The Saanich News has retained its position as among the best community newspapers in Canada.
The News earned a blue ribbon from the Canadian Community Newspaper Awards as one of the top newspapers in Canada in the circulation category of 25,000 and up.
Saanich News sports reporter Travis Paterson also earned third place in Canada for his sports coverage.
The annual awards feature 33 categories honouring outstanding editorial, photography, multimedia and overall excellence in community newspaper publishing.
Peninsula News Review and Goldstream Gazette were also awarded blue ribbons.
A number of other recognizable names in Victoria’s Black Press community newspapers in appeared at the national awards.
Arnold Lim earned first in feature photography for the Peninsula News Review; Tim Collins with Oak Bay News placed second in news; Mary Ellen Green of Monday Magazine earned a third in feature writing; in business writing; Roszan Holmen earned second place for Victoria News and third went to Danielle Pope with Monday Magazine.
Monday finished second in coverage of the arts and Sooke News Mirror was second in headline writing.
The 2013 competition saw more than 2,000 entries from across Canada.