QCT reaps many QCNA Better Newspapers Awards

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Photo: Valerie Pyke

QCT journalists Cassandra Kerwin, Shirley Nadeau, Mary McCown and Ruby Pratka proudly display the many awards they won at the recent QCNA Better Newspapers Awards ceremony.

The Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph is proud to announce that four of its writers and photographers were presented with the following awards at the 38th annual Quebec Community Newspapers Association (QCNA) banquet and awards gala, held at the Mont-Gabriel Resort and Spa in Sainte-Adèle on June 8.

Mary McCown was awarded first place for the Best Agricultural Story for her June 14, 2017, article about raising bees on city rooftops – “What’s the buzz? To honeybee or not to honeybee.” Lise Lafond won second place for the Best Sports Photo for her photograph of sled dogs “Mushing around the Valcartier International Dog Sled Races” that appeared in the March 22, 2017, edition.

Cassandra Kerwin took third place for the Best Sports Photo for her photo of bicycle racers in the Sep. 13, 2017, edition – “Sagan defends his title at the Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec.” Both Kerwin and Lafond were shortlisted in this same category; there were two QCT photographers in the top three of 15 entries!

Kerwin was also awarded second place for the Best Photo Essay for her photos and front page article about the Fêtes de la Nouvelle-France, in the Aug. 16, 2017, edition – “Quebec City celebrates its history and culture.” Kerwin also won second place for the Best News Photo for her photo “Quebecers unite in memory of victims of mosque shooting” that appeared in the Feb. 8, 2017, edition.

Ruby Pratka was awarded third place for the Best Feature Series for her four-part series  “Hidden English history in Saguenay”that appeared in various editions from August to November 2017.

The Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph was awarded second place for the Best Sports Page for the front page of the March 8, 2017, edition – “Beautiful weather for the 13th Pentathlon des neiges.” This award went to the newspaper as a whole, not to a single contributor, but it was Kerwin’s photos and article that were featured on the page.

Congratulations to Mary McCown, Cassandra Kerwin, Lise Lafond and Ruby Pratka for their talent and dedicated work.

QCNA Executive Director Richard Tardif, who is retiring at the end of June, said, “Community newspapers continue to be needed and appreciated at the local level. Behind every newspaper is a team of journalists, photographers, designers, front desk personnel, editors, managers and publishers, always with one objective; to inform citizens.

Tonight you have no deadlines. Enjoy the celebration!”

For more information about the QCNA, visit qcna.org.