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Southern Gazette in running for Newspapers Atlantic awards


The Southern Gazette has garnered a pair of award nominations for Newspapers Atlantic’s 2016 Better Newspapers Competition.

Standing finalists for the annual contest were announced on Wednesday.

The Gazette is up against Nova Scotia newspapers the Digby County Courier and the Hants Journal in the General Excellence Class 1 award category for papers with a circulation up to 3,000.

The award takes all aspects of a newspaper into account, including community news and features, advertising design and content and front page attractiveness.

Associate editor Paul Herridge, meanwhile, is one of three finalists in the Outstanding News Photo category for a photograph taken at the scene of a two-vehicle accident in Marystown last year.

TC Media’s Newfoundland and Labrador weeklies received 10 nods in total.

The Carbonear Compass and Clarenville Packet are finalists in the General Excellence Class 2 award category for circulation between 3,000 and 4,500.

The Compass received nominations for four other awards in the competition.

Reporter Nicholas Mercer was selected as a finalist in the Outstanding Local Columnist category, and former Compass reporter Melissa Jenkins, now the editor at the Northern Pen in St. Anthony, was nominated for Outstanding Resources Story.

Mercer and Jenkins share a nomination for Outstanding Photo Essay. The newspaper is also a finalist for Outstanding Red Lobster, which recognizes the fact everyone makes mistakes.

Packet reporter Kevin Curley, also up for Outstanding Resources Story, and Labrador City Aurora reporter Ty Dunham, who is in the running for Outstanding Feature Photo, round out the finalists.

The awards will be handed out during the 44th annual Newspapers Atlantic Conference in Halifax, N.S., April 23.

Standing finalists for the annual contest were announced on Wednesday.

The Gazette is up against Nova Scotia newspapers the Digby County Courier and the Hants Journal in the General Excellence Class 1 award category for papers with a circulation up to 3,000.

The award takes all aspects of a newspaper into account, including community news and features, advertising design and content and front page attractiveness.

Associate editor Paul Herridge, meanwhile, is one of three finalists in the Outstanding News Photo category for a photograph taken at the scene of a two-vehicle accident in Marystown last year.

TC Media’s Newfoundland and Labrador weeklies received 10 nods in total.

The Carbonear Compass and Clarenville Packet are finalists in the General Excellence Class 2 award category for circulation between 3,000 and 4,500.

The Compass received nominations for four other awards in the competition.

Reporter Nicholas Mercer was selected as a finalist in the Outstanding Local Columnist category, and former Compass reporter Melissa Jenkins, now the editor at the Northern Pen in St. Anthony, was nominated for Outstanding Resources Story.

Mercer and Jenkins share a nomination for Outstanding Photo Essay. The newspaper is also a finalist for Outstanding Red Lobster, which recognizes the fact everyone makes mistakes.

Packet reporter Kevin Curley, also up for Outstanding Resources Story, and Labrador City Aurora reporter Ty Dunham, who is in the running for Outstanding Feature Photo, round out the finalists.

The awards will be handed out during the 44th annual Newspapers Atlantic Conference in Halifax, N.S., April 23.

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