Centennial College journalism professor Neil Ward accepts the Toronto Observer's second-place award in the University/College website category at this year's Ontario Community Newspapers Association Better Newspaper Competition. It's the second top-three finish in the category for torontoobserver.ca in three years.

TorontoObserver.ca wins silver at Ontario Community Newspapers Association awards

Best news website category coming in second behind Ryerson

Toronto Observer’s online news site, torontoobserver.ca took second place at the Ontario Community Newspapers Association’s 2013 Better Newspaper Competition.

Observer faced eight competitors in the University/College Website category, which recognizes “outstanding work of Journalism students in Photography, News Writing, and Feature Writing.”

The awards were handed out Friday night, at a ceremony held at the Vaughan Hilton Gardens Hotel.

Ryerson took top honours while Humber College claimed bronze.

In 2011, torontoobserver.ca came in third for the same category. That same year, the print edition The East York Observer won for best news coverage and general excellence.  It won those same awards in 2010, and won for best front-page photo in 2009.

Founded in 1950 and based in Burlington, the Ontario Community Newspapers Association is a non-profit industry association comprising more than 300 member newspapers located throughout the province.