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Gazette editor wins editorial award

McTighe wins Telus Editorial Award

Frank McTighe, editor and publisher of The Macleod Gazette, with the Telus Editorial Award of Excellence, which he won in 2006 and 2007.

For the second year in a row The Macleod Gazette has written the best editorial in the Alberta Weekly Newspapers Association.
Editor Frank McTighe received the 2007 Telus Editorial Award of Excellence on Sept. 15.
“Solid editorial all around,” wrote judge Ryan Dahlman of the Prairie Post. McTighe won the award for the editorial “Driver’s sentence was too lenient” published in December 2006.
The editorial was critical of the sentence given a woman who pleaded guilty to driving a school bus while drunk.
“McTighe explains the details of the case, takes a concise stand on the drinking and driving issue, the accused punishment, and isn’t afraid to state an opinion,” Dahlman wrote.
Dahlman said the editorial was “a great read which stirs the reader’s emotions.”
Second place in the competition went to the Inuvik Drum, and Bonnyville Nouvelle placed third.
The Better Newspapers Competition awards were presented during the association’s annual convention at the River Cree Resort near Edmonton. McTighe won the 2006 Telus award for an editorial titled, “Museum must ask us for help.”
McTighe’s 2006 entry in the editorial-writing contest sponsored by Telus was headlined “Museum must ask us for help” in the Feb. 1, 2006 edition of The Macleod Gazette.
“Mr. McTighe’s thoughtful editorial hits the community journalism editorial squarely in the head,” wrote judge Gerald Garner Jr. of The Taos News in New Mexico.
In the editorial, McTighe detailed the financial problems facing The Fort — Museum of the North West Mounted Police.
While supporting the decision to create a business plan for the museum, McTighe also recommended the board reach out to the community for help. “His well-researched and well-crafted piece offers viable solutions to problems facing one of Macleod’s greatest resources,” Garner wrote.

“What set this entry apart was the documentable effect the editorial had in the community. Well done.”

The 2006 award was presented Sept. 15 during the AWNA convention at the Radisson Hotel in Calgary.

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