Canadian earns three awards at AWNA convention
Camrose Canadian editor Josh Aldrich with three awards earned by the paper at the Alberta Weekly Newspaper Awards in Edmonton on June 1. Supplied
Following its annual convention and general meeting June 1, the Alberta Weekly Newspapers Association doled out a bevy of honours and awards to its members.
Editor Josh Aldrich and the Camrose Canadian ended up with three Better Newspapers Competition Awards of Excellence that evening. The BNC awards the best editorial and advertising content of the previous year.
Aldrich took home the Gordon Scott Memorial Award for Best Feature Column by a Local Writer for his December 2017 column "Stopping bullying starts at home.” His article "Meaningful Music brings spark back to seniors" placed second in Healthy Communities Journalism, and the Canadian took third for best front page in circulation 12,500-and-up category.
For Aldrich, the acknowledgments are a sweet reward for the long hours put into a demanding job.
“I am a one-man newsroom and the hours and days sometimes feel endless,” said Aldrich.
“There are weeks when the only time I see my wife is when she comes to the rink with me when I am covering a hockey game — I cannot thank her enough for her love, patience and support.
“But I am privileged that I have been able to do what I have done for a living for the last 16 years. I am a storyteller, and there is no better job for a storyteller than being able to chronicle the life of a community.”