Bragging rights

Oct 24, 2019

Employees from The Republican Journal, The Courier-Gazette, The Camden Herald and VillageSoup brought home numerous awards from the Maine Press Association 2019 Better Newspaper Contest Oct. 19 in Portland.

Longtime Courier Publications employee David Libby of Thomaston was named the Advertising Person of the Year at the event. Courier Publications owner Reade Brower presented the award to Libby, whom he praised as a relationship-builder.

The awards were presented Saturday night at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, following a day of workshops and networking for reporters and photographers, journalists, advertising staff, and designers from throughout the state. The MPA annual auction raised almost $2,000 for scholarships prior to the awards dinner.

In the Weekly 1 division, The Camden Herald won first place for Advertising General Excellence and also brought home the plaque for first place General Excellence Digital. (Weekly newspapers in MPA are divided into two groups, with smaller circulation weeklies in 1 and larger in 2).

The Courier-Gazette placed third for General Excellence Print in the Weekly 2 division.

Beth A. Birmingham was awarded a plaque for the Best in Show in Photography for Weekly 2, for her photo taken at the scene of a fire.

The Courier-Gazette received second place for Freedom of Information for weeklies, an award is given to papers that acquire public documents from government officials under the Freedom of Access law.

The Camden Herald won first place for Editorial Page in Weekly 1. The Courier-Gazette won second place and The Republican Journal took third place for its editorial section in Weekly 2.

The Republican Journal won first place for Sports Section in Weekly 2 and The Courier-Gazette took home second place Sports Section in Weekly 2. The Camden Herald received the first place for its Sports Section in Weekly 1. (For a full showing of our sports awards, keep an eye on our Sports sections).

Other awards included, but were not limited to:

People photo, Weekly 2, second place, Fran Gonzalez, The Republican Journal, Lake St. George Fishing Derby.

People photo, Weekly 2, third place, Sarah E. Reynolds,  Blues Festival celebrates.

News photo, Weekly 2, second place, Daniel Dunkle, Kids rule Sunday events.

Feature photo, Weekly 2, third place, Fran Gonzalez, The Republican Journal, The Teal Deal: Allergy-free treats.

Front Page Design, Weekly 2, second place, Christine Dunkle, The Republican Journal.

Specialty Page Design, Weekly 1, first place, Christine Dunkle, Dagney C. Ernest, The Camden Herald, and Weekly 2, second place, The Courier-Gazette.

Supplement/Special Section, Weekly 2, third place, Debbie Post, Christine Dunkle and Design and Sales staff for The Republican Journal.

Best Supplement Cover, Weekly 1, first place, Christine Dunkle, The Camden Herald.

Best Supplement Cover, Weekly 2, first place, Christine Dunkle, The Courier-Gazette.

Features/Lifestyle Video, Weekly, first place, Daniel Dunkle and Tyler Southard, The Courier-Gazette.

Special Online Project, Weekly, first place, Staff, The Courier-Gazette, Political candidate video interviews.

Best Digital Ad Campaign, Weekly, first and third place, Christine Dunkle.

News Story, Weekly 1, third place, Daniel Dunkle.

Spot News Story, Weekly 2, second place, Daniel Dunkle.

Political Story, Weekly 2, first place, Ethan Andrews, The Republican Journal, "County quietly gutted incoming treasurer's pay."

Outdoors Story, Weekly 2, first place, Fran Gonzalez, The Republican Journal, "Season's biggest night."

Environmental Story, Weekly 2, first place, Ethan Andrews, The Republican Journal, "Erosion is natural, and so is erosion control."

Courts Story, Weekly 1, second place, Stephen Betts.

Investigative Report, Weekly 1, first place, and Weekly 2, third place, Stephen Betts.

Continuing Story, Weekly 2, second place, Stephen Betts and Beth A. Birmingham.

Arts/Lifestyle Feature, Weekly 2, first place Dagney C. Ernest.

Feature Story, Weekly 2, second place, Fran Gonzalez, The Republican Journal, "Ready to go overboard."

Local Columnist, Weekly 2, second place, Daniel Dunkle.

News Headline, Weekly 2, first place, Stephen Betts for "Lobster Festival Board takes heat from steamed public."

Feature Headline, Weekly 2, second place, Stephanie Grinnell, "Bay view wiped out in one (house) move."

Editorial, Weekly 1, first place, Daniel Dunkle, The Camden Herald.

Editorial, Weekly 2, second place, Daniel Dunkle, The Courier-Gazette.

Opinion Columnist, Weekly 2, first place, Doc Wallace (Another View), The Courier-Gazette.

Opinion Columnist, Weekly 2, second place, Reade Brower.

 

 

 

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