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Vaughan Today lauded for best print stories

Vaughan Today swept the two English-language print categories at the recent York Regional Police Media Awards.

Managing editor Alexis Dobranowski and reporter Corey Lewis each took home an award statue at the March 3 event.

Dobranowski’s Oct. 24 article about a vicious attack on a homeless man in Thornhill, “Witnesses to stabbing sought”, was judged to be 2008’s best news story.

Best feature story honours went to Lewis for his Aug. 8 piece, “Teen’s got a licence, you’re losing sleep”, which took a humorous yet informative look at parents coping with their teenaged children getting behind the wheel.

Concita Minutola, a reporter with Vaughan Today sister publication Corriere Canadese, took top spot in the best multicultural print news category for her in-depth story on robberies and thefts in York Region.

“Congratulations to all the winners and all members of media who play an important role in helping us educate our citizens about crime prevention and safety awareness programs, as well as assist our investigations by covering our search for witnesses and suspects,” Chief Armand La Barge said. “Their hard work and dedication are appreciated.”

Next month, the Ontario Community Newspapers Association will honour the best from across the province. Vaughan Today is a finalist in two award categories and the Town Crier group of sister publications is a finalist in three.

Vaughan Today
In print: March 27, 2009, page 2
Online: March 26, 2009 [link]