ELLSWORTH — The New England Newspaper & Press Association on Oct. 9 named The Ellsworth American the “Newspaper of the Year” among large-circulation weekly newspapers in New England.
The Mount Desert Islander came in second in its division, winning the title “Newspaper of Distinction.”
That announcement came later in the week after the National Newspaper Association (NNA), at its annual meeting in San Antonio, Texas, named The American the second best large weekly newspaper in the country.
In the national contest, the Islander won first place for editorial pages, second places for Living section, and best local news coverage. Reporter Mark Good won second place for health story for an overview of drinking water contamination in Tremont.
Reporters Robert Levin and Dick Broom won third place for business story for their series of articles on the concession changes in Acadia National Park.
The Islander also won first place for public notice advertising, second place for advertising idea and best single ad idea for the Swan Agency, and honorable mentions for best multiple advertiser section and best small page ad.
Of The American, the NNA judges wrote: “This paper screams local. Great job covering all facets of your community. We can’t help but think that readers must spend hours with this paper every week. It’s packed with news.”
“It’s been a great week,” said Publisher Alan Baker. “We’re grateful. The distinctions are much appreciated. I can say only that the awards belong to the staff. We’re blessed to have so much talent and so many conscientious people doing their best, week after week, year after year.”