French Canada shines at the Grand Prix des Hebdos

French Canada shines at the Grand Prix des Hebdos
French Canada shines at the Grand Prix des Hebdos

French Canada won several awards on April 30 at the Grands prix des hebdos gala, a competition orchestrated by Hebdos Québec. Several newspaper artisans carved out a place among the evening’s winners.

Journalist Valérie Legault won honors in the Sport and Leisure category for her report on the auxiliary coast guard entitled Volunteers ready to help boaters in distress.

Journalist Maxime Labrie won first prize in Education for his article First year teachers refuse to teach. In this same category, journalist Daniela Vargas Rojas obtained second place for her text She learned to read and write at the age of 53.

Photographer Julien Saguez won third prize for his aerial shot that he captured during the major fire that razed the Bissonnette bakery in downtown Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu last August.

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The evening also provided an opportunity to award other prizes of excellence. The advertising consultant of the French Canada Manon Lavigne received a special mention. French Canada won second place in the Notebook or special project category for his notebook on the 40th edition of the International Balloon Festival. The newspaper The Richelieu placed third in the Best Print Advertising category for its Back to School project.

The awards ceremony took place in Trois-Rivières. In total, the newspapers of the icimedias group, of which French Canada, stood out by winning a total of 30 prizes out of the 81 awarded during the evening. Distinctions were won by journalists and artisans working in Mauricie, Centre-du-Québec, Beauce and Estrie.


The annual competition was created in 1949. “It’s the 75e of the Grands prix des hebdos, the oldest journalism competition in Quebec. […] We have been celebrating excellence for years. This is proof that the environment is resilient,” underlined Benoit Chartier, president of Hebdos Québec. He was referring in particular to the numerous challenges facing the local and regional weekly press for several years.

Hebdos Québec member newspapers print 2.5 million copies each week and reach 4 million readers on a weekly basis. “People read us. We play a crucial role. Tonight is proof that we have professional journalism every week,” continues Mr. Chartier.

In total, 441 items were submitted by the 52 participating weeklies. They were evaluated by the jury chaired by Kathleen Lévesque, professor at the UQAM Media School and former investigative journalist at The Press.


The event was also an opportunity foricimedias to announce the acquisition of the newspaper Frontenac Echo, from Lac-Mégantic. This publication, which has served its population for 95 years, thus becomes the 23e journal of the group chaired by Renel Bouchard.



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