The Boothbay Register, Wiscasset Newspaper and Pen Bay Pilot won a combined 28 awards, including three special awards, in the 2020 Maine Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest, presented at the MPA’s annual conference held virtually on Saturday, Oct. 24. The awards were from material published in print or online between April 1, 2019 and March 31, 2020 and were judged by the Oklahoma Press Association.
The Boothbay Register won second place for Advertising General Excellence in Weekly 1 division, the Wiscasset Newspaper won second place for Digital General Excellence in Weekly 1 division, and the Pen Bay Pilot won second place for Digital General Excellence in Weekly 2 division.
Below are the individual awards won by the newspapers:
Boothbay Register awards
First place: Joseph Charpentier, “Committee hires new principal despite outcry,” Education Story, Weekly 1 division
First place: Lisa Kristoff, “‘Go green’ has a whole new meaning,” Health Story, Weekly 1 division
First place: Bill Pearson, “LePages working at McSeagulls this summer,” News Story, Weekly 1 division
First place: Joseph Charpentier, News Headline, “Life is a fish and then you fry,” Bet’s Fish Fry fundraiser fairs fine for BCA, Weekly 1 division
First place: Joseph Charpentier, Spot News Photo, Konstantinos Rigas arrested, Weekly 1 division
Second place: Steve Edwards, Best Circulation Promotion, “Don’t miss another moment,” Weekly 1 division
Second place: Lisa Kristoff, Business Story, “Windjammer Emporium,” Weekly 1 division
Second place: Lisa Kristoff, Critic’s Award, “Fishin’ For Fashion,” Weekly 1 division
Third place: Kevin Burnham, Feature Photo, “The beginning of the end for Dripping Wet,” Weekly 1 division
Third place: Lisa Kristoff, Critic’s Award, “SThayerART – Yes, that S. Thayer,” Weekly 1 division
Third place, Staff, Picture Story, “Graduation Activities,” Weekly 1 division
Wiscasset Newspaper awards
Second place: Susan Johns, Outdoors Story, “Paddlers: Dam’s new opening currently no cakewalk,” Weekly 1 division
Second place: Susan Johns, Sports Video, “Sharing racing: Wiscasset Speedway welcomes WACC,” Weekly division
Second place: Susan Johns, Features/Lifestyle Video, “‘Two front teeth and a spitball gun’: Santa fields requests at WCC,” Weekly division
Third place: Susan Johns, News Headline, “Dollar General Sign a no go after no show,” Weekly 1 division
Pen Bay Pilot Awards
First place: Lynda Clancy, News Video, “Route 90 car crash injures three teens,” Weekly division
First place: Sarah Thompson, Spot News Story, “You can keep the cat out of the bag, but you can’t keep it in the tree,” Weekly 2 division
Second place: Lynda Clancy, News Story, “Belfast, Rockland hospitals prepared, should Coronavirus 2019 emerge in Midcoast,” Weekly 2 division
Second place: Lynda Clancy, Analysis, “‘Problems bigger than school’: Midcoast educators tackle increase in dysregulated behavior,” Weekly 2 division
Third place: Kristen Lindquist, Critic’s Award, “On Millay and Mount Battie,” Weekly 2 division
Third place: Sarah Thompson, Feature Photo, “Firefighters from multiple towns …,” Weekly 2 division
Third place: Sarah Thompson, People Photo, “Catching an expression as well as a fish,’ Weekly 2 division
Third place: Sarah Thompson, Political Story, “Can robust dialogue fit within Rockland Council Chambers?”, Weekly 2 division
Third place: Lynda Clancy, Game Story, “Firefighters, ski patrol, rock climbers practice together at Snow Bowl lift evacuation drill,” Weekly 2 division
Third place: George Harvey, Sports Columnist, “At the heart of school sports lies community,” Weekly 2 division
Due to the pandemic, the annual conference, which usually draws over 300 journalists from around the state, was held via the internet.
Immediately following the morning business meeting, the annual MPA Hall of Fame ceremony was held. Inducted this year were Terry Carlisle, who retired in 2019 after a long career at the Ellsworth American, and Art Guesman, a longtime journalism professor at the University of Maine.
An online silent auction was held for several days leading up to the conference, and a live auction for the benefit of the MPA Scholarship Fund was held in the afternoon, followed by the awards ceremony, hosted by Portland Press Herald photographer Gregory Rec. Over $2,500 was raised for the scholarship fund.
Sarah Morley of the Boothbay Register and Lynda Clancy of the Pen Bay Pilot are members of the MPA board. Clancy replaces J. W. Oliver of the Lincoln County News as the MPA president for the coming year.
Conference sponsors were Mitchell Tardy Jackson and Broadreach Public Relations.
A complete list of 2020 award winners will be posted next week on the MPA’s website, www.mainepressassociation.org