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The Low Down wins big at awards

July 3rd,2024 | News

The Low Down team, from left: Graphic designer Susan Williams, Publisher Nikki Mantell, General Manager Heather Hopewell, Marketing Director Jessica Valentini and Editor-in-Chief Trevor Greenway pose with too much hardware to hold at the QCNA awards gala June 28. Photo: Jen Grant

Now, please allow us to brag: this feisty little weekly – which our proofreader fondly refers to as the “local rag” – just cleaned house at the Quebec Community Newspaper Association (QCNA) annual award ceremony in Montreal on June 28, pulling off 11 top prizes and nabbing the coveted distinction of Best Overall Newspaper. 

The Low Down’s intrepid editor-in-chief Trevor Greenway topped the list of nominees at this year’s QCNA awards and came away with an impressive five first-place wins, including Best Editorial and Best News Photo. He also brought home the Paul Dumont-Frenette Award for Outstanding Journalism and a special award for outstanding photojournalism. 

“I’m so proud of our news team for all the accolades we received this year,” Greenway said after the ceremony. 

“These awards really go to our readers, who have the courage and the trust to let us tell their compelling stories.”

The Low Down team also picked up Best Front Page, Best Feature Page, Best Sports Page, Best Special Section, Best Headline Writing and Best Sports Photo. 

With so many wins, Low Down staff were forced to run back and forth between photo-ops and the award stage all night (what a tribulation!).

This isn’t the first time the Low Down has come out on top: this paper has been named Best Overall four times since 2013. 

When this year’s award finalists were announced back in March, publisher Nikki Mantell said that she was “chuffed” but not surprised because she is “pretty confident she has the best news team in Canada.”

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