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NEWSPAPER OF THE YEAR SPOTLIGHT
Black Press, Sound Publishing, Inc.
This is clearly a must-read paper,
with strong stories on a public
shooting and the end of a ferry
subsidy. Tough stories shoulder
next to features on teachers - and
that’s just what a local newspaper
is supposed to do. There is a
strong ROP advertising presence
of local retailers and services,
which make this a must-have
publication for ads and editorial.
Like most newspapers, we’ve
tightened our belts and are tightly
staffed, so we really have to hustle
and prioritize to make sure the
Herald is hitting all the bases in its
news and feature coverage
We have a great team and there is
good communication between
departments, so the entire office
really clicks. I thank all of our
departments and, particularly, my
newsroom colleagues, Kipp
Robertson and Megan
Stephenson, for their every effort.
-Richard Walker, editor
NEWSPAPER OF THE YEAR
The Longboat Observer
Longboat Key, FL
The Observer Group, Inc.
This is a very diverse publication with strong
blend of hard news, feature and information.
Headlines are clear, with good layering that let
readers scan. Photos are exceptionally strong
and widely used. It’s clear that the Longboat
Observer sets the area agenda, and reflects it.
Advertising is plentiful - front page “stickies” and
inserts show a burgeoning advertising load.
Classifieds are easy to scan as are the directories.
House ads are also lively and well done.
Winning Newspaper of the Year is such a
wonderful affirmation for the Longboat Observer
staff and its readers. There is no shortage of
passion when it comes to covering this unique
island community, and our readers are no less
When our reporters return to the office, we
hear shouts of: “I just met the most amazing
person!” “Those Garden Club ladies are the
greatest ... they are mine and no one else can
cover them!” “Holy cow! A boatload of Cubans
just landed on the beach!”
Our readers — highly educated and
sophisticated — demand we watchdog how the
government spends their money; they notice
when commas are misplaced; and they howl
when the tide charts are inadvertently omitted.
But, they also welcome the Longboat
Observer into their lives for their celebrations,
religious observances and feisty political forums.
And, they congregate outside our building on
Wednesdays to get their fresh-off-the-press copy
of our little community weekly.
When former Longboat Observer
Community Editor Mallory Gnaegy heard about
the Newspaper of the Year Award, she said
proudly, “I’m not surprised. We’re out there every
day, and we feel it ... they (readers) care as much
as we do.
-Lisa Walsh, publisher and executive editor
NON-DAILIES, 10,001-22,500 CIRCULATION
Group of Post-Newsweek
Media Inc./The Gazette,
Clearly, this is an
independent paper! Good
mix of crime and features,
as well as sports and
features. Writing is strong
and clear. Headline size is
easy to scan, and paper
makes good use of white
Independent’s entire staff –
services -- is very proud to
have garnered an award
again in this contest. That
makes it four years in a row!
It continues a winning
trend for our twice-weekly
paper. The win is a real
boost to our employees,
and it also makes us feel
like we are getting it right –
bringing news that our
readers find useful and
providing a valuable service
to our community.
-Angela Breck, editor
An elite group of twenty newspapers took honors in the coveted 2012 Newspaper of The Year contest and in
this, the second installment of our ongoing spotlight, we are proudly saluting the winners in Class B
which represents non-daily newspapers with circulation between 10,000 and 22,500.
Special thanks to the Donald W.Reynolds Journalism
Institute, Missouri School of Journalism,Columbia, MO for
judging this contest and to Newspaper Toolbox for hosting
the online contest entry platform.
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