizen has won a provincial newspaper award, earning third place or higher and winning an OCNA Better Newspaper Competition Award in 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017 and 2015.
At the 2019 awards, The Citizen placed third in the General Excellence category for its circulation class and third for Best Sports Photograph of the Year with a picture taken by Editor Shawn Loughlin.
In 2018, The Citizen placed first in the Best Rural Story category for newspapers with a circulation of 9,999 or under for a story on rural homelessness written by Rural Voice Editor Lisa Boonstoppel-Pot, while in 2017, the newspaper won first place in the Best Community Website category for a newspaper with a circulation under 9,999.
In 2015, The Citizen placed third in General Excellence for its circulation class, as well as in the Best Community Website category for its circulation class.
In 2019, The Citizen won a News Media Canada national newspaper award in the Best Rural Story category, which followed several years of honours at the national level.
The Citizen received second-place finishes in the Best Overall Newspaper, Best Front Page and Best Editorial Page categories for its circulation class at the 2014 awards before triumphing in all three categories the following year, being named the best newspaper in Canada, the best front page and the best editorial page in its circulation class that year.