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The Journal makes headlines at provincial newspaper awards

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Your independent Sarnia Journal earned multiple honours at the Ontario Community Newspaper Awards last week, including a first place in headline writing.

Tara Jeffrey’s June 20 article exposing a lack of female change rooms at the Progressive Auto Sales Arena earned second place for best sports and recreation story in 2018.

The story had “impact,” judges at the April 5 awards gala in Vaughan, Ont. said.

The Journal came third in General Excellence – which recognizes the very best weekly newspapers in Ontario based on total content, including writing, photography and advertising.

“A quality delivery of community news by the Sarnia Journal,” the judges said. “The variety of stories – from arts to sports – ensured most reader interests and passions were addressed in a tastefully presented package.”

The Journal won the General Excellence Award in 2018 and was third in 2015.

The judges rated Sarnia’s headline writing first among OCNA’s 240 member newspapers.

“These headlines are fun, get the reader involved and have some humour to them. Well done,” they said. Examples included: “Clock striking midnight on Cinderella Story,” and “New Jurassic flick not exactly triceratops, but not pteroble either.”

To date, The Journal has won eight OCNA awards.

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