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Best newspaper in CanadaThe Slave River Journal has won best overall newspaper in Canada in the under-2000 circulation class.
The award was handed out at the April 29 Canadian Weekly Newspapers Association banquet in Vancouver on April 29.
The Journal beat other finalists The Gravenhurst Banner, from Gravenhurst Ontario, and The Weekly Press, from Enfield Nova Scotia, for the award.
"The Fort Smith/Fort Chipewyan Slave River Journal came out on top because of the attention they give to all aspects of their paper – very striking front page, solid journalism, good writing and nice design," stated the judges.
Publisher and editor Don Jaque said the award is nice recognition for all the hard work that goes into the paper each week.
"When you strive to be the very best you can, and then actually achieve at the top level, it is most gratifying," Jaque said. "But it can never been done without good people to deliver the goods. I say kudos to the hard working staff of the Slave River Journal who produce one of the best little newspapers in the country."
The Journal also won second place in the best front page category, and second place in History Story of the Year for a feature on House Lake, Alberta, a Dene community that was relocated and forgotten when Wood Buffalo National Park expanded its borders south.
The paper received a Blue Ribbon award as well, a designation given to newspapers that display excellence throughout the year