The Niagara News is the community newspaper of Niagara College located in Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada. It is created and produced by the students of the Niagara College Journalism program.
Niagara News has two second place awards in the Ontario Community Newspaper Association (OCNA) 2014 Better Newspapers Competition: best student photography and General Excellence for Best College/University Newspaper. OCNA recognizes the quality of work produced every week by its member newspapers, showcasing them to readers and advertisers. Niagara News won second place in the general excellence awards category for overall achievement in editorial, advertising, layout and community involvement. Competition is against other journalism publications at colleges and universities across Ontario. The entire Journalism program student reporting team, editors and faculty were recognized at a gala dinner in Toronto in May for this achievement. Journalism program graduate Brittany Erwin won second place best student photography for her Nov. 22, 2013 photograph “Battle of Brushes” showcasing body art competitions in Toronto. Niagara News has a long award-winning history in the provincial and national college/university competitions. In the Canadian Community Newspapers Association (CCNA) Awards, which celebrate “excellence in community media”, in 2013, Niagara News won second for Best Photo and third for Best News Story; at OCNA, it won second for General Excellence. The year previously, Niagara News took first place for General Excellence. The annual CCNA competition recognizes the editorial achievements across Canada in journalism school and post-secondary press. In 2011, provincially, Niagara News won first and third for Best News Story and first for Best Feature. At the CCNA national level, it won second for Best News Story and third for Best Feature. In 2009, Niagara News won third place nationally for Outstanding Campus Newspaper, Best News Story and Best Feature, and took a second place award for Best Photo. That same year, at OCNA, it won first for Best News Story. It was a sweep of second place awards in 2008 as the paper won for Outstanding Campus Newspaper, Best News Story and Best Feature Story at the CCNA competition.