Every year Newspapers Canada honours the finest in Canadian community news with its Canadian Community Newspaper Awards.
The 2017 winners were announced from Toronto on April 19 and Blackfalds LIFE won Best Feature Series, third place in circulation class, for Lisa Joy’s stories on “Lacombe Man Victim of Red Deer Creep Catchers.”
Joy’s stories on Creep Catchers were picked up by a national news investigative team from W5, who later came to Lacombe and Red Deer. W5, who was already working on a national story about Creep Catchers, featured the Lacombe victim from the Blackfalds LIFE story in their documentary “Creep Out” that aired in February 2017.
First place went to The Compass of Carbonear, NL for their series “Tracking down heroes of the 1974 Ascension Collegiate fire. Second place went to Osoyoos Times, of Osoyoos, BC.
In Joy’s three-decade career as a reporter, she has won numerous national journalism awards including: First Place – CCNA Best Business Writing in 2012 (Toronto); First Place – CCNA Best Local Editorial in 2011 (Vancouver); First Place – CCNA Best Feature Series in 2008 (Toronto); and ISWNE Golden Dozen Award for Outstanding Editorial Writing in 2006 (Oklahoma).
Joy, as a managing editor, also led her newsrooms to win numerous provincial awards through the Alberta Weekly Newspaper Association (AWNA) including: AWNA Third Place – Best Front Page in 2009 (Lacombe Globe); AWNA Third Place Best Sports Front in 2009 (Lacombe Globe); AWNA Atco Award First Place Fire Prevention Week in 2008 (Lacombe Globe); AWNA Third Place Best Front Page in 2007 (Lacombe Globe); AWNA First Place Best Sports front in 2007 (Lacombe Globe); AWNA First Place Best All Around Newspaper in 2007 (Lacombe Globe); and AWNA First Place Best Front Page in 2005 (Ponoka News).
Joy’s work has appeared in the Toronto Sun, Ottawa Sun, Edmonton Sun, Calgary Sun, Alberta Views, Red Deer Advocate, Saskatoon Star Phoenix, Saskatoon Sun and AgWorld: A Saskatchewan Viewpoint.
In 2008 QMI/Quebecor featured Joy in their magazine after her award winning feature series from Africa went national with Sun Media/Quebecor.
Newspapers Canada is a joint initiative of the Canadian Newspaper Association and the Canadian Community Newspapers Association. Combined, the two associations represent over 830 daily, weekly, and community newspapers in every province and territory in Canada.
Blackfalds LIFE is an independent weekly newspaper.
The Canadian Community Newspaper Awards celebrate the best in community publishing from across the country. Newspapers of similar circulation size compete against each other and are judged by a panel of industry experts. With a diverse array of awards categories covering editorial, photography and multimedia, the Canadian Community Newspaper Awards offer learning opportunities for publications of all shapes and sizes.