AUBURN — For the sixth year in a row the Mount Desert Islander was named Maine’s best large weekly newspaper by the Maine Press Association during that group’s annual conference at the Hilton Garden Inn here Saturday.
Along with winning the overall general excellence category, the paper also came in second for advertising general excellence.
The Islander’s sister paper, The Ellsworth American, came in first for advertising general excellence and second for overall general excellence.
All members of the Islander’s editorial staff won awards for writing and photographic excellence. They include Mark Good, Robert Levin, Dick Broom, Earl Brechlin, and Liz Graves.
The awards included a second place for freedom of information, firsts for investigative reporting, business and health coverage, local news reporting, continuing story, editorial pages, and analysis.
Nan Lincoln won first place for arts criticism and State of Maine columnist Jill Goldthwait won first for serious columnist.
The paper also won numerous awards for design, layout and advertising.
Members of both paper’s editorial staffs also won all nine awards in the videography division for stories that have appeared on the papers’ websites.
The news staff took first place for online special project for its coverage of the firing and subsequent hearings involving former Bar Harbor Police Chief Nate Young.
Levin won first place for a video of the efforts of a group of veterans to bring a long-lost Bar Harbor MIA from the Korean War home.
On Saturday, long-time newsman Richard Dudman of Islesford and Ellsworth, was inducted into the Maine Press Association Hall of Fame.
The Islander, which recently placed second in New England in the New England Newspaper and Press Association (NENPA) Newspaper of the Year Competition, has won general excellence in Maine in eight of the last nine years.
In the NENPA contest first place in the large weekly paper division was won by the American.