The Clark’s Crossing Gazette has been named a finalist for its reporting, photography, and design at the Saskatchewan Weekly Newspaper Association’s (SWNA) upcoming Better Newspapers Competition.

The annual awards are set to recognize the best of the province’s community journalism from 2023. The winners will be announced May 9.

The Gazette is a finalist in five categories: Best Advertisement, Best Page Design, Best Government Coverage, Best Wildlife Photo and Best People Photo.

Gazette graphic arts designer Jodie Unruh designed an ad for the Chicken Farmers of Saskatchewan that was selected as one of the top three ads by SWNA judges.

Veteran Gazette photographer and sports reporter Wayne Shiels received two nods from judges. A photo of a father and child skating at the Martensville Sports Centre during the community’s Play and Skate with Santa event last December is a finalist in the ‘Best People Photo” category for the way it captured the joy of a family outing.

Shiels’ close-up of a Bohemian Waxwing enjoying a meal of frozen berries is a finalist in the Best Wildlife Photo category.

Gazette reporter Terry Pugh’s series of articles covering Martensville City Council’s debate about contracting out the management and operations of the city’s new multi-purpose recreational facility was a finalist in the Best Government Coverage category.

Pugh also received a nomination for Best Page Design for his sports page layout featuring BMX racers during a national competition at the Diamond BMX track in Warman.

Since 2010, the Gazette has earned a total of 124 awards in the SWNA Better Newspapers Competition, including 41 first place honours.