It was a busy night for The Oshawa Express at the Better Newspapers Competitions, the annual awards presented by the Ontario Community Newspaper Association.
The Express placed first in the province for Education Writing, for Joel Wittnebel’s story on the closure of Oshawa Central Collegiate Institute, and Feature Writing, for Wittnebel’s feature on former Councillor Robert Lutczyk and the night he took city solicitor David Potts hostage.
Wittnebel came close to repeating his win for Reporter of the Year from last year, placing second.
Graeme McNaughton’s story looking at the effect Toronto’s growing housing prices has had on Oshawa and Durham Region picked up second-place honours for Business/Feature writing.
There were also two third-place finishes for The Express, with Wittnebel picking up honours for Investigative News Story detailing the struggles faced by tenants in a south-side apartment complex, and Best News Story with circulation over 10,000, which dealt with a city meeting coming under investigation.