The Ontario Newspaper Awards celebrate excellence in journalism among newspapers outside of Toronto. They are held once a year at a gala ceremony that brings together journalists, photographers, managing editors, publishers and sponsors.

PHOTOS: 2016 Winners and Sponsors

PHOTOS: 2016 Winners and Sponsors

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62nd Annual Ontario Newspaper Awards

62nd Annual Ontario Newspaper Awards

The 62nd Ontario Newspaper Awards were held Saturday night at the Sheraton Hamilton hotel. More than 200 of the province’s top journalists, editors and newsroom staff gathered to celebrate excellence in journalism. Congratulations to all winners and nominees. Arts & Entertainment Writing WINNER: JON WELLS, THE HAMILTON SPECTATOR FINALIST: JEFF HICKS, WATERLOO REGION RECORD FINALIST:...
PHOTOS: Nominees for Feature Photography (over)

PHOTOS: Nominees for Feature Photography (over)

The nominees for Feature Photography (over 25,000 circulation) are:  
PHOTOS: Spot News Photography (over 25,000 circulation)

PHOTOS: Spot News Photography (over 25,000 circulation)

The nominees for Spot News Photography (over 25,000 circulation) are:  
Sports Photography (under 25,000 circulation)

Sports Photography (under 25,000 circulation)

The nominees for Sports Photography (under 25,000 circulation):
Online Photography nominees

Online Photography nominees

The nominees for Online Photography are…..      
Feature Photography (under 25,000 circulation)

Feature Photography (under 25,000 circulation)

Feature Photography (under 25,000 circulation) The nominees are….    
PHOTOS: Spot News Photography (under 25,000 circulation)

PHOTOS: Spot News Photography (under 25,000 circulation)

Spot News Photography (under 25,000) Judge: J. Fred Kuntz And the nominees are….    
Nominees for the 2016 Ontario Newspaper Awards

Nominees for the 2016 Ontario Newspaper Awards

Nominees for the 2016 Ontario Newspaper Awards are….. James Bruce Award Arts & Entertainment Writing Jeff Hicks, Waterloo Region Record – Local filmmaker’s Victory punches above weight Joel Rubinoff, Waterloo Region Record – When Martin Luther King meets Bill Cosby Jon Wells, The Hamilton Spectator – Honorary McMaster degrees given to philanthropists Joey and Toby...
Guelph Mercury to cease publishing print editions

Guelph Mercury to cease publishing print editions

One of the country’s oldest dailies, the Guelph Mercury, will cease publishing its print editions this week, the latest casualty of the deep malaise in Canada’s newspaper industry, its publisher announced Monday. The closure will throw 23 full-time and three part-time employees out of work, including eight in the newsroom. The southwestern Ontario newspaper, which...
Entries now closed for the 62 Annual Ontario Newspaper Awards

Entries now closed for the 62 Annual Ontario Newspaper Awards

Entries for the 2016 Ontario Newspaper Awards are now closed. Thank you to all our participants. If you have questions or concerns about your entries – please email Rosie Grover at rgrover@thespec.com Finalists will be released in the coming weeks. SAVE THE DATE: The Ontario Newspaper Awards will be held Saturday, April 23, 2016 at...
PHOTOS: The 2015 ONA gala in pictures

PHOTOS: The 2015 ONA gala in pictures

   
61st Annual Ontario Newspaper Awards

61st Annual Ontario Newspaper Awards

HAMILTON –The Hamilton Spectator swept the 2015 Ontario Newspaper Awards on Saturday night, claiming 12 of the night’s 37 awards, including the prestigious Journalist of the Year and Photojournalist of the Year awards. The Windsor Star took home five awards, and the Guelph Mercury and Waterloo Record four. The Welland Tribune, Kingston Whig-Standard and Brantford...