Aug 08, 2013
A Windsor Star 56-page glossy special section recognizing the special events surrounding the bicentennial of the War of 1812 has won first place in the Inland Press Association’s new business development category for newspapers with a circulation between 50,000 and 100,000.
Produced by a team of Star staffers and freelancers under the direction of project coordinator Giselle Villalta along with Claudio D’Andrea and Steve Gibb who handled layout and design, 1812: The War That Defined Us section outlined not only the events staged throughout the area during the celebration but also the history surrounding the war and how it changed this region’s relationship with the United States.
“It was more than just a regular special section,” said Ken Stewart, director of advertising at The Star. “It was not only a promotional vehicle to highlight the bicentennial events but it also became a historical snapshot of the region.”
D’Andrea said the project was unique “because of its scope in covering events across Essex County and beyond.”
The section included contributions from historians such as Sandy Antal and Trevor Price as well as features on singer Chantal Kreviazuk and marine artist Peter Rindlisbacher. It also included the contributions made by African-Canadians, French-Canadians and indigenous people across the region.
The award will be presented Aug. 9 in Chicago.
More than 1,200 daily and weekly newspapers are members of the association. There were 130 entries in the category won by The Star.