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Low Down wins big again

This photo of a La Pêche Fire Department firefighter responding to a brush fire in Edelweiss on May 7, 2019 won the best news photo category of the Quebec Community Newspapers Association’s Better Newspapers contest. Low Down file photo

There’s nothing like a vote of confidence from the Quebec Community Newspaper Association during a pandemic to give this newsroom a boost.

For the second year in a row, we’ve won the best overall newspaper category of the 2019 QCNA Better Newspapers contest against a bevy of large newspapers with bigger staff and circulation numbers.

"We've been so discombobulated with this COVID-19 business, we almost forgot to put our big win in this week's paper," said publisher Nikki Mantell, explaining why it's on page three instead of the front page. "It is front page news, we work damn hard getting this little paper out into the hands of readers, and yes, we are pretty proud to win best overall newspaper two years in a row."

She gives credit to her whole team - whether reporter or ad sales director - as everyone brings their passion and dedication to work every day. "Plus there's no end of ridiculously interesting stories coming out of this community. It's a gold mine," summed up Mantell.