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New West Record wins big at national awards

Sports photography, arts coverage among the winners for New West's hometown paper at the CCNA Awards for 2015
Record pages, CCNA awards
Some of the Record's work that won honours at this year's Canadian Community Newspaper Awards: from left, photographer Jennifer Gauthier's winning sports photo; one part of Julie MacLellan's State of the Arts series; and a feature on the NWSS production of Rumors.

New West's hometown newspaper is earning honours on the national scene.

The Record has captured multiple awards in the just-announced Canadian Community Newspaper Awards for 2015.

The national awards program recognizes the best work in community publishing across the country. Winners were announced this morning (Friday, March 27).

For general excellence, the Record earned a "blue ribbon" in its circulation class and also emerged with third prize for best front page and second prize for best editorial page.

Photographer Jennifer Gauthier captured first place for best sports photo for her shot, Homecoming high - of Hyacks running back David Haeber running onto the field for the annual NWSS football homecoming game. It ran in the Sept. 24, 2014 Record.

The Record also earned second place for Best Coverage of the Arts. The award recognizes three pieces of work by arts reporter/assistant editor Julie MacLellan: a feature on the Columbia Theatre's open stage nights for emerging bands (which ran May 16, 2014), a feature on the NWSS production of Rumors (April 23, 2014) and a three-part series, State of the Arts, from February 2014 that looked at New West's theatre scene.

For a full list of winners, see the Newspapers Canada website at