BAR HARBOR — The Mount Desert Islander was named a Distinguished Newspaper among weekly papers of its size during the New England Newspaper and Press Association (NENPA) conference on Oct. 22.
The Vermont Standard of Woodstock, Vt., was Newspaper of the Year in that category, while The Provincetown Independent of Massachusetts was also recognized as a distinguished paper.
The Islander’s sister paper, The Ellsworth American, was named New England Newspaper of the Year at the New England Newspaper Conference, which was held virtually.
The American placed first in its circulation class for weekly newspapers with a circulation over 5,000. Runners-up in the category, earning the title of Distinguished Newspapers, were the Martha’s Vineyard Times, the Inquirer and Mirror of Nantucket, Mass., and Seven Days of Burlington, Vt.
NENPA has 600 member publications in the six New England states. The annual Newspaper of the Year contest is judged by a group of newspaper readers rather than industry professionals.
The contest appoints New England newspaper readers to evaluate the entries from a news consumer point of view. They consider the quality of the paper’s reporting and writing; use of photos; design and presentation; digital offerings; and overall utility and value.