Islander cited for excellence

BOSTON — The Mount Desert Islander won awards for writing, photography, video, design and advertising excellence at the New England Newspaper and Press Association (NENPA) annual convention here on Saturday.

The staff of the Mount Desert Island-based weekly won a total of 20 awards, including six first places. NENPA has more than 450 newspapers in the six New England states.

Among the first-place awards to the paper’s staff was for local election coverage that featured “strong in-depth editorials and analysis,” the judges wrote.

A special section celebrating the Rockefeller family legacy on MDI on the occasion of David Sr.’s 100th birthday took first place in the Special Section division.

Free-lance artist Joe Marshall of Lamoine took first place in the Editorial Cartoon category.

The annual children’s Christmas story published by the Islander won a first place for Audience Building Promotion. The paper also won a first place for specialty publication promotion.

The Islander’s editorial pages won second place among weeklies with circulation under 6,000.

Reporters Dick Broom and Robert Levin won second place for government reporting for coverage of the police chief sharing agreement between Bar Harbor and Mount Desert.

Editor Earl Brechlin won second place for spot news video for his time lapse sequence of the aurora borealis over Acadia National Park. He also won a third place for pictorial photo of images from the same event.

Islander reporter Mark Good also won a third-place award for spot news photography in the large weekly category for images of the excursion boat Tiger Shark on the rocks.

The paper’s arts section took third place for best arts and entertainment section.

Reporter Liz Graves won an honorable mention for science and technology writing for a story about eel grass restoration techniques at the MDI Bio Lab.

Former reporter Levin won an honorable mention for human interest feature story for a Valentine’s Day piece on senior citizens rekindling love from their high school days.

In the advertising division, the Islander won first place for themed multiple advertiser pages for its Salute to Veterans.

It also took first place in the advertising general excellence category for all weekly papers in New England.

The paper also won third place for classified advertising.

Ads in the salute to the Rockefeller legacy section won third place for local display ads black and white. The Swan Agency real estate ad took third place in the color ad division.

The advertising quarterly publication produced by both the Islander and its sister paper The Ellsworth American won first place for special section promotion. The Rockefeller section in the Islander took second place in that category.

The American won more than 30 awards in the large paper division, including second place in overall General Excellence.

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