The Abbotsford News received 25 awards in 2014 in international, national and provincial competitions.
In the Local Media Association (LMA) awards, a North American contest, The News came in third for Newspaper of the Year in its circulation class.
The News also took home three LMA awards for editorial coverage, including a first-place win for Best Continuing Coverage, third place for Best Breaking News Story and an honourable mention for Best Investigating Reporting.
In the Best in Digital LMA awards, The News earned six: first-place awards for Best Video Initiative and Best Contest, second place for Best Local Community Initiative and Best Niche Site Produce by Local Media, third place for Best Community Website and an honourable mention for Best Use of Social Media.
The News was awarded seven LMAs for best advertising and marketing, including first-place awards for Best Event Marketing and Best Promotion to Build Audience of All Products, second-place awards for Best Ad Series, Best Public Service/Community Event Promotion, third-place awards for Best Event Marketing and Best Promotion to Build Audience of All Products and an honourable mention for Best Promotion to Build Audience of All Products.
The News also took home five marketing awards in the Canadian Community Newspaper Association 2014 awards, including a first and second place in Marketing and Promotion Awards, a third place in Advertising and Print Awards and a first- and third-place award in Digital Innovation Awards. Coverage of the Syrian refugee situation in Lebanon and Jordan earned The News second place for Best Multimedia Feature.
In the B.C. and Yukon Community Newspaper Association awards, Abbotsford was given two honours: third place for Best Sports Coverage, and second for Best Special Section.
The News also won the CCNA 2014 Canadian Tire Jumpstart Award.