Pair of Advocate special sections honoured by Newspaper Canada

A pair of special sections produced by the Red Deer Advocate have placed first and second in Newspaper Canada’s 2015 Best Idea Awards. Topping the field in the Small Market Daily Newspaper category was Momentum, which was published by the Advocate last June. It profiled men and women from the Red Deer area who have distinguished themselves nationally and internationally.

A pair of special sections produced by the Red Deer Advocate have placed first and second in Newspaper Canada’s 2015 Best Idea Awards.

Topping the field in the Small Market Daily Newspaper category was Momentum, which was published by the Advocate last June. It profiled men and women from the Red Deer area who have distinguished themselves nationally and internationally.

The runner-up for best special section was Courage Remembered, which was published by the Advocate last November. Produced annually, it pays tribute to Canada’s soldiers and war veterans, and has been recognized previously in the Best Idea Awards.

Richard Smalley, the Advocate’s advertising director, said the Red Deer daily has consistently distinguished itself at the Newspaper Canada awards.

“We are thrilled to be recognized for the fourth consecutive year as the winner in the special sections category of the Newspaper Canada’s Great Idea Awards,” said Smalley.

“These sections show the commitment and hard work that our staff put into them, both in terms of advertising and editorial.”

Finishing third in the special section category among small market daily newspapers was The Prince George Citizen.

The Sylvan Lake News claimed the top prize for special sections among community newspapers with circulations between 4,000 to 24,999. Both it and the Advocate are published by Black Press.

Newspapers Canada is a joint initiative of the Canadian Newspaper Association and the Canadian Community Newspapers Association. The two organizations represent daily, weekly and community newspapers across the country.