Islander is best in New England

BOSTON — The Mount Desert Islander won first place for general excellence among weekly papers of its size (less than 6,000 circulation) during the New England Newspaper and Press Association (NENPA) conference here Saturday.

NENPA has 600 member publications in the six New England states.

“The Islander resoundingly affirms its community ties with a purely local vision and distinctive down-home feel from front to back,” the judges wrote. “Plenty of local news items, both staff-generated and contributed. Impressive opinion page, with strong mix of letters, local columnists and editorials — and the lone entry in the category with local cartoons!”

Judges noted that advertisements in the Islander “run the gamut from high-end real estate to seasonal resort business to local mom and pops… Readers and advertisers both get their money worth here,” they wrote.

Out & About, a seasonal publication of the Islander and its sister paper, The Ellsworth American, received an advertising award. Judges noted the “well-designed local features,” helpful maps and local retail advertisements in Out & About.

The Islander’s mobile app received second place for mobile product design.

The Islander has placed in the small weekly general excellence division for all of New England in each of the last 14 years. It has won the category on seven previous occasions.

The Islander’s sister paper, The Ellsworth American, won a total of 20 NENPA awards for journalistic, photographic, digital and advertising excellence.


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