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Journal nominated for five Ontario newspaper awards

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The Sarnia Journal, your independent hometown newspaper, has been nominated for five Ontario newspaper awards – including best community newspaper in the province.

The Journal is one of three finalists in its class for the General Excellence Award, the highest honour bestowed by the Ontario Community Newspaper Association. The award recognizes outstanding achievement based on the overall quality of a newspaper’s news and sports, photography, advertising and layout.

It marks the third time The Journal has been judged one of Ontario’s best community newspapers.

Reporter Cathy Dobson was nominated in the highly competitive category of Best News Story. Her piece on the Sarnia-Lambton Children’s Aid Society described how it was the first in Ontario to phase out group homes, thus improving living conditions and outcomes for children.

Photographer Ronny D’Haene’s elegant front-page shot of a great egret, landing in Lake Chipican with wings outstretched, earned a nod for Best Feature Photo.

Editor George Mathewson and D’Haene teamed up on a nomination for Best Photo Layout, a two-page story and photo spread of unusual wildlife, all recorded within the boundaries of the City Of Sarnia.

And finally, the Remembrance Day insert, Sarnia Remembers: a special tribute to our local heroes was nominated for Best Special Section. The 24-page package contained never-before-told stories that honoured the lives and sacrifices made by residents in Canada’s military campaigns.

The five OCNA nominations in 2021 matched the highest number in a year for the Journal, which is one of more than 200 newspapers in the non-profit industry association.

The winners will be announced during a virtual presentation scheduled for April 29th.

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